Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Lonavala's Karla Caves – A 'Rock-Carved' Architectural Wonder

Nestled in the arms of Sahayadri Hills, Lonavala is surely a place to be for many ancient works and scenic escapes. It is also a very famous one-day picnic spot to be reached generally from nearby metro cities like Mumbai and Pune. As far as the place's name goes, it is derived from a Sanskrit word 'Lonavali' that means group of caves formed under hilly peaks.

True by its name, this place is seen as an escape to natural wonders of India and this can be seen in its distinct single-rock-carved structures that are primitive forms of Indian architecture found in many places across the country. Karla caves, located just 12 kms from Lonavala railway station are a remarkable piece of work excavated by Buddhist monks, combining both elementary and spiritual aspects of life. A visit to the 2000-year-old caves is one of the important things to do in Lonavala.


The mind behind the unique design of the Karla caves was to situate monks in livable conditions at a difficult terrain, not far, not near to the city, and also a place that would be suitable for their congregational gatherings. The main cave-hall is magnificently adorned with ancient carvings coming from the 2nd century B.C. reflecting the high degree of architectural work done by the select artisans.

As it is well said, to achieve something there is hard-work involved, but here it is just 100 steps to climb that will also keep in good shape. The steps take around 20 minutes to reach to the top at the Karla caves. There is a 45 mtrs (148-foot) long Chaitya (Praying hall), possibly the finest tribute to faith in the country.


The best way to reach this extraordinary place is by road as it is 120 kms away (1.5-hour drive) from Mumbai and just 55 kms from Pune, enjoying the green scenery especially during the monsoon season when nature's colors are best revealed. Nearest airport is at Pune, while nearest railway station is Malavli. Lonavala station, just 10 kms from the caves, is the most convenient base for visiting Karla and Bhaja caves. Also for your comfortable stay, there are many resorts in near the caves, providing excellent services and facilities all year round.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Accommodations options in United-21 Retreat Lonavala

Blessed with an enigmatic natural beauty, Lonavala is one of the best weekend getaway destinations for metropolitan cities. The dense hills, gentle weather and serene environment is all an individual wants after being exasperated by the hustles and bustles of city life. United-21 resort is beautifully tucked between enchanting lush green hills. Our resort in Lonavala offers comfortable and luxurious rooms that are revered for their serene ambiance. Fascinated by our services, travellers swarm at our resort every year.


Located at a distance of 4 km from Wax Museum, our resort features elegantly designed and comfortable furnished rooms that have been equipped with world-class facilities. We offer pinnacle level quality services that are adored by visitors at our resort. We have 20 deluxe rooms featuring air-conditioners. Some of the in-room facilities offered by us include satellite television, mini bar, refrigerator, safety deposit box, etc. 


The hotel compromises of a well-equipped conference hall that can accommodate approximately 50 people and a board too for arranging small meetings. Since, we have an in-house multi cuisine restaurant, so you will have a wide array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes at your perusal. United-21, Lonavala resort is suited for both business as well as leisure travellers.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Lonavala: One of the best hill stations in Maharashtra

Lonavala has become a popular place for tourists coming from its neighbouring cities like Mumbai and Pune. Travellers from other parts of the world also visit this hill station for touring the different places of interest. A Lonavala holiday is always a rejuvenating experience for people looking out for serene environs to escape the hustle-bustle of cities. Some honeymooners also choose this place to spend some memorable moments. This particular region in Pune district of the Indian state, Maharashtra, is also famous for its candy called 'Chikki'. Many popular films have also been shot at various locations of Lonavala that comprise of picturesque landscapes.

The name Lonavala means 'the resting place of stones' in Prakrit, which was one of the languages of India during ancient times. History of this region dates back to the 2nd century BC, and this is evident from the rock-cut caves of Karla and Bhaja located nearby. They are now among the well-known tourist attractions that are included in various Lonavala holiday packages offered by travel companies. Another fantastic place worth visiting is Tiger's Leap, which is a cliff-top that provides fascinating views of the green surroundings. Tourists can also enjoy a small waterfall around it that comes alive with the advent of monsoon showers. 

People travelling by air can get to this region from Pune Airport, which is located at a distance of about 64 kilometres from the hill station. Those who prefer to travel by trains can get to their desired spot in this region from Lonavala Railway Station. It is well-connected to neighbouring towns and cities by road, which makes it easy for tourists travelling by buses or private vehicles. Tourists can have a comfortable accommodation in Lonavala by booking a room or suite in any of the hotels or resorts in the hill station.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

United-21 Lonavala – A Monsoon Retreat

Lonavala is a beautifully landscaped hill station in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra state and shares the region with its twin 'Khandala' hill that together make a vibrant scene near the Deccan Plateau. It is 'THE' favorite weekend getaway, especially for Mumbaikars and Puneites in the glooming monsoon season that sings its own serene liquid melodies.
A visit here abounds city people with indulgence in the pleasures that mother nature has to offer, away from city hustle-bustle. To explore places like Lonavala, you need to have a base that connects you well with the surroundings and gives you home-like comfort. Such a strong base is Panoramic Group's retreat chain 'United-21 Retreat, Lonavala' that will provide you with an opportunity of a lifetime to discover the place at your own pace and comfort and yes, in budget.

Amidst in the tranquil surroundings, United-21 Retreat, Lonavala, will enchant you with lush green panoramic views, benign weather, dense hills and rejuvenating fresh breeze. We have carefully designed interiors, for both leisure and business travel needs, at United-21 Retreat to have an aesthetic essence and technically sound environment.

Exciting activities to-see-and-do around include Celebrity Wax Museum, famous Chikki shops, Tiger point, Korigad Fort, Bushy Dam and more. All this makes it a paradise to all leisure travelers, nature lovers, photographers, honeymooners and families.

It is one of the best luxury hotels in Lonavala that leaves you unworried offering several facilities like airport pick-up and drop on demand, wedding services, banquet facility, multi-cuisine restaurant with freshly prepared food, game room and in-house entertainment arrangements.

What more can excite guests? Highlight of our resort is an in-house 'Water Park' with enthralling water rides like Wave Pool, Tornedo, kids zone, 3 water slides that will keep up your adrenalin.

Spacious villas at United-21 Retreat are fully-equipped and air-conditioned Super Deluxe Rooms and Family Suites with attached bathroom and facing the water park to enjoy all the fun of the slides. These are the few reasons why we are rated as one of the comfortable and convenient accommodations in Lonavala.

So wear your rainy boots and keep up in this rainy season. Umbrellas are well-provided by the season as you can be under the mushrooms that make up the color-dotted landscape. Well, to be very frank, carry one. Please take a virtual tour at http://www.united21retreatlonavala.com/.