What is your idea of a short weekend getaway ? Rainy season and any place looks good, right ? All you need is the right route and right company and a bit of masti (fun). Shhhh.. we broke some rules as well. 😉
Last Saturday morning we suddenly decided to go to Lonavala before the Goddess rain decides to bid goodbye for another year.
It is a popular weekend destination from Mumbai and Pune. Our first visit, didn’t really know of places in Lonavala except for Bushi & Valvan dams. Nevertheless, we are a bit adventurous type, not short on enthusiasm we all set off.
Driving on Mumbai-Pune expressway is like driving on a road to heaven with lush green blooming picturesque surroundings, mesmerizing breathtaking views, wonderful tunnels and supported by occasional drizzles.
Both ways we could easily touch the speed of 150-160 Kms. Cheated actually, max speed limit is 80 KMs on expressway. Now don’t you lecture me on accident prone expressway, I was not at the steering. OK ? And as always I had camera in my hand & all the photos that I have clicked are at that speed !
Who would not want to break rules ?
Lonavala at a distance of only 96 KMs from Mumbai is one of the most popular weekend destinations from Mumbai and Pune. It is popularly called the ‘Jewel Of The Sahyadri mountains’ and is situated at a height of 625 metres above the sea level.
Rainy season gives a golden opportunity to the lovers of Bushi Dam and I was so much praying for heavy showers but had to content with only drizzles.
We like surprises, don’t we ? After reaching there we realized that one needs to remove shoes to reach the dam. No problems, we had to rent chappals at INR 20 per pair. Good business, I must say. Eh ?
Fold the cargos, wade through 1 and half feet water, climb some rocks and there you are at a place which you had seen countless no. of times in photos. When the dam is full with the rain water, it starts overflowing. The place where this extra water is collected is made beautiful by building staircase like structure.
After the dam, climb further up to reach the top for a scenic beauty and experience the waterfalls. Bhuttas, guavas, hot vada-pav and chai are in plenty to give you company. We spent more than half a day there.
Another view at the dam
What else do you want on a hot sunny day ?
Two kms away from the center of Lonavala, is this quiet Valvan dam built on river Kundalika. This has been taken over and maintained by Tata. On the way we could see a beautiful garden with variety of colourful plants. There was nothing at the dam except for a very cool soothing breeze, serene water and some peaceful moments.
Way to Valvan dam
We had to keep our cameras in car since photography was not allowed. My camera was in my handbag which no one had noticed, not even me ! Suddenly I realized but as a good citizen I clicked only one photo (Hey, I told you of breaking some rules !) while I could see all of other tourists clicking pictures from their cell phones.
Mumbai Pune Expressway from a distance
I have many more pictures to show you, will upload later.