One of the best things of being in Pune is that, there are a handful of opportunities for day trips. And we did not miss any of them. Lavasa, the planned township developed on the Western Ghats has always been our most preferred location for day trips. It encompasses the Warasgaon Lake surrounded by seven hills.The work is still in progress.
Lavasa is just 65 kms from Pune Railway Station. And can be best accessed via Chandni Chowk- Pirangut-Temghar Dam. From Mumbai, there are many routes. Two best routes to Lavasa include via Panvel-Lonavala-Chandni Chowk and via Hinjewari exit. Be it accompanying the guests for a day out or just having a nice buffet lunch at Ekaant – The Retreat. Lavasa always welcomed us. We visited this place in all seasons but the best time is certainly the monsoons. The lush green Sahayadris, with water streams coming down in every few meters from the steep hill slopes will make your journey even more enjoyable. You can stop the car in definite viewpoints to enjoy the rain and the serene lake. And do not miss the tea and sweet corn on your way back in the rains.
Move ahead through the winding, narrow roads, sharp and steep hairpin belts. Then you have to cross the Temghar Dam in Mulshi on the Mutha River which passes through the heart of Pune. The quality of road improves considerably once you enter the main gate of Lavasa.
We stayed at Hotel Mercure located at the Dasve Circle (2 kms from Lavasa International Convention Center, which provides world class platforms for conferences, meetings, seminars and exhibitions) during our first visit to this hill town.
But one can have the best view of the lake from the car parking area of the Hotel Ekaant- the Retreat. Apart from the lovely lunch and the scenic view my husband found the forest trail beside the hotel quite interesting. We woke up before sunrise to get some good shots of the lake.
More than anything else the serenity of the lake will captivate you. It is a clean and clear lake surrounded by hills. The bright colors of the Hotel Waterfront Shaw are appealing. There all food stalls with shaded seating arrangements outside. You can enjoy a mouth-watering spicy pav-bhaji or a Subway. People come all the way to Lavasa to enjoy the water sports activities. Jet skiing, bumper boats and pontoons are most popular. But they are closed during the monsoons for heavy rain. Apart from that rock climbing, camping and trekking can also be done in specific times throughout the year.
In the midst of the crowd, a quite walk along the beautiful lake is something that I enjoyed the most. Enjoy the lake….