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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Lonavala?

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Intriguing historical insights about your holiday destination add to the charm of your holiday. The cultural heritage, lifestyle and customs of the people offer a different perspective about a city. Read on to find about Lonavala's little history.

The Past
Discovered in 1871 by Sir Elphinstone, Lonavala was earlier known as ‘Lonali', which means ‘surrounded by caves'. With a dense forest surrounding, the hardly populated hill station was once ruled by the Yadava dynasty.

The magnificent forts owe their existence to the Mughals and Peshwas. Their rule saw the construction of various splendid sites until the British took over in 1818. Enveloped in surreal beauty and serenity, the British instantly fell in love with this hilly abode. You can know more about the history and culture of the city with the various things to do in Lonavala.

Modern day Lonavala

Inspiring beauty and a rich historical past has made Lonavala a very popular tourist destination. With numerous scenic lakes, archaic caves and grand forts, the city attracts tourists from all over the country. Adventure seekers, nature lovers, historical buffs, the town offers something to everyone. Marathi and Hindi being the predominant language, the locals here live a life of simplicity. Depending mostly on the tourism industry, locals have found their daily means of bread and butter. The tribes in the region firmly hold on to old age customs and rituals offering you an insight into the intriguing past of the city.
With tourism gaining immense importance, Lonavala still holds an undeniable vigour along with breathtaking and raw beauty.

A visit to Lonavala promises you an enthralling an enchanting journey. Discover the secrets of nature, explore uncharted paths and take a break from the mundaneness of daily life. You are in for a surprising and lovely holiday.

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