Lonavla or Lonavale is a hill station in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Located on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Lonavala is 64 kms from Pune and 96 kms from Mumbai. This place holds many beautiful places like waterfalls, woody meadows and lush green valleys. Lonavala is famous for the hard candy sweet known as chikki. It is also an adobe of many film directors for shooting.
Places to stay
Lonavala offers a variety of options for budget hotels, medium-range and luxury resorts. Some of them are Lions Den Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1817), Hotel Chandralok (Tariff – Rs. 3630), Sky Blue Resort (Tariff – Rs. 1920) and Sai Moreshwar Resort (Tariff – Rs. 2600).
The official is Marathi. Hindi and English are also spoken in Lonavla.
There are many festivals in Lonavala. Some of the famous festivals are Ganesha Chaturthi (August – September), Diwali (October) and Holi (February – March). Music concerts and sports events also form a big part of events in Lonavala.
Places to visit
Interesting places to see include Rajmachi Point (12 kms from bus stand), Ryewood Park (200 meters from bus stand), Valvan Dam (2.5 kms from bus stand), Lonavla Lake (2 kms from bus stand), Duke's Nose (5.6 kms from bus stand) and Tiger's Leap (10 kms from bus stand).
How to get there
The nearest airport is the Pune International Airport (64 kms).
Local trains run from Pune to Lonavla at two hour intervals. All trains, whether traveling from Mumbai to Pune or Pune to Mumbai, stop at Lonavla.
Both government and private bus operators run normal luxury buses and Volvo A/C buses. All govt. run intercity buses arrive and depart from Lonavla bus stand called Maharashtra State Transport Bus Stand. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include are Neeta Tours and Travels, Metro Link Travels and Karuna Travels.TicketGoose.com, a leading Online Bus Ticket Booking Service that provides low price, high quality options for bus travelers - choosing from multiple top operators, bus types, convenient schedules and price
CBD Belapur or Central Business District is a suburb of Mumbai in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The area is located within Navi Mumbai. The connectivity of the area with other localities of Mumbai is proper with local trains, BEST and NMMT buses at service of the local populace. CBD Belapur comes under the Mumbai district.
Places to Stay
One can try out these options in Mumbai proper - Hayat Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Sai Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Ramada Navi Mumbai Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others as budget-friendly options are extremely limited in CBD Belapur.
The official language of the area is Marathi. Hindi, Urdu and English are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s), Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
The place of prime interest is the Belapur Fort. Besides this, the locality is lush and green with many trekking spots. It is anyone’s guess, that a city with a beach (or coast) nearby is a tourist destination in itself. However, some of the places which are worth visiting in Mumbai are Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Chowpatty Beach among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at a distance of 31 km.
The Kalyan Railway Station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 34 km.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses have pick-up points in the area. Travel websites offer discount on bus ticket booking, especially during the festive season.