Time flies, and in a city like Bombay, even more so. I’ll always be a big city kinda girl, but once in a while, I think everyone needs a weekend getaway to a place where the grass is greener. And in Lonavala, the grass is much greener – especially during the monsoon rains. If you’re a fan of moody PNW vibes, Lonavala is the destination for you!
How-to: Visit Lonavala in 48 Hours
Lonavala is approximately two hours away from Bombay, so you can either rent a car, hire a driver, or take a train or bus to get there. We took a bus (~500 INR) from Dadar Station to Lonavala, then took a rickshaw to our weekend crib. On our return trip, we hired a driver since it was faster and we missed the city after only two days!
Where to stay
Don’t make the mistake of booking your accommodations last minute, especially if you’re heading to Lonavala for the long weekend!
I’ve been trying to be a more responsible traveler. I’m making an effort to be conscious about where my money goes, and that means supporting businesses that care about the earth, which is why we stayed at Rumourss Sky Villa. It’s an eco-friendly resort near Bhushi Dam in Lonavala. It has four sky villas and four pool villas, and has the most incredible view of Tata Lake and the hills.
Places to go
Along with the many waterfalls in the area, Bhushi Dam is also a prime destination for travellers. If you hike up for another 15 minutes, you’ll reach Tiger’s Point which has a fantastic view overlooking the town.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, Della Adventures is where you wanna be. Adult passes are ~2000 INR and gives you access to all sorts of rides and games. There are shooting, archery, and crossbow ranges. Here, I played (net) cricket for the first time ever! FYI: Cricket is not baseball, haha. Some activities, like dirt bike riding, have extra charges but they’re totally worth the thrill. Della is not just an extreme adventure park, it’s also a luxury resort if you’re looking for a place to stay.
My recommendation is to spend the first day cycling through the city and checking out hotspots in the area, and spend the second day at the adventure park!
Foods to try
Evidently, chikki is a big deal in Lonavala! No joke, there are at least 5 chikki shops on every block in this town. Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet made of jaggery and groundnuts, but there are a ton of varieties you can try. If you can get through all of the available flavours in one weekend, I salute you.
Fudge is also extremely popular among locals and tourists alike. They come in all sorts of flavours, including mango, Oreo, gulkand (rose), kaju (cashew), coconut, and my personal favourite, chocolate walnut.
You don’t have to go out of your way to try vada pav – they’re available at many enterprising street vendors. Vada pav is pretty much a deep-fried potato in a bun. “Golden” vada pav (pictured above) is the #1 spot to get ’em!
If you’re looking for a more tropical Indian getaway, you should probably read my Ultimate Guide to Goa! Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (yes, I’m back!) for more travel tips x