Lonavala Bushy Dam

Bushy Dam is situated in Lonavala. It’s around 92 KM from Mumbai and 62 KM from Pune. It’s around 5 KM from Lonavala Maharashtra State Transport Bus Stand.
 

Water Flowing from Bushy Dam Lonavala

Most of the hotels in Lonavala are around 2 to 7 KM from Bushy dam. We were staying at Lion Den hotel which is on Tungarli Road in Lonavala. The best way to reach the Dam is your private car; however you can take local Auto Rickshaws. You may need to bargain in case you feel they are over charging you. The best way to know the correct rate is to ask the Auto Driver or your hotel the distance from where you are to take the Auto and to where you want to go to. Ideally distance within 5 KM should be Rs.100. There are also the big Autos (6 seater) called Tum Tum; they charge Rs.5 to Rs.10 per seat.

 

Bushy Dam is most popular and exiting place for tourist to visit, especially during the monsoon season as this is the time when the dam overflows. People are allowed to sit in between the over flow, as the water flows down hill. It’s an exciting experience.

To reach the Dam, you would need to cross pool of water which is about 2 feet deep. Ahead of the Dam you can continue walking uphill where you will reach the peak. It’s not very difficult to reach the peak, and the view from the top of this peak is simply enchanting. (Pictures to come soon). Most people stop at the dam but please continue uphill, about 100 meters, you will love it.

All through the way you will see small sheds with people selling hot food items like Wada Pav, Roasted corn (butta), Peanuts, Boiled eggs etc. Try some of these, this way you will help the locals with their lively hood too.
Vendor selling Pea nuts

 

Vendor Selling Corn
Tips –
1. Wear trekking or sport shoes and NOT slippers or sandals.
2. Old individuals may carry a stick in the hand to give support, or may be supported by a family member.
3. Avoid wearing Sari and tight clothes.
3. If visiting in monsoon season, wear a wind sheeter or a Raincoat instead of an umbrella. This will keep your hands free for ease of balancing.

4. Would suggest ladies travel in groups and not alone as there are some people who come drunk.

5. Carry a camera, preferably a digital camera (not a phone camera). You will regret not carrying a camera when you reach the Dam.

6. Travel in your own car if possible, as the Dam and other places in Lonavala may be far.

7. Do not try to venture too close to the Dam water alone.

 Enjoy your experience at Bushy Dam. Next best spot I would suggest is Ekwira Temple which is situated at the tip of huge mountain.
Water Pouring from Bushy Dam

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