Khandala is a charming hill resort near Mumbai in Maharashtra. It is at a distance of just 5 kms from Lonavala, which is also well known for its natural beauty. It is a very popular and beautiful place to enjoy holidays and picnic. Scenes of beautiful green valleys and verdant hills looked so spectacular and majestic that one, who visits once, never forgets.
Khandala is at distance of 101 kms from Mumbai and 69 kms from Pune. It is situated in Sahayadri hills. It is situated at the altitude of 625 meters.
In history, it was the territory of great Maratha ruler Chhatrapti Shivaji. He organised military power here. Later on, pashwas ruled this area and after this it gone into British govt. hand.
HOW TO REACH: –
1. The nearest airport is at pune.
2. The nearest railway station is at Lonavala. All trains running between Mumbai and Pune must stop at Lonavala station, 5 km away from Khandala.
3. By road, Khandala is well connected to Mumbai and Pune.
Hotels in Khandala and Lonavala their addresses, phone numbers and rates: –
Lion’s Den Hotel, Lonavala
|Near railway station|
Near Railway station
Bijis Hill Retreat
Avion Holiday Resort
|Sahil Sarovar Portico|
|Anandgiri Society, Lonavala|
Fariyas Holiday Resort
5 Star Dlx.
Frichley Hills Lonavala
Rs. 14000- 15000
Where to visit: –
In and around Khandala, there are several lakes. Now these lakes are developed as picnic spots. These are Lonavala Lake, Tugauli Lake, Bushi Lake, Valwan Dam. These are the instances of natural beauty and to visit here is quite refreshing.
Karla and Bhaja are two caves at distance of 16 kms from Khandala. These are one of the gratest tourist attractions of Khandala. One can enjoy visiting these caves.
Here are also rock-cut temples related to Lord Buddhha are present. These temples are one of the earliest and finest rock cut temples of Buddhism. These rock cut cave temples are of second century B.C.
Rock climbing: –
Duke’s nose is a high peak of hill around Khandala. People, who love adventures, climb on this peak and enjoy breathtaking views of surroundings. From the top Duke’s nose one can view entire countyside from Mumbai to Khandala.
In Khandala there is also a option of trekking and hiking like adventurous activities for adventure aseeking people.