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Lonavla is about 90km away from the city of Mumbai and 65km away from Pune City. Lonavla is easily accessible by road and by train from both Mumbai and Pune which are one of the nearest locations.
Lonavala is easily the most visited hill station in Maharashtra especially thanks to the easy accessibility and proximity that they share with Mumbai and Pune. Both Lonavala and its nearby neighbor Khandala offer the world-weary traveler plenty of options across the spectrum of interest and budget. The list of things to see in Lonavala includes temples, trails, clubs, resorts, and more. There are numerous tourist attractions in Lonavala.
The road is one of the most beautiful ways to reach Lonavla. By car, one can use the Mumbai Pune Expressway to reach Lonavla. You would have to take an exit at Khandala to get in. The toll is approximately ₹195 from Mumbai, but taking the Expressway not only reduces the journey time by one third, but also ensures a smoother ride. Two and three wheelers are not allowed on the expressway. For two wheelers/ three wheelers, and for those who wish to avoid the toll, the other option is to use the old Mumbai Pune road NH4. From Pune, one can again take the NH4 or Mumbai Express Highway combination.
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For train travellers, plenty of options exist depending on one's convenience- Intercity Express, Koyna Express, Deccan Express, Indrayani Express etc. Lonavla has it's own railway station and most of the Express trains that cross the Mumbai Pune railway line halt at Lonavla.
Lohegaon Airport in Pune is the nearest to Lonavala. Apart from domestic airlines, it is also served by a few international carriers. The nearest international airport is in Mumbai.
When visiting in monsoon, it's fun to get drenched and play in the waterfalls near Tiger's Leap. Bushy Dam is a must visit too- simply sitting on the steps of the dam or on the rocks beneath and enjoying the force of the water is a great experience in itself. In Summer, as most of the lake is dried up, one can trek into the hills or simply walk along the lake's edge. Also a little up from the bhushi dam is a beautiful waterfall which can be reached by walking through the gushy water.
Lonavla's name is almost resonant with it's Chikkis. People throng in huge numbers to the stores to buy Chikki, fudges and other savouries of different varieties. In order to savour the good quality, try to go to Maganlal chikki store which is near the railway station in Lonavla with a blue board above the shop. Since that is the original Maganlal chikki store.Other stores include Purohit's, A-1 Chikki, etc.
Eat and Drink
Lonavla is just another hill station in Maharashtra, and one cannot miss the hot masala chai or the Vadapav (the Indian burger). One should try the hot bhajia along with masala chai. This is available at any of the major tourist spots. You also get hot corn at almost all of the tourist locations. While you can get these at most of the hotels as well, nothing can beat the taste of these piping hot snacks served at the roadside.
Drinking is permitted in Lonavla, and there are plenty of wine shops and hotels that serve alcohol. There is a Johnnie Walker store `Regal Wines' right in the heart of the marketplace in Lonavla. During Summer, Coconut water can be really refreshing as weather can get too dry and hot.
There are plenty of hotels available in Lonavla for various budget ranges. Some of the travellers' favourite and popular names include: Govinda Resorts, Kumar Resort, verandah in the forest and Water Park. Room tariffs range from INR500 to INR15,000. Another name known for quality is Duke's Retreat located on the lower slopes of Khandala. United-21 Retreat in Lonavala is also a good budget option. Another option would be Zaras Resort, Machan Resort. Lonavla is a popular tourist spot in the monsoon and it's advisable to book in advance in case one is planning a trip during the monsoon.
Note that some Hotels do not take in foreigners, as there is some additional [administration|http://boi.gov.in/content/form-c] required (some specific license may be required). Make sure you call the hotel ahead - as a Hill Station, Lonavla caters mostly to locals looking for a weekend getaway, and may not accept foreign guests.