Karjat is where my father lives (I stay at Bangalore). So it's always a joy to visit any time of the year. Am here in March and it's sweltering hot. One cannot really do much between 12 noon and 5 pm. Night are not bad as the heat tapers off a bit. I catch up on reading, movies and writing (like this one! ), which I seldom get to do while at Bangalore. So I don't really waste time!
Quintessential first. On reaching Karjat, I first had a 'vada pav', this is the 'original thing' and not like the hundreds masquerading as one. The 'lasan ki chutney' and fried green chillies that accompany are delightful too!
Over the year's, Karjat has become a getaway for the Mumbai and Pune rich businessmen to build and live in their own 'farmhouse'. The Karjat skyline is also going the Panvel way - one with 'apartment culture' now invading its boundaries.
Home food and visiting friends in the local village (Posari) is the highlight of this trip for me. A new attraction at my village - Pasari at Karjat is a Shiva Temple built in the middle of a man-made water tank. It's well lit up at night.
Best Times to Visit: Monsoon & Winter.
Geographically, Karjat falls in the Matheran Valley and is a to-die-for visit place in the monsoons when it's lush and green all over with every little hill sporting its own waterfall!
Winters too are bliss and just perfectly cold to set up a barbeque! On this trip, I came in by bus from Bangalore (drop off at Khalapur Toll Station). Karjat is easily reachable by road from Pune and Mumbai. A 3 hour journey (max) from either city. Nothing beats coming back Home!
My family first started to think like lets get together all of us so he decided we will keep holi always out so the second trip to holi was Karjat the most beautiful place. Weather was nice and cool we were staying near by the river enjoyed playing holi there so I had a great fun at Karjat over there.
Located in the Raigad District of the Indian state of Maharashtra, Karjat is a city, a tehsil, a municipal corporation and a sub-district. It falls in the Asthavinayak Ganesha belt region. The city shares its region with the Bhor Ghat, Sahyadri, Western Ghats and the coastal plains of Konkan region near Deccan. Lying on the banks of River Ulhas in the foothills of Matheran, the hill station of Karjat has an average elevation of 194 m.
The population of Karjat is 2,17,363 with tourism, sports, film shooting, plantation and hospitality being the major occupations. Though this traditional hamlet mainly serves as a weekend getaway for domestic travellers, it has also gained prominence as a picnic spot among foreigners. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is currently working on the development of Karjat in terms of infrastructure, amenities and tourist facilities.
A beautiful tourist outpost in the backdrop of Bhor Ghat, Karjat is sought after by trekking enthusiasts. The undulated green plains, hilly terrains and valley slopes form trekking trails, which range from medium to very demanding.
The most prominent trekking trails of the region are those leading to Matheran via Rambagh Point, Peth Fort and Chanderi Fort. Other difficult trekking trails can be seen in the villages of Khandpe, Sandshi and Kondiwade.
With the River Ulhas originating in Karjat, the city is also a major centre for water sports like river rafting. The best time to indulge in white water rafting is from July through September; however, it highly depends on the rainfall.
Karjat is also a preferred spot for other activities like hiking and mountain climbing. Sightseeing and picnicking are other major attractions of this weekend getaway. The most favourable time to visit Karjat is from November to February.
Tourists can travel to Karjat by varied modes of transportation, such as air, rail and road. The nearest airport to Karjat is the Chhatrapati International Airport in Mumbai (90 km). Being easily accessible via several highways, Karjat can also be reached by road.
The city is also has a major rail terminus, which is linked to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai, Khopoli and Panvel via local trains. It is further linked to other cities in and around the state by public and private buses.