Lonavala, is a town and a hill station Municipal Council in Pune district in the Indian State of Maharashtra. It is about 64 kilometres (40 mi) west of modern-day Pune city and 96 kilometres (60 mi) from the city of Mumbai. It is known for a major stop on the railway line connecting Mumbai and Pune. From the Pune suburbs, local trains are available from Pune Junction. Both the Mumbai-Pune Expressway as well as the Mumbai-Chennai highway pass through Lonavala. Lonavala is also home to INS Shivaji (formerly HMIS Shivaji) which is the Indian Navy’s Premier Technical Training Institute.
Places to visit Near By:
The name ‘Lonavala’ is derived from the Sanskrit word lonavli, which includes caves like Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Bedsa and they are all situated close to Lonavala. So sight-seeing can be done in Lonavala and the two fortresses, Lohagad and Visapur can also be visited.
Karla caves are among the oldest Buddhist cave shrines in India. It is located on the Pune-Mumbai highway at Karla and if sources are to be believed, these are only a few among scores of other caves unearthed in Sahyadri Hills.
Karla caves are a magnificent structure bearing one of the grandest and the largest Chaityagrihas of all such monuments in India. The largest of them is 37.87 m deep from door to back, 13.87 m wide and 14.02 high.
Located in Rajmachi, the temple displays architecture and design similar to that of the other Shiva temples in Konkan region. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Mahashivratri is celebrated in a much grandeur and festivity here as hundreds of devotees visit the temple to offer their prayers.
Tikona Fort is a loved, frequented and very popular one-day trek spot of Maharashtra. The real Marathi name of the fort is Vitandgad, but it gets its more famous name from the triangular shape it is built in. With a clouded origin and dynamic history of many takeovers and recoveries, the fort stands tall along the green hillocks of Sahyadri.
Shopping in Lonavala is going to be an enticing experience for you. Shopping in Lonavala is all about chikkis and fudges. You will find dozens of places from small shops to showrooms lined up on the streets of Lonavala selling these sweet nibble worthy items.
Production of Chikki:
The place produces various varieties of chikki, a sweet eatable thing made from different nuts mixed with jiggery. Newer varieties include additions like rose petals along with the nuts. These are great for gifting.