Thursday, 19 February 2015

Lonavala’s Ekvira Temple: adored by locals and tourists

Undoubtedly one of the best places to unwind and enjoy some pleasant natural surroundings, Lonavala gets a large number of weekend tourists and vacationers every year. Besides vast expanses of lush greenery and a serene atmosphere, the Lonavala holiday packages also include trips to the most interesting attractions of this region. One of them is the Ekvira Temple or Ekvira Mandir, located close to yet another fascinating attraction, the Karla Caves. This temple is revered by the local Koli community, and is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees annually.
Tourists and devotees visiting this temple have to ascend about 500 steps in order to get to it. State transport buses and auto-rickshaws available at Lonavala would help them in reaching Ekvira Temple without any hassles. The restaurants in Lonavala offer delicious varieties of local cuisine, and they can try some of these delicacies on their way to this temple. It is located at a distance of about 8 kilometres from Lonavala. According to the local legends, the temple was built by Pandavas of the Hindu epic text, Mahabharata. When Pandavas visited this region during their exile, Goddess Ekvira appeared before them and instructed them to construct a temple for her.

In order to test the devotion of Pandavas, Goddess Ekvira put forth a condition that the temple must be built overnight. The Pandavas succeeded in this task and constructed the temple in one night. Impressed by the immense devotion of Pandavas, the Goddess granted them a boon that they would not be discovered by anybody during their period of exile. Be it a weekend holiday in Lonavala or a long vacation, this temple is definitely worth exploring for every tourist. Accommodation in any of the hotels or resorts in the hill station would make it easier for them to visit this revered temple.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Interesting spots in Lonavala: Bhushi Dam

Surrounded by enchanting natural beauty and an amazing serenity, Lonavala is a popular hill station in Pune district of the Indian state, Maharashtra. Many tourists from the cities nearby are always eager to spend a weekend holiday in Lonavala to rejuvenate their bodies and minds in its pollution-free environs. It is located at a distance of about 96 kilometres from Mumbai and 64 kilometres from Pune. Large quantities of a hard candy called 'Chikki' is made in this region and sold at various places. One can find this local speciality being sold at almost all the places in the hill station.

There are several spots that travellers can explore in Lonavala during their time spent in this region. Among the most popular ones is Bhushi Dam on the Indrayani River. It was constructed in the nineteenth century to provide a water source for the steam engines of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. Water was carried by using pipes made of cast-iron to Lonavala, Khandala, and the reversing station of railways in those times. Visiting this dam always features in list of things to do in Lonavala during a vacation in this hill station. During monsoons, water overflows and passes over the steps of this dam and stony terrain nearby.

Monsoon makes its presence felt in Lonavala from the month of June to September, and this is the best time to visit Bhushi Dam. Although Lonavala climate remains pleasant for most parts of the year, many of the tourists like to splash around in the overflowing waters of the dam during monsoons. Hotels and resorts in the hill station provide comfortable accommodations to the tourists in the form of tastefully designed rooms and suites. Most of them are equipped with all the modern facilities and some fabulous amenities that make the stays of their guests truly memorable.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Explore the Captivating Views of Lonavala Forts:

An ideal getaway for people of different age groups, Lonavala is an immensely popular hill station in the western belt of Maharashtra. Located approximately 625 meters above the sea, this marvellous hill station is an integral part of the breathtaking Sahayadri hills. The name of this place has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Lonavli’, which literally means ‘caves’. The word Lonavala can be bifurcated into Len, which means a resting place carved from stone & Avli, which means ‘a series’. There are many things to do in Lonavala, so you’re never going to get bored on your visit to this hill station. Hikers and nature lovers choose to visit forts of this place. Following are some popular forts in this region:

Lohagarh: The literal meaning of Lohagarh is ‘Iron Fort’. It is a monumental hill fort situated on the massively admired Sahayadri ranges. An interesting trivia about this fort is that it divides the Indrayani and Pavna basin. Located at an altitude of 1050 meters above sea, this fort was used by the legendary Maratha warrior Shivaji.

Tung Fort: This fort was primarily constructed to complicate the access of enemy in this area. Popularly known as Kanthigad, this fort was used by Maratha kings. Beautifully perched at an astonishing height of 3500 feet, the hilly terrain and spell-binding valleys around this fort make it an ideal destination among tourists.