Not far from Mumbai lies a hill station named Jawhar that makes for an interesting case. What it lacks in altitude, Jawhar makes up for it with its quaint, bucolic vistas and quietly inviting ambience. The hill station, located in Maharashtras Palghar district, makes for a quick and cheap getaway for Mumbaikars and has grown in popularity over the last five years. So, if youre planning to take a trip to Jawhar and want to know more about it, then youre at the right page. Read on!
How to reach
The distance from Mumbai to Jawhar is 140 km. One can reach the hill station by taking the NH 8 from Mumbai. There are frequent MSRTC buses from Thane to Jawhar and the round trip fare will be Rs 350 approximately.
The nearest railway station to Jawhar is Nashik which is about 58 km away and MSRTC buses connect the two cities. The train fare is pegged at Rs 200.
While by no means high, the hill station is located at an altitude of 450 metres above sea level, making it cooler than its surroundings.
Jawhar is a hill station that is known for its Warli paintings and lively tribal culture that attracts lakhs of tourists every year. The altitude has earned it the moniker Mahabaleshwar of Thane and since 2014 it has been a part of Palghar district.
Places to visit
Jawhar is rich in both natural and historical beauty. When you visit the hill station, do not forget to make halt at these sites.
Monuments and forts
Jai Vilas Palace: Also known as the Jawhar palace, the pink stone palace was built by Raje Yashwant Rao Mukane and the lawns of the palace are lined by cashew nut trees. The garden located inside the palace is a photographers delight.
Shirpamal: This was a gateway to the old princely state built by Chhatrapati Shivaji and continues to attract historians and tourists by the hordes.
Bhopatgad Fort: Another architectural wonder built by Chhatrapati Shivaji, this one hosts a set of four footprints that are believed to belong to Lord Ram, Sita and their sons Luv and Kush. The fort thus sees attendance from a lot of devotees of Lord Ram.
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Dabhosa waterfall: Also known as the Dadarkopara Falls, Dabhosa stands tall at 300 foot and originates at the Lendi River. A seasonal waterfall, the best time to visit it would be during September when the river is in full flow post monsoons.
Khadkhad dam: The dam is newly built on the Khadkhad Lake and has solved the towns water problems while becoming a popular attraction for travellers.
Jai Sagar dam: Built on the Jai Sagar Lake, the dam used to be the original source of water for the town and continues to be a popular tourist spot. It is smaller in size when compared to Khadkhad dam and thus less visited.
Kal Mandavi waterfall: Unlike Dabhosa, Kal Mandavi is a perennial waterfall in Jawhar that can be visited all year round by travellers. It is around 330 foot tall and is frequented by rock climbing enthusiasts and trekkers due to its tricky terrain.
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Hanuman Point: Originally known as the Katya Maruti Mandir, the Hanuman Point is the best place in town when it comes to sunrises. Located on top of a hill, the point gives a spectacular view of the valley that surrounds its three sides while also giving us a glimpse of the historical Shahapur Maholi Fort.
Sunset Point: Is Hanuman Point offers you serene sunrises, the sunset point offers you glorious sunsets. One can see as far as 60 km while standing at the point. On point, we say!
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Resorts and Hotels
When you travel to a hill station, finding hotels and resorts that suit your budget is on top of your priority list. Thankfully, Jawhar is one of those hill stations in Maharashtra that does not have a dearth of accommodation facilities. Check them out below:
Synphony Lakeview Resort: Rs 4100 per night
Shanti Sarovar Resort: Rs 3500 per night
Hotel Pushpanjali: Rs 1000 per night
Sunset Point Resort: Available on request
Do remember us when you visit Jawhar!
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