Khandala hill station is a lovely place and an ideal location to spend your holidays. The panoramic vista of the hill station makes visitors fall in love at the first glance. Travel to Lonavala and Khandala, the most visited places in Maharashtra. Close proximity from Mumbai, the capital of Mahahrashtra makes it all the more viable to travel.

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Khandala Hillstation

Location : In the western part of the state of Maharashtra, India
Attractions : Shivaji Park, Kune Falls, Amruntanjan point
Ideal Time to Visit : October to May

¤ Khandala, The Untouched Hill Station

The beautiful Khandala hills station is situated in the western part of the state of Maharashtra. Located at a height of 625 mt, it is around 101 km southeast of Mumbai and 69 kms away from Pune. It is nestled on the western slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range. Khandala hill station has many fascinating views that are absolutely spell binding. Another exotic hill station, Lonavala is around 5 kms away from Khandala. Comparatively, Khandala is smaller than Lonavala, but it is equally bestowed with natural beauty and bounty. Deep valleys one side and high hills on the other side separate Khandala and Lonavala.
Khandala Hillstation
Khandala remains untouched by the rapidly growing industrialization. Tourists travelling to Lonavala, make it a point to visit Khandala also.

¤ Attractions In Khandala

Khandala has an array of travel attractions worth visiting. With beautiful hills, deep green valleys, huge lakes, historic forts and waterfalls etc, Khandala remains as one of the most exotic hill stations of India. Some of these attractions are given below.

Rajmachi Park
The Rajmachi Park is located on the way to Mumbai from Lonavala. This is a beautiful garden situated before the beginning of the ghat at Khandala. It offers a spectacular view of the surroundings. Towards the east of this garden, two towers of the Rajmachi Fort can be seen. There is also a huge valley here.

Ryewod is a big and beautiful garden situated near Lonavala. It is spread over a huge area and is covered with majestic tall trees. offering plenty of place for children to play, the park also has an old Mahadeo temple. Ryewood is named after an English officer Mr. Rye, who stayed in this place for quite some time. It is also said that name may also have been derived from the Marathi words "Rai" which means thick forest.

Duke's Nose
The Duke's Nose is an important travel attraction at Khandala famous for rock climbing. It has been named after Duke Wellington, it is said that his nose resembled this cliff. It also looks like a hood of a snake, which is why it is also called as "Nagfani" (Hood of Snake). Duke's point is accessible from INS Shivaji and Kurwande Village. The nature's beauty is at its best here.

Shivaji Park
The Shivaji Park was earlier a playground which was later converted into a garden in 1956. There is a statue of Shri Shivaji Maharaj in this park. Since it is located near the city, a good number of people travel to this park.

Kune Falls
Khandala's Kune water fall is situated between Lonavala and Khandala. It falls from a height of more than 100 feet. It provides a majestic view and an enjoyable opportunity to bathe in the water that flows through the valley. This fall can be seen in Khandala Ghat while coming from Mumbai.

Tiger's Leap
The Tiger's leap is a special spot in this area. It is named Tiger's Leap because when you look carefully at the valley form this spot it appears as if a tiger is leaping into the valley. It is just a furlong away from INS Shivaji, providing an engrossing view of the valley. One should view the valley from the safe confines of a big hole.

Monkey Hill
Every train that comes down from Khandala halt at Monkey hill for brake testing. Monkey Hill is exactly above Khopoli town and can be accessible Khopoli as well as Borghat reversing station. It is a favorite picnic spot.

Reversing Station
The Reversing Station, once belonged to the railways and now remains unused. This spot is outside tunnel no. 26. The division of Lonavala and Raigad District starts from here. One can see Khopoli and the surrounding regions at the bottom. During the night, this place is illuminated with hundreds of lights, which offers an enthralling view.

Khandala Hillstation

¤ Excursions
A small hill station, Khandala, offers enchanting views of the lush green hilly surroundings. Khandala is one of the most popular getaways from Mumbai. It provides relief from the hectic lifestyle of Mumbai city. This lovely hill station can be enjoyed by taking a walk around or by going for trekking trails or just sit idle and relish the surroundings around.

Another popular hill station of Lonavala is situated only 5 km from Khandala. It is also bestowed with all the geographical settings as that of Khandala.

Khandala has many beautiful lakes like Tugauli Lake, Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Lake along with a Dam called the Walvan Dam. These are some of the worth visiting sites.

Karla and Bhaja Caves
Karla and Bhaja Caves are located in the hills at a distance of 16 km from Khandala. These are rock-cut cave temples as old as 2nd century BC. The caves are one of the oldest and finest examples of Buddhist rock-cut temple art in India, belonging to the Hinayana sect of Buddhism.

Adventure In Khandala
Khandala travel can be an ultimate adventure destination. Tourists coming to this hill station can try their hands at rock climbing at the Duke's Nose peak and other locations in the Karla hills, near Khandala. The Duke's Nose peak can be viewed while coming from Mumbai to Khandala via the Mumbai-Pune highway.

¤ Shopping

The beautiful Khandala hill station is famous for fast foods. The tourists can buy Chikkis and Jams from the hill resort. One can also buy Indian snacks like Chiwda, Wafers and various types of Sevs. These are very popular with the tourists coming to Khandala.

¤ Reach Khandala

By Air : The nearest airport from Khandala is the Bombay Airport and the Pune Airport. The Bombay Airport is the International airport and Pune Airport is the Domestic Airport . Bombay international Air port is approximately 110 kms. and Pune Airport is about 66 kms.

By Rail : The Nearest railway station from Khandala is at Lonavala. As Lonavala is on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune.

By Road : Khandala is well connected with Mumbai and Pune by road. The bus service for Pune (travel time 2½ hours) via Lonavala is a good option. However, it takes about four hours to reach Mumbai from Khandala.

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