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Khandala-Lonavala Tour
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Lonavala or Lonavla and the adjacent Khandala are beautiful, charming and twin hill stations, 622 m. above sea level and 5 Kms a part from each other are situated in the Sahyadri ranges. Lonavala is also known as the 'Jewel of the Sahyadri' is situated in the western part of Maharashtra.:

With a very pleasing weather varying from a minimum temperature of 12 degrees in winter to a maximum of 36 degrees in winter, Lonavala and Khandala receives quite a handsome amount of rainfall every year. Both Lonavala and Khandala were built by British in 1811. Surrounded by thick forests and dense canopied trees, Khandala and Lonavala both offer some spectacular views of gushing waterfalls. With a cool and pleasing climate, and great natural beauty Lonavala and Khandala are filled with utmost romantic locations. Khandala is smaller, quieter and calmer of the two, though browsing through Lonavala's bazaar could yield some wonderfull surprises. Both the hill stations are known for their scenic beauty, green hills, deep valleys,historic forts, lakes and waterfalls. We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Lonavala and Khandala:

Karla :

Karla is the site of the largest Chaitya caves (prayer halls), located around 12 Kms.of India built in 80B.C. The caves have the best-preserved Buddhist temples in India. The temples represent the purity in design and excellent temple architecture.The interiors of the caves have lion pillars, huge elephant forms, carved images of Buddha and dancing couples. The entrance gate is in the shape of a "Peepul" leaf, which is the main entry to the huge Chaitya grihaor hall. The high roof is semicircular in shape.

Bhaja :

The caves similar to Karla caves, houses several caves and monasteries. The rays of the setting sun gilds the dark interiors of these caves, where one can see carved images of deities. One can also see the impressive fort of Lohagarh here.

Bedsa :

Situated very close to Lonavala, it lies north of the Pawan Dam. From Bedsa there is a hike up hill around 3 Kms for the caves. These caves have huge pillars, lions and humans figures and ahuge Chaitya hall with resting rooms. The special feature of Bedsa is anarched roof supported by 2,000-year-old woodwork, which provides lighting to the entire cave.

Lonavala Lake :

It is a picturesque spot surrounded by natural scenery, about 1.6 km from the town. The lake also called as Bushi Lake is located just half Km from the town. The Tunguli Lake, Pavna Lake,Valvan Lake are other famous lakes. The lake dries up during the hot summer months.

Rajmachi fort :

The fort used by the Maratha warrior Shivaji is a must visit place. It can be reached only on foot as it is surrounded by deep valleys on three sides and a thick forest on the fourth. Other must visit forts are the Manoranjan Fort, Shrivardhan fort,Visapur Fort, Lohagad Fort and the Tunga Fort.

Shivaji Park :

Shivaji Park, which was known as a playground which was converted into a garden in 1956 there is statue of Shri Shivaji Maharaj in this park.

Ryewood :

This is a big and beautiful garden situated close to Lonavala. This garden covers a lot of ground and it is full of majestic tall trees. There is an old Mahadeo temple in this park. This garden has plenty of place for children to play.

Tungarli Lake :

The lovely Tungarli Lake supplies water to Lonavla town.

Valvan Dam :

Valvan Dam has a beautiful garden at its foot, and is a popular evening spot 2 km from the town. This exquisitely-built dam supplies water to the Khopoli power station at the foothills of the Sahyadris for generating electricity. The Kundali River feeds into the dam's reservoir.

Duke's Nose :

Duke's Nose stands 12 km from Lonavla, clearly visible from the highway while driving towards Mumbai. This is the finest landmark in Khandala and is popular with hikers. It also looks like a hood of a snake, which is why it is also called as "Nagfani" (Hood of Snake). The cliff owes its name to the Duke of Wellington, whose famous and ample nose it resembles.

Tiger's Leap :

This is a special spot in this area. If one looks at the valley carefully from this spot it appears as if a tiger is leaping into the valley, that is why this name. It gives a fascinating view of the valley. There is provision for viewing the valley from the safe confines of a big hole. A stone thrown down from here ricochets at many places and gets destroyed here.

Reversing Station Point :

Reversing Station Point is near Rajmachi Point, Khandala, 7 km from Lonavla. Famous for the panoramic view of the Railway line going through tunnels on the one side and the Duke's Nose on the other.

Rajmachi Park :

On the way to Mumbai from Lonavala there is a beautiful garden before the beginning of the Ghat. It gives a spectacular view of the surroundings. On the East Side two towers of the Rajmachi Fort can be seen and at the bottom is the huge valley. There is a restaurant here and a temple close by. The Ghat begins from this point so many people come to enjoy the view. There is children's park here and there are regular bus services from lonavala bus station.

Monkey Hill :

All the trains coming down from Khandala halt here for brake testing. There is a huge flat land to south of the railway tracks. This place is exactly above Khopoli town and it can be approach from Khopoli as well as Borghat reversing station. It is a favourite picnic spot.

Best Time to Visit :

Weather in Khandala is pleasant all through the year. Summers (April-June) are mild, while winters are cool (November-February). Khandala experiences heavy southwestern monsoon rains between June and September. Thus, the tourists must avoid these monsoon months. The best time to visit Khandala is between the months of October and May. The temperature varies between twelve and thirty six degrees at Khandala.

Languages :

Marathi, Hindi and English

What to Buy :

Khandala is well known for the fast foods such as Chikkis, Jams, Chiwda, Wafers and various types of Sevs.

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