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Tourist Attractions in Khandala

Duke's Nose in Khandala

Duke's Nose: Duke's Nose stands 12 km from Lonavla, clearly visible from the highway while driving towards Mumbai. This landmark in Khandala is popular with hikers. The cliff owes its name to the Duke of Wellington , whose ample nose it resembles.





Valvan Dam: Valvan Dam has a garden at its foot, and is a popular evening spot 2 km from the town. The dam supplies water to the Khopoli power station at the foothills of the Sahyadris for generating electricity. The Kundali River feeds into the dam's reservoir.

Karla Caves: Karla caves, located near Lonavla, is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century B.C.

Lion's Point: Scenic point midway between Bhushi Dam and Aamby Valley.

Bushy Dam in Khandala

Bushy Dam: A waterfall near the dam is a popular spot between Lonavla and I.N.S. Shivaji. Buses running on the I.N.S. Shivaji Road stop here.




Festivals

Diwali, the festival of lights: During the celebrations the ramparts of the forts and caves are lit up, making the whole region come alive by night. The sights are breathtaking and unforgettable.

Festivals in Khandala

Celebrations around the birth of the Akkalkot Saint: The celebrations bring devotees of the great saint to the twin hamlets of Lonavla and Khandala every year. The festivities that last a whole fortnight are open to people of all religions and walks of life. The shrine built in honor of the saint is a haven of tranquility and calm. People from all religions visit the shrine more for solace and peace than anything else.

Holi, the festival of colour: People from all over Maharashtra, especially Pune and Mumbai and the townships in between make their way to the picturesque waterfalls at Lonavla and Khandala to celebrate the festival of Holi.

Ekvira Devi Festival: The goddess of the twin hamlets is revered and honored on every lunar change over. Devotees and locals flock the temple that is on a hillock every month to pay obeisance and seek blessings. Every single Indian festival is celebrated with great pomp and splendor at The Dukes Retreat. The resort fills up to capacity and the market area lights up with wares from handcrafts to eatables that are unique to the twin hill stations like the chikki, a candy made with jaggery and nuts.


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