Bhayandar is a northern suburb of Mumbai city in the state of Maharashtra. There are numerous picnic places in Bhayandar. There are also a number of resorts and parks. Bhayandar is slated to become an industrial complex in the near future due to its proximity and good connectivity to Mumbai.
Places to Stay
There are few accommodation options for budget travellers such as Saffron Suites (Rs.1500), Pali Beach resort(Rs.1200),SA Residency (Rs.1200).
A week long annual fair known as Bandra Fair is held in September. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is held in February. Major festivals of all religions are celebrated.
Marathi is the primary language spoken. However, English, Hindi and several other languages are understood.
Places to Visit
Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu beach and Jehangir Art Gallery are among the places of interest well within 35km among several others.
How to Get There
The ChhatrapatiShivaji Domestic and International Airport are the two main aviation hubs in Mumbai city 30km from Bhayandar. It is the second busiest airport of the country which connects passengers to all countries across the world.
ChhatrapatiShivaji Terminus, Dadar, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai Central, Bandra Terminus and Borivali station are the 6 major railway stations which connect passengers to cities, towns and villages across the country.
Mumbai is accessible to NH3, NH4, NH8, NH17 and NH22. There are several expressways and freeways which make road travel easy and convenient. There are more than 20-30 local operators along with MSTRC who operate smooth bus operations. If you book your tickets online, look out for bus ticket booking coupons and save a lot of money.
Ghatkopar is a beautiful suburban area of eastern Mumbai in Maharashtra. It is also a railway station owned by Central Railway line of the Mumbai suburban railway. Ghatkopar is the corner of the Western Ghats, hence in Marathi ‘Kopara’ means corner and ‘Ghat’ means small hills, therefore giving the place its name ‘Ghatkopar’. Urban legend has it that it got its name when locals gave out directions they referred to this area as ‘ghat ke uppar’ (above the hills).
Places to Stay
The budget hotels available in Ghatkopar are Ganesh Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Airways (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and New Welcome Restaurant and Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 1000).
Marathi is the official language of Ghatkopar. Gujarati and Hindi are also spoken here.
Since this area is chiefly resided by Gujaratis, Navratri is celebrated in this area with great enthusiasm. Dandhiya nights are organised in the area surrounding Ghatkopar. Other festivals include Ram Navami, Ganesh Chaturti, Gudi Padva (Maharashtra New Year), Ganesh Chaturti, and Diwali.
Places of Interest
There are some well-known tourist spots around Ghatkopar. Places such as the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Shrine, Shri Mahalaxmi Temple, and Jehangir Art Gallery are interesting places to visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Ghatkopar is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (3.4 km).
Ghatkopar itself serves as a railway station owned by Central Railways.
This area is well connected by bus services. Majority of bus operators offer regular bus connectivity from Ghatkopar to major cities. These include Divya Jyoti Travels, Vishwakarma Travels, and Shreyas Tours and Travels. Ticketgoose.com provides bus tickets at minimum rates to all its travelers.