Lonavala

Why To Go

Located amidst the mystic Sahyadri hills in Maharashtra state, Lonawala or Lonavala, as it is popularly known is a trekker’s paradise. A small hill town spread over 38 sq. Kilometres, Lonavla is a sight for city-sore eyes. Nestled very close to Mumbai, (just 96 km east of Mumbai) and Pune, Lonavala is a perfect hill station and holiday destination, especially during the monsoons.

Indian and Foreign travellers alike, in their attempts to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life travel to this hilly town for the serenity.

The city is especially famous for its lush green scenery, a hard-candy sweet called ‘chikki’ and a climate which remains pleasant throughout the year. Bestowed with many hills, serene lakes, gushing waterfalls, historical forts and caves, Lonavla offers a breathtaking view – the Konkan coast on one side and panoramic views of the Deccan plateau on another. With bountiful of natural beauty, this hilly town is full of captivating scenic views especially the sunset, which is mind blowing. Lonavla has been developed and promoted as a luxurious tourist destination, which boasts of peace and seclusion.

The town gets wrapped in greeneries during monsoon season as a painter’s canvas making the place a paradise of greens.

Lonavala is the perfect escape to the lap of nature away from the city’s din and pollution.

Travel Tips

If you are looking for peace and quiet, Lonavala is the place for you. However, try visiting during the week, if you are looking to avoid the boisterous city crowd. The best time to visit Lonavala would be during the monsoons i.e. from June to September, when the whole countryside transforms into a charming locale of small hills perfect for day-long treks, lush green valleys, miniature waterfalls by the roadside and fresh, clean air. Another good time to visit this town is during the winter that is from December to February, when the temperature fluctuates between 12 -26 degree Celcius, making it pleasant for sightseeing. Avoid summers as it is hot and humid.

Things To Do

You will never be at a loss of things to do in Lonavala. There are several viewpoints like Ramachi Point which has a towering view of the famous Shivaji fort and the surrounding valley, Tiger’s Point with a sheer drop more than 650 metres and commands an uninterrupted and spectacular view of the Deccan Plateau. Duke’s Nose, about 12 kms. off Lonavala is a popular trekking point, as are the Lohagadh and the Visapur forts. Only ruins of these ancient forts stand today that boast of a rich heritage of the Maratha kings. Located atop a peak, the bushy Dam comes to life during the monsoons, with water gushing out to make a waterfall along the hillside. Located in the backdrop of a hilly terrain and lush green scenery, this is a one of the biggest tourist attractions in Lonavala. Lonavala is also known for its rock-cut caves, from which it derives its name (Lonavli means caves). Bhaja and Karla caves are very popular among the foreign tourists both for the exquisite architecture and massive pillars as well as the Buddhist lineage. The lakes in Lonavala are known for their serene environments. Many travellers are seen sitting by the Lonavala Lake or the Tungarli Lake, engrossed in much needed soul-searching amidst nature. The best thing about being in Lonavala is that you do not have to go to a particular location to experience nature. Though some spots have become popular because of the magnificent views they have to offer, you could simple choose to drive or ride around the city in your own pace, whiling the day away, enjoying the beautiful countryside and the fresh mountain air. Remember to stop at a local chai-wala (tea shop) and try the masala chai (tea), while snacking on some delicious bhajjis (snacks) a plate. Also savour the delicious local food Vaada Paw and Chhola Bhaturas. Sip in the cool coconut water and do not forget to buy some Chhikis. Trek up to the Lohagadh or Peb fort or spend a day by the serene Lonavala lake, watching the sunset. Or try driving up to Sunny’s Dhaba, for a Sunday brunch.

Getting Around

Inspite of being a small city located amidst the hills, there is ample local transportation available. Taxi and autos ply within the city ad can be rented from any of the major parts or markets of the city. However, neither of the two runs on meters, so you need to fix a price with them beforehand. A great way to travel around the city would be to rent bicycles, which are available easily.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

The Lohegaon Airport at Pune, is the closest airport, served by domestic and some international carriers. The nearest International airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji airport at Mumbai and you will find chauffeured car services that you can book, right at the airport.

TRAIN

The Lonavla Railway Station is located on the main Mumbai-Pune railway line, and most express trains between the two cities stop here. Trains run all day, and depending on the time of travel you can choose between Intercity Express, Jodhour Express, Koyna Express, Deccan Express etc. As such, you can board a train from Lonavala at any time of the day.

ROAD

Located 64 kms. from Pune and 96 Kms. from the city of Mumbai, Lonavla can be accessed easily both by road and rail. By car, you will have to take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and exit at Khandala. Between extensive tunnels and beautiful hilly countryside, the drive to Lonavla is one of the best things about going there. However, this Expressway is not accessible for two-wheelers. If you are on a two-wheeler or want to avoid the toll, or have been putting off the spirit of adventure of another day until now, the NH4 or the old Mumbai-Pune road is what you want. Similarly from Pune, you can take the NH4 or the combination of the two roads to reach Lonavla. Private busses also ply between Mumbai and Lonavla. To salvage a last minute travel plan, rush to Dadar Circle in Mumbai, and you will be sure to find some conveyance (shared taxis, busses etc.) to reach Lonavla.

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Surrounding Attractions

Travellers can visit Pune, Nashik, Mahabaleshwar, Aurangabad, Khandala, Matheran, Panchgani, Solapur, Kolhapur, Thane, alibag, Panvel, Nagpur, Kalyan, Shirdi, Satara, Pandharpur etc. from this town. Also, do make a trip to Khandala whenever you visit to Lonavala.
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