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We set off fairly early on this trip out into the foothills surrounding Pune - the reason for this was that it can take a long time to actually get out of the city limits - our driver for the day was Kalyan - a cheerful man with a good knowledge of the area - having lived here all his life.
We had asked him to show us some of the reputed waterfalls in the state and he mentioned during the week that there was a place where all the "bright young things" go during the monsoon to chill and dance in the waters. What we were actually taken to was not a waterfall but a real eye opener and worth a visit.
The drive was really interesting as we passed through all the different areas of Pune as we headed out of town, it was interesting to see all the building works taking place and the occasional "western shopping mall" surrounded by shanty town type shops.
We were quite suprised that there was so much rain here as Pune is fairly high and we have not really had much rain over the last month - only occasional showers and warm spells - though very little sun -so it was a shock when later in the afternoon we had a 2 hour rainfall.
We turned off the main Pune Mumbai road and into a town called Lonavala which is famous for its sweet called CHIKKI - it seemed that every shop here sells the best CHIKKI you can possibly buy - a good boast - we did not stop on the way through but did on the way back just before lunch.
We had to pay a Polution tax on the way to the Dam - based on the number of passengers and size of the vehicle, and then followed the mountain road up the hills towards Bhushi Dam. As I mentined we were expecting to go to a waterfall and we did see some on the side of the road. We arrived at the Dam (by way of an inoccuous sign beside a car park stating we had arrived). Just as we arrived it decidd to rain - and only one of us had the foresight to bring a brolly. A short walk of about a mile took us to a river and the audible cries of the "bright young things" laughing and shouting in the water of the dam overflow.
A word of advice - don't wear Jeans here or nice shoes that you don't mind getting wet - as you have to walk through the river to get to the Dam - there is no bridge. The water is not deep - maybe 1/2 a foot - but you will get wet - the best time to visit is of course during the monsoon when the water levels are at their highest.
This dam is very popular with holiday makers who come here for picnics. It is a favourite spot with people who want to get drenched during the monsoon. Situated about 60 km from Pune (110 km from Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune Highway), Lonavla and Khandala are beautiful twin hill stations, 622 m. above sea level, in the Sahyadri ranges that demarcate the Deccan Plateau with the Konkan coast. The hill stations sprawl over an approximate area of 38 sq km
These popular holiday destinations are lush and beautiful during the monsoons. People prefer visiting Lonavla and Khandala in the rainy season. Lonavla and Khandala were discovered in 1871 by Sir Elphinstone, the Governor of the Bombay Presidency.
A fabulous Waterfall near the dam is one of the most exciting spots of Lonavla. It's a beautiful water fall between Lonavla and I.N.S.Shivaji. Buses running on the I.N.S. Shivaji Road stop here. 5 km from Lonavla.
Rainy season gives a golden opportunity to the lovers of Bhushi Dam. With the arrival ofthe season lots of groups of fun lovers can be seen at the Bhushi Dam. When the dam is full with the rain water, it starts overflowing obviously. The place where this extra water is collected is made beautiful by building staircase like structure.