Lonavala

Hill Station

Maharashtra

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This is quite a popular hill station situated in Pune, Mumbai. Brimming with various elements of nature like lakes, waterfalls, and hills; Lonavala is every nature lover’s paradise.

Being a significant part of the Sahyadri hills, Lonavala is quite a bewitching travel getaway and is a must-visit if you are looking to build some really good moments with your loved ones. One can find plenty of tourist options here like Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi Fort and many others.

The best time to visit Lonavala is between October and May. However, it is highly recommended to not visit Lonavala during the monsoon season due to heavy rainfall.

History of Lonavala

Historically, the region of Lonavala was a part of Yadava dynasty and later on, it came under the rule of Mughals; as they had realized the military and strategic importance of this geographical region. 

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It is believed that the forts present in the region played a vital role in the historical narrative of the Maratha Empire. 

And it was in 1871, that the Lonavala and Khandala, which are cherished today as renowned hill stations and popular tourist spots, were discovered by Lord Elphinstone who was the governor of Bombay Presidency during that time.

Major Attractions in and Around Lonavala

1. Tiger Leap. Now, this is also one of the most popular travel destinations in Lonavala. And particularly, the echo point is a major subject of fascination among the tourists visiting here. During the monsoon season, this place attracts innumerable tourists from all around the country. Don’t forget to take a camera with you if you don’t want to miss out on some of the most gorgeous views of nature.

2. Bushi Dam. The Bushi Dam is again one of the most amazing travel getaways to visit in Maharashtra. A great number of people look forward to visiting this place over the weekends and enjoy the scenic vibe. The timings to visit this dam are from 9 AM - 5 PM.

3. Imagica. If you want to visit a world-class entertainment park then you cannot miss out on visiting Imagica Adlabs, as it’s a one-of-a-kind destination and picnic spot. This place has a plethora of entertainment options for people of every age group. Situated on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, it won’t be an issue to travel here from the nearby regions. 

4. Rajmachi Fort. This is one of the most prominent landmarks to visit with your loved ones which takes you on an unforgettable spell of nature’s unending beauty. And especially if you want to do some trekking then it is an ideal travel getaway for you. It is said that the fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century.

How to Reach Lonavala

Lonavala is truly an amazing travel getaway with loads of places to explore and make memories along the way with your loved ones. It is located at an approximate distance of 1,484, 85, 1,986, 898 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here is how to reach Lonavala by the following means of transportation.

By Air. The nearest domestic airport is the Lohegaon Airport in Pune (PNQ) aka Pune International Airport situated 60-70 km away. Being a civil enclave airport managed by Airport Authority of India, it has overall good flight connectivity with other Indian cities. As you deboard at the airport, you will need to take some means of public transportation to reach your destination. 

By Rail. Lonavala has its own railway station with overall good train connectivity with other Indian cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and many others. As you deboard at the station, take some means of public transportation to reach your destination. 

By Road. You can also consider travelling to Lonavala by well-maintained and motorable road networks. For this, you can take interstate/private tourist buses from the nearby cities. However, if you don’t want to travel on a bus, then consider taking taxis from nearby regions, otherwise, you can also self-drive here.

  • From Pune - 68 km via Bengaluru-Mumbai Highway
  • From Nashik - 221 km via NH160
  • From Surat - 348 km via NH48

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here

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