Searching for adventure, beauty and peace? Then head to the Khandala - Lonavala hill stations where all your wishes will be fulfilled. Located in the Bhor Ghat range of Maharastra, is a place where one can get away for the weekend and rejuvenate themselves.
Like other hill stations, Khandala - Lonavala too has its share of adventures and secrets for its visitors to unravel. Don't forget to gorge into the mouth watering chikkis and do save some for the people back home also. So pack your bags, put on your trekking shoes and let us go explore Khandala - Lonavla.
The starting place of the Khandala - Lonavala stretch is that of the Rajmachi Point which gives a panoromic view of Shivaji's Fort and the surrounding valleys. Vagjai Dari, another attraction, is located nearby.
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Lonavala Lake is a picnic spot in Lonavala where one can enjoy the beauty of nature. The lake is also known as Monsoon lake and is known to dry up during the winter months. The lake is fed by the waters of river Indrayani and one can spot varieties of birds here.
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Duke's Nose is a cliff at Khandala named after the Duke of Wellington whose nose it resembles. A great picnic spot, it also attracts hikers and rock climbers. One can see this from the highway while driving to Mumbai. The locals call it Nagphani as they say it resembles a snakes head.
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The Karla caves located in Lonavala is a great tourist attraction. Cut out from rocks by Buddhist monks, these caves exhibit Buddhist ideologies through stupas and inscriptions. The Chaitya Hall with its 37 octagonal pillars is truly a marvel here.
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The Bhaja caves at Lonavala are a series of 18 rock cut caves constructed by Buddhist monks. The 18 Caves have their own importance. The first cave is said to be the master cave and the next ten are Buddhist viharas where the monks used to rest. The remaining seven caves are filled with inscriptions.
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Bushy Dam is a picnic spot in Lonavala. During the monsoon season one can see water gushing out of the dam thus making it look like a waterfall. It is a perfect weekend getaway from the madness of the city. Do note that swimming is strictly prohibited here.
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Lohagarh Fort or the Iron Fort was a hill fort built by Chatrapati Shivaji. The fort, now in ruins, is a tourist attraction as it has an architectural and historical significance. One can also see the fort's four huge gates here.
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Scorpion's Sting, locally called Vinchu Kata, is a long narrow cliff on the lines of the Lohagarh Fort. A place for trekkers, it also provides a panaromic view of the area surrounding it. The strip of the cliff is to the west of Lonavla draws many a tourist to itself.
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The Khandala - Lonavala stretch is certainly not a shopping destination but is famous for the Chikkis here. One can purchase the freshly prepared sweet from a number of local shops here. It comes in a variety of nuts and also one can try the jaggery based chikkis. So make sure you have filled your bag with them before you leave from here.
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And last but not the least, what could be better than a hot cuppa of masala chai and a plate of hot vada pav as you sit in the cloud kissed hills and do nothing in particular.
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