5 Gems for Your Next Lonavala Trip This Monsoon

 Lonavala -  nestled amidst the majestic Sahyadri Mountains in Maharashtra, is a popular hill station that truly comes alive during the monsoon season. 

Known for its lush green landscapes, misty mountains, and gushing waterfalls, Lonavala transforms into a paradise during the rainy months. 

The region receives abundant rainfall, turning every nook and cranny into a picturesque haven. 

Monsoon in Lonavala is a magical time when nature thrives, offering breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere. 

From exploring mist-covered valleys and trekking to cascading waterfalls to savoring hot local snacks and enjoying the cool weather, Lonavala in the monsoon is a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those seeking a peaceful retreat. 

We are back again with the best destination recommendations for you to visit during your next trip to Lonavala, starting with;

1. Rajmachi Fort 

Rajmachi Fort, affectionately known as Rajmachi, holds a special place in the hearts of adventurers and history enthusiasts alike. 

In the majestic Western Ghats of Maharashtra, stands tall this historic hill fort at an elevation of approximately 2,710 feet (825 meters) above sea level. 

As you ascend towards Rajmachi, the panoramic views that greet you are truly awe-inspiring; the world seems to stretch out before you, offering glimpses of nature's wonders in every direction. 

Rolling hills, clothed in velvety green carpets, extend as far as the eye can see, merging seamlessly with the clear blue sky. 

The valleys below unveil their secrets, whispering stories of ancient rivers that have carved their way through time. 

It's a sight that stirs the soul, reminding you of the magnificence and grandeur of the natural world.

2. Bhuvachi Misal 

Bhuvachi Misal is a renowned and beloved culinary delight hailing from the vibrant state of Maharashtra, India. 

Misal is a traditional Maharashtrian breakfast consisting of a flavorful medley of sprouts, lentils, spices, and toppings. Bhuvachi Misal, in particular, holds a special place in the hearts and taste buds of food enthusiasts, and also mine. 

Bhuvachi Misal is not just a dish; it is a cultural icon that reflects the rich culinary heritage of Maharashtra. 

It is often enjoyed as a breakfast or brunch option and is cherished for its ability to provide a hearty and satisfying meal. 

This one’s for the meat lovers - one of the most unique dishes to try is the Chicken Misal, located right infront of ALYF's Goa property (Text us for the location!) consists of all the sprouts, lentils, and spices along with pieces of chicken in spicy TARRI which is a must try. Chicken Thali is also a great hit to your taste buds.

Misal Pav has gained immense popularity not only in Maharashtra but also across the country, with food lovers seeking out the authentic flavors and unique experiences that Bhuvachi Misal offers. I mean, who doesn’t like a ZANZANIT Misal?! 

3. Tungarli Lake 

Tungarli Lake holds a special charm during the monsoon season when the surrounding hills come alive with a cascade of waterfalls, adding to the ethereal beauty of the region; transforming the landscape into a lush paradise while creating a postcard-worthy setting that is a delight for the senses. 

Tungarli Lake is a sanctuary for seekers of solace and seekers of adventure alike. 

If you yearn for a peaceful retreat in this area, the lakeside offers a haven for quiet contemplation. 

Stroll along the banks, feel the gentle caress of the breeze, and let the calm waters lull your senses into a state of pure relaxation. 

The surrounding hills stand tall as silent guardians, adding to the serenity of the setting.’

4. Kune Waterfall 

The Kune Falls acts as the best getaway from your hectic city life. 

Whether you are looking for a place for rejuvenating your soul or wish to inhale fresh soothing air, this is just the right place for you. 

It is located right in the Kune village and is one of the best waterfalls of Maharashtra in Khandala. 

This scenic waterfall is divided into two sections and the highest drop is about 100 meters long. 

The sparkling water, fresh air, and blankets of lush green make the visual experience epic. 

In monsoons, the aura of the waterfall transforms and the entire region is beatified.

5. The Local Delicacies

Lonavala is famous for its lip-smacking chikki, a sweet snack made with jaggery and nuts. 

Indulge in this local delicacy and explore the numerous shops offering a variety of flavors. 

Additionally, Lonavala offers a range of delicious Maharashtrian cuisine that you can relish during your visit.

PS; ALYF approved must visit places are - Pragati Coffee (This season calls for a cup of hot chocolate) and Cooper’s Fudge & Chikkis.

Not to forget the aroma of freshly fried bhajias fills the air, drawing you to these local eateries. 

The sizzling sound as the bhajis hit the hot oil adds to the excitement. 

The bhajis are fried to a golden brown color, resulting in a crispy exterior and a soft, flavorful interior.

Barish mei Bhajiya nahi khaya toh kya kiya dost? 

Are you team KANDA BHAJI or BATATA BHAJI? Let us know in the comments!

For your next trip to Lonavala in this season, do not miss the opportunity to try these brilliant recommendations and send us a DM with a picture of your favorite food to snack on during monsoon, capturing the perfect essence of the trip. 

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