Khandala, along with its twin town Lonavala, is known for its natural beauty and pleasant climate. Located conveniently between Mumbai (107 km) and Pune (63 km) in Maharashtra, Khandala stands at 550 m above sea level.
Because of its strategic location, various dynasties have vied for control of Khandala and its surrounding regions. Several dynasties — from the Yadavas to the Mughals and the Marathas — have ruled Khandala and its surrounding regions before it eventually fell in the hands of the British.
Several forts including Lohagad, Tunga and Tikona were important battle stations during Shivaji’s reign and fell into the Mughal hands under Treaty of Purandar. Lord Elphinstone, the Governor of Bombay Presidency in 1871, is credited with the discovery of Lonavala and Khandala.
Khandala and you will come across everything a person can visualize about. Decorated with stupendous natural views, it surprises the travelers with its beautiful scenery of lustrous valleys, magnificent waterfalls, verdant greenery and picturesque ponds. This beautiful hill station is nestled at a height of 1,800 ft in the western ghats of Maharashtra. When the downpour occurs in Khandala, the charming exquisiteness blossoms into its peak and reveals a delightful charisma. A large number of people throng this place during the monsoon season to relish the salubrious climate, spectacular views and charming green surroundings.
Although have an ambiguous past, the beautiful place has seen the heave and turn down of great rulers including the Peshwas, the Bristish and the Marathas. Moreover, Khandala houses some beautiful mansions that are standing proudly as an imposing tribute to the regal period.