The lovely Lonavala is one of the most popular hill stations near Pune in the state of Maharashtra. Thousands of visitors here every year and It’s an ideal spot for many teenagers, young married couples and families to hang out during the weekends and holidays. Usually the trip to Lonavala is for a day where visitors return the same night. But if you plan for visiting Khandala too, 48 hours trip is advisable. Lonavala and Khandala are two of the prettiest hill stations in the Pune district. A road trip from Mumbai to Lonavala is one of the best journeys you will ever make especially if you are travelling on a bike.
If you are a nature lover and want to see the beautiful greenery surrounding Lonavala at its very best, it is advisable to visit after the first monsoon showers. That is the time when the beauty of the Western Ghats is at its prime, the best time to visit and enjoy the majestic beauty of waterfalls and mountains.
Lonavala is situated at a distance of approximately 88 km from Mumbai. It is well connected to Mumbai by road and train but the best way to reach Lonavala from Mumbai is by road which takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. The Mumbai–Pune new Expressway route is an amazing way to reach Lonavala but two-wheelers are not allowed on this route. So, for bike-riders, old Mumbai–Pune highway is the best possible option. The route followed between Lonavala and Mumbai is, Mumbai – Mankhurd – Lonavala. Mumbai to Lonavala approximate distance is 90 Kms and takes about 1 hour 32 minutes by road. You can book bike or motorcycle rental in Mumbai from Ziphop.in to undertake this wonderful road trip.
What to see and do:
Most popular spots of Lonavala are the Bushy dam, Tiger’s point (which stands at a height of 650 m), Lion point, Bhaja Caves and Karla Caves. Other places to visit and explore include Korigad fort, Lohgad, Lonavala wax museum and Duke’s nose. Also, located nearby (about 15 km trek away from Lonavala) there is the beautiful Rajmachi fort. Rent a bike in Mumbai from Ziphop.in and make go for a ride to this amazing historical destination.
For youngsters who like to visit Lonavala for more than just mere sight seeing, fun filled activities like trekking, camping, waterfall rappelling and farm tours etc. that can give you an adrenaline rush are also offered.
What to eat:
Restaurants such as Appetite, McDonald’s and Sunrise are all situated on the Mumbai-Pune highway route. Hotel Chandralok, EL Taj and Maneklal are some best recommended restaurants for thali and main-course items. Lonavala is famous “chikki” which is available in many flavors like chocolate, strawberry, cashewnuts and almonds. Shops like Maganlal and Chivadas are very well known for their chikkis. Golden vada pav and hotel Sainath are the one serving local delicious and lip smacking fast foods like vada pav, ussal pav, missal pav and panipuri.
Where to stay:
When you are in Lonavala, you just do not need to worry about lodging. There are lots of options on offer here from budget hotels, guest houses, premium suites to villas and farm houses. It is up to you to choose between luxury or budget accommodation.