Big Boss season 12 is going on and it’s not possible to not talk about Lonavala when discussing Big Boss. The first season of Big Boss aired in 2006 made Lonavala extremely popular amongst their fans and since then not just the people from Mumbai rather from around the country people visit this hill station for their vacations.
Lonavala has its own charm, nestled up in the heart of Sahyadri hills, Lonavala is a perfect weekend getaway destination from Mumbai and Pune.
Also, you would be enthralled by the remarkable views from the mountains, sparkling lakes and historic caves and castles, not just that abundance of nature and picturesque landscapes will make you go awestruck.
Easily accessible and well connected by road and rail from both Mumbai as well as Pune, so if you wish...
The Bushy dam is one of the most visited spots in Lonavala, located on the INS Shivaji road, the dam becomes all the more beautiful during monsoon season. The artificial waterfall created by using the gushing water of the dam attracts a lot of tourists, especially in the monsoon season. Also, one can indulge in water activities here, but not in monsoon season due to the high intensity of water flow
A long drive to Tiger’s leap the cliff top which resembles a leaping tiger is the most fascinating part of the Lonavala. The spectacular views on both the sides will make you delve into the natural beauty of the Lonavala. The most famous Lion’s point has lot many small eateries on the hill where you can enjoy munchies while enjoying the views from the top.
During the monsoon months, tourist can enjoy waterfalls into the stream. Also, there are various water sports as well, such as rafting and swimming options to indulge in.
Pawna lake is the most favorite amongst the campaigners, the artificial lake was formed by the water of Pawna Dam, situated towards the outskirts of Lonavala. The rich greenery in the surroundings and options to enjoy various water sports and activities make it the perfect weekend destination for the travellers.
Every weekend large number of travellers would be seen having family picnics or camping here. Also, one can take the motorboat ride where you get to see the mesmerising sights of magnificent ancient forts - Tikona, Lohagad, Tung and natural habitat in the surroundings.
Rajmachi Fort is located at a distance of 15 km from Lonavala and Khandala, is one of the most popular tourist places near Mumbai for trekking. This famous fort lies at an altitude of 2710 feet.
Historically, Rajmachi Fort, which belonged to the famous king Shivaji, was a strategic fort to control Bor Ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route and was a historical trade route. One can explore quite a few historical monuments in and around Rajmachi fort. There are two small forests as well named as Shrivardhan and Manoranjan located very close to the Rajmachi Fort.
Located at a distance of 11 km from Lonavala, Lohagad Fort an architectural magnificence was built in 1564 as a prison which was later served as a treasury by Shivaji. The hill fort is located at an altitude of 1050 meters which resembles the fangs of a scorpion. Also, an ideal destination for trekking, where the trekkers start from Malavli the base trek, which is around 7 km from Lohagad and takes around 2 hours of time to complete the trek.
One can also enjoy aerial views of Karla, Bhaja caves, which are open to the public throughout the year and views of Pawna Lake as well from the top.