Top 10 best Lonavala Trekking routes in 2020
On the face of it Lonavala in Maharashtra is a simple hill station where people usually go for a day trip or a weekend getaway to get rid of the stress and rigours of urban living. The destination is usually frequented by world weary travellers from Mumbai and Pune since Lonavala falls approximately bang in the centre of both these bustling cities.
However, when you scratch a little bit beneath the surface, you discover Lonavala as an oasis of biodiversity. There is truly something to do for everyone in this beautiful space. Family and friends across age and gender spectrums can come and indulge in a hobby or an interest of their choice without having to worry about someone else with a different interest being bored or isolated.
Beautiful weather, plenty of tourist attractions, awesome resorts and properties, wonderful cuisines inspired from the latest trends being set in Mumbai and Pune are just some of the many different things that people can indulge in when in Lonavala. The one thing we are going to talk about today though is the trekking scene.
Trekking places in Lonavala range from the simple and scenic to the extreme and adrenaline pumping. The naturally contoured hilly terrain helps add to the aura of a Lonavala trek while the largely unspoilt natural habitat in these places allows you to genuinely enjoy a stroll through the woods while actually being able to merge with nature. So brace yourself for a thrill a minute read on some of the most exciting treks that one can undertake when in Lonavala.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 best Lonavala Trekking points in 2020
The Lohagad Fort is best known for its Vinchu Kata. This loosely translates into the tail of a scorpion and gets its name from one of the ramparts adopting this shape. This is a great trek for the beginners who are just warming up to the idea of trekking. The terrain is largely uncomplicated and can be managed by most decently fit members of your family as well. The trek is best undertaken in the monsoons when the clouds descend along with the mist and envelope the higher parts of the fort.
There are tours that are undertaken to help you get through this trek and also appraise you about the history of the monument and can range anywhere between Rs 800 to Rs 1200 depending on the time and season. Click here to check the tours out.
The Visapur Fort lies in close proximity to Lohagadh and thus naturally stands out as an ideal candidate for another beginner level trek. The fort itself is stunning and is dotted with ancient cannons and structures. One can also visit the caves that lead to the fort while climbing up to it. The huge ramparts of the fort now lie in ruin but are home to a few shrines as well if you wish to invoke the blessings of the divine on your way down again.
A tour to Visapur Fort can be arranged and pre booked and would set you back anywhere between Rs. 800 to Rs. 1200 a person depending once again on time taken and the season. Pre booking the tour may seem like a smart idea so that locals cannot mislead you. Click here to check the tours out.
Another simple and bracing climb, the Korigad Fort is a beautiful feature located on top of a hill near Aamby Valley. This is once again an ideal trek for beginners or those looking to get their fitness in working order for the trekking season ahead. While it takes you through some challenging points, it is largely just an easy 6 km trek making it the perfect candidate for those looking for a bit of trekking adventure and fun but nothing to extreme and serious.
This easy trek to Korigad can be accomplished by booking a tour that costs anywhere between Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1300 by clicking here.
Next on our list of Lonavala trekking points is another fort. However this time the climb up is a little bit more challenging than the previous two. The Tikona Fort is named specifically because of the triangular shape of the mountain face on which it stands today. And this particular geographical feature is what makes it a challenge to scale. However, once you do get to the top, the views are second to none. You can get a panoramic view of the beautiful Pavna Lake in all its glory and this is an especially pleasant site in the monsoons.
Pre book your tour to Tikona Lake to get some decent discounts on deals by clicking here. A tour visit will set you back anything between Rs. 1200 to Rs. 1600.
A Weekend trekking to Rajmachi
A trek need not only be for a couple of hours or a day and in fact the more challenging ones will usually entail sleeping in the wild for at least a night as you star gaze and make bon fires to keep yourselves warm and safe. The Rajmachi trek is one like that. Best enjoyed over a night, the rewards when you get to it are several. Magnificent views, especially during the monsoons, slithering streams, gushing waterfalls, and lush green paddy fields all bring alive the nature lover in you. There is also a unique thrill of being able to camp roughly 3000 feet above sea level.
To pre book this one of a kind experience visit here The trek itself is challenging and will cost you anywhere between Rs 1400 to Rs 1600 a person.
Kataldhar Waterfall Trek
The best part about the different Lonavala trekking places and options available is that one can enjoy all sorts of different terrains and challenges depending on your skill levels and stamina. This particular trek takes you on an enchanting journey deep into the rain forest and brings with it all the excitement and adventure that one could hope to have. Trekking so close to an on-going and substantial waterfall also comes with its own set of challenges in terms of navigating wet and slippery terrain.
Pre book your trek to the Kataldhar Waterfalls for between as little as Rs 500 to Rs 1000. Click here to do so.
You would have noticed that we are slowing upping the ante and introducing you to treks that are no more for the beginner and recreational levels. With the Torna Fort trek it’s time to get serious. Torna Fort is one of the highest forts in the region, and has a robust structure with two ridges stretching out of it. It is a challenging trek that is not recommended for beginners at all and will take a bit out of you in terms of skill and stamina no matter how accomplished a trekker you are. The reward at the top as always is scintillating views and a feeling of real trekking accomplishment. Definitely, one for the bucket list, this one.
Trek up Torna with a pre booked tour starting at Rs 1200 and get some much needed expert guidance on the ascend up and the descend down. Click here to book now.
While the mountain feature of the Duke’s Nose looks like the upward and stoic nose of an English noble man, we can assure you that there is nothing noble about this trek. Brace yourselves; things are starting to really heat up now. The weirdly shaped contour and the unforgiving terrain make this a must do trek while also bringing with it its own set of challenges. Another awesome aspect of trekking up the Duke’s Nose is the amount of adventure activity that one can indulge in both during the climb and once you are there. This includes rappelling, slack lining, and more.
Scale the Duke’s Nose by pre booking your tour by clicking here. A tour of this feature will set you back anywhere between Rs 500 to Rs 2000 depending on where your interests lie.
The Tung Fort trek is another one of those challenging climbs because of its rather steep rock-cut staircase that eventually deposits you to the very top. The presence of the staircase should not fool you. This is a challenging climb, especially in the monsoons when the brazing rain in the region plays havoc with the grip on the surface. When you reach the top, the fort also has an ancient temple within its ramparts and once you have invoked your blessings, you can marvel at the unspoilt views of Pavna, Lohagad, Tikona, and other nearby landmarks.
A tour can be arranged to get you to and from the Tung Fort and would cost you between Rs 1000 and Rs 3000. Book it here today.
This is a particularly pretty destination to undertake via a trek. The Ghats sit on a hilly area with gushing waterfalls and lush green misty valleys to behold. This is yet another one of those treks which you can and ideally do overnight due to its incredible natural habitat. In itself, the trek can be a challenge owing to the hilly and often unforgiving terrain but all of that can be forgiven when faced with the incredibly beautiful natural beauty and bird and insect life exploration that lie in store for you. This area is open to the public all the time and one does not always need a tour to visit it.
Once you are done with your trek in Lonavala, what if we told you that you could still relax in the excitement and rustic nature of the wild and still be luxurious and comfortable while doing so. The Machan in Lonavala is one of the best Tree House Resort that off beat trekkers and nature lovers will love to experience. Relax, unwind and rejuvenate from the rigours of your trek while still being disconnected with all that can wait. Connect instead with the ample and abundant beauty of nature instead all while pampering your tired mind and body.
We would suggest the monsoons and winter seasons to plan your treks in Lonavala and we hope this article has helped you narrow down on a destination or two already. Be safe, be responsible and remember to make plenty of memories. Happy trekking!