Lonavala is a perfect weekend getaway for Mumbaikars to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time with nature. It is a popular hill station surrounded by green valleys and hills. Here is my list of tourist places that you should definitely cover if you visit Lonavala. I hope you find it to be useful.
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1. LION POINT
Lion Point was the 1st place I visited in Lonavala. I was super excited to go there because it is the highest point in Lonavala. You get breath-taking and panoramic views of the valley from Lion point. There are a few food stalls located here selling snacks and drinks, but no restaurants.
2. PAWNA LAKE
Pawna Lake is a reservoir turned artificial formed by the Pawna Dam across the Pawna River. Various camping-site businesses have been started around the Pawna Lake. The road to reach Pawna Lake is very bumpy and difficult to drive, especially during the monsoon. Also, the area is a bit secluded so it is better to go in a group.
3. LOHAGAD FORT
Lohagad rises to an elevation of 1,033 m (3,389 ft) above sea level. It takes around 5 hrs to complete the full trek. But you can reach the fort in 30-45 mins. The entry fee is Rs 25 for Indians and Rs 300 for foreigners. Once you start climbing, there are no food or water stalls. You’ll find many monkeys and dogs around too, but they are harmless.
4. RAJMACHI GARDEN
Located in Khandala, Rajmachi Garden gives you a beautiful view of Shooting Point, Kune Waterfall, and Mumbai-Pune Expressway. There are a few food stalls and monkeys around too. There is no entry fee. A part of this garden has been made into a children’s park.
5. WAGHJAI DEVI TEMPLE
Located near Rajmachi Garden, Waghjai Devi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Waghjai. Navaratri is the main festival celebrated here. Around the back of the temple, there is a point overlooking the valley. Parking is free.
6. SUNSET POINT
Moving further from Waghjai Devi Temple, we arrive at Sunset Point. The best time to visit this point is obviously the sunset. But it may be crowded during the weekend. The mesmerizing view will surely make your vacation memorable. There are a few food stalls and shops located here.
7. LONAVALA MARKET
Evening time calls for a long stroll at Lonavala Market. You will everything that you find in a normal street market here. But what’s famous here are its chikki and fudge. You’ll also see stalls serving popular Indian snacks such as samosa chaat, bhel puri, cutting chai, and so on.
8. LONAVALA LAKE
You cannot go to the lakeshore, it is out-of-bounds for tourists. You can only stop your car and click a few pictures. The lake also has a waterfall called the Lonavala Lake Waterfall. You may skip it coz you cannot enter the lake premises.
9. RYEWOOD PARK
While returning from Lion Point, we went to Ryewood Park. It has beautiful tall trees, open spaces, and flowers. There is a temple located within the park. It is great to enjoy some greenery and fresh air. It is advisable to avoid going there at night.
10. WAX MUSEUM
There are 3 wax museums in Lonavala that house wax statues of various famous Indian and international personalities. We skipped all of them as we only wanted to cover places with natural views. But you may consider visiting if you have more time.
So these are my 10 favourite places to visit in Lonavala. I went to Lonavala in the winter. So I could not cover Bushi Dam. It was dry and water was not flowing out of it, so we didn’t go there. But if you go in the monsoon, you should definitely consider it. It can be crowded, especially during the weekend, so it’s great if you can go early in the morning. Also you may find full-flowing waterfalls there in the monsoon.
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