My first date with nature after the monsoons happened to be a long drive to Lonavala. In the last post, I had shared my weekend plan with you all.

The things didn’t go exactly as planned (as it happens usually) but we did make the most of it.

The Unexpected Suggestion

Soon after publishing the Friday post, I was on a spree to pack my travel bag when my elder one announced about her project which needed to be submitted on Monday.

As I stood there gaping at her, I saw my weekend plan flying out of the window. With a heavy heart, I trod towards the study room to help her out.

All hopes of making the trip were squashed completely as we could finish the project by late evening. It was during the night time when I was preparing to go to sleep that my husband suggested a long drive to Lonavala.

I couldn’t ask for anything better and agreed immediately.

Long Drive To Lonavala

Next morning, we started our drive early to evade the heavy traffic. A quick stop at McDonald’s for breakfast was the only break taken by us before we reached our destination – Lonavala.

Panoramic view of the viewpoint in Lonavala  
Panoramic view of the viewpoint in Lonavala  

Lonavala is a hill station, in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan coast.  

Lonavala is 96 kilometres from the city of Mumbai. It is mostly visited during the monsoon season for the small seasonal waterfalls appearing amidst the lush green hill slopes all around.

Greenery all Around
Greenery all Around

As we drove, we could see greenery all around. The sun was hiding behind the clouds in the sky.

The sky looked like a painter’s beautiful canvas with different shades of clouds adorning it. The gentle breeze was soothing and made our drive so pleasant throughout.

We were in the middle of nature’s finest moments. The kids were glued to the windows taking in all the natural beauty through their eyes.

I felt contended hearing and watching them get excited over the shapes of clouds. Soon they started playing a game to discover waterfalls coming across on our way.

The Destination

Within an hour and a half, we were in Lonavala. We decided to visit Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Dam – two famous tourist spots there. But we found those two spots quite crowded as we reached near.

I was in no mood to spend time shuffling through the crowds tagging along my kids to just have a glimpse of those points.

So, we drove further to find a quiet spot where we can spend quality time as we enjoyed the weather and the natural beauty around.

After twenty minutes of driving, we came across a spot which was exactly what we were looking for. With a couple of temporary snack counters, that particular point had very few visitors.

As expected, the view was great – The hills playing hide and seek among the clouds, the clouds floating all around us, the green grass swaying in the wind.

Shivlinga ViewPoint
Shivlinga ViewPoint

This viewpoint is named as Shivlinga Point by the locals of that area because of this lone mountain jutting out in between the hills giving a look of a Shivlinga- a symbol representing the Hindu deity Shiva, used for worship in temples.

Above all, there was enough space to park our car on the hilltop. As we sat in the car we could view the panoramic beauty of the hills surrounding us.

The weather was awesome with a slight drizzle and wind swirling the clouds all around. So, after clicking pictures all around we sat inside the car and had hot snacks.

With our favourite songs playing in the background we sat in our car reading our books. My younger one indulged her father to capture the scenic beauty in front of us, on her drawing sheet.

Hot snacks, books and the awesome view - Pure Bliss
Hot snacks, books and the awesome view – Pure Bliss

Those were the most relaxing four hours of our week. Moreover, we had become totally in sync with the environment.

Way Back Home

By late afternoon, we decided to return back from this green paradise. We met with heavy traffic on our way back but the nice weather made up for it.

Clouds floating all around with slight drizzle
Clouds floating all around with slight drizzle

Finally, by 7 pm we were back home – exhausted but satisfied. The calmness of nature had soaked deep within and we felt re-energized to face the coming week.

All in All, this unexpected and unplanned long drive turned out to be more fruitful and fun than any planned one.

That’s all for today peeps. Do share if you ever had some unplanned trips like me in the comment section below. Waiting to hear from you all.

Until then,

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aditi · October 12, 2019 at 5:13 pm

Wow.. I’m envious of you that you live so close to nature’s favorite beautiful spot!

shravmusings · October 12, 2019 at 2:33 pm

Lonavala is one of my favorite weekend destinations when we were there in Mumbai

Pragnya Mishra · October 11, 2019 at 7:10 pm

The day we had been to Lonavala, it was cloudy and fog. We couldn’t see the shivling hill. Your travelogue remained me of that day, Preeti. Lonavala is gorgeous.

blueskydreamers · September 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Beautiful description! Lonavala is on our list of places to visit. Looks like such a gorgeous place.

Abhijit Ray · September 11, 2018 at 9:54 am

Woman proposes, kid disposes and husband resolves. This is a beautiful post with nice photographs and good narration. So many parts of India are so beautiful. This post shows just that.

Roy S · September 6, 2018 at 9:06 pm

I went to Lonavala last year. The scenic beauty of the place is still fresh in my mind as well as heart. The pictures you have shared make me wanna visit the place again. Hopefully will enjoy Lonavala again as soon as possible.

Iram · September 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm

Beautiful Lonavala. I wish I could visit it some day 🙂

Haimanti · September 6, 2018 at 8:34 am

I have been to Lonavala once but have crossed it a lot of times…Everytime I was mesmerized by its beauty…Thanks for taking me down the memory lane 🙂

    Preeti · September 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I am so glad your memories were refreshed Haimanti 🙂

Dr. Surbhi Prapanna · September 6, 2018 at 7:52 am

Lonavala is just so awesome place. I had visited it long ago, your post has remomorised those memories.

    Preeti · September 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Glad you liked it Surabhi. Thanks for stopping by.

Neha Gupta · September 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm

Breathtaking pictures and amazing write up !! monsoon is perfect to travel or go on a vacation with family !!

priyareflects · August 14, 2018 at 8:08 am

Well just few days ago we went to Lonavala too. It was breathtaking. Enjoyed your post.

    Preeti · August 28, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Thanks Priya… I had visited it during this summer vacation with my family but during monsoons it really transforms into a thing of beauty 🙂 Hope you also had a wonderful trip

Todd · August 11, 2018 at 4:11 am

What a beautiful spot and a great way to spend a day. I remember passing through there in November 2016 with a friend of mine who was on the way to Mumbai from Pune. It was a beautiful drive even then but he told me how much nicer it would get during the monsoon. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of that!

    Preeti · August 28, 2018 at 7:14 am

    i had too received the same statement when I had visited Lonavala before. People said “Come during monsoons”. So this year I paid heed to that advice… and m loving it.. Have explored few more areas as well… will post about them soon 🙂
    BTW… u r also in the traveling mode currently, isn’t it 🙂

      Todd · August 28, 2018 at 7:37 am

      I’m really excited to see about the other areas. Unless work sends me to India unexpectedly, I won’t be able to make it during monsoon season until at least 2020. My next trip is in January: Delhi, Jaipur, Bangalore, Raipur…

      I really want to travel but I’m not able to go far. So every trip lately has been fairly nearby. But sometimes it is fun to be a tourist in one’s own area. I’ve used up almost all of my holiday time for the year so no more big trips until we go to India. All of this is why I am excited to read stories like yours so I can “travel” without leaving my home.

        Preeti · August 29, 2018 at 8:40 am

        Oh.. That’s good news to hear about your visit. I have not been to Raipur but I have lived in Delhi and Bangalore and visited Jaipur many at times. Delhi will be really cold in January but Jaipur and Bangalore will be pleasant. Hope you have a good time. Do let me know if you need anything 🙂

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