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ROMANTIC HILLS (2 DAYS)

The proximity to Mumbai and Pune and natural beauty of these twin hill stations made them a favorite spot for Bollywood film makers. It’s great to set action here with the lush greenery, trees to romantically meet under and cliffs to enhance the Bollywood style drama. Lonvala and Khandala give you options to do some refreshing trekking, get a close up of ancient cave carved architecture and feel the romantic atmosphere with all the waterfalls appearing after the monsoon rain.


ADVICE

Carry comfortable shoes good for long walks.
If you have, take your binoculars. The area is great for bird watching.
Be aware of cheeky monkeys on the trails.
Have some stock of water with you on the trek.

TOP ACTIVITIES

Visiting ancient Buddhist rock carved caves
Relaxing in the SPA at the resort
Trekking and bird watching

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The proximity to Mumbai and Pune and natural beauty of these twin hill stations made them a favorite spot for Bollywood film makers. It’s great to set action here with the lush greenery, trees to romantically meet under and cliffs to enhance the Bollywood style drama. Lonvala and Khandala give you options to do some refreshing trekking, get a close up of ancient cave carved architecture and feel the romantic atmosphere with all the waterfalls appearing after the monsoon rain.

Leaving Mumbai early pays off. You will avoid the traffic and reach the hill station early enough to start an active day. You will check in to a charming hotel and go for some sightseeing. Not far from Lonvala there are special caves not to be missed. Karla and Bhaja caves are a Buddhist extraordinary example of rock-cut architecture. Karla Caves were created by Hinayana Buddhists in the 1st century BCE and have been later taken over by Hinayana sect. They are the best example of this special building and sculpting technique in the region. Outside there is a small Koli Temple, where you can observe religious rituals of Koli fisherfolk dancing in a trance and then sacrificing a goat or couple of chickens. Opposite to Karla caves are the Bhaja Caves. Situated few kilometers up are very well preserved and date back to 2nd century BCE. After you can enjoy a free afternoon and evening in a resort among lush greenery with great food and SPA treatments. You deserve it!

In the morning enjoy the surroundings of your beautiful resort and prepare for a day of long walks. There are picturesque hiking trails around to discover. Put comfortable shoes on, pack water and some snacks along with a charged camera and follow the local guide taking you on the top of Nagphani (cobra’s hood) and then to the area dotted with ruins of once impregnable forts. Watch out for monkeys! They like grabbing food and various items you might be holding. After the trek enjoy a delicious meal and head back to Mumbai.

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