Aati Kya Khandala?
Away from the hustle bustle of Mumbai, the picturesque hill station Khandala nestled in the Sahyadri region of Maharashtra, is a respite for Mumbaikars who are eager to spend a quiet day cuddled up in nature's lap.
Do you remember Aamir Khans song in :Ghulaam", “Aati Kya Khandala?". Yes, this is the place Khandal you are going to read about in coming paragraphs.
Think of Khandala and the images that conjure up in your mind are lush green hills, lustrous valleys and beautiful bungalows. For years together Khandala has been the ideal weekend getaway for Mumbaikars due of its alluring natural beauty that helps them tourists rejuvenate after a tiring week.
The place is blessed with such salubrious climate and natural wealth that tourists can't help but be charmed by the elegant yet ethnic spectacles that this terrain has to offer through the year.
Places to visit
Often called as the Tiger's leap for the spectacle that it offers, one has to drive through the curvy ghats to reach the top of the hill. If someone carefully observes the valley from this point, it will appear as if a tiger is leaping into the valley. The view from this point is so captivating and the ambiance so gusty that it leaves you stunned by the magic that nature's canvas has to offer.
Duke's Nose is a cliff in the terrain that offers a breathtaking view of the valley. One can spot many couples coming here to see the sunset and proclaim their love in great delight. The spot has been named after Duke Wellington, who had a pointed nose. It is also renowned for rock climbing.
This is yet another point located high up in the hill, which provides an awesome view of the places nearby. It is situated at the end of the first slope as you enter Khandala and is often a first stop for tourists to regale in nature's glory.
Mist blue lakes
Tugauli Lake, Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Lake are few lakes that not only add to the pleasing beauty of Khandala but also give you pleasure of boating.
Reversing Station Point
Reversing Station Point is famous for the panoramic view of the railway line going through tunnels on the one side and the Duke's Nose on the other.
NAB for the ageing blind
This place has a unique tranquillity that touches the soul. Along with getting a glimpse of the life of the visionless, you can also take home some wonderful gift articles crafted by them right from woollen tops to candles and fancy bags.
A view from any of the highpoints in Khandala makes these bungalows seem as miniature pieces of art. However a closer look reveals their real beauty. Over a period of years, Khandala has been hot property for weekend homes and thus a local tourist guide would be delighted to proudly point at the bungalows of prominent citizens such as cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, political Sharad Pawar, etc.
How to Reach Khandala
One can easily reach Khandala by hiring private cabs or by taking tourist buses from Mumbai.
Best time to visit Khandala
Rainy season should be avoided as the area can become fatal due to the heavy rainfalls it witnesses. The period from October-May is thus considered ideal. However, for the more adventurous, the rains add to the beauty of the place and thus shouldn't dampen their spirit.
Aati Kya Khandala?