Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A trip to Lonavala


Last long weekend we decided to do a one-day trip to Lonavala. Lonavala is just 60-65kms from Pune so we decided to come back the same day and anyway the rates of rooms in lonavala is sky rocketing during this season. We just wanted a break and so weren't planning to do serious sight seeing just plain enjoy the weather and I think we just did that. ok...maybe we just spend too much time in the car deciding where to go and where not to get down but still ;).

Our first stop in lonavala was supposed to be Karla caves and then work our way to the other points in lonavala but unfortunately we completely forgot about karla caves and reached lonavala. So our first stop was walwhan dam. Now except for this banner you see here, everywhere else (books, notices about places to see) you will find it spelled as Valvan dam. Photography was restricted in here. It has a good 1 km walk to the dam. A very beautiful garden (again restricted to aam janta) is maintained on the other side of the dam. Peapod was wide awake in the car all through the drive and slept just before we reached this place. Inspite of our efforts to wake her up she didn't budge.


The climate was very plesant with rain showers every once in a while with the cool breeze blowing softly.


The maize was available at every nook and corner of lonavala. Roasted ripe maize served with salt and chilli powder spread with lemon over was just too good. I was having roasted ripe maize for the first time and the soft juicy corn was just the thing to be had with the drizzling rain.


Did not go to bushi dam as the place was full of people and there was filth all around. We parked our car and spend some time off the road near Bushi Dam feasting ourselves to the greens and rocks.

We saw a couple of points. Rajmachi was the best. The depth of it was scary. Since there was no heavy rainfalls, the waterfalls weren't as expected but the weather more than compensated for it.





Karla Caves was THE BEST. Above are a few pics I clicked. We had to climb 100 stairs to reach the caves. There is a temple on the top and there were pregnant ladies and very old ladies climbing these stairs.


To see something that was carved in the 4th century takes you to a period in history when we believe men weren't as advanced but they had the tools and brains to convert rocks in the wilderness into caves and montessories and the talent to create such sculptures. I am sure you will find better snaps on the net of these.

And here is my peapod in her first raincoat. We bought it thinking she can get a little mobile without we having to worry about she catching a cold but she was sleeping when we reached most places and the places she was awake we couldn't let her go so for peapod I am not how great a trip this was but a good break from the usual.


If it weren't for stories & snaps carried back home to show-off, travel wouldn't have been so much fun.

25 comments:

Poppins said...

Wheee what fun. I like your last line the best :) J (is her new nick Peapod now?) looks A-Dorable in the raincoat.

Sunita said...

There is a proverb on the same lines, but couldn't find it so added my own distorted verion of it. You guys got me thinking on the anonymous bit so thought of letting it remain anonymous for J atleast.

Pijush said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, your one is quite interesting, need some time to go through the posts.

Swati said...

Lovely pics ..she looks super cute in raincoat :)

Moppet's Mom said...

Oh looks like you had fun - I have many fond memories of Lonavla... Great pics - would've been nice to see more of J's :-)

Just Like That said...

lovely pictures. So you enjoyed your break, wonder when I will have mine...?

Will take some time to reconcile J to Peapod, but the new name's NICE. :-)

backpakker said...

lovely pics ... i like the way you describe your kid as peapod...very cute

Sue said...

Hey, her hair looks so cute now!

Anil P said...

4th Century . . . I would believe they were far more advanced aesthectically than we can ever imagine to be.

WhatsInAName said...

I loved your last line :)
Ofcourse Lonavla is too good a place during monsoons! Good that you carried back stories and pictures for us to be "J" :)

Ms.N said...

hey sunitha! agree completely about the pictures line :)
lonavla is also on my list, but i hear its best after monsoons.. lets see when i ultimately make it!

anjali gupta said...
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anjali gupta said...

Lonavala is a popular tourist destination near Mumbai. Check out some of the popular and must places to visit in Mumbai such as Marine drive, Juhu beach, Gateway of India, Film city etc.

Hari kumar said...

Interesting blog about Lonovala. This is really very nice places to visit in Mumbai. I heard about this place, I will visit this place once. Thank you for sharing.

Swati Joshi said...

Good Post about lonavala tourism. Thanks for sharing this type of post.

Abhilasha Kukreti said...

i went to lonavala last summer with friends and it was the most wonderful trip we all ever had. breathtaking places to visit in lonavala can capture your mind for very very long time.

Sakhi W said...

Good stuff! New t mumbai and was looking at what the location is like. Heard Kumar resort was good from https://nearfox.com/explore/hill-stations-near-mumbai and turned out to be pretty decent. Not much to do there though, we just had a few drinks and then went to see the sunrise. It was a relaxed time, but cannot stay there for too long

Debosmita Roy said...

NIce post on your trip to Lonavala. Lonavala is a town and a hill station in Pune district. Tourism peaks during the monsoon season. There are many places to visit in Lonavala which sight amazing scenic beauty.

Anamika said...

You had fun and enjoyed the rain. Its feels amazing when you just take a break to enjoy the rain from a tight schedule, you had a great break and nice pics. Lonavala has so much to enjoy in Monsoon.

Vishal Meshram said...

all the places are well describe and well covered in your blog
i think lonavala is must visit place during mansoon for a day trip
regards,
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Anjali Shukla said...

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