Matheran is one of the most famous hill stations in Maharashtra and often visited by tourists in winters and summer. It starts from Haji Malang in the north and ends at the Bhivpuri Road Hill. This range is parallel to the scenic Sahyadri mountain ranges and is one of the most picturesque places in Karjat. You can enjoy famous deserts mainly made with strawberries and mulberries and also enjoy pony rides on the misty roads of Matheran.
Built according to the Buddhist architectural style, these caves give you a picture of the ancient cave lifestyle of Buddhist monks. There are many cave scriptures, sculptures and stupas located in the caves which are some of the most beautiful reflections of the ancient Buddhist culture.
Karjat has an array of mountain hiking tracks against the backdrop of lush green scenery and one of this is the Peth Fort, which is also known as Kotligad. This fort is conical shape and gives an amazing view of the valley.
The valley has the sparkling Ulhas River flowing through it, which makes it really scenic during sunrise and sunset. During monsoons, you will find a lot of naturally cascading waterfalls through this valley and if you really want to get the best out of this destination, you should visit here in monsoon and take a train journey.
ND Studios is production designer Nitin Chandrakand Desai’s studios, started in 2005. It is one of the major attractions in Karjat because a lot of mainstream Bollywood films are shot here. Hollywood studios like Walt Disney and Twentieth Century Fox has also set up their mega studios here and the winning movie Slumdog Millionaire has also been shot here.
Karjat, a hub for trekking through the cloudy green mountains offers plenty of trail routes and are from medium to difficult levels. The unpredictable hilly terrain and softy slopes make it a fun spot for trekking enthusiasts and some of the most famous spots are Rambagh Point, Peth Fort and Chanderi Fort.
If you are enthusiastic about rafting, the Ulhas River provides perfect current for it during the monsoon. You can do white water rafting on the upper sides of the river and the starting point is 15 kilometers away from Karjat. The best time to do here is from July to September.