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 History

History of Khandala

The origin of the place is obscure. Chattrapati Shivaji, the founder of the first Maratha Empire, ruled the area around Khandala. Later it came under the Peshwa rulers, who founded the second Maratha Empire. It was finally taken over by the British when they defeated the Peshwas.



 Culture

The town was mentioned in a popular song from the Hindi film Ghulam named "Aati kya Khandala?" ("Will you come to Khandala?"). Ashok Kumar's character in the 1975 classic Chhoti Si Baat is a retired army Colonel that lives in Khandala.


 Festival

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.

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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