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Introducing Lonavla

Lonavla is an overdeveloped (and overpriced) mercantile town about 106km southeast of Mumbai. It’s far from attractive, with its main drag consisting almost exclusively of garishly lit shops flogging chikki, the rock-hard, brittle sweet made in the area.

The only reason you’d want to come here is to visit the nearby Karla and Bhaja Caves which, after those at Ellora and Ajanta, are the best in Maharashtra.

Hotels, restaurants and the main road to the caves lie north of the train station (exit from platform 1). Most of the Lonavla township and its markets are located south of the station.