Monday, December 26, 2011

Trip to Scenic Jawhar and Dadra nagar haveli

Jawhar - A small erstwhile princely state and stunningly beautiful hill station, lies just 170 kms from Mumbai or 80 kms from Nasik. On Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway, take a right turn from Mastan naka to go towards Jawhar. As you drive deeper and closer to the destination, the road becomes serpentine passing through dense forest, climbing the Sahyadri hills, passing through deep valleys and once you reach the top, its like a plateau. Just marvellous !!!!!!!

Road to Jawhar

The best time to visit is during rainy season when its lush green and water gushing into the deep valleys from plateau creating some extra ordinary waterfalls. But winter is also best time to visit with chilly cold nights and beautiful sunset which can be seen from the sunset point in Jawhar.

Jawhar Plateau
The attractions in Jawhar are 

  • Hanuman point : This spot gives breathtaking view of deep valley beneath. Legend stories goes that Lord Hanuman relaxed here while on his way to meet Lord Rama. But one place not to be missed when in Jawhar.

  • Jai Vilas Palace: The official residence of Royal Munke family, the erstwhile rulers of Jawhar. The palace is situated on the highest point in Jawhar on the rocks so as to enable the rulers to look at his kingdom. The palace has some attractive carvings and lush green surroundings around it.
Jai Vilas Palace
  • Sunset point: The spot from where one can get the amazing view of sunset overlooking a valley. They have constructed a machaan for tourist to get unobstructed view of sunset best watched during winters and summers. There is also a small resort called sunset point nearby which provides staying facility and is also famous for its spicy veg and non veg menus.
  • Dabosa waterfall:  One the way to Silvassa, 18kms from Jawhar lies this tiny tribal hamlet village  called Dabosa famous for its 365 days waterfall. The road again passes through dense forest and tribal - adivasi village. But once you reach the place, you are sure to "wow" the place which gives a spectacular view of Dabosa waterfall. Its also has a resort which provides staying facility overlooking the waterfall. Must watch during rainy season when the whole place is in full glory of natural beauty.

If one plans the trip for 2days then one can come to Jawhar from Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway, stay for day or two in Jawhar and on the way back, take the route to Silvassa - Vapi - Mumbai as it passes through reserved forest areas of Dadra Nagar Haveli. Again the ride is amazing passing through tribal villages famous for its Warli paintings. One can also visit Silvassa for day before taking  trip back to Mumbai in the evening.

How to reach: State transport buses are easily available from various nodal points like Borivali, Dadar, Kurla, Parel for Jawhar but best would be to take own vehicle to view and enjoy the beauty of the place.

Here are some of the pics from day trip from Mumbai -Jawhar - Dadra Nagar Haveli - Mumbai. Even though my trip was one day long drive trip. I still look forward to visiting the place again this time during rainy season to catch the glimpse of its breathtaking beauty when nature is at its best and on its crescendo.


On way to Silvassa

Tribal Lady

On way from Dabosa

Economies of scale - Jeep Taxi

DNH reserve forest area

Adivasi Hut
Village road in DNH forest 

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