Beautiful Hill Stations In India - Khandala

Khandala Hill Station is located in the foothills of Sahyadri near Lonavala in Pune district of Maharashtra and this tourist destination is known for its beautiful valleys, grasslands, attractive hills, serene lakes and mist-filled waterfalls. Apart from this, Khandala is very special for Mumbai tourists due to its proximity to Mumbai. The term "Aati Kya Khandala" has also been used in a song from the popular Bollywood film Ghulam. Khandala tourism is known as a beautiful example of beauty and natural charm. The mystery of the beauty of Khandala is a destination here in search of pleasant weather, fragrant air and mist. The charm of the high mountains and their natural beauty bloom at Khandala and the form of Khandala starts to appear magical during the monsoons.

Enjoying adventurous activities like trekking is a beautiful experience in Khandala. Khandala Couples are also a great destination to visit. Khandala has many food dishes available for the tourists, who are eager to welcome the tourists who come here. You can enjoy the spicy vada pav and bhajiya in Khandala as a snack. Apart from this, you can find Chola Bhatur, Ram Krishna Butter, Cooper's Fudge, Sprouted Dal, Traditional Vegetarian Maharashtrian Thali, Peda, Ancient and Calm Coconut Water etc. in Khandala. The best time to visit Khandala tourist destination is from October to May. Months are considered. Because traveling to Khandala during the monsoon season can be a bit risky and troublesome. But then nature lovers like to visit here during the monsoon season to see it's greenery and beautiful waterfalls.


TOURIST PLACES IN KHANDALA


AMRITANJAN POINT

Amritanjan Point is another point in the Khandala Ghat which is situated at the end of the first slope. It offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding places. This point exhibits the appropriate grandeur of the valley as well as the Dukes Nose. The city of Khopoli can also be seen from this point.


KARLA AND BHAJA CAVES

The Caves of Karla and Bhaja are one of the major tourist destinations of Khandala, which is located just 16 km from the hill station. This huge ancient beauty dates back to the second century BCE. They belong to the Hinayana sect of Buddhism and are the oldest and outstanding example of rock-cut Buddhist temple art in India.


REVERSING STATION

The reversing station is a great point near Khandala. This old place located outside the tunnel number 26 belongs to the railway and is no longer used. At night, it rises from the hundreds of lights and provides a spectacular view.


BHUSHI LAKE

If you are a nature lover then Bhushi Lake can be a destination for you. Lazy afternoon can be spent on the side of this place located in Khandala. It's serene and tranquil environment and crystal clear water provides an opportunity for tourists to relax in boundless peace.


SHIVAJI PARK

Shivaji Park is a destination to be found after exploring in Khandala. Previously it was the playground which was converted into a beautiful garden in 1956. There is a monumental statue of the great Maratha ruler Shri Shivaji Maharaj.


KUNE FALLS

Kune Falls is a major attraction of Khandala. Falling from a height of 100 meters, do not miss seeing this waterfall. Tourists are allowed to get wet in the shower between Khandala and Lonavala. The experience of this place is best during monsoon.


RAYWOOD

Raywood is a large and beautiful garden full of tall and stately trees. It is difficult to know the etymology of this name situated between Khandala and Lonavala. Some people say that Wood is named after an English official, Mr. Ray, while others say that the name Raywood is derived from the Marathi word 'Ray' which means dense forest.


ROCK CLIMBING

If you are looking for adventure, then get ready for amazing rock climbing in Khandala. Climb the top of the Dukes Nose and other areas of the Karla Hills and benefit from the expanse of the countryside that you can see from the Dukes Nose point.


MONKEY HILL

Monkey Hill is the most preferred place of local tourists in Khandala. It is a large flat place to the south of the rail track and is just above Khopoli and can be reached from Khopoli as well as from the Borghat reversing station.


HOW TO REACH

BY AIR
The nearest airport to Khandala is the domestic airport of Pune which is about 66 km away. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai is the main nearest international airport located about 110 km from Khandala. Taxi service is available from both airports to your destination.


BY TRAIN
The nearest railway station of Khandala is the Lonavala railway station. It is connected to Pune and Mumbai by regular local trains.


BY ROAD
Khandala is well connected to Mumbai and Pune and bus service is also good. It takes 3 hours respectively to reach Khandala. The short journey between Khandala and Lonavala can also be done by bus and this distance can be covered in 15 minutes. Deluxe and air-conditioned buses of Maharashtra State Transport are available from Dadar (Mumbai) or you can also opt for a private bus operator from Pune and Mumbai.

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