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If you are tired of the mundane Mondays and the same old lifestyle, the best way to spruce up your holidays is by planning a vacation. Karjat is one of those beautiful spots around Maharashtra that the locals flock into. For those who want a little difference to their constant hustle and bustle of life, we would suggest that you try visiting and exploring the hill stations that are located around Karjat. Several spots are worth visiting, so if you are planning a vacation, we’d suggest you look through the list below. Since there are several spots around, these hill stations near Karjat are worth a visit and also looks feasible for you.

6 Best Hill Stations Near Karjat

Karjat is no doubt a breathtaking spot around Maharashtra. But, the hill stations around Karjat are just as breathtaking. If you are not aware of straight-up confusion about where to go, don’t worry, we have sorted out some of the best spots that you can visit and explore.

1. Matheran


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If you are in Karjat and want to visit a spot that’s very close by, Matheran is one of the most popular hill stations that you can visit and explore. It is located around 803 meters above sea level. The best thing about this place is the fact that it doesn’t have the constant hustle and bustle of the city. If you want to get some peace of mind, this is the place to be in. While there, make sure that you visit and explore the Elphinstone Lodge, which is one of the most popular spots around. It also has a toy train services that take you from Neral to the dense forests through Matheran providing you with a one of a kind experience. The unique thing about this mini hill station is the fact that there are around 33 viewpoints including Porcupine Point and Hart Point.

Distance from Karjat: 10 km
Best time to visit: September to February
Things to do In Matheran: Visit the viewpoints and take the toy train ride
How to reach: Take a rental car from Mumbai or Karjat
Special Attractions: Louisa Point, Charlotte Point, and Porcupine Point
Places To Stay: SaffronStays Parsi Manor, Mauli Niwas, Adamo The Village, Born4tours Lakeview homestay, Lucky Cottage
Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
Packages Starting From: ₹ 6,900/-

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2. Khandala


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Yet another one of the amazing hill stations around Karjat is Khandala which is quite a local favourite among the tourists. It is located around 93 km away from the main city of Mumbai. It is a perfect spot if you are planning a quick and impromptu weekend getaway. It is also located amidst the Western Ghats, providing you with a breathtaking view and experience like no other. If you are in the mood for some adventure activities like trekking and hiking, Khandala is possibly one of the best spots that you can visit and explore around. There are a plethora of sightseeing spots around as well, which you can check out while you are there.

Distance from Karjat: 29.4 km
Best time to visit: End of summer months or winter months
Things to do In Khandala: Explore the sightseeing spots around like Bhushi Lake, Karla, and Bhaja caves, Tiger’s Leap, etc.
How to reach: Book a rental car from Mumbai or Karjat
Special Attractions: Rajmachi Fort, Bedsa caves, and Visapur Fort
Places To Stay: The Dukes Retreat, Della Resorts, D.A.T.A Resort, Breeze in the Hills, Tree top stays
Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
Packages Starting From: ₹ 13,999/-

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3. Igatpuri


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If you don’t mind travelling a bit more, Igatpuri is a breathtaking hill station near Karjat that you can visit and explore. The place is nestled among the breathtaking and majestic Sahyadri mountains and makes for one of the most beautiful hill stations. It is also often regarded as a trekker’s paradise because of the abundant trails that they have around. Apart from the natural beauty and the picturesque landscape, one of the most popular sites to visit and explore in Igatpuri is Dhammagiri which is a Buddhist pagoda containing 400 individual cells meant for meditation. Aside from that, there are some breathtaking rivers, lakes and other natural beauty around that you can explore.

Distance from Karjat: 133.7 km
Best time to visit: September to November
Things to do: Visit Dhammagiri and explore the other sightseeing spots around
How to reach: Take a rental car from Karjat or Mumbai
Special Attractions: Ghatandevi Mandir, Vaitarna Dam, and Tringalwadi Fort
Places To Stay: The Herb Farm, V2- Vue’ Villa, Nature’s Dreamland, Nature Leap Resort, Kurungwadi Camping with Adventure Activity
Ideal Duration: 1 day
Packages Starting From: ₹ 21,000/-

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4. Lonavala


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Yet another one of the breathtaking hills stations near Karjat that is worth a visit in Lonavala. It is covered in the beauty of the lush greenery and the untouched nature that will make your heart swoon and your mind peaceful. It is located along the train line from Mumbai to Pune and accounts for one of the most visited tourist spots in Mumbai when it comes to the hill stations. The view of the Sahyadris paired with the beauty of the Konkan coast makes this a place worth visiting. Apart from the lush greenery, the other thing that Lonavala is famous for is the chikki, which is sweet. The place isn’t technically aloof, but is quite peaceful in its way, thus making it a good option for a quick and short retreat.

Distance from Karjat: 33.3 km
Best time to visit: August to February
Things to do In Lonavala: Explore the sightseeing spots shop for souvenirs around the city
How to reach: Take a rental cab from Karjat or Mumbai
Special Attractions: Bushi Dam, Tiger’s Leap, and Lonavala Lake
Places To Stay: Meritas Adore Resort, Hotel Ferreira Resort, The Machan, Pavanadam Tourist camping, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat
Ideal Duration: 1-2 days
Packages Starting From: ₹ 9,000/-

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5. Jawhar


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For those who want to witness a beautiful hill station with a rich history, Jawhar is one of the best ones to visit near Karjat. The place is known for its Warli paintings and accounts for one of the best sites to explore if you are an art geek. It is a little far out from Karjat but the experience being there is a once in a while kind of experience. The architecture of the buildings around along with the breathtaking view around does make this worth the visit. While you are there, make sure to check out the shops for the local Warli painting and pick up a few pieces if possible and if you like something.

Distance from Karjat: 202.3 km
Best time to visit: September to February
Things to do: Explore the Warli painting workshops and stores
How to reach: Take a cab from Karjat or Mumbai
Special Attractions: Jawhar Fort and Hanuma View Point
Places To Stay: Dabhosa Waterfall Resort, Sajan Nature Club, A Nature Trails Resort, Stay in a Deluxe Room, Hotel Valleywood
Ideal Duration: 1 day

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6. Bhandardara


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If you are into waterfalls and the peaks all at the same time, visiting Bhandardara is a must for you. This is one of the most popular hill stations near Karjat and is nestled among the Sahyadris. The hills that you witness around can almost go up till 1600 meters, which is crazy and majestic. The place is known for its heavy gushing waterfalls and the dense forests that are spread across the area. Apart from all that, the widespread paddy fields also make up the majority of the spot around and will most definitely take your breath away. If you are into nature photography, this is a spot that is worth visiting. The place is also popular for the lakes around, which you can explore around.

Distance from Karjat: 179.8 km
Best time to visit: December to March, September to December
Things to do: Explore the sightseeing spots and indulge in some nature photography
How to reach: Take a rental cab from Mumbai or Karjat
Special Attractions: Umbrella Fall Bhandardara and Bhandardara Tourism
Places To Stay: Bhandardara Camping, Campingly, Campingworld, Saptashrungi Tourist Stays, Samadhan Resort
Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

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If you are planning a trip to Maharashtra and want to explore the other hill stations around, these are some of the best options available. The majority of these spots are either underrated or don’t witness a huge influx of tourists the entire year around, so you can easily plan impromptu trips there without any issues. If you have a car, make a road trip out of the experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Hill Stations Near Karjat

What is famous in Karjat?

If you are visiting Karjat, visit the beautiful sightseeing spots, especially the Bahiri Cave and other temples like the Kondeshwar temple which make for some of the sites that make this such a popular hill station.

Which hill station near Karjat is the best to visit on a budget?

If you are in Karjat and want to explore another hill station around without having to spend a fortune, Matheran is quite an amazing spot to be in. It is also nearby, so you can visit and explore and return the same day itself.

How far is Karjat from Mumbai?

If you are visiting the main city of Mumbai, it is located around 80 km away. So, a drive down to Karjat is going to take somewhere around 2-3 hours, depending on the traffic and the speed you are driving in.

How can one visit Karjat from Mumbai?

Apart from the option of taking a private car or hire car rental, you can even take direct trains from CST to Karjat. It takes around 2-3 hours, which is similar to what it takes on the road as well. You can also find direct trains from Karjat to Pune.

How long should one stay in Karjat?

Karjat doesn’t have many spots that you can explore and visit, but for the most part, people visit this hill station for peace and tranquility. If that is what you are visiting for, make sure that you stay the weekend at least.

Is it safe to visit Karjat?

Karjat is more or less a safe spot to visit and explore. But, if you feel the need, carry extra safety precautions with you to ensure that you are safe all the time.

Which is the best time to visit Karjat and the hill stations around it?

Since Mumbai often experiences bad rainfall, it is best suggested that you avoid the rainy season and visit anytime in the rest of the year.

Should I make the bookings for hill stations near Karjat beforehand?

Since there is not a heavy influx of tourists in the hill stations near Karjat except Lonavala and Khandala, you don’t necessarily have to make the bookings beforehand. You can visit any time of the year and the hotels are more or less available. If not one, the other is going to be available.

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