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Five places to visit in Lonavala

Located in the middle of the Sahyadri Hills, Lonavala makes for the perfect weekend getaway. This picturesque hill station is surrounded by magnificent views of peaks, lakes, caves and monuments. Lonavala is great for treks, adventure sport or even camping.

When in Lonavala, you should book your stay at Aamby Valley and enjoy yourself with some adventure sports and at the 18 hole Golf course. With so much to offer, you may not have enough time to visit all the recreational places in the valley. Another great place to book your room is the Treasure Island which provides you several facilities and exciting restaurants. Try out the local cuisine and unwind at the swimming pool and games arena. Here are my top 5 picks of Lonavala.

Splash around at Tiger’s Leap
Stop over at Tiger’s Leap which is a cliff which resembles a leaping tiger. When the monsoon is on, you can enjoy rafting and swimming in the stream below.

Lay back in the serene Lonavala Lake
The Lonavala Lake is an artificial lake constructed by the Tata Electric Company in 1876 to help conserve the reservoirs of Valvan and Shirota. The lake is the perfect place for a picnic and tourists enjoy bird watching, fishing and swimming.

Enjoy the breathtaking view from Rajmachi Point
Travel to the Rajmachi point at the Rajmachi Fort. Previously, this belonged to the King Shivaji. There are several historical monuments located around the fort. The Shrivardhan and Manoranjan forests are close-by and you can get a spectacular view of it from the Rajmachi Point.

Uncover the Bhaja Caves
Built around 200 BC by Buddhist nuns, the Bhaja Caves provide an excellent architecture that can be seen in its sculptures. The 22 rock cut caves have significant characteristics and sculptures of chariots, animals and princes. At the last cave, you will find a small waterfall and a pond below it.

Marvel at the majestic Lohagad Fort
The Lohagad Fort is another architectural marvel that was built in 1564 which was first a prison and then a treasury of Shivaji. The fort is located at an altitude of 1,050 metres and you can get bird’s eye view of Karle and Bhaja caves.

Lonavala is bound to provide you with a relaxed and much-deserved getaway. Make sure, you travel light and carry your memories on your camera as you admire the valley in all its beauty.

Text by Supriya Aggarwal

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