Nearest Airport Address: Mumbai: Terminal 1B, Chatrapathi Shivaji International Airport,, Opp Sahara Star Hotel, Santa Cruise East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099. Code BOM. Tel: 022 6685 1010
Pune: New Airport Rd, Lohegaon, Pune, Maharashtra 411032. Code PNQ. Tel: 020 2668 5201
Distance: Mumbai - 90 Km I Pune – 66 km.
Nearest Railway Station: Lonavala Station, 15 mins.
City Centre: 02 mins walking.
Lonavala is a hill station surrounded by green valleys in western India near Mumbai. The Karla Caves and the Bhaja Caves are ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. They feature massive pillars and intricate relief sculptures. South of the Bhaja Caves sits the imposing Lohagad Fort, with its 4 gates. West of here is Bhushi Dam, where water overflows onto a set of steps during rainy season.
Area: 38 km²
Weather: 23°C, Wind W at 5 km/h, 95% Humidity
20 sight-seeing options in & around Lonavala.
Tiger"s Leap - This is a popular tourist point, leaving tourists in awe with the wondrous view from over 650m. The echo point is a major fascination. During the monsoon, the waterfall here, also attracts many. It has got it"s name from its appearance - like that of a tiger leaping into the valley.
Bushi Dam: This is one of the most popular spots in Maharashtra. People from all over the state, especially the weekend travelers flock to this place for a relaxed time.
Lonavala Lake: Lonavala is a town and a hill station in Pune district . It is about 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai.(br) It is famous for its production of the hard candy chikki which is a sweet eatable thing made from different nuts mixed with jaggery . It is a major stop on the railway line which connects Mumbai and Pune.
Imagica Adlabs: A world class entertainment park, Imagica Adlabs is a one of its kind destination picnic spot with plethora of entertainment options. Located on Mumbai-Pune Expressway, this theme park is one of the latest additions in the list of Mumbai"s entrainment hubs.
Rajmachi Fort: Midway between Lonavala and Khandala is a fort by the name of Rajmachi Fort, a prominent landmark that watches over some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and wide sceneries of the region.
Amrutanjan Point: Located at the starting of Khandala Ghatsa, the Amrutanjan Point is an excellent view point from where one can get a magnificent aerial view of the town Khopoli as well as the Duke"s Nose.
Celebrity Wax Museum: This Wax Museum is founded by a 38 year old wax artist from Kerala, Sunil Kandaloor. It houses sculptures of Rajiv Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Michael Jackson, Kapil Dev Adolf Hitler, AR Rahman and many more. Image of Chhatrapati Shivaji is the highlight of the museum.
Rajmachi: Rajmachi, a picturesque region consisting of two stubborn peaks namely Manoranjan and Shrivardhan. It is near Lonavala and Khandala and offers many beautiful attractions in and around the region.
City Shopping: While in Lonavala, take home the snacks the town is known for, especially the sweet and crunchy Chikki. Also get you hands on canned jams, popular in the area.
Bhimashankar Trek: Deep and dense rain forests, meadows blooming with flowers, tiny rivulets, ethnic tribal villages or long forgotten temples, the Lonavala - Bhimashankar trail has it all to offer you. This is arguably the best countryside trail, as claimed by many amateurs, and is waiting for you to explore it. The popularity of Lonavala as a hill station only adds to the appeal and makes your experience priceless.
Karla Caves: The Karla Caves are reflection of mesmerizing beauty of the past carved and decorated with great details. The place is a paradise for history lovers and adventure buffs.
Bhaja Caves: Believed to be the oldest Buddhist religious site in the county, it is declared as the national monument. The main attraction of the place are the 22 rock-cut caves which depict various sculptures , like that of a prince in a chariot, a prince seated on an elephant, among others.
Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary: The sanctuary is situated in the hilly terrain and foothills of the Western Ghats of Sahyadris. One can spot numerous rare species of flora and fauna, in these thick and dense spread of forests, in their natural habitats. The location is ideal for nature walks, trekking and bird watching.
Visapur Fort: Surrounded by a huge plateau, is a historical fort, land marking the lush green and dreamy mountains of Khandala. A 3-hour drive away from Mumbai, this one is often marked as a favorite for the monsoons.
Bhairavnath Temple: Located in Rajmachi, the temple displays architecture and design similar to that of the other Shiva temples in Konkan region. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mahashivratri is celebrated in a much grandeur and festivity here as hundreds of devotees visit the temple to offer their prayers. A beautiful dense forest is located in the temple"s backdrop.
Rye wood Park: The Ryewood park is located close to the Lonavala market, once a Botanical garden, it is now converted into a park. Marked by well maintained and landscaped lawns and gardens, a children park and countless old species of trees, this one makes up for an ideal picnic spot.
Duke"s Nose: With a rather peculiar origin to its name, this site is known for some of the widest and grandest views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and forests.
Owing its name to an apparent resemblance to Duke of Wellington"s nose, is this ideal picnic spot amidst beautiful surroundings. A famous spot for rock climbing, a very steep climb up rocky outcrops enables the tourists to reach the site. Trekking trail to reach the site begins from near the Khandala Railway Station. The 800-foot monolith can be reached by trekking for 1.5 hours.
Lohagad Fort: This is one of many forts of Chhatrapati Shivaji, adorned with elements and styles of Maharshtrian architecture. Not only the grandeur of the structure, but the sceneries and views all around, make it another favorite of all its visitors.
Literally translated into "the Iron Fort", this fort was used to house prisoners during the reign of Shivaji. Later, it was used to keep looted treasures.
Koregad Fort: A fort constructed on an isolated hill, at a distance of about 24km from Lonavala, tends to be the only fort atop a hill in the town. The fort has two entrance gateway with a Ganesh Temple and other small caves around.
While the fort has a lot lost to ruins, a climb up to the fort gives you a view of the lustrous green and breathtaking surroundings.
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