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Square mall, Sunil's Wax museum Lonavala

Square mall, Sunil's Wax museum Lonavala  Video Review

Lonavala Square Mall

5th Aug 17

Bushi dam, Lonavala

Bushi dam, Lonavala  Video Review

Bushy Dam

Sona sona
4th Aug 17

Nice place have to fun

Nice place have to fun  Video Review

Bushy Dam

4th Aug 17

Great fort!!

Great fort!!  Video Review

Lohagad Fort

Rupa kumari
12th Sep 17

Amazing view of Lake!

Amazing view of Lake!  Video Review

Lonavala Lake

Gaurav Verma
20th Aug 17

Tikona fort view from Tunga and PAWNA

Tikona fort view from Tunga and PAWNA  Video Review

Tikona Fort

Vinod Koli
12th Mar 17

Saltar lake , Lonavala

Saltar lake , Lonavala  Video Review

Saltar Lake

Pramod Nikam
13th Nov 17

It is Haldighati at Lohagad Fort

It is Haldighati at Lohagad Fort  Video Review

Lohagad Fort

Himanshu Jain
4th Sep 17

Good place to hangout

Good place to hangout  Video Review

Bushy Dam

Gaurav Verma
21st Aug 17

Beautiful Lake

Beautiful Lake  Video Review

Tungarli Lake

Kunal Savla
29th Apr 17

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Reasons to go to Lonavala

1Appreciate the view from Rajmachi Point
Appreciate the view from Rajmachi Point

“Lonavala is an amazing place, a hill station. I visited there with my family, it was great fun there. The atmosphere in Lonavala is just breathtaking, it's calm it's cool, it is just perfect for a great escape, from your daily monotonous life.” shares HolidayIQ Aman Sheikh.

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2Tikona Fort
Tikona Fort

Tikona Fort, also known as Triangle fort, is located at an altitude of 3633 feet above sea level. This fort encloses numerous Buddhist caves and Satavahana caves with a temple of 'Trimbakeshwar Mahadev' inside.

Malcolm Baracho: Any future visit to Lonavala, will go back to Avion. Everything was just perfect from the room to the amenities. The swimming pool was clean. The food was excellent and pretty reasonable so was the spread for breakfast and there was a variety of dishes. In short, value for money.

Tip: You can choose between the two paths to enter this fort from two villages, Tikona Peth and Javan, which are small hamlets located close to the fort.


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3Romantic Night Treks at Lonavala
Romantic Night Treks at Lonavala

HolidayIQ Reviewer Virinder Vaid adds, “Excellent viewpoint without crowds; The road from Shivaji Chowk to Amby valley has some excellent viewpoints. The best time is in the evening, an hour before sunset. One can sit down and enjoy the unpolluted fresh cool breeze while watching the hills and the valley. As sunset nears, the sky will turn orangeish and you can watch various hues and colors as the sun slowly sets down.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Virani Paras adds, “Bhusi Dam is a nice palace to visit in Lonavala. It is a wonderful location in Lonavala. We visited this site with our family. Water flows down, step by step. We can also enjoy the full day in Bhusi Dam. We can see the palace during sunrise and sunset time.” 


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4An awesome trekking spot
An awesome trekking spot

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jai Day adds, “Awesome trek With a group of around 20 people we went to Lohagad for Monsoon trekking. It is near Lonavala, if you are going by train then Malavli is the station to get off. By road, the Mumbai-Pune express highway can take you there. The vehicle can go up to Bhaje village. After that, you can trek till the fort. It will take around one hour. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Prashant Karkera shares, “New architecture marvel Bhaja Caves is a new marvel. While we were trekking towards Lohagad we came across Bhaja Caves with other trekkers. Looking at the architecture we found it interesting. We spent around 40 minutes just to explore it and take pictures.”  


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5For its valley and dam
For its valley and dam

HolidayIQ Reviewer Virinder Vaid adds, “The road from Shivaji Chowk to Amby valley has some excellent viewpoints. Starting with Bushi dam (popular only during rainy season), and the Lion point on the highest point, followed by Shivling point a few km further. It's approximately 13 km from Lonavala town center. Though the view of hills and valley are great from Lions point, the crowds and the fast food shacks don't let one enjoy the serene beauty of peace. Even parking is available at high rates.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shiva Ukali shares, “Lohagad Fort is an awesome place located in Lonavala. This fort was ruled by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the 16th century. It tells about the boldness of Shivaji Maharaj.”


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Sushmita Sarkar

Sushmita Sarkar5.0/5

1 review

A town above the clouds

Gaze at the cloud clapped mountains, soak yourself into the nirvana by the waterfall and see it transform into a brook cutting across the meadows. Loose your way among the misty hill of Lonavala placed above 6000ft this place boasts Of cozy cafes serving lipsticking food. This part of western ghat comes alive by the monsoons and is a ideal to spend a day away from everyday. Easily accessible by train or bus from the nearest cities the main attraction of this place is it's hill waterfall and lakes. You may hire an auto who will take you all the points like lions point, shooting point, bhaushi dam, Lonavala lake. The Lonavala lake is build 120 years ago acts as the reservoir for the power plant nearby. Don't forget to buy chikki which is the speciality of that place.

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Gunesh beri

Gunesh beri5.0/5

12 reviews

Overall its OK but hotel needs improvements.

Tungar lake & upper hill visit is must, you can see sunset from this hill. Bhushi dam is crowded in monsoon but you can plan visit. Overflowing water is amazing scene. Sunset point at old khandla is a good spoy for selfies. Tata garden and wax museums are added attractions. 2d /1 and is ideal stay at this place.

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Lonavala Overview

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.

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Lonavala, Maharashtra

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Mayur Chaudhari

View from Lohagad fort
Koregad Fort, Lonavala

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Konark Patel

Koregad Fort, Lonavala
Koregad Fort, Lonavala

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Konark Patel

Koregad Fort, Lonavala

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