Lonavala Travel Guide
On the lap of Sahyadri Hills, lies of the most beautiful and appealing hill station, Lonavala. Nestling close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavala is the misty weekend destination for all nature and hill lovers.
Enclosed with dense forest, waterfalls, dams, lakes, the experience inside this enchanting place is one of the most alluring and bewitching one. This place is rich in nature, one cannot but admire this place from the core and surely enjoy a soulful weekend here. Apart from that, on the way to Lonavala one can also visit Khandala and Rajmachi. Lonavala has many touristy place like Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood Lake etc.
Places to See in Lonavala
In this awe-inspiring place, another impressive place is Tiger’s Leap. Nestling 650m from the ground, this place is a wondrous place to witness the mesmerizing beauty of the valley.
The fascinating Echo point makes it another most important touristy point in Lonavala. During monsoon, the waterfall creates more jaw dropping sight. This valley looks like a tiger is leaping into the valley and thus it got that name.
A few kilometres away from the city, Bushi Dam is considered to be one of the most popular weekend gateway at a proximity from Mumbai and Pune. During monsoon, when the water of Bushi Dam overflows,it creates several series of steps with some easily accessible rocky terrain. On peak seasons, the dam gets so crowded that it becomes difficult for a first time visitor to seach for a step.
Bushi dam has become so commercialized nowadays that a few shops has been opened near the dam. One can relax their heart out while enjoying corn, chai and pakodas.
At about 96km from Mumbai, Lonavala provides the most treasonous view of Lonavala Lake which looks scenically beautiful with an enthralling blend of nature and misty landscape.
One can enjoy the mouth sweetening delicacies like hard candy chikki made of nuts with jaggery.
Imagica Adlabs is one of the world’s best entertainment park with a plethora of entertainment. Situated on Mumbai-Pune Expressway, this world class park has now become a popular entertainment hub for almost all Mumbaians. This park has a large variety to offer you with suitable leisure activities for all. Not only that, but also one can find numerous luxurious accommodation, dining and shopping option available in this park. Rajasaurus River Adventure, Wrath of the Gods, Alibaba Aur Chalis Chor, D2 Dare Drop, Save the Pirate, Bandits of Robin Hood are the key attractions here.
Apart from that self-made fascinating characters, live performances of acrobats, hip-hop dancing, magic show and several other enthralling activities are very eye catching. This one sop recreation centre is owned by renowned media firm Adlabs Entertainment Limited, owner Manmohan Shetty.
Founded by a 38 year old wax artist, Sunil Kandaloor, this Celebrity Wax Museum is pretty much similar to London’s Madame Tussauds with housing sculptures of Rajiv Gandhi, Benazir Bhutto, Michael Jackson, Kapil Dev Adolf Hitler, AR Rahman and many more. The image of Chhatrapati Shivaji is also can be seen here. This place is worth to visit to appreciate the beautiful wax statues of the celebrities.
Near about Lonavala and Khandala, Rajmachi is a mesmerizing region consisting of two peaks, Manoranjan and Shrivardhan.Besides the Kondhavi fort, Rajmachi fort, Bhairavnath temple, wildlife sanctuary are some of the places to be visited.
One of the most fascinating reflection of past with mesmerizing beauty of carved and decorated architectural work with great details, Karla Caves is a paradise for those who want to take a run over the history and try out some adventurous activities. One of the ancient Buddhist shrines in India, the magnificent architectural work invites tourists in large numbers. Completely crafted with pillars from the Buddhist times, a temple provides almost 2000 years old beautiful Chaityas and Viharas which reflects the glorious past, narrating some amusing stories.
Lonavala is full of set of hills, sausage hills is one among them with lush greenery and misty skies of Lonavala. This place provides large spacious view of valleys, lakes and hills with beautiful rare species of birds. One can also trek over that place for having the most enchanting and refreshing experience of life.
Cuisines Must Try in Lonavala
As Lonavala is a popular tourist destination, it offers numbers of refreshing, spicy and delicious local treasures. The hot masala chai with Vada Pav and Bhajiyas is a must thing to try. One can also take back home some Chikki and Fudges for friends and families.
Accommodation in Lonavala
Though there are large numbers of hotels and resorts are available in Lonavala, but one need to book in advance during peak season to enjoy the trip to the fullest.
Commuting Inside The City in Lonavala
You can take your private vehicle to have a trip to this place. But if you do not have one, you can use autos, buses and rented bicycles to roam around this place.