Sterling Holidays

To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

- Freya Stark

To travel is to a journey into yourself

- Danny Kaye

Life is a trip. Plan your next vacation.

- Matthew Fryer

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

- Anonymous

One way to get the most out of life, is to look at it as an adventure

- William Feather

In both business and personal life, I've always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do

- Ivanka Trump

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.

- Robert Frost

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.

- Lawrence Block

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

- Shirley MacLaine

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before

- Dalai Lama

He who would travel happily must travel light.

- Antoine de St. Exupery

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

- Confucius

Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.

- Matthew Karsten

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

- Mary Anne Radmacher

I enjoy the preparatory elements of travel - packing my bags and choosing my outfits - but my favourite part is getting there

- Dominic Monaghan

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

- St Augustine

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.

- Anais Nin

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.

- Zoey Sayward

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.

- Charles Dudley Warner

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

- Herman Melville

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

- Ibn Battuta

Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in this world

- Gustave Flaubert

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.

- Caskie Stinnett

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen

- Benjamin Disraeli

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.

- Samuel Johnson

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

- Edith

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.

- Moslih Eddin Saadi

It's been a huge blessing, being able to travel and have a great life

- Seann William Scott

My Favourite thing is to go where I have never been

- Diane Arbus

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

- Susan Sontag


A little detour off the high-speed Mumbai-Pune Expressway leads to Mumbai’s most popular weekend getaway, the resort town of Lonavala in the Sahyadri Mountains. Numerous waterfalls plummet and trickle through thickly forested hillsides and a cool green expanse of valley delights the eye. A moving dotted line of trucks and cars along the distant highway is the only faint reminder of a city in a rush. Khandala, the equally beautiful valley full of gushing streams amid thick greenery, is 5 km away.

Rediscovered in 1811 by the then Governor of Bombay, Sir Elphinstone, Lonavala was a mountain hideout for the Marathas who built forts and used the mountainous terrain for guerrilla warfare against the Mughals and the British in the 17th and 18th centuries. The richly carved Buddhist caves of Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa that date back to the 2nd century BC, are also in the vicinity.

Today Lonavala is a popular holiday town and paved paths criss-cross the foot trails, leading to vantage points in the mountains. Overflowing dams and lakes like Bushi and Valvan accentuate the lush foliage and have emerged as cheerful picnic spots.

A speciality of Lonavala is the sweet nut-and-jaggery delicacy called chikki and its somewhat gooey counterpart called fudge. As you pick boxes of assorted chikki, some chocolate and mango fudge, a pair of Kolhapuri slippers, and assorted touristy knickknacks in this highly accessible mountain town, you feel wonderfully close and yet far removed from the city at the same time.



Kaivalyadham Yoga Centre located on a hilltop overlooking Valvan dam has yoga, naturopathy, and ayurveda packages to revive and recharge oneself.


  • Area: 38 sq km
  • Altitude: 625 metres (2,050 ft) above sea level
  • State: Maharashtra
  • Distance from nearby towns/ cities: Khopoli (13 km), Pune (64 km), Mumbai (96 km), Surat (340 km)
  • Take away: Chikki, a sweet snack made of nuts and jaggery; fudge (in various flavours though chocolate is most popular); jelly sweets, jams, and chivda (a salted snack with nuts); Kolhapuri chappals made of leather

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Summer Winter Monsoon

18°C (night) - 38°C (day)

11°C - 20°C

Jun to Sep


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The monsoon months of June to September are by far the best time to be in Lonavala. At this time, dams are full and waterfalls are gushing, with the mountainside covered in sparkling green.

The months of October to March too have great weather and are good for sightseeing. Summer nights are cool though afternoons can get very hot.

Activities at a glance

  • Paragliding


  • Trekking, Hiking

    Trekking, Hiking


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107, Khatri Park, Near Manshakti Kendra,Opp. Valvan Dam,Lonavala 410401. 

107, Khatri Park, Near Manshakti Kendra,
Opp. Valvan Dam, Old Mumbai-Pune Road,Lonavala 410 401.
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