Khandala is one of the major hill stations in India in the state of Maharashtra. Nestled at an altitude of 625 meters, it sits pretty on the western slopes of the Sahyadri mountain range. A lovely hill station, Khandala proffers incredible sceneries of nature with lush, verdant landscapes. Its meandering waterfalls and glittering lakes attributes to the majestic look an imposing ambiance.
The origin of the place is obscure. Chattrapati Shivaji, the founder of the first Maratha Empire, ruled the area around Khandala. It was finally taken over by the British when they defeated the Peshwas. Khandala is positioned at the top end of the Bhor Ghat on the roadway between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan plain.
How To Reach Khandala
|Khandala by Air:|
The nearest domestic airport from Khandala is Pune at 66 km and international airport is Mumbai at 110 Km. Regular flights from various parts of the country will help you reach Pune and various rail and road services will help you reach Khandala easily. International tourists can come till Mumbai, and then without difficulty avail of Khandala-bound taxis, buses or private cars from the Mumbai airport.
Khandala By Rail:
Lonavala is the nearest railway station which is connected to Pune and Mumbai by regular local trains. One can also alight at the Lonavala station and resume his trip towards Khandala. Khandala is only a 15 minutes journey from Lonavala.
Khandala By Road:
Khandala is well connected with Mumbai and Pune by road and the bus service for Pune (travel time 2½ hours) via Lonavala is good. However, it takes about four hours to reach Mumbai from Khandala. Buses shuttle between Khandala and Lonavala (15 minutes)
Khandala Weather – Best Time to Visit Khandala
Summers in Khandala are warm with a maximum temperature of about 32°C.
Monsoons (June to August) are marked with heavy rainfalls.
Winters (October to February) experiences with a minimum temperature touching about 12°C.
Khandala can be visited anytime of the year.
Major Attractions Of Khandala
It is one of the most fascinating places in this area. If someone carefully observes the valley from this point, it will appear as if a tiger is leaping into the valley. Thus, the place has been named as Tiger’s leap. Tiger’s Leap is situated at a vicinity to INS Shivaji. Tourists can enjoy the exotic beauty of the valley from the confines of a big hole at this site.
Amrutanjan point is yet another point located high up in Khandala. It provides excellent view of the places nearby. The point is a well suited location for an enormous sight of the valley as well as the Duke’s Nose.
Duke’s Nose, also known as ‘Nagfani’ is named after Duke Wellington, who had a pointed nose resembling the cliff. The cliff offers a majestic view of the adjoining ranges. Duke’s Nose can be easily reached from INS Shivaji and Kurwande Village. Apart from its scenic beauty, it also attracts visitors with its mountain climbing trails.
Karla and Bhaja Cave
Karla and Bhaja Caves are historical rock cut caves, situated at a distance of 16 km from Khandala. Karla Caves are the ancient Buddhist caves. They are in existence since 160 BC and are suppose to be the biggest among the “Chaitya Caves”. Bhaja Caves are similar to Karla Caves but are on a much smaller scale. This caves are also in Chaitya style. On one side there is Lohagad fort on other side Visapur fort and approximately in the center are Bhaja Caves.
Bhushi Lake situated in Khandala is the ideal spot for all those who wish to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Its serene and tranquil surroundings and crystal clear water provides immense opportunities for the tourists to rest in peace.