It is one of the most visited historical forts, perched on a rugged hill lying in the Sahyadri Mountain. If you visit Lonavala, then Rajmachi should top the list of must visit places in Lonavala as it brings forth some of the greatest architectural ideas belonged to the old centuries and the faultless serenity protecting the fort well. It introduces you to two twin fortresses named Shriwardhan Ballekilla and Manaranjan Balekilla. Two forts are encircled by a wide Machi or plateau. Udhewadi is a common name you will hear here which is a small village that accommodates 22 houses at the southern foot of Manaranjan Balekilla. Nature lovers, adventure junkies, campers, offbeat tourists and families come to Rajmachi to attain the state of bliss as the aura of nature surrounding the fort is simply amazing. People have agreed in one voice that monsoon is the best season to visit the fort as the region is fully covered by mist, silvery waterfalls, lush green forests dropping the raindrops down every second and appreciably green meadows on all sides.
Maval, Takve Lake:
The site of the most important endeavors in the history of Maharashtra, Maval is the place where the great king Shivaji Maharaj trained his army of soldiers who were called ‘Mavalas’. The Takve Lake, sprawling in the region presents an ideal opportunity to experience amazing water adventure water sports. It is from them that the region draws its name! Cosseted towards the western regions of Pune, Maval is well endowed with rich biodiversity, flora and fauna. The best way to experience the charm of this rustic Lonavala place is to embark on a camping and water adventure activities on a weekend!. Along with the rich and prosperous gifts of nature, the region also presents evidence to its rich past with various forts dotting the landscape.
It is located in Maval possessing another name as Vitandgad. A dominant hill fort after Rajmachi is Tikona in Lonavala.Tikona is appreciated as one of the best places to visit in Lonavala. The exact location of the fort is near Kamshet lying about 60 kilometers from Pune. Tikona Fort got the name like that due to the hill itself. Tikona Peth is the nearest village to the fort. The hill is perched on a height of 3500 feet above sea level and it is pyramidal in shape and thus its name meaning triangular. Trekkers find this hill and the fort the favourite adventure destination in Lonavala well-known for the large doors, Tribakeshwar Mahadev, seven water tanks, Satvahan caves and many other attractions. Tikona is easily accessible from Pune and Mumbai and there are numerous bus services or taxis from Pune to reach the fort. Those who have experienced the beauty of the hill and the fort have recommended to others that the views of the Pawna Dam and the forts located near to it are captivating.
A perfect adventure spot in Pune is Kamshet, located at a distance of 45 kilometers from Pune. Also, they are very close to the famous twin hills in the region, Khandala and Lonavala. Kamshet presents small villages built in traditional style, with mud, thatch and reeds. Tourists, especially adventure junkies come to Kamshet to partake in the unending thrill and excitement provided by paragliding, trekking, hiking, camping etc.
Paragliding, being the most favourite adventure in Kamshet, has numerous admirers from all over the world. The best time to paragliding in Kamshet is from October to the end of May. Multiple paragliding schools and providers are existing in the town. They offer authentic training or tandem flights to those who seek for it. The oldest and the most popular school is Fly Nirvana. Another interesting fact is that during the west wind season, some schools offer flight at Pawna Lake.
Waterfall Rappelling and Trekking in Lonavala:
Walk around the paths through lush foliage and thundering falls. The waterfalls cascade down the ridges of Sahyadri Ranges and offer captivating views of the valley below. The activity site is located midway to the famous Rajmachi Fort and is only 7km from the main land of Lonavala. Arrive at the trekking site at a little around 09:00 AM and kickstart this wonderful experiences. Lonavala, a gorgeous hill station located at a close distance from Mumbai and Pune has emerged as a popular and enticing weekend getaways for all city dwellers. Climb up the forest trails and rappel down with a harness through the refreshing falls.
A pleasant drive in from Mumbai as well as Pune through the town of Kamshet will bring you here. One of the best times to visit Pavna Dam is of course the monsoons! The sight of the clouds reaching down to kiss the embankments and backwaters is truly breathtaking. Placed near Lohagad, Pawna Dam is one of the most amazing places to see near Lonavala. Built over the Pavna River, it is an important development in terms of its prominence for the agricultural produce of the land. The route thereafter is in a rough condition but nonetheless picturesque and abounds with beautiful sights. The waters of the river and dam are perfect for boating, speedboating, water skiing and water jet rides. The beauty of the destination lies in its calm and unspoiled air which is as of date free from overcrowding and pollution. Escape into nature’s arms with this picture perfect spot that is a true delight!
A huge monolithic rock structure, it pierces the misty clouds with its peculiar shape! In local language the peak is also called Nagphani which translates to mean snake’s hood. One of the most striking landmarks to hit your eyes as soon as you reach Lonavala is the structure of Duke’s Nose. The peak was given the pseudonym of Duke’s Nose as it resembles the nose of the Duke of Wellington!. One of the most versatile places to see in Lonavala, it is famous amongst trekkers as well rock climbing enthusiasts who take to the rock for its amazing heights and interesting topology. With various ravines and forests grazing at its feet a trek up Duke’s nose is surely rewarding in all its beauty!
Resting peacefully in the laps of the Sahyadris, Durshet bursts forth as an ideal and laidback weekend destination adorned in all the nature’s beauty. If going back to the roots is what you wish to experience, then Durshet is the ideal place to see in Lonavala. The destination is crowned in a tiara of perfectly green and lush forests. While in Durshet, there are a number of activities that can keep your travel loving heart occupied!
The jaded woodlands present the perfect setting to enjoy activities like bird watching, wildlife spotting or just a calming hike to collect your scattered thoughts. Moreover, the soils of the region being fertile and salubrious, present an ideal opportunity for agriculture. The bloom of these farms rollicking in the fresh breeze is truly a sight to behold. You can also experience rice plantation as well as various adventure activities in Durshet!
Ghangad is a fort cosseted in the Sahyadris , close to the lovely Mulshi stream which is in Pune District near Lonavala. Otherwise called Korbarase Maval, the region of the fortification albeit little, is rich with natural magnificence. The fort is nestled between different fortresses of the locale, for example, Korigad, Tailbaila and Sudhagad. Being in the heart of Tamhini Ghat, the hike up to the fort is misleadingly simple. There are two titanic rocks gaps at the way of the post and as of now some remodel work is in progress to update the structure. There are also some delightful rocky patches which prompt you to indulge in some level of rock climbing! However, there is also a ladder nowl which makes crossing it far less demanding.
Koraigad or Koarigad or Korigad, anything is fine to call a major hill fort located in Lonavala, popularly known as Korigad Fort. It is lying about 20 kilometers south of Lonavala and the year it came into existence long back and the exact year is unknown yet. The hill is situated at an elevation of 923 meters above sea level. The township of Aamby Valley perched on the southern and eastern foothills of the fort is one of the highlights one can witness during the tour of Korigad. Chhatrapati Shivaji had annexed the fort into his kindom along with other forts like Lohagad, Tungand Tikona, Visapur etc in 1657. Later, the fort was taken over by the British. Korigad is situated at a height of 923 meters above sea level. Also, there are two more lakes on the top of the fort as well as a temple to Koraidevi and several small temples on the top. To the east of the fort, there lie two artificial lakes which are part of the Aambly Valley project and later they were drained into the Mulshi reservoir.
Another important fort in Pune is Visapur Fort. A hill fort near Visapur Village. It is believed to be a part of the Lohagad Visapur fortification, located at a distance of 9 to 10 kilometers from Malavli Railway Station. It is situated at an elevation of 1084 meters above sea level. The fort is existing on the same plateau as Lohagad. Built during 1713-1720 by Balaji Vishwanath, the fort attracts history lovers, architecture admirers, and nature lovers. Though the fort is built much later to Lohagad, the history of the two forts is closely connected. In 1818, the fort was attacked and occupied by the British. The higher elevation and close proximity to Lohagad helped the British so much to continue the attack against the Marathas. The British set up their cannons and bombarded Lohagad. And thus, Lohagad was also taken over by the British troops. Visapur Fort is measured to be bigger and higher than Lohagad and houses different caves, cisterns of water, an arch fully decorated and old houses.
A surprisingly old structure, the Bushi dam was constructed way back in the 1860s for the Great Indian Peninsular Railway as an energy source for their steam engines. Built to entrap the waters of Indrayani River, Bhushi Dam has slowly turned into a popular tourist spot. The steps like structure of the dama nd the overflowing waters of the river during the monsoons lend it a beautiful and surreal view as the water cascades down the steps. However, tourists are advised to be extra careful while frolicking in the waters as there have been incidents of unfortunate outcomes near the dam. It is also for this purpose that a separate control room has been buitl especially to provide assistance during times of crisis.