Monsoon during – June to September
Distance from Pune: By Road – 64km – 1:20 hr. journey
By Train – 68km – There are 23 direct trains from Pune to Lonavala
Many buses are available from Pune – it takes approx 2:45 – 3:30 hrs.
Distance from Mumbai: By Road – 82km – 1:40 hr. journey
Many buses are available from Mumbai – it takes approx 2:00 – 2:15 hrs.
By Train – Approx 2:00 -2:45 hr travel – There are 25 direct trains from Mumbai to Lonavala
Lonavala station is the origin of Lonavala – Pune Suburban Trains. 17 Suburban trains operate on the Pune – Lonavala Route. It’s a halt in Mumbai Pune Route. Station accesses many nearby areas tourist point. Khandala hill station is also just 8km from Lonavala.
Lonavala is a town & a hill station in Pune District with greenery all around, located in the western part of Maharashtra state near Mumabi, i.e. Western India region. It is among the set of a twin hill station i.e. lonavla & adjacent hill station Khandala, a hill station became more popular after the song “Aati kya Khandala” from Gulam movie. The hill station is in slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range. The weather in Lonavala is mostly pleasant.
This place is famous for its production of the hard candy chikki which is a sweet eatable thing made from different nuts mixed with jaggery. The story about Lonavala chikki: Initially called as gurdana or guddani, a mixture of jiggery & groundnuts, prepared with ghee. This sweet nutrient ascribe to Maganlal Agarwal & family. The sweet was initially prepared as a “energy bar” for the workers, who were laying railway track for Lonavala, which is a major stop on the railway line which connects many trains.
We were also traveled by train in morning hours from Pune and reached Lonavala around 9am in the month of August which was a rainy day. By the time we reached Lonavala, it was raining heavily, but still it couldn’t stop us from embracing its beauty. So we booked a cab for a day which did cost around Rs.2000.