A short 65 km drive away from Pune
lays Maharashtra’s most popular hill station, Lonavala. A small town drenched in
history and natural beauty, lush green Lonavala is undoubtedly, a must-do thing
while you are in this part of the world. Lonavala was developed and ruled by
the Yadav dynasty and was a strategic location during the Mughal, Maratha and
Peshwa rules. It was discovered by the British in the late nineteenth century,
who have further left their seal on the place.
The best way to visit Lonavala from Pune is through a self-driven car or taxi, since this gives you the ultimate freedom to get down, stop and enjoy the natural scenery and beauty of the place wherever and whenever you want. Pune to Lonavala is also considered one of the most scenic drives in the country, and should not be missed at any cost. Even if you do not own a car, you can easily rent one of Zoom’s self drive wheels for turning your trip to Lonavala into a great experience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or a sedan such as the City or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other. Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchbacks: Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo is a great option for a couple or a small family.
Sedans: Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or a Honda City, or move several notches up with our BMWs and Mercs for hire. Pamper your parents or your significant other by choosing one of these options for your special trip.
SUVs: If you are going with a big group, choose a Scorpio or an Ecosport. Travel in style while all your seating needs are taken care of. No need to worry about cramped rides and leg space, our SUVs have room for all.
All Zoom cars come with the following:
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
The “Len Avalis”:
Lonavala is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘len’ and ‘avali’, which combine to
mean ‘the resting place of stones’. The Buddhist caves Karla, Bhaja and Bhedsa,
which date back to the 2nd century BC, therefore are a must do on
your visit to Lonavala. While Karla is the most popular of these caves amongst
tourists, the Bhaja caves, that are right across the road from Karla, are
larger, well preserved and definitely worth a visit.
The Garhs: With its rich heritage, Lonavala would be amiss without a few historical monuments. To its credit, it has so many that no history buff will go away disappointed. The unconquerable Lohagarh fort, which was used and occupied by 8 dynasties, is definitely worth checking out. You can plan a trek to Lohagarh after visiting the caves, since they fall on the way, and then visit the other nearby forts of Visapur, Tikona and Tung.
The Water Bodies: Lonavala is populated by popular picnic sites in the form of lake shores and vantage points. You can visit the Tungarli lake or the less crowded Valvan and Pawna lakes for impromptu picnics. While Bushy dam is another tourist hotspot, the best way to enjoy Lonavala’s water bodies in peace is to find one of the many seasonal waterfalls that abound in the monsoons and trek to them. You can also carry your fishing gear or rent some to get a taste of angling.
Insider’s Tip: Adventure aficionados can now paraglide over Lonavala by getting in touch with one of the adventure firms based there or in nearby Kamshet.
The ideal time to visit Lonavala is from October to March. April is bit warm and from June to September the visitors can enjoy views of natural beauty of this place in showers.