Located in the Raigad district near Navi Mumbai, Karjat is a picturesque village in the state of Maharashtra dotted with lush green agricultural fields and farm houses. It is encompassed by the mountain route of Bhor Ghat, in the Western Ghats. The river Ulhas which originates in Karjat and flows westward offers many water sport activities to the trekkers. The ancient Kondana Caves and the beautiful Ulhas Valley are two prominent destinations nearby Karjat. Of late, Karjat has grown into a nice picnic spot by foreign travelers as well. Karjat is undergoing a major transformation in terms of infrastructural development and tourist facilities.
How to Reach Karjat from Mumbai
Karjat Railway Station is a major railhead under the Mumbai railway division. The railway station is linked to all major cities in India via Mumbai railhead. Taxi cabs ply between Karjat and Mumbai.
: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the nearest airport to Mumbai. It is located around 90 kilometers away from Karjat. Mumbai is well-connected to all major cities in India and abroad.
The Sion-Panvel Expressway connects Mumbai to Karjat. For those travelling in a group, the journey via road will approximately take around 1.5 hours. Many public and private buses ply between Karjat and neighboring cities such as Mumbai and Panvel.
Attractions in Karjat
Located in Karjat, Kondana Caves offers glimpse of the ancient lifestyle of Buddhist disciples. These ancient rock-cut caves enclose sculptures, Vihara, chaitya and stupas. In early 1900’s, many stupas, front entrance and floor of the caves were damaged due to a natural disaster. These ancient caves attract a large number of tourists and devotees throughout the year. Some restrictions were imposed on these ancient caves such as non-smoking and prohibition on the consumption of liquor and aromatic food.
Popularly known as Kotligad, Peth Fort is a major attraction of the small village Karjat, close to Karjat in its North-East direction. It is a conically shaped hill whose pinnacle houses a fort which is positioned perfectly on the backdrop of Western Ghats and Matheran ranges. The two main attractions nearby Peth are Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary and Nethersole Dam.
Located on the banks of the Ulhas River, Karjat offers many water sport activities and white water rafting is the most amongst them. The calm and cool waters of the River Ulhas lure tourists to enjoy a great river rafting experience. Perfectly fused with nature, Karjat’s River Rafting is really an adventurous experience.
A renowned area for trekking, Karjat is quite famous for its undulating hill terrains and slopes. The trekking tracks in Karjat offers a great challenge to all enthusiastic travelers. The major trekking tracks from Karjat lead to Peth, Matheran and Chanderi Fort. Sandshi, Khandpe and Kondiwade are some popular villages in Karjat which offers good trekking facilities to trekking enthusiasts.