The Karjat journey: The second lockdown had just ended with the effects of Covid naturally subsiding on many people. My new workplace had Monday to Saturday workings but my sweet boss revealed it’s going to be a Saturday off! Wooo Hooo. Like any other person, I was as excited as a teenager, who was about to go on a weekend vacation! My Closest friend Tejas Mahadik along with his friends decided to invite me to a weekend trip to Karjat. Now, this was my very first trip after almost 2 years so I’m going to share my experiences along with some tips and information so you can equally enjoy a Karjat weekend trip on a limited budget within 2K.
How to reach Karjat?
The first answer to the question is: Wake up at 5 am and get ready to leave. Lol, Jokes Apart.
The most comfortable ride to Karjat from Mumbai is always via a Road Trip. I Travelled with Tejas to Dombivali on his bike and then took Vaibhav’s car from there directly to Karjat with approximately 2.5 hours of journey. But that’s not all. You can even travel through various means
- Reach Karjat by Train
- Reach Karjar via a Public Transport
Once we picked up two more of our group members we headed straight for our destination ‘Kimaya Farmhouse‘. Our journey included immense gossips, a Photo session,s and Oh Yes Videos of the travel. After the road adventure and shopping for the kinds of stuff along with the way we finally reached the place, we were going to spend two days.
Karjat Farmhouse with swimming pool
One of the most affordable farmhouses in Karjat including a swimming pool would be in my opinion The Kimaya Farmhouse. The caretaker Mr. Santosh was extremely helpful and made sure we get all the required things and Help. The FarmHouse has 3 rooms along with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and additionally Delicious Barbeques, Lord! Now I’m Really Hungry. But imagine in just Rs 1,800 you get food, Stay and Swimming pool and add few more bucks approximately it will be covered in 3K. How Amazing Isn’t it!
The Trip had a very different experience for me than Dubai. Since it was a Friends Trip we had a lot to catch up to.
What to see in Karjat?
Most people come to Karjat to relax in Resorts or Farmhouse but there is so much to see what Nature has to offer such as Waterfalls, Rivers, etc. We decided to spend our evening time on the shores of the Pej River ‘Nadi’ instead of the pool.
The way to go to the Pej River from Kimaya farmhouse is just about 5 minutes walk, While we were working most of the guys reached as quickly as possible but I and Tejas having a knack for a ‘Perfect’ Instagram Photo stayed back to take pictures on the road. After multiple shots, we finally managed to reach the bridge to walk down the stairs to the river.
After reaching the riverside, I was scared about my phone falling in the river as the other guys moved within the deeper sections of the river. I stayed back to play the role of a photographer for others. Dang!
But, As usual. Work calls from clients never really leave you in peace even during weekends. I attended a client call by standing in the middle of a river, Lol. The most horrifying thing was we all left our phones on the rocks not caring what would happen if someone takes our phone away. While these guys enjoyed over the small dam of the river I waited for them to return until they got an alert from the guard that they are going to open the doors of the Dam. Now, None of us had plans to drown in the river so we decided to move out.
Picnic spots near Karjat
There are many Picnic spots in Karjat, I can tell you the most famous spots which a person can enjoy if they take a long break from work.
- Kondana Caves
- Kothaligad Fort
- Jain Temple
- Ulhas Valley
- Kondeshwar Temple
- Bhor Ghat
- Bahiri Caves
- ND Studio
- Blackwaters of Pali Bhutivali Dam
- Bhivpuri Dam
We would really love to visit these places but the main agenda of the trip was not to travel but to relax. So we decided to spend our time in one of the best and the cheapest rates farmhouses in karjat.
Karjat farmhouse booking
Booking a farmhouse in Karjat is extremely easy. The First step is to check the reviews on Google and give them a call or else I’m sure most of your friends have visited a farmhouse or a resort at least once in their life take the owners or the caretaker’s number from them and give them a call.
Most Farmhouses have very affordable rates in Karjat. So you should not have a problem with the cost at all. 🙂
Check out our fun moments in the resort
After reaching the farmhouse, Mr. Santosh made us all a hot cup of tea which was much better than anything I had till now.
The Menu for the Karjat Farmhouse
The Kimaya had FingerLicking food experience (Non-Veg) which includes
For Breakfast – They have Omelets and eggs.
For Lunch – Chicken Curry, Rotis, Rice.
For Dinner – The Delicious Biryani, Chicken lollipop, and Chicken Crispy. Yum!
We were down with the delicious food, It was time for some Horror stories during the night we heard the howling sounds and the dogs barking at something in the dark. Aniket Salvi was the best storyteller that night. But the most frightening and disappointing thing for him was he dropped his phone in the swimming pool, Guess the Ghost didn’t like its story to be told.
Karjat Famous Sweets
I was extremely tired so went off to Bed before the others. In the morning after the first ray of sunrise hit the window of the room I woke up not because of the sunrise but Shrikant’s phone was there for the charge and he set an alarm which was constantly ringing. Daaamnnnn.
We finally woke up and Santosh made our breakfast ready it was time to leave as the next check-in by some family was quite early. We realized that we bought some sweets on the way and they were left and had to be eaten. The most famous sweet of Maharashtra The Malai Gulab Jamun! Yummy!!
Back to Mumbai from Karjat
Before returning to our boring work lives, Ughhhh. We had one more destination to visit but before visiting it a mandatory group shot was necessary.
We got ready to leave and the final stop before Mumbai was the ‘Morbe Dam. However, while traveling to the Dam we were stopped by the local police for apparently violating the Covid protocols. The Protocol says that a Car must have only 3 people including the driver and I was scared because I left my Mask in the backpack in the trunk of the Car. Aniket was a real savior here, His Dad serves in the Mumbai Police, and instead of Rs 2000 Penalty, we had to pay just 200, Fantastic!
Visting Morbe Dam – The Dam has a scope of taking beautiful pictures, Have a look at
The Last Shot was taken and it was finally time to Bid Farewell to this beautiful place. On the way back to Mumbai we planned for the many more trips to come in the following months.
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