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Khandala
Coordinates
Country  India
State Maharashtra
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Mumbai-Pune Expressway from Rajmachi Garden,Khandala
Khandala on Western Ghat
Khandala Valley
Mumbai-Pune rail link passing through the valley

Khandala (Marathi: खंडाळा) is a hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, India, about three kilometres from Lonavala and seven kilometers from Karjat.

Khandala is located at one (top) end the Bhor Ghat, a major ghat (meaning valley in Marathi) on the road link between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan plain. The ghat carries an extensive amount of road and rail traffic. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the main link between the major cities of Mumbai and Pune, passes through Khandala.

Due to the ease of accessibility from nearby cities, Khandala is a common area for hiking. One destination is the nearby peak of Duke's Nose, which offers a panaromic view of Khandala and the Bhor Ghat.

Overview

Khandala has its own market and fulfills the demand of the localites and also the tourists. It has some of the great hotels like Kamaths and Dukes Retreat. Khandala is best in monsoon season when its completely covered by green carpet and dark blue blanket of sky with clouds around and mind boggling nature.

Weather & Best Season of Khandala Summers in Khandala are warm with a maximum temperature of about 32°C. Monsoons (June to August) are marked with heavy rainfalls. The months October to February experiences winters with a minimum temperature touching about 12°C.

The popular regional festivals are the Banganga festival that falls in August and the Ganesh Chaturthi dedicated to Lord Ganesh that falls in September. Both these festivals are celebrated here with much fervor and gaiety.

In popular culture

The town was mentioned in a popular song from the Hindi film Ghulam named "Aati kya Khandala?" ("Will you come to Khandala?"). Ashok Kumar's character in the 1975 classic Chhoti Si Baat is a retired army Colonel that lives in Khandala.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Khandala is a city in Maharashtra.

Get in

Khandala lies along the Mumbai-Pune route. many trains traveling between Mumbai and Pune stop here. Alternately one can get down at Lonavala and travel to Khandala by road or train. If traveling by road, one can also take the exit from the Mumbai-Pune expressway or travel through NH4. The closest airport is in Pune.

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