1. Drive to Igatpuri: If I had to describe this route in one word, I would choose serene. The crisp invigorating mountain air envelopes you as soon as you take off in your vehicle for this charming hamlet. You’ll see the roads glistening, the tunnels covered in verdant greens and every turn welcoming you with big and small waterfalls. The highlight of any trip to Igatpuri is Dhammagiri, or the Vipassana International Academy. Take a tour of the centre for more picturesque spots and uninterrupted hill views. This drive takes about 3 hours so a day trip is easily possible.