Yearning to travel to a beautiful place for a short trip in India during rainy season then Lonavala is ‘the’ place to be! Lonavala weather is perfect for enjoying a beautiful escapade from the busy city life while enjoying the pleasure of soaking in the rains.
The earthy fragrance of the moistened soil and the green painted terrain together makes Lonavala weather all the more delightful. This is one of the prime reasons why during monsoon visiting this hill station in Maharashtra should be in your bucket list.
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If one is travelling from within Maharashtra then the train is the most comfortable mode of transports that can be relied upon. Especially keeping in mind Lonavala weather and the increase in the number of tourists during this time around via road, trains are reasonable & fast.
The enchanting landscape views during the train ride makes the journey even better. There are a number of trains from Mumbai & Pune that take you to Lonavala. From Mumbai, it takes about 2.5 hrs to reach while from Pune it takes only an hour to reach Lonavala.
Apart from this, one can also indulge in a self-driven road trip or opt for a Volvo bus if not coming from too far off places.
For people coming from distant places a flight to Pune which has the nearest airport for reaching Lonavala & then taking up a bus/train/cab is the most convenient option.
#1 Rajmachi Fort
Located about 15 km from Lonavala railways station, Rajmachi fort is a set of two twin fortresses named Shriwardhan Ballekilla and Manaranjan Balekilla. The monument as a whole has been declared a protected monument because of its historical importance. At one point in time these fortressed was ruled by Shivaji Maharaj and then eyed upon by Aurangzeb, & later was taken up by Britishers.
The fortresses are literally located on Sahayadri Mountain ranges and from one side the magnanimous view of the lush green valley can be seen. It is one of the favorite trekking spots for medium-level trekkers.
However, cliched and ridiculously popular these two places may sound but to enjoy Lonavala weather to the fullest during monsoon, Lonavala Lake & Bhushi Dame are the two breathtaking places very near to the railway station. The entry of both are free and timings are till 9 A.M.- 5 P.M. They are at a distance of about 3 – 4.5 km. which is easily and pleasurably walkable in the rains from the station. While walking towards these spots there are few waterfalls nearby that are worth a stopover.
#3. Lion’s Point
Lion’s point is roughly a 2.5 hr worth a trekking place for getting great panoramic views of nature. Especially if Lonavala weather is a bit clear, then the sky around sunset is what makes the place a must-visit. Well, didn’t we promise to present before you stunning options in Lonavala!
If you are reaching this spot via a car or bike then parking can be a thing to be concerned about especially on weekends. Very near to this place is The Tiger’s Leap spot. This is another lovely trekking destination which offers mesmerizing views of earth and in a season when nature is at its best. Here one can opt for camping as well.
#4. Bhaja Caves
These caves are a reflection of the ancient India especially in the period when Buddhism was spreading. The place is 13 km. from Lonavala city center. It has a small entry ticket of Rs. 25 for Indian nationals while for foreign nationals the ticket cost is around Rs. 300. The entry point has some bit of hiking and so rainy or winter season, when Lonavala weather is at its best are the ideal periods of the year to visit these caves. Chaityagriha, the largest cave out of the 22 caves here is the most historically and architecturally significant cave.
#5. Tungarli Lake
This lake is one of the most serene spots for those who want to escape from the crowded city centre of Lonavala. Barring photographers capturing the stunning views one will find only like-minded people in search of tranquillity here. During rainy season, the lush greenery, fog & the clouds with the backdrop of this lake are simply too good.
#6. Tikona Fort:
A little towards the outskirts of Lonavala near Pawna Lake is Tikona Fort. It is on a hill top which requires a easy to medium hike. It can be done by kids of 10 yr. and above. The place gives awesome natural views including Pawna lake and more. A tip to follow here is to maintain low noise level so that the views are equally enjoyable. Best time to visit this place is monsoon & winters.
So are you geared for indulging in nature’s essence on an extended weekend? Do share & drop in your comments about these spots or your trip memories of visiting Lonavala!
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