Lonavala, a beautiful hill retreat in Western India is a traveller's hotspot. Boasting of its scenic views and alluring charm, Lonavala is considered one of the most gorgeous hill stations in Maharashtra. From camping to trekking, rock climbing, waterfall rappelling and luxury stay, this hill retreat offers adventure and comfort at the same time. Head to Lonavala for an offbeat getaway.
Getting There: Lonavala enjoys a close proximity to Mumbai and Pune, thus serving as the most sought after getaway in Maharashtra. Also, its good connectivity to these destinations via road and rail contributes to the ease of tourist movement. Lonavala has a railway station of its own, and plenty of trains run from both Mumbai and Pune on regular basis. By road, Lonavala can be reached through state buses, private buses and taxis. Mumbai Pune Expressway or old Mumbai Pune Road - NH4 are used to reach Lonavala. There's no direct air connectivity to the town, though the nearest domestic airport to Lonavala is in Pune, i.e. the Lohegaon Airport.
Where To Stay: What’s better than becoming one with nature, immersing yourself in the scents, sounds and sights of a beautiful homestay located far away from the city life? Cloaked in gorgeous green valleys and forests of Lonavala, you'll find strikingly beautiful vacation rentals which are perfect for recreation and leisure. There are a total of 41 homestays in Lonavala listed with Travelguru. Every property is unique in its own way and your holiday in these budget stays in Lonavala will be your getaway to a miniature paradise. From fancy apartments to gorgeous villas and cosy cottages, Lonavala has everything to offer the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. If you are travelling in a large group and want to soak up nature at its best, you can consider staying at luxurious villas in Lonavala. There's Whispering Villas, Shekhar Bungalow, Swastik Royale, Sai Bungalow, Royal Villa, Omkara Bungalow, Mount View Row House, Mount Palace, Mount Castle, Jannat Villa and Mannat Bungalow, to name a few accommodations which are a perfect holiday homes while in town. All these homestays are located in Tungarli, a hidden gem in the heart of Lonavala. Frank-O-Marry 7 Bungalows, Bungalow B-9, Alishaan Bungalow and Vidulas Bungalow are some of the charming bungalows in Lonavala that will cater to all your needs. The bungalows have a comfortable living room to lounge in, a kitchen, a balcony with a view, a swimming pool and a lawn to laze around. For those who want to be pampered luxuriously can choose to stay at Serenity Villa, Royal Villa, Gold Valley Villas, Dafodil Villa, Wilderness, Hummock Villas and Aashiyaanaa Villa Supreme. These accommodations in Lonavala have well-furnsihed rooms, private pool and terrace offering amazing views of the hills. It doesn't get better than this!
What To See: Bike rides through gorgeous ghats of Lonavala or sharing conversations over a cup of tea and hot pakoras does sum up a trip to Lonavala for few. But there are a lot of places to visit in this hill retreat. Some of the best places for sightseeing in Lonavala are Bhushi Dam, Pawna Dam, Karla and Bhaja Caves, Tungarli Lake, Koraigad, Ryewood Park, Phanasrai, Kamshet, Durshet, Tiger’s Leap, Lion’s Point, Rajmachi Fort and Tikona.
What To Eat: Maharashtrain food being Lonavala's local fare is something to fall in love with. If you are craving the perfect homely Maharashtrain food, you can head to Shaila Phase’s Homely Food (a small eatery serving the most sumptuous fare). You can get the Masala Vangi, Rice, Prawn Curry and a lot more food items here. Some more finest places to grab a bite in Lonavala are Rama Krishna for Breakfast, Golden Vada Pav for Street Food, Rudra for Tandoori Salad & Thai Curry with Steamed Rice, El Taj for Junglee Kebabs, Reshmi tikka & Butter Chicken, and National Chikki for Crushed Peanut Chikki.
Where To Shop: Lonavala Bazaar, an outdoor market in the hill town has small shops selling souvenirs, cane products and clothes, and stalls serving samosa chaat, bhel puri, crispy puffed chutney and a lot more delicious food items. There's also The Bombay Store, Jayson's (a popular garment shop) and Rajasthan Emproium (for fabrics, home decoration pieces and accessories).
Insider's Tip: Suleman Caterers in Lonavala serves the most amazing biryani. There's Jum Jum Biryani (made with chicken, mutton and mixed meat cocktail kebabs), Cocktail Biryani (packed with mutton, masala, kaleji, gurda, mixed meat cocktail kebabs, white masala and hard boiled eggs). This is one of the favourite food joints among locals.