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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

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"Misty Mountains"

Khandala Tourism

Perched on the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala provides for a perfect weekend respite for the Mumbai population, with its scenic valleys, grassy hills, serene lakes and misty waterfalls.

This is one of the most popular weekend getaway for the people from nearby cities of Mumbai and Pune. The place immortalized by the popular Bollywood song, "Aati Kya Khandala", is a must visit destination for everyone looking for beautiful nature, pleasant weather and the feeling of mist in the air. The natural beauty blooms to its zenith and reveals a magical charm during the monsoons. Its meandering waterfalls and glittering lakes attributes to the majestic look an imposing ambiance. ÊThe Duke's Nose peak and Karla hills are the two popular spots for rock climbing. ÊApart from these, there are many caves and lakes to be seen. A perfect place to sit back and relax.

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Mumbai's Famous Summer Retreat

One of the major tourist retreats for the denizens of Mumbai, Khandala is a hill station situated 882 km away from Mumbai, in the state of Maharashtra. Abode to beautiful hills and forts, Khandala is one of the perfect hill retreats for both trekkers and young couples. Not very far away from the same are two more popular tourist hotspots, viz. Lonavala (3 km away) and Karjat (7 km) Made all the more famous by actor Aamir Khan in his movie, 'Ghulam', Khandala is a famous hill station one shouldn't miss.

Restaurants and Local Food in Khandala

Khandala doesn't really have a standout or unique cuisine, but is extremely welcoming to those interested in simple vgetarian food. Like in most parts of the state, Vada Paav is popular, widespread and almost staple, so is in Khandala. Other than this the city has a number of areas which can offer you popular fast food items. One can also enjoy Continental and Chinese in the area. For those interested in flavors more traditional, the city provides options for North-Indian and Gujrati cuisine.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Khandala, preferably by noon, and take some rest. You can go for shopping in the evening, by the local markets, or continue your rest if you prefer that way.
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the glorious Lohagad Fort. Once you're done with, you can also go for Bhaja Caves, not very far from here.
Day 3 - The final day can start with a tour to Tiger's Leap, or Nagphani, also known as Duke's Nose, which is a heaven for every aspiring rock climber.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Beautiful, both naturally and historically.

What's Not So Great?

Not much to see as it has few tourist places.

For Whom?

Ideal for weekend tourists and trekkers. Suitable for backpackers from places like Mumbai, Pune etc.

How To Reach Khandala

Lonavala is the nearest railway station which is connected to Pune and Mumbai by regular local trains. Lonavala to Khandala is about just 10 km and getting a taxi for the journey is easy and convenient. The nearest domestic airport is Pune, which is at a distance of around 50 km from Khandala. Taxi charge from Pune to Khandala is about Rs 2,000. Taxi service from Mumbai to Khandala costs about Rs 3,000. Bus connectivity is good too. Travelling by your own vehicle is easy too. Many youngsters travel from Mumbai to Khandala on bikes which could be an amazing experience as the route is beautiful too.

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Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
The drive to Khandala takes less than two hours on the wide Mumbai-Pune highway with lush greenery on each side. In the monsoons, this drive is particularly beautiful. Khandala is a great place to beat the heat of Mumbai and enjoy some adventure activities. Rock climbing and trekking are especially good here - Duke’s Nose is a challenging trek, but nothing can beat the sense of exhilaration afterwards! Khandala also has caves for site-seeing like Karla Caves that feature Buddhist drawings.
Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- Carry insect repellants.
Anam Shaikh 1 year ago
Visit Tiger's Leap: If you carefully observe the valley from this point, it will appear as if a tiger is leaping into the valley. Amrutanjan Point is excellent for a panoramic view of the entire valley. If you're trekking at Duke's Nose, make sure you have prior experience and practice, and you have an expert with you as it could turn dangerous. Wear warm and comfortable clothing if visiting in winter.
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