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Tourist Attractions in Karjat

Preferred spot: Karjat is a preferred spot for weekend holidays, picnics, river rafting, trekking, hiking, and mountain climbing. It is a favored destination during rainy season.

Many farm houses and residential colonies are situated here with all civil amenities and a municipal corporation. People from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Pune have second or weekend homes here and regularly celebrate festivals, new year parties, week-end bash here. It is also popular for pleasure visits during the monsoon season. Distance from Chembur to Karjat is 46 kilometres and from Sion it is 49 kilometres. Karjat has an advanced bio-tech institute which has been developing patented hybrid varieties of rice of international repute, apart from other crops and techniques.

Art Director Nitin Chandrakant Desai's "ND Studio" is a major stopover attraction for Karjat Tourists these days and top directors Films are shot here. White Feather Films is also setting up a new studio here. Hollywood production companies such as Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney and DreamWorks(with Reliance Big Studio) are setting up mega studios and production facilities here. Academy Award winning movie Slumdog Millionaire was shot here.

Jain Temple: On the Mahavir Peth road leading to Karjat station, close to the rickshaw stand is a beautifully made Jain temple. Catering to a small Jain community present in the area the temple is the only Jain Mandir in Karjat. Like most of the Jain shrines, this one too is carved out of white marble. The entrance bears intricate carvings of figures symbolising Jain faith. The flight of stairs leading to the main temple is embellished with colorful stones and white marble.


Activities

Trekking The undulated green plains and the hilly terrains emerging from Karjat plains make this place a much sought destination for adventurous tourists for trekking.

Karjat is one of the starting point for various treks in the Sahyadris, one of which is Rajmachi. A rickshaw ride from Karjat bridge will take you to Kondivde village or Khandpe village. From Kondivde it takes 15 minutes to walk to Kahndpe village. Khandpe village forms the base of the Rajmachi trek. It is a 7 km ascend to the Rajmachi village (about 2.5 hours). After about 45 minutes from the village one reaches Kondhane Caves. A beautiful waterfall covers the caves and it is an experience in itself to see the huge waterfall from within the caves. Rajmachi village forms the base to trek to two forts - Manarajan (also known as Manoranjan) and Srivardhan, is adorned by a beautiful lake and a temple. One can also view waterfalls from the small tableland of Rajmachi.


Festivals

Festivals bring families/communities together as everybody participates in the traditional customs and rituals. This was quite evident during Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated in remote villages of Karjat. It was a contradicting picture as compared to the hyped up scene in Mumbai, and turned out to be more enjoyable, less noisy and the excitement was palpable.

Every house in the village get their own Ganapati, generally for five days, decorate the idol, conduct puja and on the sixth day immerse it along with goddess Gauri.

On the immersion day the men in the village carry Ganesh idols, which are placed on a wooden stool, on their heads. While the women follow them carrying idols of Gauri on their heads.

It was interesting to see the way each idol of Gauri was decorated. Some draped saris around the clay statue, donned her with jewelery like nose ring, necklace, mangalsutra, flowers and leaves, while some were carrying photos of Gauri and placed it on colorful baskets.

Singing bhajans they all marched towards Pench river that flows through Karjat. One of the villagers also mentioned that the idols were only made of clay and not any harmful material that can pollute the river.

Another village was already performing the last rites of immersion while others peacefully waited for their turn.

Idols of Gauri placed on the banks of river Pench to perform the remaining rituals. There were similar type of flowers in each of these baskets, apparently the local boys get them from the jungle a day prior to Gauri.

A married woman doing puja of Gauri, considered to be goddess of prosperity and wealth.

After the puja is done women remove the jewelery and prepare for Gauri visarjan.

While on the other side men perform the last rites in front of Ganesh by lighting candles, singing bhajans/hymns, break a coconut and preparing for immersion.

It was much easier to stand close to the river banks to take pictures as compared to Mumbai, where it would be impossible to get close to the sea during immersion.

People carried their idols in the river and went as far as they could to immerse it and prayed for Ganesh to return next year. Some kids were just enjoying diving in and going for a swim.

While the women bid adieu to Goddess Gouri, only immersing the idol and picking out the flowers.

At the end of it prasad in the form of poha, sugar, coconut mixed with banana was distributed among all the devotees. Most of the villages in Karjat follow this, except a few bigger ones who install speakers and an entire music system to start the procession, more like Mumbai style.


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