''Lonavala or Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are beautiful, charming and twin hill stations, 622 m. above sea level and 5 Kms a part from each other are situated in the Sahyadri ranges.
They are located around 64 km away from the city of Pune and 96 km away from the city Mumbai, popular getaway from Mumbai and Pune.
Lonavala is also known as the 'Jewel of the Sahyadri' is situated in the western part of Maharashtra.
Khandala is smaller, quieter and calmer of the two, though browsing through Lonavala's bazaar could yield some wonderfull surprises. Both the hill stations are known for their scenic beauty, green hills, deep valleys,historic forts, lakes and waterfalls.
In 1871, this place was founded by the British Governor Lord Elphinstone. This place holds many beautiful places which will take your breath away like waterfalls, woody meadows and lush green valleys. This place is also an adobe of many film directors who usually come for shooting at this place.
Other famous spots in this city are Kalri hills, Duke’s Nose, Karla caves and Bhaja caves. Fishing, trekking, camping and lots of fun, Lonavala travel guide provide all the information regarding all this. This place is heaven of many honeymoon resorts which will help you make your trip delightful.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
These hill stations have a pleasant climate as the summer temperatures reach a high of 36° C and drop a minimum of 12° C in winter. So it can be visited throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the Monsoon. One must bring the special cloths for different seasons like cool cottons for summer, while woollens are necessary for winter.
PLACES AROUND LONAVALA
Bushi Dam - One of the prime picnic sites in Lonavala, Bushi Dam is positioned in the setting of picturesque hilly terrains and verdant green surround ings. It remains packed with tourists during the monsoon months.
Rajmachi Fort - Just 6 miles from Lonavala, Rajmachi Fort is a famous appeal in this region. This is the most challenging trek and one has to be physically fit to get on the trek.
Visapur Fort - Positioned at a height of 4000 ft above sea level near Lonavala, Visapur Fort was constructed centuries back by Balaji Vishwanath. The picturesque sights of the majestic surroundings are the amazing attraction here.
Lonavala Lake - Erected in the year 1876, Lonavala Lake is a highly visited picnic site in the beautiful town of Lonavala. One can witness different sorts of birds over the lake.
Shreevardhan Fort - A very old fort built in Martha style, Shreevardhan Fort offers a breathtaking vista of lush greenery and undulating hilly terrains.
Ryewood Park - Stretched over 25 acres of lush greenery, Ryewood Park is a picnic spot for tourists and locals of this beautiful place called Lonavala. There are scores of exciting activities in the park for children.
Bhairavnath Temple - Perched in the surroundings of natural beauty, Bhairavanth Temple is visited by thousands of devotes during the Mahashivratri fair to please the god Shiva with their offerings.
Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary - Enveloped by green dense woods, Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for nature lovers, wildlife aficionados and ornithologists. It is one such destination where visitors can witness the wild creatures freely wandering in their natural habitat.
Temperatures vary from 12° C in winter to around 36° C at the height of summer. The annual rainfall averages 450 cms.
HOW TO REACH THERE
Air: The nearest international airport is Mumbai (110 Kms) and domestic airport is Pune (66 Kms).
Rail: Lonavala railhead lies in between Mumbai and Pune railway line and hence you can easily reach this place by train. All major trains which run on Mumbai-Pune line come to this city directly.
Road: The Mumbai-Bangalore National Highway connecting southern and western India passes through Khandala -Lonavala.From Mumbai (110 Kms) and Pune (66 Kms) the State roadways buses, private buses, taxis and tour operators buses are available.
Fast Facts about Lonavala
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Marathi, Hindi and English
Best Season: October - May
Weather: Summer 23 to 35°C, Winter 11 to 33°C
Altitude: 622 m above sea level
STD code: 02114
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