Exquisite Landscape of Erstwhile Princely State of Jawhar
I am Jawhar, a small yet exquisitely beautiful hill station in Maharashtra, and I am also often lovingly called as the ‘Mahabaleshwar of Thane’. Located just a little more than 150km from Mumbai, I was an erstwhile Princely State of Jawhar, and was discovered during the year 1343.
During the British colonial period I became a part of Bombay Presidency and was also given a nine gun salute status by the British rulers. Raja Patang Shah V was the last king who ruled me after independence, and since then I am a part of the state of Maharashtra.
As a small hill town I have a population of little over 11,000 and the average literacy rate in Jawhar is 72%. Apart from an enchanting landscape of lush green hills studded with mountain springs and waterfalls, I also have a rich tradition of tribal lifestyle and culture and the palace of the tribal kings still stands tall, and which you can see in the hills.
I offer a unique chance to the tourists to know about the tribal way of life and the Warli Paintings have made me famous, worldwide. The best time for visiting me is during the winter months or early spring, that is from late October to March as with an elevation of only 447 meters above the sea level I am pretty hot during the summer when temperature hovers around the 300 mark. Due to the South Western Monsoon I also receive a heavy precipitation from June to September.
I am easily accessible through rail, road and also air and Mumbai is the nearest airport. You can also reach me directly by rail from Nashik while Igatpuri and Dahanu are the railheads located closest to me.