Weekend Destination: Karjat

Located near the basin of river Ulhas, Karjat is a popular weekend holiday destination from Mumbai. Scenic natural vistas, mountains, forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples make Karjat, 68 km from Mumbai, popular among trekkers.The city has an average elevation of 636 feet and its climate and scenic splendor make it convenient for adventure sports like trekking, waterfall climbing, rappelling and river rafting in river Ulhas.

Besides its natural beauty, Karjat attracts a lot of tourists because of the innumerable possibilities it offers for adventure sports activities such as river rafting, trekking, hiking and mountain climbing. During the rainy season, families throng in here for a holiday.Morbe Dam, about 10 km west, is a good place for boating and the perimeter of the dam is a nice place for a leisurely picnic. Three trekking trails are considered to be the most popular among adventure seekers — Chanderi Fort Trek, Matheran Trek via Rambagh Point and Peth Fort Trek. Monsoons are the best time of the year for those seeking adventure.

One of the major tourist attractions in here is Art Director NitinChandrakant Desai’s ND Studio. Karjat served as the backdrop for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Several international production houses such as Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney and DreamWorks are setting up their facilities in this scenic place. The song ‘Lean On’ has been shot in Karjat.

It is a great place to picnic with your family and friends or go hiking and rock climbing. There are several places of interest in and around such as the Ulhas Valley, BhorGhat, Kondana Caves, Peth Fort etc.

Distance from Mumbai – 62kms via Sion-PanvelExpy

Best time to visit – June to October

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About Shreya Chaudhury

First of all, if you are going to use incorrect grammar, steer clear of Shreya Chaudhury. A proper grammar Nazi, a hardcore music enthusiast (never seen without her headphones), a professional baarat dancer and a die hard Jeffrey Archer fan, you will probably find this 17 year old with a novel in hand, day dreaming about all these places she wants to travel in the future. If only time machines worked..


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