The beautiful places of Khandala

by Richa 

(from: Aug 18, 2012 to: Aug 18, 2015)

Khandala is one of the most popular hill stations in India, which is located in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. A large number of people flock to the region from all parts of India and abroad but the people belonging to and residing in Maharashtra itself head to this beautiful and pleasant hill station for a weekend outing with their family and friends. There are numerous tourist attractions in khandala that are worth a visit while on an expedition to the valley and some of them are the Duke's Nose, Karla Cave, Bhaja Caves, Lohgad Fort, Kune Falls and much more.

Duke's Nose:
The peak Duke's Nose is a famous tourist spot amongst hiking lovers and offers a panoramic view of Khandala . This peak has been named after the Duke of Wellington and his popular full-nose. If observed carefully, the peak looks similar to the pointed nose of the Duke in a reclining position. Duke's Nose is 27 km and 12 Km away from Khandala and Pune respectively.

Karla Cave:
The Karla and Bhaja Caves are also known as the temple for the Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabhu (C.K.P) and fisher communities and are the finest examples of Buddhist artistry. Karla cave belongs to the 2nd century B.C. and famous for delicate stone carvings, it is also the largest amongst the Chaitya caves. The doorway to the huge Chaitya griha is designed like a Peepal leaf.

Bhaja Caves:
The Bhaja cave is a collective group of 18 caves, and it is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Lonavla in Maharashtra. These 18 caves were built during the regime of the Mauryan's in the 2nd century B.C. These caves are one of the leading examples of fine illustrations belonging to the early Theravadas phase of Buddhism. The Bhaja cave is near and similar to Karla Cave.

Lohgad Fort:
The Lohgad Fort belongs to a Chhatrapati Shivaji's era and it was used to keep prisoners. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won this fort in the battle of 1670. It is a well recognized structure and famous for its four walls which are still in an unbroken state, which gives you the idea of the glory of old times.

Kune Falls:
It is one of the top most tourist spots in Khandala, and located centrally within the Khandala and Lonavala valley. The Kune Falls is surrounded by copious green vegetation. Here the water falls down from a height of approximately 100 feet or more which looks amazing and attracts a lot of tourists every year.

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