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.