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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. Today Khar (West) is one of the most royal and highly rated area in Mumbai. Khar (West) is a very peaceful area and evergreen throughout the year.The new constructions are not less than 3 bhk houses.
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.
Schools and colleges
Following are the educational institutions located at Khar:
- ST Elias High School
- B.P.M. High School
- Sacred Heart Boys School
- Khar Education Society's College of Commerce & Economics.
- M.M. Pupils
- Kamla High School and Jr. College
- Bloomingdales high school (primary) / Jasudben M L High School (ICSE)
- R.V. Technical high School
- Guru Nanak High School
- Beacon High
- Anuyog Vidyalaya
- Cardinal Gracious High School