A short weekend trip to the Jewel of the Sahyadri, Lonavala

I along with my cousins had a small weekend getaway to Lonavala. Our trip was for just two days. Lonavala is a beautiful hill station of Maharashtra. The hill station is also known as the Jewel of the Sahyadri.  We had to travel about 65 kms from Pune to reach Lonavala. The climate was very pleasant there with rain showers every once in a while. We stayed at Samrat resort. [caption id="attachment_1225" align="alignnone" width="259"]images (1) Lonavala[/caption] Our first sight visit in lonavala was to Karla Caves. It is a must visit spot in Lonavala where we could see the exotic caves. There is a temple of Ekvira devi in front of the caves which is truly attractive. Karla caves were beautiful with detailed images and interesting pillars. The rock carvings made inside the cave was really great. Hats off to the talented people of the 4th century. Though the spot was under Archaeological Survey of India we could not see any officer from ASI there. Most of the parts were closed. The next spot we visited was Walwan Dam. That was a gravity dam across Indrayani river. The scenic beauty was great over there. There was a very beautiful garden maintained inside the dam. Lohagad Fort was the other fantastic place we visited in Lonavala. This must be the highest paek there. The fort is connected to the neighbouring Visapur fort by a small range. This is the best place for those who love trekking. Cool breeze blows softly there. We could very well enjoy the awesome beauty of Lonavala from the top of the fort. We also had a visit to Visapur fort, the nearby picnic spot. We could see maize stalls at every nook and corner of lonavala. We also had roasted ripe maize served with salt and chilli powder spread with lemon. I had roasted ripe maize for the first time and the soft juicy corn for the first time. We had a great time in Lonavala.

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