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Lonavala

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Lonavala is located in western part of Maharashtra. Its situated 106 km southeast of Mumbai. Lonavala known as jewel of Sahyadri hills. Lonavala is famous for hill stations as well as a family health resort. Health resort in the western ranges on the sahyadri, it is situated on a 625 meters above sea level. Its a popular gateway for Mumbai - Pune. Lonavala serves as a starting point for tourist interested in visiting the famous rock temples. Khandala is gifted with abundant natural beauty and it is definitely proves a popular destination for the people of cities of Mumbai and Pune. The beauty which khandala have is actually has to be experienced.

 Best time to visit :

The best time to visit Lonavala is between the months of October to May. The weather of Lonavala is pleasant in that time period. Here summers are mild and winter are cool. It experiences monsoon rains between June & September.

Lonavala & Khandala Facts & Figures :

Lonavala & Khandala at a glance...

 Population 50,000
 Best Season October - May
 Languages Marathi, Hindi & English
How to get there :
By Air :  Pune 65 kms away, is the nearest airport

By Rail : All trains from Mumbai to Pune and the South stop at Lonavala. Mumbai is 104 kms away by road, the last 20 kms of which wind up the ghats through grueling switchbacks.

By Road : Taxis and auto-rickshaws easily available in Lonavala and Khandala, are the best way of getting to and from Karla

History :

The area around Lonavala was an important Buddhist center in 2nd century bc and a number of ancient Buddhist rock-cut cave temples can be found in this area. As Lonavala is located in the inhospitable terrain of the Sahyadri mountain range, it was not an important site in terms of history. Chattrapati Shivaji, the founder of the first Maratha Empire, ruled this area. Later it came under the Peshwa rulers, who founded the second Maratha Empire. It was finally taken over by the British when they defeated the Peshwas.

Lonavala & Khandala Scenic Spots :

Duke's Nose :-

This place is named after Duke Wellington whose pointed nose this cliff resembles. It also looks like a hood of a snake, which is why it is also called as "Nagfani" (Hood of Snake). This point can be approach from INS Shivaji and Kurwande Village. Watching the nature's beauty here is an unforgettable experience. 

Shivaji Park :

This ground which was known as a playground and which was converted into garden in 1956 there is a statue of shri  Shivaji Maharaj in this park. As its near located near the city many people visit the park.  

Amruntanjan Point :

At the begining of Khandala ghat, and at the end of the first slope tehre is a huge hoarding of Amruntanjan. there is lot of flat space around here and view of the valley and Duke's nose is breath taking beyond this one can only see the city of Khopoli.

Adventure Spot's in Lonavala & Khandala :

For the adventure tourists there are several trekking and hiking opportunities available in and around Khandala. The Karla hills including the popular Duke's Nose peak offer rock-climbing opportunities for the adventurous tourists. Being close to Khandala the adventure activities add to the fun at the hill resort. 
 

Lonavala & Khandala Lakes :
Tungarli Lake :

This lake is at north of S.T. Stand near Tungarli village. It supplies water to Lonavala City. The hill gives a beautiful view of Rajmachi, Lohagad, Visapur forts and Lonavala City

Lonavala Lake :

This lake is owned by central railway and it is on the way to INS Shivaji. It was constructed in 1876. It is a very beautiful spot. River Indryani is supposed to have originated here.

 Lonavala & Khandala Forts :
 Rajmachi Fort :

 On the way to Mumbai from Pune, you come across the Rajmachi point, where there is a garden opposite of this garden there is historic Rajmachi Fort, Rajmachi fort can be approached only on foot. Its surrounded by deep valleys on three sides and a thick forest on one side. this fort is very old,  it probably belongs to Yadav periods because there are two small fort  Shrivardhan and Manoranjan fort attached to it.

 Shrivardhan Fort :

Shrivardhan FortEast of Rajmachi fort is known as Shrivardhan Fort. There is an old temple of Bhairavnath between the Manoranjan & shrivardhan fort. The entrance of this fort is semicircular in shape so its not easy to locate. There are two huge water tanks on this fort.

Manoranjan Fort :

Manoranjan can be approached from the road behind Bhairavnath temple. The entrance is in a state of ruin and the watchmen houses and ammunition depots on the fort can only be seen. There is square lake of water, which is filled with clean water all year round. A straight rock divides this lake into two parts and the person knowing this place can walk through it. Khandala railway station can be seen from here. Besides the fort at Pali, Karnala, Matheran, Nagfani etc. can also be seen.

 Tunga Fort :

A rock piercing the horizon can be seen to the south of Lohagad, this is Tunga Fort. Pavana Dam surrounds it. This fort can be approach by the motor boat for Pavana Dam. It is a stiff fort to climb. It is a narrow fort with slippery roads for climbing. There is a temple of Mahadeo on the fort. During Shivaji's period, this fort was use for keeping a watch on the other forts.

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