Lonavala is a wonderful hill station just about a couple of hours from the mega cities of Mumbai and Pune. Since both the cities have an overwhelmingly high population working in the corporates, the mountain valley regularly witnesses folks from cities journeying towards it seeking solace and peace, away from stressed schedules and choking deadlines. And why not! Lonavala is a nature lover’s paradise with lots and lots of greenery coupled with tall, mammoth mountains, and serene beauty all around. If all this sounds soothing to you and that’s what how you want to spend your weekend, here are five things you must definitely try at Lonavala:
Extreme Adventure Sports
Engaging in adventure sports is one of the best ways to shed all the stress, and Lonavala has it in plenty. In fact, Lonavala is home to India’s largest extreme adventure park, Della Adventure Park, with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. You can find the most exciting things to do in Lonavala at Della, like the highest Swoop Swing in India (@100ft), the longest Flying Fox in India (@1250ft), riding Yamaha & Honda Dirt Bikes, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Paintball, and much more. The adrenaline that rushes through your blood while performing any of these adventure activities is the best cure to all the stress. You can also pamper yourself with a therapeutic massage at Della’s 24/7 exotic spa, where you will find world-class amenities and masseurs at your service.
Exploring the Iconic Forts
Lonavala is home to some of the most iconic forts in Maharashtra, and exploring these architectural marvels is an experience for a lifetime. Most of these forts were inhabited by the erstwhile dynasties like the Mughal Empire and the Maratha Empire, and therefore, they all have a historic yet epic vibe to themselves. Some of the famous forts in Lonavala include Lohagad, Tikona, Rajmachi, Korigad Fort, etc. Each of these have their own history, and as you study deep and deep, you realize being at a place where warriors like King Shivaji and his mighty army once stood.
Roaming Around the Wilderness
One of the perks of being in Lonavala is that you can roam around freely, without worrying too much about the mundane city life. With expansive greenery all around, you can explore the wilderness, especially by taking up trekking and hiking. Likewise, you may also visit the Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary and witness the movements of wild beasts in their natural habitat. Being surrounded and walking in nature has soothing effects on your mind.
Camping at Pawna Lake
Pawna Lake is one of Lonavala’s most beautiful sites to be, and is certainly a great place for camping. Bring along your friends on the weekend, and enjoy night camping by the waterbody, where you can enjoy a ton of fun and refreshing activities like bonfire, dumb charades, board games, boating, karaoke singing, and many more. Also, all the shutterbugs can take some of the most memorable photos at the campsite, which is surrounded by tall mountains, green expanses, and the beautiful lake itself.
Visiting the Points
There are several special tourist spots spread across the lengths and breadths of Lonavala, from where you can witness the majesty of the Sahyadri Mountains. Lion’s Point and Tiger’s Point are two best examples of these blooming places. Spending an evening at these points, and seeing the sun set behind the mountains is one of the most satisfying scenes you can have in your life.