Lonavala is famous throughout India for the hard candy sweet known as chikki. Lonavala has been blessed with valleys, hills, Milky WaterFalls, Lush Greenery and pleasant cool winds. The morning sun rising over here appears as if it is sprinkling rose water all over. Chirping birds gently awaken oneself and all of this makes it a really Good Morning. The whole place is covered with a thick blanket of fog early in the morning; this is how the day begins here. Book Pune to Lonavala Cab Service to visit Lonavala.
Lonavala does not have an airport, though the Indian Air Force station Troppo is situated on the way to Aamby Valley City. The city of Aamby Valley has its own private airport. The nearest commercial airports are Pune International Airport at 64 km and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai at 104 km. We provide the outstation taxi cabs pickup and drop car rental service from Pune airport to Lonavla and Mumbai airport to Lonavala. Tourism peaks during the monsoon season, we get around 50 taxi cab bookings each day from Pune to Lonavla and Mumbai to Lonavla in the mansoon season. A cab trip to Lonavla and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits of Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves and also the two fortresses, Lohagad and Visapur.
If you travel to the Khandala hill station, one thing is for sure – you will fall in love with it at the very first sight. Khandala is one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. In fact, most of the people who stay in Mumbai and Pune also visit this hill resort on weekends, to forget the daily tensions and let their body as well as their mind relax and rejuvenate. Lonavala and Khandala have been blessed with nature’s beauty in abundance. The natural splendor, combined with peaceful surroundings, makes the hill station the perfect holiday spot.
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Reasons to Visit Lonavala
|Lonavala is a hill station and a local getaway 110 km from Mumbai and 70 km from Pune.
|Lonavala lies on the Mumbai – Pune Expressway.
|Lonavala is a major corporate conferencing center and a venue for destination weddings.
|Lonavala has over the years been a monsoon destination as it comes alive during monsoon months. The area around has hundreds of waterfalls and gets misty.
|Lonavala is home to Della Adventure, a renowned Adventure Park.
|Lonavala for its easy access via expressway / trains gets day visitors for picnics and long drives.
|The passerby to Lonavala stops over for “Chikki”, a local sweet which is a specialty of the area.
|Mumbai to Lonavala distance is 95 kms.
|Pune to Lonavala distance is 65 kms.
|Nearest Railway Station – Lonavala.
|Taxi cabs are easily available for one way and round trip from Pune to Lonavala and Mumbai to Lonavala trip.
- Karla caves :-
Karla caves, located near Lonavala, is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century B.C. A famous temple of Goddess Ekvira Devi Temple is also present here. The three ancient caves found in this region date back to the early years of the first millennium. The Karla Caves were made in or around 160 BC and are the biggest ‘Chaitya Caves’ (prayer halls) here. The caves with viharas (monasteries) were excavated for the Buddhist monks who came here during the monsoons. The interiors have lion pillars, huge elephant forms, carved representations of Gautam Buddha and dancing couples. The entrance gate is in the shape of a “Peepul” leaf through which one enters the huge Chaitya griha or hall. This large hall is full of smooth stone pillars, which are carved with elephant and human forms and the roof is high and semicircular.
Nature and the artistic excellence in man fight a friendly battle here to reign supreme. Though nature is the ultimate winner, the architectural brilliance of man is not to be underrated. Karla Caves is a perfect example of the artisanship of man. Karla Caves are an impressive representation of architectural brilliance. To reach the caves, you need to climb around 300 steep steps and you will not regret it. The sculptures are amazingly intricate, the pillars and the carvings are just beyond description.
Karla Caves are the largest cave temple (chaitya) in India and is located in Lonavala. The marvelous ancient Karla Caves are presently a popular tourist destination to have a close look at the ancient Buddhist architecture and culture. The Chaitya hall is spectacular with 37 octagonal pillars with a base structure of a water jar. The entrance of the Chaitya hall is adorned with an arch in the shape of a horse shoe. Karla caves encloses Buddha viharas, where by the monks were stayed during their meditation period in the caves. The cave encloses sculptures of elephants adorned with metal jewelries and ivory tusks. The Ashoka pillar carved with lions on a pedestal is a must watch. Karla cave is one of the best places to visit in Lonavala. We are one of the best taxi cabs car rental services provider company in Pune and Mumbai Maharashtra. If you are planning the tour from Pune to Lonavala by taxi cabs and Mumbai to Lonavala by taxi cabs then we have best Pune to Lonavala Cab Service car rental packages.
2. Rajmachi Point :-
Rajmachi Point is located about 6.5 km from Lonavala. This point commands a view of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s famous fort, Rajmachi and the surrounding valley. The famous Vaghjai Dari is also located here. Atop the Western Ghats, the complex comprises two forts that are individually located at the Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Peaks. It is near Lonavala and Khandala and offers many beautiful attractions in and around the region. Rajmachi Point is near Lonavla and can be visited by taxi cabs car rental services. Online taxi cabs car booking in Pune and Mumbai.
Midway between Lonavala and Khandala is a fort by the name of Rajmachi Fort, a prominent landmark that watches over some of the most breathtakingly beautiful and wide sceneries of the region. From the fort, tourists can catch an aerial view of Duke’s Nose, Karanala, Mahuli, Bhimashankar, Matheran and Ulhas River. The car rental services provide taxi cabs for one day trip from Pune and Mumbai to Lonavala and Khandala and Pune to Lonavala Cab Service
3. Rye wood park & shivaji udyan :-
This is an extensive garden situated in Lonawala. The garden covers a lot of ground and it is full of tall trees. There is an old lord Shiva temple in the park. The garden has plenty of places for children to play
4. Valavan Lake :-
Valavan Lake is one of the beautiful picnic spot in Lonavala. The Valvan Lake is an artificial lake created by the Valvan Dam built across the Kundali River. Valvan Dam has a garden at its foot, and is a popular evening spot 2 near Lonavala town. Lonvala to Valvan dam distance is 2 km. The Valvan dam is the source of water to the Khopali power station. The Valvan Lake and the surrounding dam sites and the garden are popular evening relaxation spots. Ideal to spend some relaxed time amidst lush greenery with the sound of gushing water in the backdrop.
5. Lonavla Lake is surrounded by natural scenery, about 1.6 km from the town. The lake dries up during the winter and summer months. Primarily a picnic spot during the monsoons – the lake being dry in other parts of the year is the Lonavala Lake. At a mere 1.5km from Lonavala town, this destination is ideal for families as well as couples.
6. Duke’s Nose stands 12 km from Lonavla, clearly visible from the highway while driving towards Mumbai. This landmark in Khandala is popular with hikers. Also known locally as Naagphani, the cliff owes its name to the Duke of Wellington, whose ample nose it resembles. The spot is a vantage point for observing the scenic views around. This is also a great rock climbing area for the avid outdoor lover.
The Cliff is pointed like a snakes pointed head portion (hood) and hence the name Nagphani (Nag means snake and phani means hood). The name Dukes’nose is derived as the cliff looked like the shape of the Duke. This is a marvelous picnic spot nearby Lonavala. A famous spot for rock climbing, a very steep climb up rocky outcrops enables the tourists to reach the site. Trekking trail to reach the site begins from near the Khandala Railway Station. The 800-foot monolith can be reached by trekking for 1.5 hours. Hire a taxi cab to enjoy your trekking trip safely.
7. Visapur Fort Khandala :- Surrounded by a huge plateau, is a historical fort, landmarking the lush green and dreamy mountains of Khandala. A 3-hour drive away from Mumbai airport and 2 hour drive from Pune airport, this one is often marked as a favorite for the monsoons.
At an altitude of 4,000 feet, the fort is famous for its protective walls and intricate designs. Within the fort are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and old houses. There are quite a few Hanuman temples scattered within the complex. The interior of the fort now lies in ruins, unlike the exterior.
8. Tiger’s Leap :-
Tiger’s Leap also known as Tiger’s Point is a natural landscape located close to I.N.S. Shivaji. It is one of the best places to visit in Lonavala. This cliff top, at a height of over 650 m, resembles the shape of a leaping tiger. Near the site, there is a small waterfall, which flows during the monsoon months only. It serves the purpose of relaxing in the water better than Bushy dam, as the force of the fall is higher.
The site is frequented by various tourists for indulging in adventure activities like rafting, when the stream flow is medium. Perfect for trekking, this site encloses safe spots for viewing the valley and its nearby surroundings. If you are here during monsoon, you will have a spellbinding session with the clouds flowing over and around you minimizing visibility but maximizing the heavenly feeling you experience here. The sunrise and sunset views from here are mesmerizing. The place, in short, is a nature lover’s ultimate dream destination. The echo point is a major fascination. To travel to the Tiger’s Leap, tourists can commute through buses up to the I.N.S. Shivaji base. The total distance from the I.N.S. Shivaji base to the site is about 1.6 km, which is covered on foot. But having a private car or hiring a rental car is more convenient option to save time and energy for enjoying Tiger point`s unlimited fun. Local auto rickshaw charges unbelievable fare. So hire taxi cabs from Pune to Lonavala and Mumbai to Lonavala taxi cabs booking.
9. Bhusi Dam :-
A waterfall near the dam is a popular spot in Lonavla. When the water levels of the dam rises the water spills over and manifests into a small waterfall and picnickers like to sit on the steps and feel the cool water gushing over them. One word of caution though, be careful as the force of water tends to increase suddenly.
Bushy Dam is one of the majestic picnic spots in Lonavala. The Dam is magnificent during the monsoons with water gushing out through the dam make exhilarating waterfalls. The Dam is located at the backdrop of scenic hilly terrains and lush green environments. This is a much sought weekend and vacation destination in Lonavala. Our cab drivers can visit you to all the places around the Lonavala with ease and in time. Our taxi cab service is well known for the family tours, corporate tours and school tours. Plan your trip to Lonavala.
10. Tikona Fort, also renowned as Vitandgad fort, is a major hill fort in Maval region near the Lonavala. Tikona fort, literally means triangle fort, had witnessed many dynasties ruled in the Maratha region. This was the nerve centre of the many activities of entire Malwan Pawna regions. The small hamlet close to the fort is Tikona peth. The fort’s mammoth entrance is a special attraction. The Tikona fort is a great trekking destination for the adventurous tourists. One can get the eye catching views of the Pawna Dam and the forts at Visaput, Tung and Lohagarh. The fort encloses a lake, Satvahan caves and the temple of ‘Trimbakeshwar Mahadev.
11. Lohagad Fort, literally meaning iron fort, is a historical citadel perched atop a hillock at an elevation of 3400 feet. Situated in the Sahyadri range of Lonavala, it separates the Indrayani basin from the Pawna basin. The elaborate history of this fort associates it with the great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Many other Maratha and Vidarbha rulers used this citadel, making it an important part of Maharashtra’s rich history.
The actual date of original fort is not clearly known but the known records points out some additional constructions such as a step well and big tank during eighteenth century. The ancient fort’s four mammoth gates are still intact and are in good condition. Not only the grandeur of the structure, but the sceneries and views all around, make it another favorite of all its visitors. It is one of the best places to visit in Lonavala. The fort can be reached from any of its four entrances, namely Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. Exquisite sculpting can be seen on the Maha Darwaja that speaks of the art and architecture prevalent in olden times. A step well and large tank constructed during the 18th century can also be found here. Don’t forget to catch glimpses of the famous Pawna Dam while you are at the Fort.
Bhaja Caves are amongst the most ancient Buddhist centers in this part of the world. They are over 2200 years old. The 22 rock-cut caves at the hill top represent the astonishing architectural skills possessed by the craftsmen of the past. Visit the caves in the evenings to have a perfect photo session. Since the caves face the west, you can have a great view of the caves after 3.00 pm and to photograph the caves when the sunlight beams on would add a mesmerizing effect. The best time to visit the caves would be during monsoon season as you can enjoy the rich greenery around; one could not forget to mention the waterfalls nearby, which has water flowing down in plenty during monsoon.
Believed to be the oldest Buddhist religious site in the county, it is declared as the national monument. The main attraction of the place is the 22 rock-cut caves which depict various sculptures, like that of a prince in a chariot, a prince seated on an elephant, among others and dancing couples. All these sculptures are the specimen of Indian architectural age and the mastery in sculpturing. The first cave is believed to be the residential place of the master of the caves; the next ten caves are Buddhist viharas with one cave contains the Chaitya hall. The rest seven caves are adorned with inscriptions including the details of the donor. A water fall is also located at the last of the caves.
13. Bhairavnath Temple is an ancient shrine, situated in a densely forested area near Lonavala, the temple displays architecture and design similar to that of the other Shiva temples in Konkan region. This temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairava, who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, according to Hindu mythology. Resembling other Shiva shrines of the Konkan region, it has a simple architecture. Smaller temples of other Hindu deities are present within the compound. Mahashivratri, the main festival related to Lord Shiva, is the time when this temple is frequented by several devotees. Tourists visiting Bhairavnath Temple can click numerous pictures of this shrine along with its beautiful surroundings.
14. The Wild Waters – Water Park n Lonavala entertains both young and young at heart with exhilarating rides. It is a fun filled experience for the whole family. One can slip down the swirling slides or let go one self at the waterfalls and rafts. The 5000 gallons of water, is a world of fun with a whole lot of games in store like The Crazy Float Flume, The Bumper Slide, The Whirling Body Chute, The Kiddies Slips, The Kid Bubble, and the Wild Waters Cave only to name a few. The Sunken Bar at the water park offers a selection of refreshing concoctions, beverages and an array of light snacks. ‘Wet N’ Joy’ features a full day of fun for the entire family, friends or corporate group with the biggest wave pool in the country or an assortment of thrilling water slides, rain dance and other rides. All the activities in the park are monitored by life guards and helpers at all times. Visitors can choose to eat quality food at the cafés, restaurants or the small stalls.
15. A one of its kind, this place is known for its irreplaceable grandeur and plush signature features. The fountains of ecstasy, Sahyadri peaks and the historic Koyarigarh fort offer a spectacular view of the grand Aambey valley city