A Day at Lonavala

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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, didnโ€™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 donโ€™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.

Bushi Dam
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, donโ€™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 ?

Valvan Dam
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.

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26 thoughts on “A Day at Lonavala

  1. this is one destination in my travel list – lot of my riding friends have over and over shown and tempted us with fotos from lonavala. the road to ambi vally, mulshi ghats, lonavala – lot of places to visit around pune. 150-160 – which was the car? ๐Ÿ™‚ it is fun driving at breakneck speeds, if it is safe to push it. ๐Ÿ™‚ nice snaps… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Though I had put up my first part of Lonavala trip 3 days back, I’ve earlier yesterday published a post on Valvan Dam and Bushy Dam (in addition to visits to other places). Now this is some coincidence indeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Do post that picture that you sneaked at Valvan Dam, will you please? I liked the greenish-blue tinge of the waters there.

    Lonavala is lovely, and so is your post here. Good job!

  3. Anoop,
    Thanks. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Go there, it’s lovely place. One day is not enough. And the road is fantastic !

    Celine,
    I had told you on your Lonavala trip post that I also intend to write on the same but I never knew you would be so fast to come up with a new post within 3 days !! And I had written earlier but scheduled it for Thursday.

    Ha Ha…. if people want, they can combine the two posts of ours and enjoy the dams completely.

    Valvan Dam ?? Hey I have posted here. Don’t you recognize it ? Come on now !

    The second last photo, dear.

  4. Hi,

    Nice post! This post of yours reminded me of a walk I had with my father from my Guest via Bushi Dam to INS Shiva the Navel Training Centre and back. We left at about 4:30 am in the morning and were right in time for the breakfast around nine. My mother had started to worry a little for us as we had not informed her and had disappeared. It was a morning walk of roughly 15 km that I had with my father the longest ever which I will remember for a long time.

  5. But that picture is not AT the Dam, its the path leading TO the Dam. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I thought you had a picture of the place where the Dam is built, and I was particularly interested to check out the colour of the greenish-blue waters. But it’s okay, the memories are still fresh in mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. lovely pictures..Ive been along the route many times several years ago..but its been a long time since I went there..the dam is amazing..Oh , I miss being in Bombay

  7. Well although you said don’t, I’m still concerned (haha, do you think I wont lecture?). 150kmph? Your driver might be capable but others on the road may not be. Our roads are not designed for that. What tyres did you use? And unless you have been peeping outside the window (which is terrible in itself), the third picture shows that the driver is driving ON the lane! Be reckless but not this way please !

    Now the Lonavala zone, its so close to my place you know that we could sneak there in no time. However I myself have been to these places only once and you will agree – Bushi dam for example is ‘go-once-only’ place, its so noisy.

    Banning photography is a lame rule. What is that place – a military secret?? I’m glad you went away anyway. Cheers for the nice post, whats next?

  8. Iceman,
    Yeah, water was very less, unfortunately that was the single day when it didn’t rain. I need to go there once more now.

    No, didn’t go there. We should keep somethings for next time as well. Right ? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Shivanand,
    Oh thank you and that was quite a good recount. Do they still allow people to go there at INS ? We probably will have to stay overnight to do such things.

    Thanks for your visit.

  9. Celine,
    I never said AT the dam. ๐Ÿ˜€

    And for pictures of the dam, we need to befriend some TATA guy beforewe head for it again. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Lakshmi,
    These are my first times in last four years, so enjoying them to the fullest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Priyank,
    Yes puku, I expected that from you as a concerned person. Thank you.

    Well, the driver is always more than careful, it was others including me who was promoting/challenging him. lol ๐Ÿ˜› Had it been me driving, the speedometer would have touched 180-200 !! I am so reckless.

    Well, I said we ‘could touch’ meaning not always we were driving at that speed. At times we had to go as slow as 50-60 also.
    And I wasn’t peeping out of window. Only my one hand with camera strap around my wrist was out.

    This was my first trip to Lonavala, I need to go there many more times. It has so many places to see besides Bushi dam. Still exploring my neighbourhood. But I’ll go there again when it rains. The water wasn’t enough this time.

    I have decided, next time when I visit Valvan dam, I’ll take someone from TATAs so that I can go upto the control room.

  11. Vandita,
    Lol… Abhi nahi, aage aage dekhiye hota hai kya ! ๐Ÿ˜›

    I am still exploring my neighbourhood and it amazes me how many places are left now. I don’t know whether these places excite me or I make them excited by writing here. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thank you for liking the pictures. I want to upload some more but where ? I have not thought of.

  12. HG,
    Welcome aboard !
    Oh glad to know that.

    And thank you for liking my writing style. I am humbled.

    Thanks for your visit. Keep coming.

  13. first of all thanks for telling the correct name of bushi. since i had visited only once, i wasn’t able to get the name correctly.
    i too loved the place. it was in the peak season that i visited lonawala; so it was a lovely trip

  14. Rahi,
    You are welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yes, it is a lovely place if you like to enjoy the rains. Unfortunately it only drizzled the day we went there. ๐Ÿ™

    But that gives us excuse to visit it again ! ๐Ÿ˜›

  15. Very interesting. It is only through people like you that we get to learn and see distant places. You were the one to use “God intoxicated” in one of your posts. Here too you have referred to Rain as Goddess(or is he a God). A word of caution, a speed of 150-160 kms is a sure way to achieve the eternal bliss.

  16. P.N.S.,
    Thank you for your so encouraging words. They keep me going.

    Keep coming. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shishuvan,
    I do not get what phone nos. exactly you are asking for ?

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