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What You Should Know More About Camping in Lonavala
Lonavala is a town and a hill station in Pune. Daily trains are available from Pune and Mumbai. It takes approximately 1 hour to reach from Pune and 40 minutes from Mumbai. There are direct buses from Pune to Lonavala and Mumbai to Lonavala.
Neeta Travels buses are a good option. The drive from both Pune and Mumbai to Lonavala will take 1 hour 20 min. The places covered between Pune and Lonavala are:
Pune - 43 km -> Kanhe - 4 km -> Kamshet - 18 km -> Lonavala. The places covered between Mumbai and Lonavala are Mumbai - 12 km -> Mankhurd - 76 km -> Lonavala.
It is about 64 kilometers from the city of Pune and 96 kilometers from the city of Mumbai. It is also a major stop on the railway line connecting Mumbai and Pune.
From the Pune suburbs, local trains are available from Pune Junction. Both the Mumbai-Pune Expressway as well as the Mumbai-Chennai highway pass through Lonavla..
Popular hill station close to Pune and Mumbai, Lonavla is the place to be during monsoons. With lots of waterfalls, lakes and hills around, Lonavala is frequented by all sorts of people, especially hikers and trekkers.
The best time to camp is in the winters, which extends from November to March, with nighttime temperatures ranging from 12-15 degrees.
Monsoon is a good time to go camping in Lonavala. The slopes are emerald green with many seasonal waterfalls. Most camps have weather-proof tents and airbeds guaranteeing comfortable sleep while shielding you from unsavory bits of nature.
Many adventurous activities like water fall rappelling and flying fox are also accessible to thrill seekers.
Yes, the camp sites and breathtaking views from Lonavala are perfect for camping trips. Camping in Lonavala is a unique experience combining adventure and convenience of being closer to Mumbai and Pune.
The lake brims with water throughout the year and quite a secluded place with forest cover.
Lonavala city is positioned amongst the mountains and forests hence the weather of this place remains good throughout the year.
The best season to visit Lonavala is during summers as the weather in the city remains pleasant this time of year.
The cost of camps vary as per the facilities and amenities provided including the duration of the treks. The camps are usually for one night and range from Rs 1500 up to Rs 10000.
However, the average cost of a simple camp is Rs 2500 per person which includes meals and one or two additional activities.
Yes, there are many sites available for booking online camping packages. You can book great camping packages from thrillophilia.com.
We provide various deals and packages as per every traveler’s needs.
The famous places for camping near Lonavala are:-
(a) Pavana Lake Camp- Located around 15 km from Lonavala, the Pavana Lake is one of the least explored artificial lakes in the vicinity of Pune. It is a perfect spot for camping, picnics and sightseeing. Cosseted by the pristine and untouched beauty of the nature, the lake is now gaining attention of the mass and caters to the need of a quick weekend getaway.
(b) Camping in Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Panvel is an enthralling experience with swaying palm trees forests and untouched splendor. There is manicured lawn in the camping site which is ideal for children to run and play. A beautiful waterfall is very close to the camping ground.
(c) Camping in Badlapur is an enjoyable experience with sounds of chirping birds and the music of the flowing river. It is also home to some rare species of birds and butterflies. This is an ideal spot for a picnic beside the Ulhas River.
(d) Camping at Thoran village near Kamshet, Pune is an untamed, less disturbed portion of peaceful greenery and nourishing natural spectacles. The village is located 17 km from Kamshet and 32 km from Lonavala.
How far is Pawna Lake from Lonavala? Can we camp at Pawna Lake?
Located around 15 km from Lonavala, the Pavana Lake is one of the least explored artificial lakes in the vicinity of Pune. It is a perfect spot for camping, picnics and sightseeing.
Cosseted by the pristine and untouched beauty of the nature, the lake is now gaining attention of the mass and caters to the need of a quick weekend getaway.
The major packages for camping include accommodation in tents with mattresses and blankets, two meals and a barbeque, boating and bonfires wherever possible.
Additional activities like trekking and star gazing are also available in various packages.
Basic camps provided will have bare necessities of accommodation, toilets and campfires to be able to stay for one/ two nights. There will not be any electricity in these camps.
Primarily, campsites provide mattresses in lieu of sleeping bags as they are more hygienic.
Majority campsites provide tents with lighting and mattresses for a comfortable night stay.
Yes, trekking is very much undertaken in Lonavala. The good treks are :-
(a)Tikona Fort is a hill fort located near Kamshet [Maval region] in Maharashtra. Height from sea level is 3500 feet. Its twin fort is called Tung .The difficulty level is Easy. Takes 1 1/2 hours to reach to the top of the fort. Some parts are almost vertical as the fort is triangular in shape.
(b) Rajmachi is one of the most beautiful forts in Lonavala. During monsoons, the road that goes to the base village is in a very bad condition and hence winter is the ideal time to visit. Rajmachi. It is highly recommended for small groups.
The best way to deal with insects, animals and bad weather is to be prepared and well equipped and clothed. It is important to wear the correct clothing to prevent insect bites and weather related problems.
Carry a mosquito repellent, rain coat and wind sheeter as a precautionary measure. It is equally important to read and understand procedures during animal encounters from internet/ books / briefings prior to camping trips.
The camps provide water proof tents and it is important to carry plastic bags for electronic devices protection.
Ensure that adequate protection from lightning is undertaken and avoid high places and rocky areas during the rains.
The food will be cooked meals containing veg and non veg items which will be cooked on the campsite fresh by the cook.
A barbeque will be arranged in the night in the camp for dinner which can be made by the guests themselves with help from the staff.
The material worn against the skin in cold weather can double as pajamas or for daily wear. Synthetic material like polypropylene can wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.
Having a designated pair of camp pants is worthwhile, especially if you are cooking, cutting wood or tending the fire. Choose a thick, durable pair of shorts or pants, and put them on as soon as you settle into the camp. Well-ventilated shirts and shorts allow air to flow through them, providing a cooling effect.
The activities include swimming in a lake, fishing, barbeque, bonfire, trekking and star gazing .Some camps have additional facilities like grappling and adventure sports.
Yes, drinking is allowed in some camps, but majority do not allow drinking. During monsoons, some trails become slippery so it is advised to refrain from drinking alcohol.
Smoking is permitted only at specific zones. Special attention needs to be paid to disposal of cigarette butts to avoid littering and fire risks.
Majority camps provide still toilet facilities in designated camps.
Other than adventurous activities like trekking, water sports, para gliding and rock climbing, Lonavala has a couple of interesting places for sightseeing. A beautiful and peaceful Narayani Dham temple with beautiful fountains is a place to visit.
The view from Lion’s Point with floating clouds and green valleys is a feast for the eyes. Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves are two Buddhist caves carved into the rocky mountain site and has unique Buddhist depictions.
Wet and Joy water park is an amusement park nestled in the Lonavala hills. It has interesting slides and rides for children.
The places to visit and see in Lonavla are
Traveller Tales from Lonavala
17 September 2017
"It was the most amazing place I have ever seen!!! Believe me one night stay will give u a deep breath of fresh energy. The fresh air environment lake side view ll make u fall in love with the place. The lake side view and night under the stars is more than you can wish for. It can be best enjoyed in groups or couples too. The tents are very spacious with all amenities. Must mention about the cleanlliness and best facilities provided. I also have to mention about the delicious home made snacks dinner morning breakfast they provided. Each unit is divided in private sections.....with tents table chair mat and very our own bonfire ????????????????....wat else v need in such a great environment.....Definitely one of the must go place!! "
19 February 2015
We were around 15 people who went together all family friends and it was fun and an awesome experience for all of us. We just wish we could have been here for a longer time to experience the great weather and brilliant activities a bit more.
04 October 2017
A perfect weekend gateway.....Nature lovers or people who seeking serene and peace within, its worth visiting. We were group of 11 including kids, reached there by sunset, may be a little earlier we would have check in as we miss beautiful sunset. But nevertheless, we haven't missed the moon n the its only light initially we had before we settled and started our fun. one would be amazed with the beauty of river reflected by moons light like a shining star. I am a nature lover and adventure person, no wonder this camping gives you wings. We had awesome fun, music, barbecue and bonfire. weather was pleasant and comfortable stay in quencha tents. trust me its kids friendly, just that do not forget mosquito repellants and some emergency food for them. Food tasted really well, kind of home food. Do try river swim in day light, we did it next day morning and trust me its more fun than man made swimming pools. Gazing stars at Night and Gazing Sky in the morning its the beauty of this place. Economical, Refreshing, Far from Noise, Pollution....I guess that is perfect weekend gateway one should visit.
05 May 2016
Camping by the River Bhatsa was a neat experience. My husband keeps telling me that I am like Monica from Friends, and I do not get satisfied with anything until I plan it. Well, yes, nothing like personalized planning nah? I have had really bad trips due to poor planning by the organizers, so when my husband suggested that we take this camp, I was sceptical. However, after the vacation now, I am super happy with the camp. Firstly, the camp was well-organized. It was really a nice and an interesting experience. Also the Rive Bhatsa was poignant and beautiful, making the camp even more worth taking. WOW can be an understatement to describe the beauty of this camp. It was awesome and I recommend it.
07 January 2016
Camping at Tikonapeth in Lonavala was an amazing experience. It was like going back to childhood. We had some amazing memories created during this camping. Firstly, we had kickass, uber cool BBQ station, where we learnt to make our own BBQ. It was awesome. The next interesting aspect was the campfire. We had a great time at the camp fire. We enjoyed a lot. Finally, it was like going back to childhood with the board games. It was an unforgettable experience. It was simple, affordable, and quite an interesting trip that we had here. Lonavala’s beauty adds more charm to this camp.
05 May 2016
This Campsite falls in karnala, close to the bird century, surrounded my mighty shayadri hills. We drove to this place and reached within the stipulated time. We had to wait for some time for the rest of the team to gather. After which, we were taken to our tents to dump our bags. we went around the camping site and vsited the bird sanctuary. we had a lavish dinner by the campfire, and a star gazing session. It was great to doze off looking at the amazing sky.
08 July 2015
Pawna Lake is damn beautiful and so much peaceful that it makes you stay there for months as well. Camping was an extremely thrilling experience. No laptops, no wifi, no disturbance. Its just you- we were a bunch of guys who there just to relax ourselves from office struggles and had a great experience. Loved the entire experience.
18 May 2017
This is the best place i have ever seen in mine life the lake seems so beautiful at the evening when it sets n in early morning when it rises that is love one should definately visit it it really a good place to spend time with your life patner ..................................... LOVED IT
16 March 2017
"Had a great time there ...... Best hospitality...best food ... best activities ....best camping experience... best stress buster with your best friends makes it one of the best camping trip ....\nLooking forward for more of such trips from Thrillophilia? !!!! "
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