Lonavala is a popular hill station at a height of 625 mt above the sea level in the western region of the state Maharashtra. The expanse of this exquisite hill station is about 38 sq km. Lonavala, located by Sir Elphinstone, the then Governor of Bombay Presidency in 1871, derived its name from a Sanskrit word Lonavli means caves. The plenty of caves like Bhaja caves, Bedsa caves and Karla caves brought the name Lonavala to the city.
This has been famed as a health resort due to its unpolluted environments and the pleasant climate all through the year. This is attracted by thousands of tourists, domestic as well as foreign, every year. Monsoon is the best climate with waterfalls, thriving lakes with full of water and lush greeneries all around. Chikki, the hard candy sweet, is a specialty item in Lonavala and is famous among the visitors to Lonavala.
Lonavala is a romantic gateway from the hustle and bustle of the crowded metropolitan life in Mumbai and Pune. This hill station forms a part of breathtaking Sahyadri hills and is a perfect location for hiking and trekking. The place is bestowed with many historical forts, ancient caves and wonderful serene lakes. Lonavala offers panoramic views of Deccan plateau on one side and the Konkan coast on the other.
Lonavala offer all luxurious facility to the tourists. Many ancient model resorts, most modern architectural luxurious holes and eye catching scenic attractions all make this place a grandeur spot for holiday vacations. Cool climate, serene ambience and all facilities for secluded stay are the great offers of this natural gift.
by Shwetha on Aug 04, 2010
In our quest for the best this monsoon, we drive up the hills and into the wilderness to discover the beauty of the misty hills and rich green canopy in the forests come alive! So, come join us and enjoy nature at its best...
Travel within city
Lonavala is a hill station located quite close to Mumbai and is one of the top destinations frequented by tourists in India. Travelling around the hill station Lonavala can be quite easy, as the town is a really small one. You can opt for one of the available options and can travel around Lonavala through buses or rented cycles and auto rickshaws or taxis.
You can also opt for taxis in Lonavala and these will be available from all the major parts of the city, including the bus stand and the railway station. Taxis in Lonavala do not have any meter and tourists need to fix the rates before availing the taxi.
Auto rickshaws in the town of Lonavala do not run on meter. You should learn about all the rates for local travel beforehand in order to make sure that you are not taken for a ride. Auto rickshaws in Lonavala do not have any special night fares either, and they can be a good option for night time travel.
the fare and rates are fixed. They can cost you anywhere around Rs 100 to 200 for a short trip.
The best way to travel around Lonavala would however be to rent out a bicycle for around Rs 120 a day and cycle around the serene surroundings, taking in the mountain air.
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