Monkeys at Rajmachi point

If you have visited Lonavla, you may have heard about Rajmachi point.

It’s a scenic viewpoint on Mumbai-Pune highway with magnificent views of Khandala valley. We went there with Varun in December, during our last trip to India. We were visiting the Vaghjai temple that’s around the corner from this point and walked up the park so Varun could run around.

The place was over run with tourists, school children and pilgrims from temple. And of course with monkeys. The monkeys are aggressive, so keep an eye out on your food and shiny objects. Kids especially are fascinated by them and get hurt when monkeys snatch peanuts/corn on the cob etc (which they are enticed with by various hawkers outside the park) from their tiny hands.

It’s not worthwhile to make a trip to Lonavla just for this, but if you are in the neighborhood, make a quick stop at the park for kids to run around, watch monkeys and to stretch your legs before the drive back to Mumbai.