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  • Camping in Lonavala Overview

    Lonavala is a small hill-station in Pune district of Maharashtra, located at a distance of 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. It is located in the part of the Western Ghats that demarcates the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Coast.

    Lonavala is considered as the jewel of the Sahyadris and is a hotspot for nature lovers, bird watchers, and trekkers alike. The surrounding region is full of trekking routes, caves, forts, and lakes, along with its proximity to Mumbai and Pune, making this a perfect weekend getaway for the city-dwellers.

    Camping in Lonavala

    Lonavala and the surrounding region is perfect for pitching your tents, and there are various camping packages depending on your choice of location and type of accommodations. While camping in Lonavala, you spend the nights in weatherproof tents with foam mats as well as comfort facilities like dry toilet tents with western commodes.

    Most Lonavala camping packages include an afternoon or evening check-in, an easy day of fun amidst nature, and a bonfire and barbeque session before dinner. After that, you'll retire for the night to your tents. In the morning, you'll awaken to the wonderful misty views and fresh clean air. After a hot cup of tea and breakfast, your trip ends.

    Camping in Lonavala: Lonavala top

    This campsite is located halfway up to the Rajmachi Fort and overlooks the scenic valley on one side and the towering hills on the other. This campsite is at a distance of 8 km from Lonavala town. During the monsoon season, it is an absolute thrill to camp here as the landscape turns into a green paradise riddled with ponds, waterfalls, and streams with gorgeous views of the rolling clouds and green Sahyadris.

    Camping in Lonavala: Pawna Lake

    Another popular campsite in Lonavala is the Pawna Lake campsite, which is another great option for camping. The lake is located deep in the hills of the Western Ghats and here, you get to camp on its banks. The lake gives plenty to explore like cozy corners and charming gazebos, plant nurseries, well-manicured gardens, etc. You can also indulge in various adventure activities like kayaking, river crossing, swimming, Burma bridge, Tarzan swing, etc. Click here for Pawna Lake camping packages.

    Camping in Lonavala: Kolad

    This riverside village is located one and a half hours from Lonavala and is a perfect destination for those who are looking for an extra dose of thrill on their camping trip as this is one of the best places to go rafting in India. There are many Kolad rafting packages with overnight stays which offer accommodation in tents, swiss tents, cottages, villas, etc. Click here for Kolad rafting packages.

    Trekking in Lonavala

    Lonavala also has various trekking routes in its vicinity, ranging from easy treks to challenging ones. Some of the top 10 treks in Maharashtra are in the region around Lonavala. It is a popular place for trekkers and you can pair your camping trip with a short trek. Lonavala is abundant with forts, hills, rock-climbing areas, etc. where you can trek to. Below are some of the treks that you can do on your visit to Lonavala:

    Lohagad Fort

    One of the most popular fort treks in Maharashtra, the Lohagad trek offers you a chance to explore the gorgeous landscape. On this easy trek, perfect for beginners, you trek 11 km to the iron fort called Lohagad, a once-formidable battle station used by Shivaji.

    Duke's Nose

    This is one of the best spots for a short trek in Lonavala and offers epic views. It is also a spot for some very exciting adventure sports like rappelling, slacklining and more.

    Visapur Fort

    This is another popular fort trek located near Lonavala and is great for fit beginners. It has a rugged and interesting structure, spotted here and there with caves, cannons and a shrine.

    Visit our page on Trekking in Lonavala to explore other treks that you can do when you're in Lonavala.

    Trekking in Sahyadris is a mesmerizing experience and should not be missed out on. Visit our blog about trekking in the Western Ghats.

    Other interesting places to visit

    Lonavala has many other interesting places which you can visit while camping in Lonavala. Here are some of the suggestions:

    Della Adventure Park: This is India's largest adventure theme part which is perched at 3000 feet above sea level and houses over 52 adventure activities.

    Tiger's Leap point: This is a famous cliff-top with a sheer drop of 650 metres and it gives extensive views of the gorgeous valley.

    Karla Caves: This is a complex of cave shrines that dates back to the third century BC. It was built by Buddhist monks and it also houses a temple of goddess Ekvira Devi.

    How to get there

    There are two ways to get to Lonavala from Mumbai and Pune. The easiest and cheapest is by train as Lonavala is a major stop on the railway line connecting Mumbai and Pune. From Pune, there are local trains to the town at an interval of 2 hours. From Mumbai, you can either catch the trains heading to Pune or catch a Khopoli local and catch a bus/taxi to Lonavala which is 15 km from Khopoli.

    The road option is the best way to get there as the drive is quite scenic, especially during the monsoon season. You can either catch a state/privately run bus or a taxi to reach Lonavala. If you're driving your own car to Lonavala, then you can take the Mumbai-Pune expressway. However, the expressway has a toll which can be avoided by taking the old Mumbai-Pune highway (NH4). The old highway is also the perfect route for bikers as the road is thrilling with few hairpin bends, and also because no bikes are allowed on the expressway.

    Best time to go camping in Lonavala

    The best season to go camping in Lonavala is winter. During this season, the mornings are misty and the nights cool, and the atmosphere is quite calm and serene. For the adventurous, the monsoon season is the best during this time, the landscape turns into a lush paradise full of ponds, streams, and waterfalls, etc.

    Summer is a great season only if you're going camping by a water body as the climate can be humid and hot during this season.

    Packing list for camping in Lonavala

    For your camping trip to Lonavala, the campsite operator will provide all the basic amenities like sleeping bags and mattresses along with all camping equipment, so you don't need to worry about those. But do check the inclusions section of the package you're booking as some budget operators might not provide sleeping bags or mattresses.

    What you need to carry is a strong backpack, trekking shoes, sandals, a pair of extra clothes that are weather appropriate, a light towel, sunglasses, cap, insect repellent, raincoat, sweater, etc. It is suggested that you wear full pants and full-sleeved shirt/t-shirts after sundown as mosquitoes can be quite a nuisance in the Western Ghats.

    Camping in Lonavala Trip Summary

    • State: Maharashtra
    • Nearest city: Mumbai or Pune
    • Total days: 2
    • Grade: Easy
    • Max altitude: 1991 feet
    • Season: Year round
    • Avg temperature: 12 to 35 degree Celsius
  • Camping in Lonavala: Fort camping

    Sketch Itinerary:

    Day 1: Arrive at the campsite and enjoy

    • Check-in at the campsite
    • Explore the campsite and surrounding region
    • Bonfire and BBQ session
    • Spend the night in tents

    Day 2: Check-out of the campsite

    • Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise over the Sahyadris
    • Relax at the campsite
    • Check-out by noon
    Detailed itinerary:

    Day 1: Arrive at the campsite and enjoy

    Today, you'll check-in at the campsite in the afternoon or evening where your tents will be allotted to you. You can then spend the day at leisure or go on a short hike to explore the surrounding region. Return to the campsite in the late evening for the campfire, and then retire in your tents for the night.

    Day 2: Check-out of the campsite

    Today, you will wake up to a splendid sunrise over the Sahyadris. You will then have breakfast and relax at the campsite. You'll check-out of the campsite by noon.

    Inclusions:

    Accommodation arrangements for 1 night in tents on a twin-sharing basis is included. You will have in-tent amenities such as mattresses, light etc. Access to common, dry washroom tents will be available. All meals including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2 will be provided.

    Outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, etc. will be arranged. All equipment required for outdoor activities like life jackets, fishing rods, etc. will be provided by the operator. Campfire arrangements will be made depending on weather conditions. Services of experienced campsite staff will be available to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. All applicable taxes are included.

    Exclusions:

    Travel arrangements between your home city to the campsite and back are not included. BBQ snacks are not included but veg/non-veg snacks can be arranged at an additional cost which is approximately INR 400 per plate and may vary depending on the operator.

    Sleeping bags or linen are not included. Personal expenses like apparel, gear, alcohol or additional meals, etc. will be additional. Costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, natural calamities, etc. will be additional. Anything not mentioned in inclusions will be additional.

    Camping in Lonavala: Pawna Lake

    Camping in Lonavala: Kolad camping plus rafting

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The best time to go camping in Lonavala is during the winter season when the atmosphere is cool, with chilly nights and misty mornings of the Sahyadris. The second best time is during monsoons when the Western Ghats are flourishing with lush greenery, waterfalls, and numerous rivulets.

  • Camping in Lonavala - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Camping in Lonavala - Frequently Asked Questions

    What else can I do while camping in Lonavala?

    If you're camping in a forest, then you can go on a short hike around the campsite and enjoy the forest, and the flora and fauna within. If you are going camping at the Pawna lake, then you can spend your time relaxing at the lake, dipping your feet in and enjoying the cool water. There are also many forts in and around Lonavala where you can go for a short day trek. Click here to find out about the treks in Lonavala.

    What is the best season for camping in Lonavala?

    What should I carry for camping in Lonavala?

    How do I reach Lonavala from Mumbai/Pune?

    What is the minimum/maximum age restriction for camping in Lonavala?

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  • Getting There

    Lonavala is located 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai and has become a popular weekend getaway for the city dwellers. It is well connected to both the cities by rail as well as road. If you prefer to travel by train, then there are many trains like Intercity-Express along with other passenger trails that ply between Mumbai and Pune, making a halt at Lonavala. There are also various buses that ply to Lonavala from both the cities.

    If you are getting your own car, then you can take the Mumbai-Pune expressway to get there. The drive is scenic and fun. And if you are bringing your own motorcycle, then you can use the old Mumbai-Pune highway to get there, as motorcycles are not allowed on the expressway.

    What To Wear

    Since camping in Lonavala does not involve any strenuous activity, you can carry basic clothing that is comfortable. It is a good idea to wear full-sleeve t-shirts and full pants to avoid mosquito bites, and closed shoes to protect your feet from the elements.

    What To Carry

    For camping in Lonavala, you need to carry blankets/sleeping bags (only if the campsite is not providing the same). Other than that, you should carry sunscreen, extra pair of clothes, a towel, a cap, and sunglasses. A raincoat is also important if you're going camping in monsoon, and a hoodie/sweater if you're going in winter.

    Preparation/Fitness

    There is no fitness requirement for camping in Lonavala and can be done with kids and senior citizens alike.