Lonavala, a town and a hill station located 64 kilometers from Pune and 96 kilometers from Mumbai is hailed as one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. Apart from being famous for attracting tourists owing to its natural beauty, it is also known for its production of the hard candy, chikki. The hill station, along with its neighboring hill station, Khandala, covers an area of thirty-eight square kilometers.
Our one day Lonavala local sightseeing tour is ideal for travelers who like the calm and have an eye for natural beauty. The trip promises you a recluse far away from the overbearing crowd and will help to calm your nerves. Lonavala falls on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and this makes for a smooth ride to Lonavala, one that you will cherish forever.
The best time to visit Lonavala is from October to March as the autumn and winter months are especially beautiful. However, this is also one destination that remains pleasant throughout the year and many people prefer the monsoon season to make a trip here as the clouds descend low and the weather is beautifully misty.
Our one-day local sightseeing tour to Lonavala will serve as a treat to not just your eyes but also your soul as we have selected the best possible destinations for you. Our one-day sightseeing tour includes a visit to five breathtaking destinations that will fill you with awe and these are the Karla Caves, Lohagad Fort, Pawna Lake, Tiger’s Leap and Rajmachi Point. You will be exploring the town in our private rental cabs which are GPS-enabled, air conditioned and driven by professional, experienced drivers.
1. Karla Caves
A one day trip to Lonavala is incomplete without a visit to the Karla Caves. We’ve all read about the Karla Caves and their historic significance in our history textbooks but the bland description will come to life when you behold the Karla Caves in front of your eyes. You will be unable to hold yourself from gaping at the architecture that dates back to the 5th century BC.
The Karla Caves are a complex of ancient Buddhist Indian rock-cut caves temple at Karli, which is 11 kilometers from Lonavala. These shrines are believed to have been developed over the period of 2nd century BC to 5th century AD. This place is extremely famous, owing to its historical details and grandeur. Karla caves receive an influx of tourists all-round the year who flock to the place to witness its magnificence.
- Must See / Things Do:: ay special attention to the famous Grand Chaitya (Cave Number six) which is celebrated as the largest and most completely preserved Chaitya hall of the period and is also known for containing huge quantities of fine sculpture.
2. Lohagad Fort
Lohagad Fort, which is famously known as the Iron Fort, is one of the most visited and celebrated historical sites of Maharashtra. Lohagad is part of the Western Ghats and the fort has a height of 1,033m above sea level which makes for a great view of surrounding hills and hamlet. Apart from evoking an experience of our past glory, the resplendence of the Fort will leave you spellbound. The fort is situated on the Western Ghats and due to that, you are promised a mesmerizing weather to add to the fun.
Our one-day local sightseeing tour of Lonavla would recommend you to avoid visiting the fort during monsoons as the top of the fort gets covered with mist and clouds and becomes wet with growing moss. The roads that lead to the fort become slippery and it becomes dangerous to walk.
- Must See / Things Do:: If you are into trekking, you could also trek your way up to the fort and you would find many other fellow trekkers doing the same.
3. Pawna Lake
Pawna Lake is an artificial lake formed by the water of Pawna Dam and is situated 10km from Lohagad Fort. Our one-day tour package to Lonavala includes Pawna Lake because it is known for its scenic beauty. The Lake will not only help you experience a calm like never before, but also allow you to rediscover nature’s beauty. This place is loved by both adults and children alike as adults get a place to relax and children get an open space to play.
At Pawna Lake, you can indulge in activities like camping and experience the street food. The lake will serve as a resting place for you and will replenish you with energy to enjoy the rest of the trip.
- Must See / Things Do:: We highly recommend you to experience camping at this site and indulge in mouthwatering barbeque beside the lake. You could also end the trip with Pawna Lake and spend the night here and enjoy the starry night.
4. Tiger’s Leap
Tiger’s Leap, which is also famously known as Tiger’s Point, is situated at a distance of 12 kilometers from Lonavala Railway Station. It is known for its scenic view as it is situated at Kurvande, on the route towards Aamby Valley from Lonavala. One of the most important features of our one-day Lonavala sightseeing package is the Tiger’s point which will be a once in a lifetime experience.
Tiger’s Point is a cliff- top with a sheer drop of over 650m, offering a wide view of the hills. Legend has it that a tiger leaped from here while chasing the Maratha king, Shivaji. Tiger’s Point will also treat your eyes to the views of forests, lush greenery, waterfalls and lakes which surround the place.
There’s also a small waterfall near this viewpoint, and tourists often indulge in adventure activities like rafting, when the flow of the stream is medium. Our day local sightseeing tour will take you up till INS Shivaji after which you enjoy a trek of about 1.6 km up to Tiger’s Leap.
- Must See / Things Do:: Visit this spot towards the evening as the sunset is a mesmerizing time here, perfect for getting some stunning clicks!
5. Rajmachi Point
Our Lonavala tour by private cab will end with a visit to the famous Rajmachi Point, one of the historical sites which will serve as an avenue for trekking and outdoor camping and not to forget, the serene view. Rajmachi Point is a fort located at the hills of Sahyadri mountains in the Western Ghats.
If you are a nature lover or you have an undying hankering for trekking and outdoor camping, Rajmachi Point is the best place for you. Your trip to Rajmachi Point will help you mix with the local people of the region as the local families provide food and camping accommodation to the tourists.
- Must See / Things Do:: We highly recommend you to indulge in a conversation with the local people from the neighborhood of Rajmachi to imbibe the vibe of the place and to understand the ways of their lives.
With us, you will be able to experience the true beauty of Lonavala to the fullest and it will surely be a memorable trip!