Scenic Waterfall & Historical Forts: Lonavala & Khandala Day Excursion
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Product Code : AGORA589
Explore the stunning landscapes and rich history of the Lonavala and Khandala regions with our "Scenic Waterfall & Historical Forts Day Excursion." Your journey begins with a hotel pick-up in Pune, followed by visits to the magnificent Karla and Bhaja Caves, offering a glimpse into ancient Buddhist rock-cut architecture. After a delightful local lunch in Lonavala, we continue to Lohagad Fort, a testament to the region's historical significance. Later, we rejuvenate at Kune Falls, a picturesque three-tiered waterfall. Finally, we return to Pune, concluding a day of natural beauty and historical exploration.
8:00 AM - Pick up from Pune Hotel: Your exciting day begins with a prompt pickup from your Pune hotel. A private, air-conditioned vehicle awaits to take you on a full-day excursion to the picturesque hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala.
9:30 AM - Karla Caves: Your first stop is the mesmerizing Karla Caves, located approximately 11 km from Lonavala. These ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, represent a marvel of ancient architecture and spirituality. Explore the complex, marvel at the intricately carved stupas, and absorb the serene ambience. The caves offer a glimpse into the rich history of the region, with origins dating back from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD.
11:00 AM - Bhaja Caves: A short journey from Karla Caves will lead you to the Bhaja Caves. These ancient rock-cut caves, dating from the 2nd century BC, are associated with the Hinayana Buddhism sect. Perched 400 feet above the village of Bhaja, these caves house numerous stupas and offer panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Your expert guide will provide historical and cultural insights during your visit.
12:30 PM - Lunch in Lonavala: Recharge with a delightful lunch at a local restaurant in Lonavala. Savor regional delicacies while basking in the pleasant atmosphere of the hill station.
1:30 PM - Lohagad Fort: After lunch, proceed to Lohagad Fort, one of the prominent hill forts in Maharashtra. This fort, situated at an elevation of 1,033 meters (3,389 feet) above sea level, boasts a rich history, with various dynasties having occupied it over time. Explore its massive walls, intricate architecture, and immerse yourself in the historical significance of this landmark.
3:30 PM - Kune Falls: Your journey continues to Kune Falls, located centrally within the Lonavala-Khandala valley. With a total height of 200 meters (660 feet), Kune Falls is a three-tiered natural wonder. The highest drop is an impressive 100 meters (330 feet). Take a leisurely stroll along the falls, capture breathtaking photographs, and unwind in the serene ambiance.
5:00 PM - Return to Pune: Reluctantly leaving the natural beauty of Lonavala and Khandala behind, embark on your return journey to Pune.
6:30 PM - Drop-off at Pune Hotel: As the day concludes, you'll reach Pune, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel. Take this time to reflect on the captivating experiences and memories created during your full-day excursion to Lonavala and Khandala.
Private AC car/van for pick up and drop off from/to your hotel.
English speaking local guide, if option selected.
Entrance fees to monuments, if option selected.
Lunch, if option selected.
Bottled water in the car.
Camera charges at monuments.
Gratuities and optional activities.
Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.