Lonavala Khandala Lonavala Khandala


Lonavla is a town and a hill station about 64 km away from Pune, 96 km away from Mumbai. Lonavla comes to life during the monsoon season as the countryside turns lush green with waterfalls and ponds.
Khandala and Lonavala lie 5 km, apart, on the western slopes of the Sahyadris, straddling the Mumbai-Pune highway at an altitude of 625 m. The twin hill stations in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast. People prefer visiting Lonavla and Khandala in the rainy season. A trip to Lonavla and Khandala can be combined with sight-seeing visits of Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa caves.

The wax museum is also now world famous, with wax statues of celebrities that are as good as Madame Tussauds’ in London.
A mere 3 hours by road from Mumbai, beautifully landscaped Lonavala and Khandala are famous for their seemingly innumerable varieties of chikki. But they also offer many sites worth visiting. Trekking is a good way to get around, but having a vehicle (even a bicycle) is still better, as some points of interest are quite some distance from the main towns.

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Shirdi Sai Baba Temple


Shirdi is the abode of one of Maharashtra's most revered saint -- Sai Baba of Shirdi. Popularly known as the 'Child of God', Sai Baba preached tolerance towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood.

Every activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex dedicated to Sai Baba. Devotees start queuing up in the early hours of dawn to catch a glimpse and seek the blessings of the life-size statue of Sai Baba. Thursday is marked by special pujasand darshan of the Sai Baba statue. There are other places of interest that devotees can visit as well, including Dwarkamani Mosque where the Baba meditated and slept on alternate nights. Near the mosque, in a corridor is the dhuni or eternal flame that burns day and night. Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the KHandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram.

Matheran Matheran


Known to have one of the rare toy trains in India, your toy train chugs along slowly without a care in the world. During the two hour ascent, food vendors and monkeys jump on and off as the valley glides by sedately.

Sprawling languidly at an altitude of 800 metres is Matheran - an undulating hilltop cloaked in green, and undisturbed by the vehicular traffic and pollution, as no motor vehicles are allowed to ply here.

The cliffs of Matheran with incredibly steep drops to the plains below offer stunning viewing points. These panoramic vistas, by day and night, leave you feeling light headed. Standing at Hart Point in pitch darkness you get a breathtaking glimpse of the lights of busy Bombay. Matheran abounds in such quixotically named points,popular sites for picnics and fireside revelry.

The old world charm of the British and Parsi homes capitavtes you all the way up to the Charlotte Lake. On each trip through the main bazaar you purchase some of its attractions - care and leather articles, hats, chappals and the irresistible chikki loved by young and old alike.

Mahableshwar Panchgani Mahableshwar Panchgani


A picturesque hilly resort nestled in the lap of majestic mountain ranges of Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar boasts of an invigorating ambiance. As the base of five lovely rivers, the scenic beauty of this hill station presents awesome sceneries, which mesmerizes the spectators. Its unparallel beauty with the meandering cascades, marvelous streams, and charming peaks along with a rejuvenating climate enthralls any visitor. Literally the term Mahabaleswar means great power and indeed it is so. In Mahabaleswar one can have the respite of a tranquil holiday spot as well as the serenity of a great devout centre.

Panchgani is christened based on ‘Panch” as it is surrounded by five hills of sahyadri, and “Gani” meaning settlement. The magnificent scenary of Krishna Valley from West to East with its numerous hamlets, cultivated fields and picturesque view of the backwater of Dhom Dam can be seen along the whole northern ridge of the mountain. Panchgani is well known for strawberries. Jams and syrups are made and sold all over the state.

Lohagad Lohagad


It is situated 52km from Pune in western India. Lohagad is at an elevation of 3,450 feet (1,052 m). It divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavna and is situated on a side range of the Sahyadris. The Visapur fort is located on its eastern side. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and reasonably intact. Historical records show that in the later Peshwa period, Nana Phadnavis (1742-1800 AD) built several structures in the fort such as a big tank and a step-well (bawali).

On the west side, there is a long and narrow wall-like fortified spur called Vinchukata (Marathi for Scorpion's tail; see picture) because of its shape. Lohagad has a long history with several dynasties occupying it at different periods of time

Diveagar Diveagar


Diveagar (Dive Agar) is a locale in Shrivardhan Taluka, Raigad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra, approximately 170 kilometers south of Mumbai. The area includes a fishing settlement, a beach, a temple, local businesses engaged in coconut and bettle nut tree farming, and some resort businesses such as restaurants, cottage rentals and motels, and six villages (from north to south): Velas, Musalmandi, Agar Panchaitan, Diveagar, Borlai Panchaitan, and Karle. The beach, facing the Arabian Sea, is approximately four kilometres long and undeveloped. At the north end of the beach where a small stream enters the ocean there is the fishing settlement, Velas Agar, where some paddy farming is done, while at the south end there is a sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Nearby, there is a small fishing village, where vendors sell fresh fish, which goes by name of Bharadkhol. The beach is accessible from the Mumbai-Goa highway via Kolad or Karnala.

The beach contains a number of suru trees (Casuarina), which are common to coastal Maharashtra. The access to the beach has a dense cover of belu trees, which are otherwise uncommon in the area. Diveagar is a popular beach destination from the nearby towns of Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar.

Sand-bubble crabs can be found on the beach and at nearby Harihareshwar one can find dolphins. Some seaturtles still lay their eggs on the beach.

Malshej Ghat Malshej Ghat


Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India.

The site is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos. A nice view of valleys is one of the major attraction here. It is also famous for dark woods and the animals inside. These animals include tigers, leopards , rabbits and peacocks. A famous place near Malshej Ghat is Khireshwar. Through Khireshwar village, one can visit the famous Harishchandragadh also. One of the beauties here are many waterfalls in the hilly regions. Various waterfalls from small up to the huge ones are really worth seeing. What makes Malshej Ghat so illustrious are the large number of migratory birds coming from Siberia between July and September. The mating dance of the pink-legged Flemingo birds is an eye-catching spectacle.