10 Iconic things to do if you’re visiting Lonavala

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Lonavala is one of Maharashtra’s most popular weekend getaways. If you haven’t been there yet, we’d assume it’s due to lack of opportunity, as it’s on your travel list. Lonavala’s wide green valleys, even greener hills, monsoon waterfalls, trekking trails, and general fun make it the ideal vacation spot for the whole family, bud squad, or someone special. 

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Climb the Lohagad Fort

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This is the wall of the Lohagarh Fort, also known as the “Iron Fort” in downtown Bharatpur. The fort is very austere, but withstood many attacks by the British in the 1800s. The fort contains a small city that is still very much lived in.

Lohagad Fort is one of the most famous fortifications in the Western Ghats. Hiking up to this fort for spectacular views of the valley below is a must in Lonavala. Visitors can also climb up this iconic fort to explore its many structures, which include a huge tank, a stepwell, and four gateways flanked by bastions.

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Camp by the lake

Camping at Pawna Lake is one of the most memorable things to do in Lonavala. Did we just give you serious squad goals? Gazing at the stars, chatting with friends, and chilling around a bonfire. The lake is about 20 km from the city center and has many camping sites and restaurants nearby. From here, hikes to Lohagad, Tunga, Tikona, and other forts are easily accessible. Pack your best gear!

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Trek

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The most exciting thing to do in Lonavala is to trek to one of the many amazing forts or along a jungle trail through the thick Sahyadris. You’ll see endless mountain greenery, maybe a seasonal waterfall, and walk through lush forest. Interested? Set out on a Bhimashankar and Lohagad Fort trek.

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Sausage Hill Hike

10 Iconic things to do if you're visiting Lonavala

A hike up Sausage Hill is one of the best things to do in Lonavala. Sausage Hill is not too difficult to climb and the panoramic views of the Western Ghats from its pinnacle are worth the effort.

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Hot-air-balloon safari

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You’ll be glad we told you about this awesome Lonavala activity. We recommend it for couples… or even your 4 a.m. gang. Lonavala is stunningly beautiful, but seeing the lush green forests, gushing cascades, and majestic Sahayadris from 1200 ft. enhances it. The flight lasts about an hour and you can eat and drink while your balloon is being prepared.

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Tour Bhaja Caves

The stunning reliefs, sculptures, and carved panels will captivate you, one of which depicts a woman playing an instrument that could be the tabla! Exploring Bhaja Caves, a group of 22 caves about 10 km from Lonavala, is one of Lonavala’s most rewarding experiences. 

The 2nd-century caves were used by Buddhist monks, traders, and travelers to link western seaports to the Deccan. The huge Chaitya Griha or meditation hall is notable for its horseshoe-shaped Burmese teak wood ceiling.

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The Bhushi Dam’s gushing waters

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The Indrayani River flows through Lonavala, and the 1860s Bhushi Dam, built to channel its waters, is a popular tourist attraction. There’s nothing better than a picnic with friends or family with bubbling waters gushing down a flight of steps and lush greenery surrounding you. Caution is advised as the water flow is rapid here!

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Take in the Western Ghats

Lonavala is famous for its panoramic views of the Western Ghats from its many vantage points. One of the best and least crowded places to enjoy the views and take great selfies is Lion Point, 12 km from the city center. On a clear day, you can see hundreds of seasonal waterfalls, lush green hills, and if you get up early enough, an enticing sunrise. Other scenic points include Tiger’s Leap, Rajmachi Point, and Duke’s Nose Point.

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Picnic on the Tungarli Lake shores

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The British built Tungarli Lake in the 1930s to supply water to the town. It is now a favorite spot for families and couples to relax with a picnic, stroll along the shores, or swim. This is also the starting point for several local treks, and the clifftop offers spectacular views of the city. Tungarli Lake, with its serene atmosphere, is one of the lesser-known Lonavala attractions.

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Visit Shree Narayani Dham

Shree Narayani Dham, a milky white marble structure dedicated to Goddess Narayani (a form of Laxmi), is one of the best things to do in Lonavala for religious travelers. An elegant fountain-lined pathway leads to the main temple, flanked by smaller shrines to other Hindu deities. Inside the temple are rooms to stay in and a cafeteria serving vegetarian meals.

Our list of 10 Iconic things to do if you’re visiting Lonavala ends here.

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