Jawhar, located in the Sahayadri mountain range, 165 km from Mumbai, is popularly known as the Mahabaleshwar of Thane (since it was located in the Thane district of Maharashtra. It is now a part of the newly-created Palghar district). Pleasant climate and scenic beauty of Jawhar evokes comparisons with the popular hill station in Maharashtra. Jawhar also boasts of strong cultural ethos and a history that dates back to the 14 th century. Founded in 1306, Jawhar was ruled by the Munke dynasty and served as camping point for Maratha king Shivaji and his army en route Surat. Jawhar was part of the Mumbai Presidency under the British.
Jawhar is also home to the Warli, Kolcha and Kukana tribes and these tribal communities have taken special efforts to preserve their culture and traditions. Jawhar is noted for Warli paintings that depict scenes from everyday life of the Warli people and were traditionally drawn with white on red background. However, with growing commercial popularity of the paintings, Warli paintings use different colors and also depict new ideas. To offer a peek into daily life of the tribe and help educate outsiders, several households from these tribes offer homestays for travelers.
In addition to its scenic beauty, Jawhar also boasts of several interesting places to see. Jai Vilas Palace, the residence of Munke rulers, Dabdaba Falls, Bhopatgad Fort and scenic places like Hanuman Point and Sunset Point are some of the must visit spots in Jawhar.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JAWHAR
There are limited accommodation options in Jawhar and there definitely are no plush hotels here. However, one can enjoy the traditional hospitality of the locals of Jawhar by opting to live in a homestays. You can also choose to stay in resorts offering budget and mid-range accommodations.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN JAWHAR
There are no fancy restaurants in Jawhar, but home-cooked meals offered by the locals are totally worth the buck. Kelichapada also has community kitchens.