Karjat is located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and is located about 62 km from Mumbai. It is one of the popular weekend holiday desitnations near to Mumbai and is a paradise for adventure and nature enthusiasts. Mesmerizing landscape, towering mountains, forts and ancient rock-cut cave temples makes the place and ideal holiday or a weekend destination.
Karjat is also popular for adventure sports like trekking, waterfall climbing, rappelling and river rafting in the Ulhas River. Morbe Dam, about 12 km from Karjat is just your ideal place for boating and also for picnics. The best time to visit Karjat is during monsoons which starts from the month of July.
An exhilarating view of the landscape
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Karjat is one of the famous trekking destinations in Maharashtra and offers adventure and nature enthusiasts with many trekking trails. The Chanderi Fort Trek, Matheran Trek via Rambagh Point and Peth Fort Trek are some of the famous trekking trails for adventure enthusiasts offered in Karjat.
The place becomes even more mesmerizing and exhilarating during monsoons. The monsoon season is an ideal time to visit Karjat as one can experience white river rafting on the mighty Ulhas River. This is the time when the tides of the river are in full flow and one can have their adrenaline pumping by indulging in river rafting.
The Kondana Buddhist Caves is also a major crowd-puller and is recommended when visiting Karjat. Dating back to history, it was beleived that these caves were excavated during 1st century BC by some monks for their shelter during heavy monsoons. These caves consist of sculptures, vihara and stupa. These caves are one of the famous rock-cut sites found in Maharashtra. Other than Kondana Caves, travellers can also visit Peth Fort, Ulhas Valley and Bhor Ghat.
A beautiful view of the caves
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The Ulhas Valley offers exhilarating views during the monsoons, when the flow of the water that cascades through the thick greenery of the valley is in full flow. One can also experience a memorable train journey through these tunnels in the Ulhas valley and can view some of the breathtaking view of the landscape.
Where to Stay in Karjat
Karjat is regarded as one of the most popular holiday destinations around Mumbai and there are many budget and mid-range options for accommodation near the railway station and bus stand. Travellers visiting Karjat can try the local delicacies called vada pav which is found in almost every streets of Karjat. The market area near the railway station has several restaurants for travellers to relish according to ones taste buds.
How to Reach Karjat
By Air: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai is the nearest International airport to Karjat, which is located at a distance of about 70 km. Travellers can hire taxi from the airport and can reach to this beautiful place.
By Train: Karjat is a major railway station and is well connected to all cities within and outside the state of Maharashtra.
By Road: Goverment as well as Private buses are availbale that connect Karjat from other cities of Maharashtra. Buses are availble to Karjat on daily basis for travellers to reach Karjat.