Khar is a suburb of Mumbai, north of Bandra and south of Santa Cruz. It is divided into Khar West and Khar East areas. It is serviced by Khar Road railway station of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. It is an area within convenient distance of schools, restaurants and shopping centres.
The suburb of Khar also has the fishermen folk area ("danda"), also known as Khar Danda. Linking Road in this area is famous for its street shopping.
The 'khar' comes from Marathi word khara, which means salty. Most of the Khar area was nothing but marshlands of salty sea water.
Khar (East) still is a little crowded and undeveloped. Khar (West) has gained popularity as a highly-rated areas to reside in, in Mumbai due to its proximity to Bandra a plush suburb and accessibility. Khar (West) is a very peaceful area and evergreen throughout the year.
Pathare Prabhus were one of the earliest inhabitants of Khar. The Pathare Prabhu community lived in South Mumbai and used their bungalows in Khar during weekends. The community still has control over a large area in Khar.
Khar is home to many Bollywood celebrities and business industrialists. Aamir Khan, Ashutosh Gowarikar, Karisma Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, John Abraham, Shilpa Shirodkar, Anuradha Paudwal and Srijit Mukherji live in Khar (West), and it was once inhabited by stars like Dilip Kumar and his wife Saira Banu, Sunil Dutt and Nargis with son Sanjay Dutt, Manoj Kumar, Sadhana and music director/singer Hemant Mukherjee and Shailendra. Khar is also home to union minister of railways, Suresh Prabhu, Sharukh Khans office Gauri Khan production house is at Khar and Mahesh Bhatt's office is also located here.
It is an area within convenient distances to many pharmacies, parks and colleges,schools,restaurants,etc.
Khar also has some great sports facilities. Khar Gymkhana is one of Mumbai's most exclusive and prestigious sports clubs. The Wellington Catholic Gymkhana is also located in Khar near Khar Subway. There are a number of turfs that have come up in Khar for playing cricket and football.
Schools and colleges
Following are the educational institutions located at Khar:
Podar International School (IB & CAIE)
ST Elias High School
B.P.M. High School
Sacred Heart Boys School
Khar Education Society's College of Commerce & Economics.
Kamla High School and Jr. College
Bloomingdales Pre-primary / Jasudben M. L. School (ICSE)
R.V. Technical high School
Guru Nanak High School
Cardinal Gracious High School
Maruai Devi Mandir
Shree Siddhivinayak Devastan
Digamber Jain Temple
Ahimsa Bhawan Jain Sthanak on 14A Road
Jain Temple at 5th Road
St. Vincent De Paul Church, Khar
Ghanteshwar Mandir Khar west
Gayatri Mandir 12th Road Khar west
Ram Mandir 12th Road Khar west
Rama Krishna Mission 12th Road Khar west
Guru Gangeshwar Dham 6th Road Khar west
Khatwari Darbar Linking Road Khar west
Shri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara Station Road Khar west
Khar Markaz Masjid Old Khar Khar west
Shri Aniruddha Gurukshetram, Old Khar
Mahavir Hospital on Ahimsa Marg (14A Road)
Ram krishna mission hospital
Beams Hospital 18A Road Khar west