Thursday, 2 February 2012


Khandala is situated at a distance of approximately 101 km from the Mumbai city of India, the hill station is visited by most of the tourists who visit the Dream City. Infact, most of the people who stay in Mumbai also visit this hill resort on weekends, to forget the daily tensions and let their body as well as their mind relax and rejuvenate. Located amidst the Sahayadri ranges of India, Khandala has an altitude of 625 m.

There is little information regarding the history and origin of the hill station. However, it did form a part of the territory of the great Maratha leader Chattrapati Shivaji. He is the one who was responsible for organizing the Maratha clan into a formidable military power. From the Marathas, Khandala went into the hands of the Peshwa rulers. The last power to rule over the hill station was British, who took over it when the Peshwas lost power. Today, Khandala is counted amongst one of the most visited tourist destinations in India.

Khandala has been blessed with nature's beauty in abundance. Once you have been to the place, you will find the memory of the trip etched in your memory for a long time to come. The natural splendor, combined with peaceful surroundings, makes the hill station the perfect holiday spot. The steep valley on its one side and the high hills on the other, make the landscape simply wonderful. Khandala has managed to save itself from the clutches of industrialization & commercialization till date and this is what contributes to its popularity. 

Places to See:

Duke's Nose

Duke's Nose is the name given to a cliff situated near Khandala. It was so named because the cliff seems to resemble the shape of the nose of Duke Wellington. Duke's Point boasts of spectacular natural beauty that can mesmerize people at any time of the year.

Amruntanjan Point

Amruntanjan Point is a beautiful spot, located just at the start of the Khandala Ghat. From this point, one can have magnificent views of the Duke's Nose as well as the city of Khopoli.

Reversing Station Point 
Reversing Station Point also offers breathtaking view of Duke's Nose. From here, one can also see trains changing lines on either side.

Tiger's Leap 
From the vantage point of Tiger's Leap, you can hope to get some of the most spectacular views of the valley situated below. The name of the spot is 'Tiger's Leap' because as you gaze down it, it looks like a tiger leaping into the valley. To ensure the safety of the visitors, big holes have been provided for looking down from the great height.

Karla and Bhaja Caves

Karla Caves

Bhaja Caves

Karla and Bhaja Caves are located at a distance of approximately 16 km from Khandala. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, these caves are visited by a large numbers of tourists every year. They belong to the Hinayana sect of Buddhism and serve as an example of the rock cut architecture of that time.

Khandala Lake and Bhushi Lake

Bhushi Lake

Khandala Lake and Bhushi Lake situated here are definitely worth having a look at. The picturesque surroundings and serene environment of the lakes are surely going to take away your heart.

Rock Climbing 
The adventure enthusiasts wouldn't go back from Khandala empty handed. They can try their hand at rock climbing at the Duke's Nose peak and other locations in the Karla hills............

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