Friday 21 June 2013

5 Things to do in the Monsoons in Karjat

Monsoons in Karjat is a visual delight – grassy meadows, nesting birds, lush green hillocks lined with waterfalls, butterflies and insects galore - nature at its best display. If you really want to do just more than visit a hotel or a friend’s bungalow in Karjat on a weekend, here are the five things recommends to soak in the monsoon fun. It is the perfect weather to explore Karjat.

buddhist kondana caves in karajt
- Caves
Nature lovers and avid trekkers head to the ancient Buddhist Kondana caves. It’s an hour trek from Kondane village and an easy one too. You will witness eight caves enclosed with sculptures, vihara, chaitya and stupas. The caves were created around 200 BC - 100BC, so you will get a glimpse of ancient Buddhist architecture.
How to reach Kondana caves

- Forts
trek to peth fort karjat
There are several forts in and around Karjat waiting to be explored. One of them is Peth fort also known as Kothaligad, which is around 21 kms north-east of Karjat in Shahapur taluka. Peth is a small fort used more as a defense station during Sambhaji's era, and is surrounded by other forts like Bhimashankar, Padargad, Rajmachi and Siddhagad. Its a fairly easy trek due to its small height and easy climb. Directions to Peth Fort

Bhimashankar, situated in the village of Bhavagiri, is a famous pilgrimage site and a major trekking spot in Karjat. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. The beautiful stone temple is around 3296 feet high and is surrounded by dense forests and lofty peaks, get ready for breath-taking views. There is a simple route via Ganesh ghat and a bit difficult one Shidi ghat, you can read about directions to Bhimashankar.

River rafting
river rafting in monsoons in karjat
Monsoon is also the best time to go river rafting on the upper sections of Ulhas River. Several adventure tour operators conduct one-day or weekend rafting from July to September. The nerve-tingling rafting adventure highly depends on the rainfall, so manoeuvre your way through rapids and stay afloat!

Eat hot Vada pau with chai
eat vada paus
How could we forget this one, a must-do in all seasons! Karjat is known for its hot and delicious vada paus, which are available at almost every corner of the street or village. Although Diwadkar near Karjat station serves the best vada pavs in Karjat.

waterfalls in karjat
Go driving around close to the hills, and you are sure to spot a string of waterfalls hiding behind the clouds. Jamrukh village is the best spot to catch waterfalls, even Bhivpuri waterfall is a popular spot.

Help farmers grow paddy

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