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Reema Bhalla May 20 2014

Which are some of the best places to visit in Lonavala?

Pritha Manchanda May 20 2014
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Planning a vacation to Mumbai’s most beloved retreat--Lonavala? From Buddhist caves to rugged hills and majestic forts, you’ll find much to explore in this town. Here is a list of some of the most interesting places to visit in Lonavala.

1. Korigad Fort

While most forts are connected by bridges to other hills, Korigad Fort embellished with a few ponds, stands alone in majestic solitude. The climb to the fort is quite scenic and promises to be worth the effort once you reach the spot.

Photo of the plateau of Korigad (by Amogh Sarpotdar)

2. Duke’s Nose

Named after one of the British governors of erstwhile Bombay, the pinnacle of Duke’s Nose is locally known as Nagphani (cobra’s hood). Offering views of the Mumbai-Pune Highway, rail corridors and the surrounding Sahyadri Range, Duke's nose is certainly an experience. Don't forget to wear your best pair of trekking shoes as the trek can be slightly tricky.

Photo of Duke’s Nose (by Alewis2388)

3. Karla and Bhaja Caves

Located approximately 15 km from Lonavala, Karla and Bhaja Caves are one of the famous places to visit in Lonavala. The Karla Caves represent the best example of rock-cut architecture in this region, famous for the two rows of decorated pillars that line the main hall. Started by the Hinayana Buddhists in the 1st century BCE, these caves were later taken over by the Mahayana sect.

Photo of Karla Caves (by Fernando Stankuns)

Exactly opposite the Karla Ridge lie the Bhaja Caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE. The rock-cut architecture here is beautiful and better preserved than Karla. You can also check out the water sports and Water World MTDC offers by the Indrayani River.

Photo of Bhaja Caves (by dinesh_valke)

4. Lohagad Fort

Lohagad Fort or the Iron Fort is certainly one of the most spectacular sightseeing spots in the twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala. The narrow, zig zag steps leading up to the fort are estimated to be about 500 in number. The hilltop was originally used by Buddhist monks, who have left behind very basic rock-cut caves. The presence of Dargah just opposite the entrance validates the fact that Mughals also occupied this fort.

Photo of Dargah (by Himanshu Sarpotdar)

5. Lake District

The Lonavla region is considered the Lake District of Western India because it is dotted with many lakes (all artificial). Many of these are secluded and remote. A small lake just outside Lonavla, Tungarli Lake is at its best just after the monsoons, though the water is still clear and deep right until December or January. The lake dries up by end- March.

Photo of Tungarli Lake (by ramkrsna)

6. Bushi Dam

Bushi dam nestled in the forests just 6 km outside Lonavla (beyond Monsoon
Lake) is by far the most popular (and overcrowded) spot. On weekends during the monsoons, the place is packed with people as the water running over the steps of the dam creates an interesting waterfall. Visitors like to sit on the steps as the water flows over them. Swimming is absolutely not allowed in the dam.

Photo of Bushi Dam (by Arun2011)

7. Visapur Fort

Visapur Fort is opposite Lohagad. It’s a much larger fort than Lohagad, though less frequented. At the top you’ll find lots of water tanks, ponds and the ruins of a chieftain’s residence. If you are fond of photography, don’t miss catching up the beautiful sunset from this fort.

Photo of Sunset (by Kaushal Karkhanis)

8. Tikona Fort

Take the road from Lonavla that cuts across the Lohagad Ridge and then run along the shores of Pawna Lake to get to Tikona Fort. At the top of Tikona is an ancient Buddhist cave and some water tanks. If you are up here early on a winter morning, you will see Tung Fort, clearly reflected in the waters of Pawna Lake. This fort is one of the best places to visit in Lonavala.

Photo of Tikona Fort (by Rushil Fernandes)

9. Tung Fort
Tung Fort was really more of a watch post or lookout tower since the top is not very large. There are some water tanks and ramparts. One gets a good view of Lohagad, Visapur and Tikona forts and Pawna Lake from the top. You can also see the solitary fort of Koregad not far away.

Photo of a panoramic view of Lohagad and Visapur Fort and Pawana Lake seen from Tung Fort (by Rajesh Warange)

Now that you know about some of the famous places to visit in Lonavala, you can plan your trip accordingly. Also take a look at things to do in Lonavala.
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