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Lonavala, a beautiful retreat away from the chaos of the city, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra. Often called the ‘Jewel of Sahyadri’ and the ‘City of Caves’, this hill station boasts of a spectacular setting that includes lush green valleys, stunning waterfalls, serene lakes, and remarkable caves. never fail to impress visitors. Take a look at the top 5 places to visit in Lonavala that ought to be in your itinerary to make the best of memories of your vacation in this hill station.

Top 5 Places to Visit in Lonavala

1. Tiger’s Leap

Top 5 Places to Visit in Lonavala

Tiger’s Leap is a prime tourist attraction that sits in the lap of nature at a height of 650 meters above sea level. Interestingly, this vantage point has been named so because of its shape that resembles a tiger taking a leap into the valley. It is frequented by adventure seekers who indulge in trekking and hiking here.

This beautiful site with an echo point and a stream flowing nearby offer stunning views of the valley below that attract vacationers in large numbers. You can always pack a picnic lunch and head to this place to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

  • Location: Near I.N.S. Shivaji Base, Lonavala
  • Timings: 24X7

2. Bhaja Caves

Bhaja Caves is a set of spectacular rock-cut caves, which has been classified as a national monument. It is believed to be one of the oldest caves in India, belonging to 2nd to 1st century BCE, and the fine Buddhist excavations in these caves date back to the Hinayana phase of Buddhism.

Along with exploring these caves that primarily include Chaityas and Viharas, you may take a refreshing dip in the nearby waterfall as well as take a tour of the lush surroundings. You need to take a zig-zag trail to reach the caves from its base at Bhaja Village.

  • Location: Bhaja Village, Lonavala
  • Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

3. Bhushi Dam

If you are looking for a picnic spot to spend quality time with friends and family, then head straight to Bhushi Dam, which forms the popular Bhushi Lake. There are steps to access this masonry dam on the Indrayani River, where you can sit and soak the warm sunshine as well as enjoy the stunning views of the surroundings.

This popular tourist attraction tends to get overcrowded during weekends, especially in the monsoon season, when you may face difficulty in finding a decent spot to sit on the steps. You must note that swimming is prohibited here because of the inconsistent water flow.

  • Location: I.N.S. Shivaji Road, Lonavala
  • Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

4. Pawna Lake

Pawna Lake, surrounded by spectacular landscape, is a popular picnic and camping spot in Lonavala. This artificial lake is formed by the impounded water of Pawna Dam that provides a perfect escape into nature’s arm. The natural beauty of this place, along with the distant view of Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort and Tunga Fort, makes for a great backdrop for memorable pictures. While picnicking here, you can avail the facility of motor and row boating that adds to its overall appeal.

While monsoon is the best time to visit this place that abounds with incredible sights, you come here during the winter season as well to enjoy barbeques by the lake.

  • Location: Pawna Dam, Lonavala
  • Timings: 24X7

5. Lohagad Fort

 

Another architectural marvel of the Marathas is the Lohagad Fort (Iron Fort) that commands a visit while you are in Lonavala. The hill fort acquired its name because it was considered as an impregnable edifice due to its strategic location at a height of 1050 metres above sea level. This historical site has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties over the centuries, including Nizams, Marathas and Mughals.

Not only is it popular among history buffs and nature enthusiasts, but also adventure seekers because of trekking that has to be done to reach the fort, where you can spot the Vinchu Kata – a series of hills resembling Capricorn.

  • Location: Lohagad Wadi, Lonavala
  • Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

These are the top 5 places to visit in Lonavala.

Also Read: 10 Best Places To Visit In Bangalore

 

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