People living in and around Mumbai and Pune often choose Lonavala for a weekend road trip. Lonavala is quite famous amongst the young crowd. Situated in the Pune district of Maharashtra, this hill station is known for its ecstatic natural beauty. It is located about 624mts above sea level and the climate here is milder amidst WesternGhats. Sahyadri range in Lonavala makes the place worth a visit because of its scenic beauty. The word ‘Lonavala’ means a ‘resting place carved with stones’. A lot of people love the hard Indian candy called Chikki. Chikki is made out of ground nuts and jaggery.
A lot of people visit Lonavala every year and some repeatedly keep going to escape from their monotonous, hectic lifestyle. While a road trip to Lonavala can be costly, reaching there in a train is a far more cheap option. If you are planning to visit Lonavala on a budget then you can save up on a couple of expenditure and yet have a wonderful trip. Here are some ideas that can help you experience Lonavala in a budget:
How to Reach
Lonavala being connected via well paved roads is a great road trip destination. You will enjoy the lush green scenery on either side of the road. But road trip can be costly considering the fuel prices are going up regularly. If you are looking for much cheaper options then buses can be one good mode of transport. Buses from the near by metro cities i.e. Mumbai and Pune ply daily. The fare of the buses depends upon whether you choose a Volvo A.C bus or a regular bus. Volvo buses can be a little expensive than the non AC buses. The best option to save up on money is to travel via train. It is fast and comfortable too.
Save on your Lonavala Hotel Booking
Planning a one day trip can save you money on hotel bookings. However, this can be extremely tiring for anyone. Also, you have to start early from Pune or Mumbai or any other surrounding place. Covering most of the places in Lonavala isn’t possible in one day. But if you want to spend a nice day without targeting the completion of sightseeing then it can be a good plan for you. You can visit some of the places and return by the end of the day. Or if you want to spend two days or more then you can also save on your bookings of hotels in Lonavala. There are many cheap hotels in Lonavalawith good rooms.
Place to Visit in Lonavala
In a constricted budget, it will be a good idea to not travel too far for sightseeing. There are many places in Lonavala and close by. Travelling out of Lonavala for more than 20 km means more expenditure for transport. The places you can visit in Lonavala are:
Rajmachi is one of the most beautiful places in Lonavala that you can’t give a miss. Shriwardhan Ballekilla and Manaranjan Balekilla are twin forts situated on the Sahyadri Mountain. Encircling the forts are lushgreen plateaus. A nearby village named Udhewadi accommodates 22 houses. The villagers of Udhewadi have taken of the occupation of providing food and necessities to tourists. Also they are very friendly and kind too. People who like off beat places will absolutely live to hike and camp in this place.
Tikona is another hill fort in Lonavala. It is exactly located in Maval which is also called as Vitandgad. Trekkers love this hill and Fort for its large doors and surrounding attractions such as seven water tanks, Satvahan Caves, Tribakeshwar Mahadev etc. The hill is 3500 feet above sea level. It is so named because of its triangular shape.
The Duke’s Nose
On your arrival to Lonavala, you will notice the monolithic rock structure called the Duke’s Nose. The rock is also called Nagphani because of its weird shape that pierces the clouds above. However, the Duke’s Nose was named after the Duke of Wellington became of its close resemblance. Once you trek up to rock, you can see beautiful ravines and forests.
Durshet is situated amongst the greenery of Sahyadri. If you particularly enjoy strolling through forests then this place will interest you. You can see different kinds of birds and wildlife while hiking through the woodlands. It is a place that will calm your wandering thoughts and make you feel rejuvenated.
Lonavala has a lot scope for hiking and trekking because of the hill forts present here. Koraigad or Korigad is one such hill fort situated above 923 meters sea level. To the east of Koraigad lies two artificial lakes, two lakes on top of the fort and Koraidevi temple.