Misty Weekend Getaway at Lonavala


 Misty Weekend Getaway at  Lonavala






Lonavala is a famous weekend getaway destination for hikers, trekkers, nature and adventure lovers. Most of the region is surrounded by hills, waterfalls , fog (in the monsoon), green trees and lakes. It is surrounded by the mighty Sahyadri hills, dense forests, mystic and alluring waterfalls. If you want to have a peaceful getaway not too far from the city, then Lonavala is the perfect destination.  Also, you can visit the Bhaja caves, Rajmachi point, Lohagad fort, Narayani Dham temple, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajamchi fort, Ryewood lake, Tiger's point, Imagica, Sunil's Wax Museum, Della Adventure resort, Pawna lake etc. Situated between two major metropolitan cities, Mumbai and Pune, Lonavala is the perfect weekend vacacy destination for both Mumbaikars and Punekars.





How to reach Lonavala?

Lonavala is a 2 to 3 hours drive from Mumbai that is approx 84 kms. It is at a distance of  65 kms from  Pune which is approximately a 2 and half hour drive. Also, Lonavala has a railway station that is well connected by both Mumbai and Pune. Also, you can hire private cabs, ola or uber services if you don't wish to drive. There are also private, A/C or ST buses that run between Mumbai and Lonavala. The Mumbai-Pune Express way is wide and the most convenient way to reach Lonavala by car. Also, the Expressway has several food malls in between short intervals. So, you don't have to worry about carrying food items or eatables for your road trip. 


Best time to Visit Lonavala:-

The best time to visit Lonavala is between the months of October and May. Most people advise that we should not visit Lonavala during monsoon season and it is definitely true, as sometimes there is a possibility of  accumulation of fog on the highway, along with heavy rainfall, which can cause accidents. But, if you love monsoons, Lonavala is definitely the right place for experiencing the greenery that consumes the nature during the rainy seasons in  Maharashtra. 


Best places to enjoy local and street shopping in Lonavala:-

The best place to shop in Lonavala is the Lonaval Bazaar. Maganlaal Chikki is the most famous place to buy the infamous Lonavala chikkis, also, there is a national chikki market to buy varieties of chikkis of different flavors and ingredients. There is also Triose plaza, a kind of a shopping mall that has a multiplex theater and gaming arcades for entertainment. 

The Five Museums in Loavala:-

The famous and only 5  museums to visit in Lonavala are:

Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum

Miniature World Museum

Lucky's Celebrity Wax Museum

Lonavala Wax Museum

Imperial Wax Museum

I would advise not to waste your time visiting every single museum, as every museum will seem the same to you. Apart from that, Sunil's Celebrity Wax Museum is the only  famous and worth visiting one as, all the other museums have entry fees more or less, 1000 INR per person, and do not have much to offer. 

Camping, Adventure and Forest resorts in Lonavala:-

If you want to camp, or live in tents to experience the campfire nights at Lonavala, the Pawna lake Camping is the best site to go on a camp with your family.
The link mentioned below provides all the luxury camping resorts:-



The best Forest Resort to stay at Lonavala will be The Machan, it is a bit expensive, but the prices are reasonable as compared to the Della Adventure Resort. The average price for per night stay in this private luxury forest resort is approximately 11, 881 INR. I know, the place is expensive but it is worth the  money and is situated at a great location with enchanting views. 
The booking link to compare prices and find cheap rates for The Machan is provided below:-
The best Adventure Resort in Lonavala is undoubtedly Della and Data Adventure Resorts.

The resorts are luxurious and huge (which is totally worth the money). They have a spa, saloon, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and many thrilling adventure activities and sports like sky cycling, paintball, bike racing, buggy ride, rappelling, della gyro, bull ride, bubble soccer, land zorbing, flying fox, net cricket, high rope challenge, ball fighting, rocket ejector, archery , artificial rock climbing, shooting range, aqua zorb, Bungee trampoline, crossbow, roller zorb, blowgun, slingshot, mirror maze, horse/pony ride and much more!






This is the end of the blog. Hope you find this information useful enough to plan and organize your next trip to Lonavala for a small weekend getaway. Till then stay tuned for the next blog, stay happy, healthy and safe!

 


4 comments:

  1. Lonavala is the most convenient location to have an adventurous getaway for 1/2 days.

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  2. Very well written only thing is nowadays it is so crowded on the weekends so I feel it would be good to be there on the weekdays

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    1. Yes it becomes very crowded in the weekends. Some tourists don't even get the reservations.

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