A complete 2 day Lonavala guide with family
Lonavala is a famous hill station tucked in the city of Pune at a distance of 96km from the metropolitan city of Mumbai. Surrounded by natural lush green valleys, the quaint hilly town is the most famous weekend getaway for two cities, namely Pune and Mumbai. Lonavala with its natural vistas, ancient caves, magnificent forts and enchanting lakes attracts tourists from all around the country. The pleasant cool climate prevailing in the hill station makes it one of the most romantic destinations for couples.
Maharashtra is a hub of some exquisite places that I had read about in many travel magazines. The lush greenery of Lonavala has attracted my attention ever since. I always wanted to experience the beauty that the quaint hill station beholds. Thus, I started to plan a weekend getaway to this beautiful place with my family. At first I was a bit skeptical about this online hotel booking task and went on asking my friends. That is when I came to know about Intermiles and landed up on their page. After thorough research I went on finalising the Triose Boutique Hotel and planning the rest of the days. Here is a detailed sketch of our two days trip to Lonavala.
The first place that we visited was the Bhaja Caves. From the famous Bhaja Village, we took a meandering route that reached the caves. Featuring 22 groups of rock-cut caves, the place is surrounded by lush greenery. We witnessed the beautiful work of Buddhist architecture through its walls. Inside the caves, we saw 14 Buddhist stupas that would interest the thoughtful minds of history lovers. It took us almost an hour to tour the entire place. Since the interiors of the caves are dark, we would recommend you to visit this place during the morning.
After soaking in the history of Buddhist architecture at Bhaja Caves we went to another brilliant place near Lonavala called the Lohagad Fort. Standing as a remarkable instance of the Maratha reign, Lohagad Fort is embraced with beautiful scenery. Built by Guru Govind Singh, this place served as the prison during the Maratha rule in India. The spectacular views of the region surely attracted our minds and souls. Providing photographic content, Lohagad Fort makes itself a paradise for photography lovers. We took a humongous number of pictures in the spot that we cherish even today!
Pawna Lake is an incredible place that one must visit while exploring Lonavala. After an amazing photography session at Lohagad Fort, we had some lunch on our way to the beautiful Pawna Lake. It is an artificial lake surrounded by famous forts that form a picturesque backdrop to this quaint little spot. Situated away from the bustling crowds of the city, the lake was surrounded by many other families and groups of friends who went there for camping and picnics.
Keeping the spirit of travel alive, we started with our second day of the trip. We planned to witness the sunrise from Tiger’s Leap. Since the viewpoint resembles the shape of a leaping tiger, hence it is named the Tiger’s Leap. Elevated at a height of 650m above sea level, Tiger’s Leap is a vantage viewpoint of the Lonavala region. At Tiger’s Leap, we witnessed a stream and an echo point that exhibited awe-inspiring views of the valley. Of course, we were charmed by the stunning view of the sunrise from there
Celebrity Wax Museum
After witnessing the beauty of Tiger’s Leap, we took a cab to explore the wax museum of Lonavala. Popularly known as Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, the place is at a distance of 11km from Tiger’s Leap. This museum hosts a number of wax statues of many popular personalities from different walks of life. At this museum, we witnessed the wax statues of notable personalities like Swami Vivekananda, Kapil Dev, Saddam Hussain, BR Ambedkar and Charlie Chaplin. The main attraction of Sunil’s Celebrity Wax Museum, however, is the image of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji.
The place that we visited next was Bhushi Dam. Standing on the Indrayani River, Bhushi Dam forms a great spot for family picnics. The dam built in 1860 served as the water source of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. Surrounded by magnificent natural vistas, Bhushi Dam is a great place to soak in the warmth of the sunshine. We visited Lonavala during the monsoon season and it was quite crowded at that time. If you want to spend some quality time with your loved ones at peace, it is recommended that you come to Bhushi Dam during the offseason.
That brings us an end to our two day Lonavala trip. It was an experience that my parents and I are going to remember for a lifetime. If you are thinking of a weekend trip, then this two day Lonavala travel guide can help you with the same.