20 June 2013

A Day Trip to Vihigaon and Igatpuri

My hubby gets alternate half and full offs on Saturdays.  Last Saturday being a off for him, we planned for a day's trip to Vihigaon and Igatpuri, as we had other priorities for Sunday...
Igatpuri is a hill station in Nasik Dist of Maharashtra state. With the arrival of monsoon, this is the perfect time to visit this place... Our plan was to start with Vihigaon Waterfall, then Igatpuri and if time permitted wanted to cover Bhandardara.
We started at 9, took NH-3 Mumbai Agra road, the drive through this route was awesome with lush greens on both sides. We stopped at Vithal Kamath near Asangaon for breakfast..
NH-3

We headed to Vihigaon waterfall. A 7km drive after Kasara reaches you to a railway track, take the deviated route from the highway under the track. Another 4km drive on this route reaches you to Vihigaon village. Vihigaon is a very small village and one can experience the perfect rural sight... The lush green grass carpets and  small ponds here and there, refreshes you from the busy Metro life. Through the village you can reach the top of the waterfall.. The full view of the falls can be found from the Kodhala road...
Vihigaon Falls
View of Vihigaon Waterfall from Khodala Road

Vihigaon Falls

Vihigaon Falls
With just two weeks of rains, the fall was not full

Vihigaon Falls

Vihigaon Falls
Vihigaon Village
Vihigaon Falls
Road Connecting NH3 and Vihigaon
From Vihigaon, you will have to drive back to NH3 on the same route... Then starts the Thal Ghat, a 10km drive reaches you to Igatpuri. You can enjoy the panoramic view as you climb the Ghat.
NH-3
Drive through Thal Ghat
Next we headed to Dhammagiri(separate post on Dhammagiri) in Igatpuri.. By the time we were done with Dhamma Giri it was 4:30, so we planned for a return journey, cancelling our Bhandardara plan... Way back on highway, you come across so may waterfalls... Pit stopped at few of them to enjoy the beauty...
NH-3

NH-3
You can also connect this trip to Igatpuri with round trip of Mumbai-Malshej Ghat-Bhandardara-Igatpuri-Vihigaon-Jawhar-Mumbai for two days... 

Travel Tips:
  • Location: Vihigaon is 115 kms from Mumbai and 65km from Nasik
  • How to reach:
    • By Train: Nearest railway station is Kasara, you can take a local train from CST to Kasara.
    • Driving directions: Drive 110km on NH3, take a left turn after 7km from Kasara, another 5km drive reaches you to Vihigaon.
Linked to Thursday Challenge-Outdoors(Parks, Trails, Rivers, Playgrounds...), Nature Notes-216Watery WednesdaySkywatch FridayWeekend Reflection.

42 comments:

  1. It just feels like the place is calling me. Fabulous pictures!

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  2. Great captures from the place. Thanks for the directions.

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  3. What a pretty place to visit, the waterfalls are beautiful. Great photos.

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  4. @Amazing Wonders in my life: will plan something soon....

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  5. What a wonderful place to visit and what is more fun that playing in the water as we loved to do when we were children..and I wouldn't mind it now either. Thank you so much for linking into this week's Nature Notes... Michelle

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  6. Beautiful and scenic journey. Love that waTERFALL.

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  7. Wow! The trees and waterfalls look amazing. Blessings!

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  8. Looks like you all had a great trip...love the waterfalls...Thanks for sharing your trip.Have a great weekend!

    Shantana

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  9. What lovely shots of the falls!

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  10. Nice post to weekend tour. pictures looking attractive.

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  11. What a spectacular set of snapshots. The red umbrella adds its own spice, too.

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  12. The Village looks quite serene....

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  13. absolutely beautiful photographs !!

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  14. Like the wonderful snaps. Nice write.

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  15. lovely clicks Meghana. I love the frangipanis against the mirror. Beautiful

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  16. Thank you all..
    Sonia, there were lot of frangipani trees... I picked as many i could...

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  17. beautiful, do you know what that flowered tree is, I think we also have that here but I don't know the name of it.

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  18. Thank you Noel, those orange flowers are called May flowers here in India, as they bloom in the month of May.... Not sure of the scientific name...

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  19. An important topic-I'm so happy to see it addressed.Igatpuri is a hill station in Nasik Dist of Maharashtra state. With the arrival of monsoon, this is the perfect time to visit this place. Igatpuri hill station is one of the popular hill stations in Maharashtra & best time to visit in Monsoons

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  20. Good post. Igatpuri is famous hill station and perfect weekend destination in Maharashtra. If you are looking for Maharashtra weekend getaways then visit maharashtraplanet.com. You will get list of weekend gateways in Maharashtra.

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  22. Beautiful waterfall near Mumbai location. I had visited to this place.

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  23. lovely place visited it though on two wheels in august 2014

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  24. We are 08-10 pax planning to visit vihigaon waterfall in the month of july for 1N/2D but unable to find any farmhouse or hotel near for stay.
    Can u please share some details for stay, if any?

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    1. Rupali, Vihigaon is just 2hrs drive from Mumbai, can easily be covered in a day, if you just want to visit the falls. If you are looking for stay option, you can look for hotels in Igatpuri which is around 15km from Vihigaon..

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    2. Hi Rupali, The distance between Mumbai to Vihigaon is 115 KM. There are many Hotel near Vihigaon Waterfall. Hotels in Vihigaon are : Manas Resort, Mystic Valley Spa Resort, Hotel Ashwin. You can choose your hotel which is best for you.

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  25. बहुत ही अच्छा वर्णन आपने दिया है । मैं कल 26.6.2015 को जाकर आया हूँ। बहुत ही अच्छा लगा । इस समय झरना भी अच्छी रफ़्तार पर है । अन्य जगहों के बारे में लिखते रहिये ।

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  26. Nice post on Igatpuri and Vihigaon trip. Igatpuri is known as queen of hill stations and Igatpuri tourism is more famous among trekkers and hikers.

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  27. Dear Meghna we are planning for a two wheeler long drive with friends to vihigaon..
    So i would like to know is there any praking facility or any safe location to leave our vehicle near the spot

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    1. You can drive almost till the edge of the falls at Vihigaon, and safely leave your vehicle.

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  28. Very beautiful place, waterfalls are very beautiful, glad to read such a great kind of article here. Both places the full of natural beauty. The distance between Vihigaon and Igatpuri is 13 KM.

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