Before reaching Igatpuri
Many would have heard Igatpuri for the first time. This place is around 40 km from Nashik, Maharashtra and first-weekend trip after coming into the corporate world.
So I and my friends were deciding for a trip on a long weekend. We were unable to come up with destinations. Then Twinkle(the only female :P) said Igatpuri. Now most of us were a little startled by the name as none had heard it before. But three things helped us to finalize on this place as our destination-
- It was around 250 km from Pune (we reside in Pune) and the roads were epic and we were on our bikes, the perfect set-up for road-trip.
- It was a hill station with a couple of great scenes and places to hang out.
- Most importantly, more people have not heard of it thus unexplored.
It was a 2-days 1-night trip and was worth the weekend.
So we started at 7:30 am after filling the bike tanks full. We chose the route as Lonavala-thane-Igatpuri, as we had to pick up a friend in Thane.
The weather was sooting, we were fresh and ready for a long day’s ride and hence we started. We stopped at a dhaba to eat and then rode non-stop
Yes, Of course, the ROADS….. Before reaching Igatpuri, on the way, around 40 km approximately was a pure delight to ride. No Bumpers, No potholes, No damages on the road and No Traffic… We literally pushed our bikes and covered the distance in 25 min.
We reached Igatpuri at 2 pm and refreshed ourselves with tea and went to see the first point.
There is just one word to describe this place, serene. Riding for 6-7 hours was worth this view alone. We trekked down for 10-15 min on a very difficult terrain and reached the base of the waterfall, where some of sat, others stood, with eyes closed, feeling the tiniest water droplets on our faces. The breeze was strong, the scene was beautiful and we, speechless. We stayed there for 30-40 min and then headed for Nashik.
We trekked down for 10-15 min on a very difficult terrain and reached the base of the waterfall, where some of sat, others stood, with eyes closed, feeling the tiniest water droplets on our faces. The breeze was strong, the scene was beautiful and we, speechless. We stayed there for 30-40 min and then headed for Nashik.
Stay At Nashik
We booked an entire villa -Chiller’s Paradise for the night where we had the house to ourselves, accompanied by Chotu(the housekeeper) and a dog(cherry).The place was different from the normal flat type houses we see on a regular basis. It had three rooms, one on the ground floor and the rest on the first floor. One room (owner’s room) was instructed as off-limits. It had a kitchen along with microwave (came handy to reheat the chicken). House had other necessities such as sofas, AC, water-heaters, dining table, garden with sitting area and one sitting area on the first floor.
The stay was good, and we were also served morning tea which was complimentary, apart from one incident that the electricity was not there for most of the time due to an unfortunate electrical issue. The owner was understanding and also took responsibility and gave a discount on the stay due to the inconvenience. We booked it at Rs 2500 but eventually paid 1500 only. All-in-all it was a pleasant stay.
We left Nashik and went towards Igatpuri for the next point which was Vallonne Vineyard. The place is very classy. The view from the balcony is amazing. The wine tour is 350 per person and you get to understand the workings of a vineyard and the intricate process of preparation of different wines. During the tour, you get to taste 6 types of wines – 3 red, 2 white, and the special wine.
The rates of this place were OK. The wines were 900-1200 for a bottle of 750 ml. The best and most expensive one was the Dessert Wine – 1350 for 300 ml. It had a restaurant, balcony with seating area and a great lake view.
After Vineyard, we drove back to Pune stopping at Thane to drop Ayush off and then we drove non-stop until we reached Pune at 1:30 am.