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Lonavala and around

Just thirty years ago, the town of LONAVALA (also spelt Lonavla), 110km southeast of Mumbai and 62km northwest of Pune, was a quiet retreat in the Sahyadri hills. Since then, the place has mushroomed to cope with hordes of weekenders and second-home owners from the state capital, and is now only of interest as a base for the magnificent Buddhist caves of Karla and Bhaja, some of which date from the Satavahana period (second century BC).

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