At times we all need that one magical door to escape the monotony of life. Probably, that is why long drives are favoured by many. Don't have to plan or think, just drive off to the outskirts of the city where the air is pristine and the surroundings untouched. Often mini hillstations work wonders when it comes to picnics. Like Nandi Hills near Bangalore and Lonavala and Khandala near Mumbai and Pune serve as ideal weekend getaways as people can feel closer to nature.
Here is yet another mini hill station that has become famous in the recent times. People of Mumbai and Pune love to stroll around this beautiful spot. Yes, it is the hill-city of Karjat that has become a hot-spot for city dwellers of Maharashtra. It is not just the picturesque landscapes but ND Studios where Big Boss Season 5 was shot attracts many visitors.
Yes, Karjat is the former Big Boss shooting location and also a Bollywood film shooting spot of famous movies like Jodha Akbar, Slumdog Millionaire, Kick, etc. Apart from this, the beautiful hill station has a lot to offer for adventure activities. Hence, Karjat tourism has been hitting the top charts of Maharashtra tourism in recent years.
Come, let us make a tour around the mesmerising Karjat!
Location of Karjat
Karjat is located around 62km from Mumbai and 108km from Pune. It is a hill-city with a number of tourist places.
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Landscape of Karjat
Karjat forms a part of Konkan region of Maharashtra. It is situated at Bor Ghat which is a part of the Western Ghats. Hence, it is just magical to explore Karjat during monsoon.
Top Tourist Places in Karjat
Bhivpuri Waterfalls, Kondana Caves, ND Studios, Peth Fort, Palasadhari Waterfalls, Bhor Ghat, Ulhas Valley and Bahiri Cave are some of the top tourist places in Karjat.
Bhivpuri Waterfalls is one of the beautiful attractions in Karjat. Interestingly, it is not only a picnic spot but also one of the top waterfalls rappelling destinations in India.
Kondana Caves are a group of 16 Buddhist Caves located in Karjat. It is a wonder to explore these age-old cave structures.
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Big ND Studios
ND Studios was created by Nitin Chandrakant Desai in 2002. Later, it Reliance Entertainment took a half share of the studios and it was officially named as Big ND Studios situated in Karjat.
Big Boss Season 5
Now the Big Boss Season 10 is being aired on Colours TV. Usually, the Big Boss house located in Lonavala is used for most of the seasons. However, there was a change in Big Boss Season 5 and it was shot at ND Studios in Karjat.
Movies Shot in ND Studios
ND Studios is one of the big film shooting complexes in Maharashtra. This has also gained popularity as one of the top tourist attractions in Karjat. Films like Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Kick, Jodha Akbar (both film and TV series), Bajirao Mastani etc. have been shot at ND Studios.
Trekking at Karjat
The lush green landscapes of Karjat offers many trekking trails. Many adventure lovers go to Karjat for a short trekking adventure.
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Best Time to Visit Karjat
Karjat is one of the famous monsoon destinations (June to September). However, the time from October to February is also the best time to visit Karjat.
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Ulhas River in Karjat is one of the best destinations of white water rafting in Maharashtra. The river cascades across the region which is named as Ulhas Valley in Karjat.
Places to Stay in Karjat
Karjat has many budget hotels as well as resorts. Karjat Heritage, Saphire Mohili Village, Green Hill Resort and Modis Resort are some of the top hotels and resorts in Karjat.