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
Sojat is a small municipal town on the banks of river Sukri, situated in Palli district of Rajasthan. Palli is 40 kms away from Sojat and are well connected to each other. Famous for its good quality henna production, the city also happens to be the largest exporter of henna from India. Sojat fort and its reservoir along with numerous century old temples are some of the city’s famous landmarks.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Sojat. Some of them are Dadawadi (Tariff – Rs. 700), Nyaati Nohara (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Arshad (Tariff – Rs. 800) and Hotel Prakash (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Sojat is Rajasthani. Other languages such as Hindi and Marwari are also widely used.
In the month of May, the Muslim festival Urs, is celebrated annually at the Dargah of Pir Mastan.
Places of Interest
The city is punctuated with beautiful Havelis and old temples. Chamunda Mata Temple, located on a hillock is a pretty site (6 kms from Sojat). The birthplace of the famous poetess Mirabai is a popular tourist attraction. However the Mehandi plantations in the area are an absolute must see.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sojat is Jodhpur Airport, located about 105 kms away.
Sojat is well connected by rail to Palli and other major cities like Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Kota.
There are daily bus services to Palli, Jaipur, Kota, Ajmeer and Jodhpur from Srivilliputhur Bus Stand. Rajasthan Tourism and Shrinath Travels are well known bus operators in the region. Ticketgoose.com’s online bus ticket booking facility is fast, safe and reliable.