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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

1Scenic surroundings and hearty buffets
Scenic surroundings and hearty buffets

Dam | Hill | Weekend | Weather

HolidayIQ Reviewer Aravind AmruthaVarshini Chowdary says, “We had a buffet, Rs 400 per head at The Imagica Capital. Its a good buffet with 8 salads 3 desserts a mixed cuisine type with both veg and non-veg served waiting time wasn't much. Worthy enough for 400.”

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2Enjoy a getaway filled with adventure and sightseeing
Enjoy a getaway filled with adventure and sightseeing

Monsoon | Hill | Weekend | Weather

HolidayIQ Reviewer Raghu Nath Banerjee shares, “Activities and things to do - Trekking,camping, rock climbing, waterfall rappelling (in the monsoons only), paragliding, caving. ...Quiet, a trifle difficult to approach, serene, scenic, an ideal getaway if you have some time on your hands and want to unwind, with a lot to offer for trekking and sightseeing.” 


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3A complete nature package
A complete nature package

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanjeev Rao adds, “Fabulous weekend in Lonavala From the Mumbai-Pune expressway, take the Khandala exit and proceed on the old Mumbai-Pune road to Lonavala. The drive is very pleasurable with a lot of greenery on either side. You will find waterfalls by the roadside and can stop at one of them for a refreshing dip. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vikas Bhatt adds, “Visit during rainy season for an unbelievable atmosphere Awesome fog, the ghats, the valleys, and the climate. It was just wonderful. Our road trips are worth. Tiger point and Bushi dam were the best places to visit. ”


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4Camping And Trekking At Canyon Valley
Camping And Trekking At Canyon Valley

HolidayIQ Traveller Shubham Dangi shares, "Go to Bhushi dam at lonavala. There are several water falls and crowd dancing under it had a great photo session over there. Then head towards the tiger point ahead of it. Here you can see something like Grand Canyon, valleys and mountains surrounding you. The falls in this season would be numerous. You would not feel like leaving the place. Eating freshly roasted ear of corn while facing the cool breeze and showers is a sheer pleasure."


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5Zorbing in Lonavala
Zorbing in Lonavala

Kiran Bondal : The activity, which stood out from the others for me was zorbing. It was my first, and the experience inside a zorb as it goes tumbling down is simply mindblowing. Earlier, I was scared as I was slightly apprehensive but, the qualified marshals at the venue were very patient with us and helped me enjoy the same without any fear. 

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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.

Photos of Lonavala

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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