History in Lonavala

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Explore the Splendor of Lonavala History

Lonavala history provides a peek into how Lonavala developed into one of the most historically significant cities of western India.

Early Lonavala History

Lonavala was a part of the Yadava Empire which is largely considered as one of the most authoritarian of Hindu regimes along the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. After this, the Peshwa rulers occupied Lonavala. Under this regime, Lonavala witnessed its most enriching cultural phase. Later, Lonavala became a part of the Mughal Empire that spread across the Indian mainland. During all the different rulers, Lonavala did not have a unique identity of its own. The name "Lonavala" and its existing boundaries came into place much later.

Warring Heritage in Lonavala History

Lonavala is often quoted as the mainstay of the Mavla warriors who are counted among the fiercest of Hindu fighting clans. Lonavala is famous in Indian history for having witnessed popular warriors like Sardar Dabhade who commanded the Peshwa armies. During the latter half of the 18th century, the area now demarcated as Lonavala and some of the surrounding villages served as battlegrounds for many bloody battles wherein regional Indian rulers fought the invading British armies.

Origin of Present-day Lonavala

By the beginning of the 19th century, the East India Company had become instrumental in occupying large parts of India. It started using small towns as its administrative units. Following this trend, Lonavala was patronized by the Governor of Bombay in 1811. With a large forest cover at this time, Lonavala was different from its present-day sub-metropolis. Lonavala was extensively used as a vacationing/hunting spot by the British administrators. This is how it developed the reputation of being a travel destination.

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