On a recent drive, I happened to ‘discover’ Jambhulpada. It is a quiet little village, off the Mumbai – Pune Highway, tucked amidst tall trees, on the banks of the river Amba, off the state highway near Khopoli.
There is an old age ashram, the Anand Dham, a small hotel with a restaurant called ‘Rest In The Forest’ and practically not much else. It seems to be an old village with a few remaining old style houses. And thank god for it. The quaintness is the charm of this village.
AnandDham was setup in 1997. It is said to be a nice place for senior citizens to retire to, and has adequate provisions for their needs. The Dikshit Bhojanalay is run by a a lady called Mrs Smita Sadashiv Dixit and one can find a very good meal here. There are some temples here like the Mahalaxmi Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, and the Sidhha Laxmi Dashbhuja Ganapati Mandir.
Since it’s so close to Mumbai, a day’s getaway would be completely possible. Jambhulpada near Khopoli is barely some 120km from Mumbai.
There’s even a blog dedicated to this village.
Getting there: Take the State Highway 92 off the Mumbai – Pune Highway near Khopoli, (the road that leads to Imagica) and keep going inside. Jambhulpada will be on your left.
Where To Stay in Jambhulpada: Rest In The Forest is a quaint hotel. We haven’t seen it’s rooms, but the restaurant food is nice. Phone: +91 952142 – 244135
It is a great place for an afternoon lunch and then back.