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Lonavala is a beautiful hill station located in Sahyadri ranges. Besides being popular for its pleasant weather and enthralling natural beauty, Lonavala has a host of alluring sights to captivate the mind of a tourist. Popular as weekend destination, Lonavala Sights include the following:
The Bushi Dam
The Bushi Dam is one of the most popular destinations of weekend revellers in Lonavala. This site remains jam-packed with visitors on weekends. The dam offers stunning view of water overflowing upon the steps during the monsoon. That time this spot gets so crowded, that you will hardly get any place to park your car or stand on the steps. The Bushi Dam has plenty of shops around selling rubber slippers as you need to paddle through knee deep water to get to the dam. Besides, there are plenty of small restaurants offering snacks and tea in the Bushi Dam.
Lonavala Lake also known as Monsoon Lake is a beautiful lake taking pride in its natural beauty and fascinating surroundings. Unlike other places where the beauty is at its peak in winter, Lonavala Lake is in its prime during the Monsoon. The river Indrayani is the source of this magnificent lake and various colorful birds can be traced here.
The Karla Caves
Constructed around 3rd century BC, the Karla caves are one of the oldest historically significant Buddhist sites in India. Standing as a mute witness to ancient Buddhist sculpture and architecture, the Karla caves depict the Buddhist ideologies through various inscriptions. The largest cave temple called the Chaitya hall is an ancient architectural marvel. The sight of the teak wood façade screen, stunning octagonal pillars and the horse shoe shaped entrance here will simply take your breath away.
Loha in hindi means iron. The fort gets its name Lohagarh because of its huge and heavy iron gates which were impenetrable in ancient times. Historically, Lohagarh has been a very important place for all Maratha rulers. Nestled between the Pavna basin and Indrayani basin, this fort is perched at an altitude of over 1000 meters. Famed for being extensively used by the famous Maratha king Chatrapati Shivaji against the Mughals, this fort now serves as a popular tourist point.
Bhaja Caves are an assortment of 18 rock cut caves built in 200 BC. In the ancient time, this place was located on the famous trade route from North India to Deccan. These caves feature many ancient inscriptions and sculptures which are quite similar to the ones found in the Karla caves. The most attractive sculptures here include a prince on an elephant, dancing couples and three armed warriors. There is a lovely waterfall situated near to the last cave. During the monsoon, this waterfall springs back to life and offers a breathtaking view.