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 Rajasthan, Pali is the headquarters of the Pali District. Located in the duthariya region, Pali lies on the banks of the river Bandi. The town is also known as ‘The Industrial City’ in the state. Pali is located 35kms south east of Jodhpur.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Pali. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Ghanerao Castle, Hotel Happy Home and Kesar Hotel that offers rooms from Rs.1000 onwards
Annual festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here. The Godwar Festival held in March celebrates the art and culture of the region.
Hindi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
Bangur Museum, Lakhotia Garden, Somnath Mandir, Baoris and Maharana Pratap Smarak are located within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The Jodhpur Airport is 72km from Pali and is the nearest airport to this place.
Pali has its own railway station
Pali bus stand runs regular bus services. Private bus operators Shree Mahaveer Travels, Four Hans Travels, Kalpana Travels, Sethi Yatra Company and Dashmesh Travels run regular buses to and from the town. Volvo bus ticket booking has become very popular amongst travellers in India.