About Lonavala

Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially hikers and trekkers. Lonavala, being a part of the Sahyadri hills, offers an alluring and bewitching experience of nature's most gifted region. Surrounded by dense forests, waterfalls, dam alongside lakes, Lonavala is a must-visit if you admire nature and want a gateway to having a soulful weekend or a good trip. Also, visit Khandala and Rajmachi on the way to Lonavala. The tourist destination has many attractions to its name, Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood lake, among others.

Place to must visit in Lonavala


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Places to Visit in Lonavala

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Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour

Distance: 4 KM

Tiger's Leap

Tiger's Leap is an unusual name given to this place due to the resemblance of the shape with that of a tiger leaping into the valley. Tiger's Leap is around 8 km away from Lonavala and a major tourist attraction of this place. It is a cliff top with a sheer drop of over 650 m, offering a comprehensive view of the hills and the Western Ghats. This point, which provides an interesting view of the valley below, is just a short distance away from INS Shivaji. The exhilarating views should, however, be enjoyed from a safe spot rather than from the top of the cliff which is precarious. The echo point on Tiger's Leap is another major fascination.

Experience Time: 2 - 3 Hour

Distance: 3 KM

Bushi Dam

Bhushi Dam is a masonry dam on the Indrayani River. It is one place in Lonavala which is bound to cheer you up during the monsoons which are the ideal time to visit the attraction. The overflowing water over the steps of Bhushi Dam and then through the rocky terrain make this place a hit among the people of nearby areas who throng in large numbers on weekends during monsoons. It tends to get so crowded that many individuals find it hard even to get a decent standing spot. Even though swimming is prohibited in the dam due to the inconsistent flow of the water, one can always enjoy on the steps.

Experience Time: Whole Day

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Imagica Adlabs

Imagica Adlabs, opened in April 2013, is one of the popular entertainment theme parks that is often referred to as a one-stop recreation centre. It is located on Mumbai-Pune Expressway and is one of the latest additions to the list of Mumbai's entrainment hubs. A world-class entertainment park, Imagica Adlabs is a one of its kind destination picnic spot with a plethora of entertainment options which include live shows and a wide variety of interesting activities. Imagica Adlabs is a product of a renowned media firm Adlabs Entertainment Limited, owned by the entrepreneur and film producer Manmohan Shetty. The place is packed with a plethora of amusements and leisure activities suitable for all age groups. Apart from luxurious accommodation, dining and shopping options, this theme park also offers some self-made fascinating characters, live performances of acrobats, hip-hop dancing, magic show and several other enthralling activities. Non-stop rides are quite popular among kids and adults. If you have time then the place is definitely worth a visit.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour

Distance: 1 KM

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. 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.

Experience Time: 2 - 3 Hour

Distance: 9 KM

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. Atop the Western Ghats, the complex comprises two forts that are individually located at the Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Peaks. From the fort, tourists can catch an aerial view of Duke's Nose, Karanala, Mahuli, Bhimashankar, Matheran and Ulhas River. The fort also enables tourists to get a view of the old caves lying at Kondhavi and Tungarli Lake.

Experience Time: 3 - 4 Hour

Distance: 5 KM

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. This is an enjoyable picnic spot owing to it's pleasant weather, during most of the year and the beautiful surroundings.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour

Distance: 4 KM

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.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour

Distance: 5 KM

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. The Kondhavi fort,Bhairavnath temple, wildlife sanctuary, Rajmachi fort are a few places to be visited.

Experience Time: 5 - 6 Hour

Distance: 17 KM

Aamby Valley

Aamby Valley is a beautiful township about 24 kilometres from Lonavala, in the district of Pune in Maharashtra, India. It has been developed by Sahara India Parivar. The 10,000-acre hilly terrain that the township now occupies has been converted into a splendid landscape through designs that are best suited for the environment and have an urban infrastructure compatible to international standards. The township is frequented for a day-long picnic or a weekend getaway by many. The luxurious urban infrastructure, the tranquil ambience and exclusive privileges at this exotic location attract tourists from all over the world. The mesmerizing natural surroundings and best in class infrastructure are sure to take your breath away. Aamby Valley, Lonavala must be experienced at least once in the lifetime. At Aamby Valley, one can indulge in various activities during their visit to the township. They can explore the greenery around by foot or go on a long drive through the picturesque location. With three enormous artificial lakes in the vicinity and lush green forests around, water sports and adventure/ recreational sports are regularly arranged. The tranquil atmosphere is sure to put your chaotic mind to rest. This is one reason why a lot of people seeking a peaceful escape come here often. If you wish to stay here for a few days, there are several Hotels and Villas you can choose from, many of which are around the lake areas and have a beautiful view of the lake waters and the forests. The amenities here are even perfect for business meetings and conferences, making it an ideal attraction for one and all.

Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour

Distance:

City Shopping

Got a sweet tooth? Great! Shopping in Lonavala is going to be an enticing experience for you. Shopping in Lonavala is all about chikkis and fudges. You will find dozens of places from small shops to showrooms lined up on the streets of Lonavala selling these sweet nibble worthy items. Chikki is ready to eat crunchy sweet with a variety of ingredients and jaggery as its base. It combines a variety of nuts and more innovative flavors, and types include rose petals (gulab chikki), choco chikki, kesar, etc.innumerable, all of which are widely available in Lonavala. Chocolate flavored fudge is equally popular, although other flavors are also available. The local delights are worth purchasing. You can also add fresh jams, jellies, and chewda to your shopping list. Cooper's is the oldest shop in town to shop for chikkis and fudge. It's popularity and demand can be gauged from the fact that huge crowds are always lined in front of the store to get a taste of their famous chikki and fudge. Maganlal's another shop and is one of the most popular ones to buy chikkis in Lonavala with attractive packing and many flavors to choose from.

Experience Time: 3 - 5 Day

Distance: 39 KM

Lonavala - 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.

Experience Time: 3 - 4 Hour

Distance: 8 KM

Karla caves

Carved into a rocky hillside, Karla caves are among the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India. It is located on the Pune-Mumbai highway at Karla and if sources are to be believed, these are only a few among scores of other caves unearthed in Sahyadri Hills. Carved almost 2000 years ago around the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD, this place constitutes a large collection of beautiful Chaityas (halls) and Viharas (monasteries) reflecting upon a journey of the past, narrating some amusing stories. A temple made of pillars from the Buddhist period has also been built recently at the entrance of the caves. If ancient sources are to be believed, the caves were of great importance to the Mahasamghika sect of Buddhism before they became relevant to Hinduism. The caves house a Buddhist monastery which is believed to have been built there around 2nd century BC. Also known as Veluraka in the olden times, the caves house a humongous 15 - meter pillar along with a temple dedicated to Goddess Ekveera. One can spot a major ancient trade route near the caves running towards east from the Arabian Sea into the Deccan. It is so because the early Buddhists used to settle the monasteries close to the major trading routes in order to provide shelters to the travelling traders. Karla Caves are a reflection of the mesmerizing beauty of the past carved and decorated with great details. Owing to its historic significance, the cave complex is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

Experience Time: 2 - 3 Hour

Distance: 8 KM

Bhaja Caves

The Karla and Bhaja caves are among the oldest caves in India and date back all the way to 160 B.C. and are situated near Lonavala in Maharashtra. The Bhaja caves are a group of 22 rock-cut caves which are believed to have existed from the times of Hinayana phase of Buddhism, which is of 2nd to 1st century BC. Karla Cave is the largest Hinayana Buddhist chaitya (temple) in India Travel back in time on this trip to ancient Indian rock-cut caves with the best rock-cut architecture of all times. The ancient caves are protected as Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Bhaja caves are sited just 3 km away from the main road amidst green surroundings and there is also a spectacular waterfall near the cave where visitors can refresh themselves with a dip. Lohagad and Visapur forts are not far from these caves and can be visited if you have more time on your hands. Beyond this is a unique cluster of 14 stupas, five inside and nine outside a smaller cave. Karla Cave was built during Satavahana's rule and is a perfect example of rock-cut architecture. For people wanting to explore and learn interesting architecture, Karla and Bhaja caves are the perfect places to visit.

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