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
A town in the southern part of Karnataka, Chitradurgais known as the ‘stone fortress’ because of the bold rock hills, picturesque valleys and huge towering boulders that can be seen in the region. Chitradurga is located at the junction of NH-4 and NH-13. The place is a well-known archaeological site and it has great number of monuments and temples that date back to several centuries.
Places to Stay
Chitradurga has a great number of hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand. Amogha International Hotel, Gaviranganatha Swamy Hotel and Hotel Ayyengaroffer rooms for Rs. 700 onwards.
Annual festivals like Sankranthi, Dussehra, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Kannada is the main language spoken in this town.
Places to Visit
Chitradurga Fort (1.2kms), Sampige Siddalingeshwara Temple (1.2kms), Banashankari Temple and Ankali Mutt (1.2kms), Bruhanmutt (3kms), Ingaladalu (2kms), Aadumalleshwara (5kms), Thamatekallu (8kms) and Jogimatti (10kms) are some of the places to visit near the bus stand.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Chitradurga is the Hubli Airport (214kms)
Chitradurga has its own railway station
Chitradurga bus stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators Raj Tour and Travel, Neeta Tours and Travels and VRL Travels that offer travellers regular bus services to and from the town. Avail of a bus ticket discount coupon from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.