Best places for Camping in Lonavala in 2020
There’s something very inviting about the rugged charm of the outdoors. Cooped up in fancy little cubicles, there’s only so much peace and quiet one can seek in the hustle and bustle of the city.
Now imagine this. You’re sitting outside a tent, facing a lake. There’s nothing around you except the fluttering glow of fireflies and the glimmer of the stars in the jet black night sky. There’s no traffic, no honking, no noise pollution, or any pollution for that matter, period. It’s just you and Mother Nature basking in serenity. What you’ll experience at this point is something you would never experience in the city. A blanket of calm slowly takes over your soul. Unwind, unclench, she says. Camping in and around Lonavala is indeed a treat.
Now wake up and smell the air. Does it give you a sense of serenity? Or does it give you the exact opposite?
Sometimes it’s good to get out and get lost in the right direction. ‘Travel’, like Ranveer Singh so often says during the ads on the radio, is the 6th sense of the body. If you are one of those enchanted by the rugged charm of the outdoors, we have compiled a list of the top 5 spots for you to enjoy forest camping in Lonavala this weekend. Here we go!
Let’s take a look at the top 10 best Camping places in Lonavala
There is simply no other way to start this list. Pawna Lake is one of the most beautiful places in Lonavala. And that’s saying something because there is no dearth of nature’s finest in this beautiful hill station. The Pawna Lake is an artificial lake formed from the waters of the Pawna Dam. Unlike the other tourist attractions in Lonavala, the Pawna Lake does not experience heavy footfall (except on New Year’s Eve). It is, however, a safe place to camp out along. The shimmering waters of the Pawna Lake make for a mesmerizing view and we can testify that there’s no better view to wake up to in Lonavala than the Pawna Lake. As such, Pawna Lake is the best spot to go camping in Lonavala for a night. To indulge in lakeside camping with a difference, do try a spell of Pawna Lake camping, own tent, and the serenity of nature as your only company.
Remember the fireflies we talked about earlier? Well, Rajmachi is one of the few places where fireflies can be found in abundance. Rajmachi is among the most popular camping spots in Lonavala. Unlike the Pawna Lake, Rajmachi gets visitors all year round, as this is a safe campsite and also makes for a trek of moderate difficulty. You can trek up to Rajmachi from the village of Jambulpada, which is a short distance away from the Lonavala Railway Station. At night, Rajmachi comes to life with the magical glow of the fireflies inhabiting the area. You can also trek up to the Shreevardhan Fort from Rajmachi if you’re looking for a taste of history.
Another trekker’s favorite, Prabalmachi is located just over an hour’s drive away from Lonavala. Trekking enthusiasts often make camp at Prabalmachi while visiting the neighboring pinnacle of Kalavantin Durg, therefore this is one of the more preferred camping spots around Lonavala. The plateau of Prabalmachi is surrounded by the two towering mountains of Prabalgad and Kalavantin. One can trek up to both the mountains, as both, Prabalgad and Kalavantin offer a mesmerizing view of each other. PS, reaching the pinnacle of these rugged mountains takes quite a bit of effort so do remember to wear comfortable shoes and pack light.
Easily one of the most beautiful treks on this list, the trek to Garbett Point will leave you thoroughly amazed at the level of beauty Mother Nature can achieve when left untouched by the threat of mankind. With lush green carpets of hills to serenade you along the way, the trek to the Garbett Point will make you feel like standing still and taking the sights in every 10 minutes. Once you reach the top, you will be left at a loss for words, thanks to the panoramic view of Matheran on offer. Since the Garbett Point is open from all sides, it could be tricky to pitch a tent here. However, there is flat land near the man-made lake at Garbett, which is an ideal spot for a campout.
YMCA Camp Lakeside, Nilshi
YMCA Camp Lakeside is a 40-acre campsite surrounded by the soothing waters of the Andhra Lake. Located just under a 2-hour drive from Lonavala, this campsite is an excellent spot for a campout, as the campsite already has stationary tents that you can choose to live in. There are a number of things to do in and around the campsite, like rock climbing, kayaking, and a nature trail. You can also choose to go for a swim in the lake during the day, as the campsite has life jackets on offer. We do advise making bookings for the tents and the activities in advance, as the campsite may be short on staff on short notice.