Top 5 Must Do's in Lonavala

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During your visit to the state of Maharashtra, the exciting Lonavala Must Do's will keep you engaged. This hill station is dotted with lush green valleys, lakes, caves and waterfalls. The scenic beauty of the hilltop destination fulfills all the requirements that an exotic holiday destination should have. Situated amidst the green undulating terrain of Sahyadaris, this place is near to Mumbai and Pune. If you want to stay here for a day or two, you can choose resorts or hotels according to your budget. This picnic spot also provides ample opportunities for hiking and rock climbing. You can observe varied flora and fauna, enjoy leisurely walks, watch birds and flowers and visit historic caves.

1. Sightseeing

Other than lakes, Lonavala also houses several forts and caves. Chhatrapati Shivaji Fort, Rajmachi Fort and Visapur Fort speak of the great history. The Karla and Bhaja cave are the Buddhist caves, 11km away from the town. These rock cut caves feature outstanding views. Duke's Nose offers a panoramic view of Lonavala. Kamshet, located few kilometers from Lonavala, offers paragliding opportunities.

The other places worth visiting here are Tiger's Leap, Bhusir Lake, Khandala Dari, Ghamirnath caves Monkey Hill, Ryewood Park and Nagpani. On the way to Lonavala, you can enjoy a magnificent sunset from Rajmachi Point, popularly known as Sunset Point. A children's park is also located nearby. If you want to rejuvenate yourself, pay a visit to the Kaivalyadham Yoga Hospital. You can take courses on yoga in this health resort.

2. Trekking

Lonavala offers you endless lush green hilly slopes ideal for hiking. A trek to the highest slope can be an exploratory experience for the adventure seekers.

3. Fishing

Lonavala is dotted with several lakes and waterfalls. Bushy, Pawna and Tungarli lakes are best for fishing, but the problem is that you will have to arrange fishing gear on your own. The dams, namely Bushy and Walman, are favorite picnic spots. Cascading waterfalls also attract tourists. 

4. Horseback riding

You can enjoy horseback riding down the hilly slopes in Lonavala. In fact, the beginners can try horse riding with the experienced guides.

5. Shopping

The best buy in Lonavala is 'chikki,' which is also known as peanut brittle. It is a delicious sweet snack made from rich dry fruits. The moment you enter the roads of Lonavala, you will find numerous shops selling chikki. Two famous chikki stores in Lonavala are A1 Chikki Store and Maganlal. You can buy Lonavala chikki as a souvenir for your family and friends as well.

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