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If you are looking for some outing away from the hustle and bustle of the city life then opt for Lonavala which is the perfect spot for you. This place is located nearly 106 km southeast of Mumbai. One of the prime weekend getaways from the Mumbai, Lonavala may often seem far from attractive. Despite all odds, it is the favored holiday spot for travelers who want some rescue from the hullabaloo of the city life. Its principal street mainly comprises of the tawdry lit shops caning chikki which is the brittle sweet that is the specialty of the area.
In the year 1811, Lonavala was discovered by Sir Elphinstone who was the former Governor General of Bombay. Going by the testimony, Lonavala was once ruled by the Marathas, Yadavs and Mughals among others. The place is remembered for its Battle of Vadgaon in which Mahadaji Shinde fought and won the battle against the Britishers.
Essentially, a lush green forest with minimalist population, Lonavala is a popular tourist spot that is essentially popular amongst the honeymooners and couples. The key reason you’d want to visit Lonavla is because of the nearby Karla and Bhaja caves which after Ajanta and Ellora are definitely the best in Maharashtra.
The main road to the caves, restaurants and the hotels lie north to the train station. Majority of the township and the markets of the Lonavla are located south of the station.
Don’t step out without adequate change. You may even need 5 rupee or 1 rupee coin here.
Stay wary of the thugs and the Bengali babas.
Don’t give too much attention to the beggars.
Thefts are a common site in Lonavala. Beware!
Don’t exchange money in the black market.
Whenever you exchange money ask for a receipt.
Always check the bill for errors or over estimation.
Keep touts at bay.
Check for the seal of the water bottle before making a purchase.
Don’t flash your valuables in public.
Keep your jewelry and excess cash in roof safe.
Never leave your documents in the hotel room.
Carry with you a photocopy of the important documents.
Sit only in prepaid vehicles like taxis or auto rickshaws. In case the taxi or an auto doesn’t have a meter don’t sit in it.
Turn on the GPS whenever you are traveling to a new destination.
Check for an approximate fare on the internet before traveling.
Book resorts that are known.
Don’t indulge in narcotics of any form.
Never get friendly with the strangers.
In Maharashtra or even in Lonavala in particular, you must always carry a liquor license that can be availed from the Govt. Civil Hospital. Some of the districts here have imposed a strict ban on alcohol.
The legal drinking age in Mumbai is:
18 for wine
21 for beer and
25 for any other forms of liquor.