Khandala, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India
03rd Oct 2014
Budget Travel, Family, Nature, Road Trip
Pune, Maharashtra, India
Poonam Nanda Singh, mummy , mama jee, mami, mausi, kanika, parul, pulkit, anshika
ERICSSON - Sony Xperia S
Aati Kya Khandala from the movie Ghulam put Khandala on the map for tourists. One of the most popular weekend getaways from Pune and Mumbai. We were in Pune at my Maternal Uncles place and was planning the near by trip the first place that came into everyone's mind was Khandalaaaaaaaaaa.
So we started for Lonavala and Khandala early morning by Car, my Uncle borrowed a Honda City car from his friend and this was the first time I was driving one of my dream car Honda City. We were 10 members including our 2 year daughter and 2 cars.
The way to our destination was ultimate beautiful with mountains and greenery on both sides, good condition highway and Honda City.
It took us 2 hrs to reach Lonavala, our first destination was Bhushi Dam which is a masonry dam on the Indrayani River in Lonavala, Maharashtra. For reaching the dam we had to walk almost a km, so we decided to have lunch first. Although it was October but Sun has no mood of dropping his power so walking 1km hilly area was also painful that too with plate khali tummy full.
We could hear the water song from a distance and it was soothing to ear. The dam was super cool and clean, it gave us ultimate peace in that sunny day.
It was very crowded. People were sitting on the stairs from which the water was flowing in full flow from the Dam and continuously splashing water on each other. We couldn't sit but just stand on the stairs as we didn't bring any extra pair to change with us and credit goes to my uncle who didn't mention this beautiful dam. But my 1 n half year daughter enjoyed it thoroughly, she started with her complete dress and finally came to only diaper. She could make near by people run away by throwing water on them :), I can't believe at start we were stopping her to come inside as we thought she is too young for it and she failed all of us.
As we only had a day to cover both Lonavala and Khandala so we rested for a while with corn n chips here and started for Khandala. We could see famous chikki shops on the way and we decided to stop for chikkis on our way back to pune.
We reached Khandala around 3pm to 4pm in the evening. Next we went to Khandala, it is a small place but is blessed with mesmerizing beauty, we parked at one place from where all the scenic points can be covered by foot.
The first one was Rajamachi park. Deep valley on one side, high rise mountains on the other side and the highway in the mid of all these looked awesome. Here some one pointed us to a farm house on hills saying its Sharukh Khan's which I have 110% doubt that its true. Next we visited Sunrise point, Duke's nose can also be seen from there. There are many other points which we couldn't cover due to time crunch.
Weather at Khandala and Lonavala is very unpredictable, so after the sunny day we also enjoyed the lovely rain at Khandala. We had corn and barf ke golle here, having garam garam corn and thande thande golle with rain and no place to hide is something to experience. After rain stopped we started for pune again. We tried and bought variety of chikkis Coconut, Chana, Mungfali and Chocolate on way back.
Now we all were tired with smile on our face thinking it was a nice day with memories captured on camera and eyes, but no this wasn't the end of fun. When we were around 20-25 kms away from Pune my uncles car denied to go back home. Now we had 10 members and one Honda City, thank god I was the driver and it was must for me to sit alone. There were 2 members on front seat and 7 on the back and a Wagonr car was also coming with us with the help of a rope. So the trip turned from a happy and sweet memory to happy and thrilling memory. We dropped the car in a friends place on the way and came back home with one Honda City carrying 9 Adult and 1 kid.
After visiting the place now I can actually feel the song Aati Kya Khandala ;)