Trip to Lonavala on Weekends

Published: 20th December 2011
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Lonavala lie 5 km, apart, on the western slopes of the Sahyadris, straddling the Mumbai-Pune highway at an altitude of 625 m. Karla is 8 km. from Lonavala.
A little detour off the high-speed Mumbai-Pune Expressway leads to Mumbai’s most popular weekend getaway, the resort town of Lonavala in the Sahyadris Mountains. Numerous waterfalls plummet and trickle through thickly forested hillsides and a cool green expanse of valley delights the eye. A moving dotted line of trucks and cars along the distant highway is the only faint reminder of a city in a rush. Khandala, the equally beautiful valley full of gushing streams amid thick greenery, is 5 km away.
Rediscovered in 1811 by the then Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinstone, and Lonavala was a mountain hideout for the Marathas who built forts and used the mountainous terrain for guerrilla warfare against the Mughals and the British in the 17th and 18th centuries. The richly carved Buddhist caves of Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa that date back to the 2nd century BC, are also in the vicinity.
Places of Interest
There are numerous lakes around Lonavala. Tugauli, Lonavala and Bhushi lakes are worth visiting; so is the Walvan Dam. The small hill station of Khandala is just 5 km away. Travelers coming from Mumbai pass through Khandala before reaching Lonavala. Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital is 2 km from Lonavala on the road to Karla and Bhaja caves. This center attracts both local and foreign tourists seeking yogic healing. This center was founded in 1924 and conducts various courses in Yoga along with a research center and a training college. Karla and Bhaja Caves, located in the hills at a distance of 11 km from Lonavala, are important places to visit. These rock-cut cave temples dating back to 2nd century BC and are amongst the oldest and finest examples of Buddhist rock cut temple art in India, belonging to the Hiragana sect of Buddhism. Adventure seekers can try their hand at rock-climbing at the Duke’s Nose peak and other locations in the Karla hills, near Lonavala.

General Information
Distance between Mumbai to Lonavala is 111.5 kilometers. Lonavala is located in the western part of the state of Maharashtra, in India. It is situated 106 km southeast of Mumbai at an altitude of 625 m above sea level. Language spoken – Hindi, Marathi and English. Temperatures vary from 12° C in winter to around 36° C at the height of summer. The annual rainfall averages 450 cm. Nearest railway station –Lonavala, The nearest airport is Pune, 66 km. away, Best time to visit is October to May

DAY 01 Depart for Lonavala [60 km]. On arrival at Lonavala, check in at the hotel. Visit Bushi Dam in the evening. Overnight at hotel.
DAY02 Day free for leisure activities. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 by afternoon depart for Pune. Tour ends.

Where to stay in Lonavala,
As we Know diwali holiday are best time to travel in India not only for leisure holidays but also for honeymoon holidays. If you are travelling with your family or friends so you must book things in advance like car rental form Pune to Lonavala, hotels in Lonavala. If you are budget traveler you should not worry about hotels because there are many budget hotels in Lonavala available, where you can get good food veg or non veg .Accommodation for your weekends is available easily by at very good rates. If you try to find stay in Lonavala with perfect location and picture view of temples which will make your stay more Wonderful and full of religious. Lonavala is weekend place to visit near Mumbai or Pune. Lonavala is one of the famous Weekends destinations in Maharashtra.Lonavala hotels at very reasonable cost and also offers an impressive and wide variety in order to provide a Budget and best accommodation to their guests.

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