Lonavala is famous for
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Best hill escape for Mumbaikars
Lots and of scenic points around the town make it an interesting place to enjoy nature. Some of these scenic points include Lions point, Shiv ling point, Bushy dam( in monsoon), Karla caves, scenic drive to Pawna lake and loop return through Shivkhind pass, the Indramani river boating etc, and for religious minds- the beautiful NarayaniDham temple.
The best time to see the best of nature of Lonavala is during monsoon period when hundreds of waterfall from green hills are unforgettable sights
Best place for a relaxed weekend in this part
It is a nice small hill station at a distance of 65 km from Pune and 85 km from Mumbai. It is having lush green mountains alongwith many important places to visit.
2. Must Visit Places.
Karla and Bhaja caves which are ancient Buddhist rock caves. Lohagad and Visapur fort and Bhushi dam also some local falls.
3. Local food and shopping.
For food local shops and restaurants are available which provide good mix of food cuisines.
Taking a stroll here is an awesome experience. Trekking in these ghats is also recommended. Photography can be explored extensively capturing the greenery.
Do carry a windcheater while exploring nature up the hills. Carry Mobile and important valuables in poly bags due to unexpected rainfall in particular part of the year.
Happy Holidaying !!
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History of Lonavala
Lonavala is a popular hill station and a municipal council situated in Pune District, Maharashtra. The city is located 64 km from Pune city and 96 km from Mumbai. It lies 622 m above sea level in the Sahyadri Ranges, which separate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Coast. The hill station is spread over an area of 38 square km. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word "Lonavala", which refers to a group of caves.
The name was given to the place due to the presence of many caves in and around the city. Lord Elphinstone, who was the Governor of the Bombay Presidency, discovered the city of Lonavala along with Khandala, in 1871. Present day Lonavala was a part of the Yadava Dynasty, which was taken over by the Mughals, who ruled the region for a long time. There is also an important role of the Malva warriors and the forts of the city in the history of the Maratha and Peshwa Empires. Lonavala was also the mainstay of the Malva Warriors, who were regarded as the fiercest Hindu fighting clan. The city has also witnessed great warriors like Sardar Dabhade, who was the commandant of the Peshwa armies. Later, the nearby villages were used as the battleground for many battles between regional Indian rulers and British armies. The Governor of Bombay favoured Lonavala in 1811 due to its large forest cover. This forest cover made the city a vacation and hunting spot by the British administrators, which lead to its reputation as a tourist destination.
Things To Do in Lonavala
The Tungi Fort of Lonavala is one of its famous tourist spots. Malik Ahmed founded the fort near the village of Karjat. This fort is known for its natural strength. Apart from this fort, there are also many caves present around the city namely Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and the Bedsa Caves. The place has valleys, hills, waterfalls and lush greenery due to which it is also called the "Jewel of Sahyadri". The city is popular for its sweet chikki. Tourists visiting Lonavala must shop for and eat chikkis from renowned stores, for instance, Maganlal's Stores, which is the most popular of them all. Travellers can also explore Lonavala by participating in some adventure activities, which need not be arduous. Trekking up Kalri Hills and Duke's Nose, fishing in the many lakes that Lonavala has or just picnicking near them are great options for tourists. Lonavala connects Mumbai and Pune via rail. The best time to visit Lonavala is during the monsoon, between October and May, when the scenic spots become lush green and the waterfalls are in full flow.