Palghar(Marathi: पालघर) is a town and a Municipal Council located about 87 kilometres north off Mumbai. Palghar lies on the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway on the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad rail corridor. It is the administrative capital of the newly formed Palghar district. The town is located around 35 kilometers north of Virar and about 20 kilometres west of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway (NH 8) exit at Manor, India. Palghar, which was until 31 July 2014 known as a distant suburb of Mumbai has been accorded the status of a district headquarters following the formation of the Palghar district on 1 August 2014. It is Maharashtra's 36th district. Palghar remains a popular weekend getaway town for Mumbaikars. It is also an emerging town with high growth prospects located within the periphery of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Located nearly 40 kilomteres away from Virar, Palghar acts as an important residential, industrial and educational hub for villages surrounding the town. Various age groups of people travel from the surrounding villages for different job opportunities, education, business, shopping and health care facilities. Many villages are connected to Palghar via road & rail. The government provides State Transport Bus facility to access these villages. Various villages surrounding Palghar include Tarapur, Umroli, Kelva, Satpati, Shirgaon, Saphale and Sartodi.