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Khandala is a small, yet picturesque hill-station near Mumbai. It is situated on the western slopes of the Sahyadris at an altitude of 625 mts. Being close to Mumbai, Khandala is always full of tourists and “holidayers” who want a break from their hectic schedules. But this hill station became known nationally only after the song ‘Aati kya Khandala’, from the film ‘Ghulam’, included it in its lyrics.

Khandala, and the area surrounding it, was initially ruled by Chhatrapati Shivaji. It then came into the hands of the Peshwas, and was finally taken over by the British when they defeated the Peshwas.

The Khandala of today is not very different from the Khandala of yester-years. Industrialization has not yet spread its roots in this town, which is still a sightseer’s delight. Khandala offers breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls during the monsoon, and the surrounding mountains spread out to the horizon. Blessed by nature’s bounty, the hill resort has a plethora of places of tourist attraction.

   
Rajmachi Park
 
The Rajmachi Park is a beautiful garden situated before the beginning of the ghat at Khandala. It offers a spectacular view of the surroundings. Towards the east of this garden, two towers of the Rajmachi Fort can be seen and at the bottom is a huge valley. The Ghat begins from this point so many people come to enjoy the view. There is also a children's park here.
   
Duke's Nose
 
The Duke's Nose is famous for rock climbing in Khandala and an important tourist attraction. This place is named after Duke Wellington whose pointed nose this cliff is said to resemble. It also looks like a hood of a snake, which is why it is also called "Nagfani" (Hood of Snake).
   
Kune Falls
 
Kune Fall is situated between Lonavala and Khandala. It falls majestically from a height of more than 100 feet, and runs for many days long after the monsoon is over, thus providings an enjoyable opportunity to bathe in the water that flows through the valley. This fall can be seen in Khandala Ghat while coming from Mumbai.
 

 

Tiger's Leap
 

The Tiger's leap is a special spot in this area and is named so because when one looks carefully at the valley from this spot, it appears as if a tiger is leaping into the valley. This spot gives a fascinating view of the valley and can be viewed from the safe confines of a big hole.

   

Monkey Hill

 
Every train that comes down from Khandala halt at Monkey hill for brake testing. Monkey Hill is exactly above Khopoli town and is a favorite picnic spot.
   

Reversing Station

 
The Reversing Station once belonged to the railways and now remains unused. During the night, this place is illuminated with hundreds of lights, which offers an enthralling view.
   

Others

 
Khandala has many beautiful lakes - Tugauli Lake, Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Lake along with a Dam called the Walvan Dam. It also offers enchanting views of the lush green hilly surroundings. This lovely hill station can be enjoyed by taking a walk around, by going for trekking trails or by just sitting idle and relishing the surroundings around.
Shopping
Khandala is famous for fast foods. Tourists can buy Chikkis and Jams from the hill resort. One can also buy Indian snacks like Chiwda, Wafers and various types of Sevs. These are very popular with the tourists coming to Khandala.
   

Seasons to Visit

 
Weather in Khandala is pleasant throughout the year. Summers (April-June) are mild, while winters (November-February) are cool. But the best season to experience Khandala in its element is the monsoon (July-September) when the scenic beauty surpasses all comparisons.
   

Getting There

 
Air : The nearest airports from Khandala are the Bombay Airport (110 kms. approx.) and the Pune Airport (66 kms.).
Rail : The nearest railway station from Khandala is Lonavala, which is on the main railway line between Mumbai and Pune.
Road : Khandala is well connected with Mumbai (approx. 4 hrs.) and Pune (approx. 21/2 hrs.) by road.
   
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