Khandala along with Lonavala, its twin town is well-known for its pleasant climate and natural beauty. Khandala stands about 550m above the level of sea and it’s located conveniently in between Pune and Mumbai in Maharashtra. Due to the strategic location of the place, too many dynasties have wanted to exercise control of Khandala and across the regions. Several dynasties, since the Yadavas to the Mughals to the Marathas, have ruled over Khandala and its adjoining areas before it finally fell on the British hands.
Khandala is a place which can be appropriately described as the heaven of nature because it is beautifully armed with lush green mountain ranges, perennial lakes, waterfalls and thick green forests. There are large number of tourists who visit this place for purposes of adventure, trekking, rock climbing and many others. Here are few awesome tourist places to check out in Khandala.
#1: Celebrity Wax Museum
Celebrity Wax Museum is almost a sheer photocopy of the Madam Tussad’s Museum of London and this is located at a distance of 6 km from Khandala. This museum was formed by a 40 year old wax artist who had come from the Southern State of Kerala. The museum is home to popular celebrities including politicians, actors and other social activists. You will also get to see the wax structure of ancient Maratha ruler, Chattrapati Shivaji and this is the prime attraction of this wax museum. There are other popular celebrities too like Indira Gandhi, Pandit Nehru, Hitler, MK Gandhi and Michael Jackson.
#2: Lonavala Lake
Lonavala Lake is located at a distance around 2 km from Khandala within the suburban area of the town. Since this lake is a seasonal one, it presents itself at its best only during the rainy season. The lake is surrounded by varieties of flora and is also counted among one of the best picnic spots which are there in the entire region of Khandala. The central railways manage this lake and it is adjoined by the ancient dam of Indrayaani River.
#3: Bhaja Caves
Bhaja Caves were built during the second century BC and it represents an entire set of 20 rock cut Buddhist caves. The caves are all surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the east and the Deccan Plateau on the west. These caves were built for meditational purposes and the followers of Buddhism represent the great architectural brilliance of Buddhist art. The interior portion of the caves was artistically decorated with paintings, rock carvings and other exotic sculptures.
#4: Rajmachi Fort
Rajmachi Fort is located 10 km away from Khandala and is also situated on the state highway of Lonavala. A tourist has to go through a historical trek which is called Borghat to reach the fort and it is built on the summit of Western Ghats. Rajmachi fort is spread across 2 peaks named Shruvardham and Manoranjan and it is primarily on a plateau which is joined by 2 peaks. You can surely get a magnificent view of the total Khandala town from the top of the fort.
So, after hearing the famous song from the movie Ghulam, “Aati kya Khandala?” if you’ve been wondering about this place, don’t think twice before visiting it. For a weekend destination, this can definitely be an appropriate one.