Paradise next Door !!
A major hill station for a weekend outing for the Mumbaikars and Pune people, Lonavala (or, Lonavla) had been really welcoming the day I visited. The sky was extremely drool worthy and the weather on the chilling side (compared to the mid-Feb summers of Mumbai).
How to Reach:
50 kilometres west of modern-day Pune city and 96 kilometres from the city of Mumbai, Lonavala is a major station for trains connecting Mumbai and Pune.
One can take a cab also and reach Lonavala, but train journey is enriching as one can have great view of the Ghat from the train windows.
Lonvala is very well connected with all-time trains and buses from major staions of Mumbai and Pune.
Where to Stay:
- Indus Valley Resort was the place where we stayed. It was a bit away from the market area, but worth the time spent to relax away from the hustles.
- There are a lot of options for stay at variety of price ranges within the town and market area.
- Cabs are available for local 1 day trips
- Nearby Lonavala, there is the Lohagad Fort also, which can be covered by starting early in the morning. It takes half a day for the trek.
- Trains to and fro from Mumbai cost around 300-350 INR per person for Sleeper class.
- Hotel/ Resort costs around 1500-2500 INR, depending on the time of booking and the location.
- Cab might cost around 1000-1500 INR per day depending upon the type of cab one hires.
- Food is not costly at this place.
What to Eat:
There is not much speciality food at this hill station, except the Chikki, for which Lonavala is known for. You can grab few of them and taste or keep them for later munching.
About the Trip:
It was a 1 day trip at Lonavala, starting early morning from Mumbai and coming back the next day by late afternoon.
There is nothing much story about the places we visited, and the rest of the few one can get at Wikipedia.
Winter at this hill station was really enjoyable with great view of the Ghat from some of the viewpoints. Lion’s Point is worth mentionable for its view. Also, the sunset over the Mumbai-Pune Expressway at Rajmachi sunset point at Khandala was extremely beautiful.
The other places we covered are Bhushi Dam and Rajmachi Park (on the east side of the sunset point). It would be worthy always to spend some time to soak into the nature without moving around and covering every places.
Western Ghats have been too nice even during the dry winters, and obviously different altogether from those in the monsoon times.
One thing that was really disturbing was the way tourists have thrown plastics, used items and food items down the valley even after provided with dustbins near the tourist spots. It would be really great if everyone becomes responsible while visiting such natural views, as we can then only protect the nature and enjoy the view for longer days.
On a whole, the hill station was great indeed for a small city break. Here is the photo story of Lonavala:
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