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 southern Maharashtra, Miraj is believed to have been founded in the early 10th century. An important junction, Miraj was ruled by the Pathwardhan family until the Independence. A secular town, Miraj is well-known for the Hindustani classical music performance held here. In the 19th century, Miraj gained prominence for it Vaidyas, practitioners of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Within India, Miraj has the highest number of hospitals and the town has two medical colleges.
Places to Stay
Hotel New Purva, Sukh Niwas Hotel, Hotel Season 4 and Hotel Kiran near the bus stand offer affordable accommodation from Rs.500 onwards.
The annual music festival at the Khvaja Samsuddin Mira Saheb dargah and ‘Juloos’ a music festival held at Khaja Meersaheb dargah built in the 1300s is a grand event.
Marathi is the local language; however Kannada is also widely understood.
Places to Visit
Shahi Idgah, The Rosary Church, Shree Sant Venaswami Math and Swetambar Jain Mandir are great places to visit within 1-5kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Kolhapur (22.2kms).
Miraj Junction railways station is an important railhead.
Miraj Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the town to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Shree Khurana Travels, Dolphin Travels, Chintamani Travels and SBRS Travels run regular buses to and from the city. To get discounted bus tickets you will have to book your tickets in advance.