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Bhushi Dam, Lonavala Overview

Holidays and weekend getaways should be all about fun and a sense of adventure. They could also ideally be inclusive so that there is something to do for all the members of the family or a circle of friends. One of the best places to visit on such holidays of course is a hill station close to you. India in that sense is blessed with popular hill stations across the length and breadth of its boundaries. There are splendid locales in the north and scenic picturesque places down south as well. Towards the East there is plenty to be found and of course in the west there is Lonavala and Khandala.

In Lonavala there are several tourist attractions. There are different peaks and points that one can visit just to take in the crispness and bite of the cool climate. There are several resorts where one can indulge in everything from yogic therapy to jaw dropping adventure and all there is in between. Then there is what is probably Lonavala’s most famous and scenic attraction. That’s right; the place we are talking about is none other than the very famous Bhushi Dam.

Bhushi Dam Lonavala is a masonry dam built on the embankments of the Indrayani River. Its origins date back to the late 1860s and it was built as a part of the surge that took place in then colonised India when the British started developing railways as a mode of fast and convenient travel to traverse the vast region of Hindustan. This dam was built to be a part of the Great Peninsular Railway and the water captured was meant specifically to power the great steam engines that chugged along in the region. Bhushi Dam is not just a tourist attraction though. Water from the dam fuels the ever burgeoning homes and industries of Lonavala, Khandala and the reversing station of the Railways as well through cast iron pipes.

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Tips for visiting Bhushi Dam

While the weather in Lonavala does not get too cold or too hot, the winters are obviously a more pleasant time to be having a day of fun and for clicking at the Bhushi Dam. The Dam stays open for the general public to enjoy for 8 hours every day of the week. You can visit it from Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. You can most definitely make a day trip out of your visit to the dam or then save at least a couple of hours to soak in the natural beauty and do a bit of a “splish splash” if that sort of thing interests you as well.

Things to do in Bhushi Dam

If you do a quick Google search for Bhushi Dam images one will notice that the entire area in which the dam is located is in fact a gorgeous treat to the eyes and the senses. Even in a usually busy tourist attraction like this, the unspoilt beauty of nature lies in front of you to experience and soak in to the fullest. The dam is built against the backdrop of scenic hill terrain between Lonavala and INS Shivaji, an Indian naval base

If you want something a little more exciting and a little less relaxing, we suggest splashing away just a very short distance to the natural waterfall that forms during the monsoons but lasts almost all through the winter before the summer heat dries up the water. One can also settle for a quick dip just as the water swells over the first couple of steps at the dam and revel in a bit of harmless splashing around. The dam and its adjoining areas are dotted with vendors who sell small little treats and drinks and can be enjoyed while soaking in all the fun.

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How to reach Bhushi Dam

Bhushi Dam is just a 6 km drive from Lonavala Railway Station. Both Lonavala and Khandala are well connected by road and rail and the two biggest cities closest to them are of course Mumbai and Pune. Bhushi dam’s distance from Pune can be pegged at a drive of about an hour and a half and almost the same amount of time by train. From Mumbai too the dam is largely equidistant and would take a couple of hours of pleasant driving along the Mumbai – Pune Expressway and a similar amount of time by train. If driving down, you could either bring your own vehicle or choose to take a transport taxi till Lonavala. Once in Lonavala, there are several rickshaws which will ferry you about. Be sure to bargain a little bit on the price.

Trip Advisor rates a day trip to Bhushi Dam Lonavala at 3.5 stars out of 5. We would tend to agree with this largely and would urge you to pile up in your cars with your families and friends and make a lovely weekend getaway or even a day drive out of this exciting destination. Soak in the sites, splash about in the cool and clean waters, and indulge in some local food but most importantly come back rejuvenated for the work week ahead. We wish you Happy Travels and don’t forget to make lots of lovely memories!



How do I reach Bhushi dam from Mumbai?
  • Mumbai Suburban Railway operates a train from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam every 30 minutes.
  • RedBus operates a bus from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam every 15 minutes.
  • One can also drive to Bhushi Dam from Mumbai in 1 h 38 min (86.9 km) via Bengaluru – Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai – Pandharpur Rd/Mumbai – Pune Hwy.
Which is the fastest way to get from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam?
The train is the fastest way to get from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam and takes 40 minutes
How far is it from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam?
The distance between Mumbai to Bhushi Dam is 86.9 kms.
What is the best time to visit Bhushi Dam in Lonavala?
The best time to visit Bhushi Dam is during the monsoons when the dam overflows.
How do I travel from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam without a car?
  • Mumbai Suburban Railway operates a train from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam every 30 minutes.
  • RedBus operates a bus from Mumbai to Bhushi Dam every 15 minutes.