One of the easiest escapes from the gruelling city life is driving down to the nearest hill station for the weekend. All the major metropolitan cities have a designated weekend getaway, perfect to relax with friends and family. Delhiites can drive down to breath-taking terrains of Dehradun; people in Bangalore can hide away in Coorg or Ooty and as of Mumbai, we have Lonavala.
Located 83 km outside the city, on an average, it takes an hour and a half to reach. The most popular time to visit the misty hills is during the monsoon. Tourists sprawl in large numbers from neighbouring cities to spend a few days amongst the cool winds and enjoy the lush greenery.
If you are planning a trip with your friends or family, Lonavala is a great option. Since the hill station has gained so much popularity in the past few years; there are multitudes of options available for your stay. According to your budget, you can choose a reasonable 3-star hotel or if you feel like splurging, then there are many attractive 4 star hotels available as well.
For a fun budget friendly trip with your closest friends, you can choose to stay at the plush TRESSURE Island Resort in Lonavala. This resort offers a beautiful view of the Sahyadris. It is spread across acres of greenery, with elegantly furnished rooms. The location of the resort is feasible for your tourist desires, the Karla caves are approximately 4 km. Koregaon Fort, Rajmanchi Lake and Tiger Point are other spots you can visit. Treasure Island is the perfect place to unwind; you can relax in the pool, sauna and spa. You can also get in your workout at the resort’s fitness centre and game room. It also has an array of restaurants that offer delicious Chinese, Indian and Continental food.
If you are travelling with your family, and wish to live in luxury then you can opt to stay at the mesmerising, Rhythm Hotel in Lonavala. This is an all-suite property. The resort is designed in an Asian-Colonial style with a pool in the middle of the property. The hotel offers 84 suites for its guests along with an all-day lounge and restaurant. It also has a full-fledged Spa. It is the perfect place to relax and indulge in the beauty of nature.
Lonavala is known for its ‘Chikki’ and chocolate fudge. The drive from Mumbai or Pune is pleasant with the backdrop of the fog covered mountains and stingy waterfalls in the monsoons. It is easily the most suitable getaway for Mumbaikars.