Take a refreshing pause soaking in the concoction of beauty, nature and peace of the gorgeous hill-station, Khandala. It is the favorite summer retreat of city dwellers that eases them with the stress and monotony of daily life. Scores of travelers also get tempted by its cool climate intertwined with lakes, waterfalls and greenery which is indeed a sight for sore eyes. Tucked on the slopes of the Western Ghats, this hill destination should be on the bucket-list of everyone who is struck by wanderlust.

You can find this beauty at the top end of the Bhor Ghat, a popular valley in Maharashtra. The nearest major city is Pune, for whom it is no less than a blessing to take quick respite from the heat. A lot of picturesque places will render you incredible encounters with nature’s creativity. The most prominent is Duke's Nose that will amaze you with a sweeping view of Khandala and the Bhor Ghat. Here are some other attractive places that you should definitely visit.

Alluring Attraction of Khandala

Rajmachi Fort

The fort is a protected monument for it played an important role in the First Anglo-Maratha War. Its location is beautiful, perched on the Sahyadri Mountains of the Western Ghats. If you are up for some adventure, embark on a short and beautiful trek to this fort from Kondivde or Kondhane village.

Bhushi Lake

An idyllic setting of shimmering lake with the backdrop of verdant mountains makes Bhushi Lake a hotspot of tourists. Locals frequently visit the place to spend quality time with family and relax amidst nature.

Bhaja Caves

One of the historical rock-cut caves of Maharashtra, Bhaja caves is a window to the ancient world. It comprises of a set of 22 caves constructed in the 2nd century BC by Hinayana Buddhist sect. The staggering features are Chaityagriha shrine, stupas, viharas and rock-reliefs.

Duke’s Nose

The mesmerizing hilltop spot is a popular viewpoint and trekking site in Maharashtra. It is named after the Duke of Wellington. Interestingly it is also called Nagphani for its pointed tip resembling the snake’s hood. The high altitude invited travelers for trekking, hiking and rock climbing which rewards with commanding views of rolling hills.

Tiger’s leap

Also known as Waghdari, Tiger's Leap is a breathtaking viewpoint that offers bird's eye view of the surroundings from a height of 2,132 m. If time permits, do witness the sunrise and sunset views that are sure to leave an indelible impression on your mind.

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