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Lavasa: India Newest Hill Town with the Perfect Quietude

Lavasa

Lavasa is a city which is a planned in a way so as to give you a rejuvenating and fresh feel. Its located around 60km from Pune but if you follow Google maps you will add up to 10 kms more. Known in recent times as India’s latest hill station, Lavasa attracts hundreds of travelers each year. The city is a built essentially on the Italian town Portofino. It spreads across seven hills and covers an area of more than twenty five thousand acres. Lavasa as a hill town is about calm and quietude. It’ll help you bond with nature more.

Lavasa: An Overview

Location Western India
State Maharashtra
Area 25000 acres
Nearby places Lonavala,Khandala,Kolad,Raigad,Matheran
Best time to visit During monsoons(July-September)

About Lavasa

Lavasa is a $ 30 billion mega project built by “Hindustan Construction Company”(HCC). It is a city built from scratch i.e it is planned which gives a unique selling point to this place. It is a tourist spot, which means that this city has a lot to offer to the tourists coming to visit or holidaying. Two hour drive from Pune and 4 hour drive from Mumbai .It has much common with old colonial hill stations of British Raj. It is based on a 4 phase township in which 1st phase is completed and it’s called “Dasve”, rest is under construction.

Why Visit Lavasa ?

Well the question should be why not Lavasa! It has so much to offer. Starting from its lush green nature, rolling hills, clouds and seasonal waterfall, Lavasa has everything. Its beauty can never fade. Located on the banks of river Baji Pasalkar which is just behind Varasgaon Dam, Lavasa offers the best solace in nature. 

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Lake formed by water from the dam. Photography by Omkar Paluskar

IDEAL FOR BIKERS

It is an ideal destination for bikers owing to the excellent condition of roads. In fact its more adventurous to explore Lavasa that way. Roads running from Mutha Ghat all the way through to the Temghar-Lavasa Ghat are quite good for bikers. Lavasa is like being in a fairy tale.

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The smooth roads leading to Lavasa make it ideal for bikers. Credits: Anosh Khumbatta & Saurabh Botre

‘CHUK-CHUK’ ON THE ROAD

There’s a train that rides on the road. Its pure fun. What is better than the ‘chuk-chuk’ of a train moving slowly on a road. Sitting in this train will make you feel like a child once again.

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The mini train ride. Photography by Dharmesh Tank

 

NATURE TRAIL

The nature trail at Ekaant is one of the finest attractions in Lavasa. Any one can go on the trail which takes about 2 hours. Make sure to start early to return to your hotel for a good breakfast. 

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Ekaant. Photography by Roxanne D’souza

Planning My Lavasa Trip

It was a busy week in month of September. We were totally exhausted and wanted a break to rejuvenate ourselves from the usual stress. By we I mean to say me and other people. Now everyone knows the working nature of Pune – This city never sleeps and so does the work. At the dinner table of Friday night ,there was a random conversation which led to us discussing about getting out of city, be it a road trip or a day stay in the outskirts. We started to search on the web to see nearby places to Pune and we ended up knowing that only one place was left in our list which was undiscovered by us. It was “Lavasa: The Unexplored city”. So we packed our bags and set off to Lavasa to enjoy an amazing weekend.

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The residential complex at Lavasa. Photography by Ronak Hosabetu

How to Reach Lavasa ?

Lavasa is pretty accessible and you can reach there by either train or road. The closest railway station to Lavasa is Pune railway which is at a distance of 65 km. You can also take a cab which will give you the most personal experience.

Where to Eat in Lavasa ?

Popular Eateries and Restaurants
Chor Bizarre
The All American Diner
Granma’s Homemade
Celebration All Day Dining
Zodiac Restaurant
Vyanjan
Orient 8
Earthen Oven
The Deck

Top Travel Tips to Lavasa

1.Always choose a good weather like rainy season to visit the place as it is the best time recommended by most of the travelers.

2.Plan to stay there for weekend as you will have lots of options to explore in the city

3.The city hosts a lot of fun events like New Year’s bash, Christmas Eve celebration, musical events, dance competitions, adventure and camps for children. Sports tournaments, football leagues and water sports activities.

4.Make sure to get the information about these events and then visit to enjoy them as well.

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Pack your bags today and experience serenity. Photography by Anurag Singh

At the end I just want to say that some trips are better unplanned. Just pack your bagss and get away. Like I did, It’s  better to give yourself some time, space so that you can refresh yourself from the busy life of yours. Go out drive solo, enjoy nature, explore new places, meet new people, make new friends after all Bike trips are all about enjoying and making use of it. Sometimes solo rides are better but sometimes it’s better to go out with friends.

 Happy Wayfaring 🙂

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

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Chandrakant Jaiswal

Chandrakant Jaiswal is an automobile engineer by profession and is very passionate about bikes and cars but also loves adventure. He loves riding his Yamaha FZ 2010 model on daily basis. He is currently based in Pune where he is studying and also dreams of owning a Lamborghini someday. Loves to eat, sleep, travel, make new friends and also blogging. He in interested in writing and also inspired by many authors. Chandrakant thinks of writing a novel someday. He also happens to be working for Budgets Wayfarer as a travel blogger.

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