Lonavala is a breathtakingly beautiful hill station situated in Pune district of Maharashtra. One of the top tourists attractions of the state, Lonavala is consists of beautiful valleys, forested mountains, and abundance of natural beauty. The hill station falls on the Sahyadri Range of the Western Ghats and derived its name from the Sanskrit term ‘Lonavali’, meaning ‘a collection of caves’. Let’s take a look at how Lonavala is a perfect place to go on a refreshing holiday. As it can only be reached via roads, you can check with a travel agent for air ticket booking or train tickets to Mumbai or Pune.
Lonavala was discovered by a British Viceroy, Lord Elphinstone, in 1871, who was mesmerized with its array of beautiful waterfalls, lush green meadows, and valleys. It soon became a hit among other Britishers and even the locals. Today, Lonavala is one of the most visited places in Maharashtra and is famous for its adventure trips, camping sites, relaxing resorts and natural heritage sites. The tourist footfall doubles during major Marathi festivals like Gudi Padwa and Ganesh Chaturthi. As it can only be reached via roads, you can check with a travel agent for air ticket booking or train tickets to Mumbai or Pune.
The weather stays pleasant throughout the year, but summers are preferably better to travel as it receives heavy rainfall during monsoon and remains foggy during winters. For tourists, there are hundred of things to see and do in Lonavala. If you’re ready to take a dip or drench yourself, take a trip to the Bhushi Dam, Tungarli Lake, Lonavala Lake and the Valvan Dam. You’ll definitely enjoy a great time there, arrange a small picnic with family and friends or go for a hike to nearby attractions for a fun-filled day. Those who are more in love with history can visit the Karla and Bhaja Caves, which are perhaps second to Ajanta and Ellora Caves in terms of popularity but are equally alluring. The huge complex network of manmade caves, which run for miles, will surely keep you awestruck. Another historical structure worth visiting is the Lohagad Fort; once a camp for Shivaji’s army, you can enjoy amazing views of the valley from the top of this magnificent fort.
If you are an amateur photographer, there are several viewpoints scattered here and there, that you should definitely visit. The Duke’s Nose is the famous of the lot and offers and breathtaking view of the valley. It bears a close resemblance to the nose of Duke of Wellington, that’s what the locals say, thus, it was named as Duke’s Nose. Equally wonderful is the Lion’s Point, which offers a great scenic view of the Bhushy Dam and Ambey Valley. Another famous point is at Rajmachi which lies about 6.5km from Lonavala and is a great place to enjoy a panoramic view of the Rajamchi Fort.
Apart from these scenic places, Lonavala is hugely popular among adventure enthusiasts who are regularly in search of a great adrenaline rush. Tourists groups can enjoy adventure activities like hiking around the Karla Caves, trek to the Bhushy dam and Rajmachi Point and various camping points in and around the hill station.