Best Time to visit:- June to October
Nearest Railway Station:-Lonavala
Lonavala is one of the top hill station in maharastra state. Lonavla is situated in Maval taluka , which is in Pune district. Lonavala is 622 meter far from Sea level. Lonavala is comes in Sahyadti Range land tenure. Monsoon is best time to visit lonavala. In Rainy season Sahyadri range looks like land cover by green colour.
Many tourist come here from the first rain means from june , by the way you can go here in any season but real enjoyment is in rainy season. If we talk about famous sweet then Lonavala chikki is the most famous sweet in maharastra and Specially Maganlal chikki. Many resorts are there to stay and also luxury resorts also in there. Lots of tourist come for one day trip and many tourist come for trekking and come to see caves in lonavala.
How to Reach:-
By Airport :-
If you come from out of maharastra then only you can choose this option. Pune Airport is nearest airport for lonavala , which is 70km far from lonavala. You can hire taxi or go from bus to lonavala from Pune station.
By Train :-
Train is the best option to travel at lonavala. Pune and Mumbai are the best obtain to reach lonavala. Lonavala is 60 km far from Pune and 85km from Mumbai. You can easily get local train from Pune Station. Basically Lonavala is also a railway station so you can easily get train for lonavala.
By Road :-
This this another option , you can reach with your own vehicle or bus. Volvo buses are available from Mumbai and Pune. Lonavala is situated on Mumbai-Pune express way. You can choose new highway or old highway but if you are going by two wheeler then it does not allow for new Mumbai-Pune highway.
Best placesin Lonavala to visit:-
1) Bhushi Dam:-
In lonavala 1st place to must visit is bhushi dam. The Bhushi Dam is a picnic destination for tourist. Bhushi Dam is 6 km from main lonavala market. some local Transport available to reach Bhushi Dam from Lonavala Station or you can also go by walking. There are many waterfall on the way to bhushi dam and also lonavala dam you can see. There are paid parking facilities near bhushi dam. Take walk of 5 min to go bhushi dam from parking. Time schedule of bhushi dam is 9.00 am to 3.00 pm , after 3.00 pm police doesn’t allow entry for bhushi dam.
Bhushi dam is a masonry dam which is build in 1860s for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. When it rains a lot, the dam fills up and starts flowing but be aware there are many accident happen here. There are many stairs to flow water from dam and you will have fun here. There are many shops near bhushi dam where you can have breakfast and meals. A little further on the bhushi dam, there is waterfall .This water fall is the main source of bhushi dam.
2) Sunil’s Wax Museum:-
Sunil Wax Museum is a museum of wax statue where are statue of celebrities and politicians. Sunil’s Wax Museum is 600 meter away from Lonavala Railway Station. Tourist come from far to see this museum. Time schedule of wax museum is 9.00 am to 9.30 pm. Entry fees of this museum is ₹ 200 for adult and if children are below 5 year then free for them. They have also created gaming zones for small children for this gaming zone you have to pay ₹ 100 per 30 min.
The wax statues are beautifully crafted and all these statue seem to be real. In this museum many national and international Films stars, political celebrities, sports stars around 150 celebrities are there. You can finish the tour in 30 min.
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3) Rajmachi Fort:-
There are many fort in lonavala in that Rajmachi fort is one of them. Rajmachi Fort is famous for trekkers. Many mountaineers are come here for trekking. This fort can be seen between Khopoli and Lonavala on the Pune-Mumbai highway. Rajmachi fort is 17 km far from Lonavala Railway Station and which is situated at the height of 2710 feet from the see level.You can hire a taxi or private cab to reach Rajmachi fort. In 26 April 1909 , goverment of india declared Rajmachi fort as a National Protected Monument in maharastra.
Rajmachi Fort must be around 2500 years old. Chatrapati Shivaji maharaj won this fort after the invasion of kalyan in 1657 and after 1818 the fort passed to British. On Rajmachi fort, there are two bastion, Manoranjan and Shrivardhan. For those who love mountain trekking and fort trekking , Rajmachi Fort is the best place.
4) Kamshet Paragliding:-
Paragliding is such a thrilling sport. The Kamshet is the best and top destination of paragliding spot in India. Kamshet Paragliding in located in kamshet which is small town. Kamshet railway station is the nearest railway station to reach at paragliding. If you are coming from Pune then Lonavala local is the best and if you are coming from Mumbai then can come to Lonavala then you can catch Pune local. This paragliding is the 3 km far from Kamshet Railway station, you can book cab or taxi from Station.
October to May is the best time to fly here. This point is 860 meters above sea level. First of all mandatory to fill declaration form. Every kind of paragliding happens here like Tandem , Solo , Acrobat. Paragliding cost is in between ₹1800- ₹3000 it depends on flight duration. If you want to rent GoPro then you have to pay extra ₹1000. If you come there as a tourist then you must visit this place.