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Experience Monsoon Bliss in Lavasa: A Scenic Escape from Pune

July 6, 2023 | By

Escape the city and embrace monsoon bliss in Lavasa! Experience breathtaking scenery and tranquility, just a short distance from Pune.

As the monsoon clouds gather above the city of Pune, a sense of anticipation and excitement fills the air. Having spent nearly eight years in this thriving metropolis, I have come to cherish the magical transformation that takes place during this season. Pune, blessed with its proximity to nature’s bounty, offers several idyllic getaways that come alive in the refreshing embrace of the monsoon. Among them, Lavasa is one of the popular destinations, beckoning adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Located about 65 kilometres from Pune, Lavasa unfolds like a picturesque painting in the Mulshi Valley. It was slated to be the country’s first planned hill station built along the lines of the Italian town Portofino. Developed and maintained by Hindustan Construction Company, spanning a sprawling 25,000 acres, the project has faced multiple obstacles and controversies resulting in the delay of its completion.

Despite all this, Lavasa has carved its niche in the hearts of diverse travellers amidst the verdant hills, enchanting valleys, and glistening lakes. It is a place where one can witness the harmonious coexistence of contemporary urban planning and the splendour of the Sahyadri mountain range.

The tranquil landscape of Lavasa

The tranquil landscape of Lavasa

Whether you are seeking tranquillity, adventure, or simply an escape from the daily grind, Lavasa offers experiences to suit every taste. Lose yourself in the serenity of Dasve Lake, where shimmering waters reflect the lush greenery surrounding it.

Delve into the trails that lead you to hidden waterfalls, their cascading beauty a testament to the monsoon’s bounty. Let the crisp mountain air invigorate your senses as you embark on thrilling treks through the Sahyadri. Or indulge in the thrill of water sports on the inviting surface of the lake, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Exploring Lavasa

Dasve Lake

Dasve Lake

Dasve Lake: As you enter Lavasa, the stunning Dasve Lake welcomes you with its glistening waters. Rent a pedal boat or kayak to explore the lake’s serenity while taking in the surrounding lush greenery. Don’t forget to capture some Instagram-worthy shots!

Temghar Dam: Located on the Mose River, Temghar Dam is a must-visit attraction near Lavasa. It’s picturesque setting against the backdrop of hills offers breathtaking views. Enjoy a peaceful stroll along the dam, indulge in nature photography, or relax while savouring the scenic beauty.

The verdant landscape

The verdant landscape

Waterfall Trails: The monsoon season brings numerous waterfalls to life around Lavasa. Explore trails such as the Bamboosa Waterfall, Devkund Waterfall, and Tamhini Ghat Waterfall for an immersive experience in the lap of nature. Remember to carry appropriate footwear and be cautious while trekking.

Lavasa waterfall

People enjoying the waterfall

Lavasa Nature Trail: Embrace the tranquillity of Lavasa by taking a leisurely walk along the nature trail. This 2.5-kilometre path meanders through lush green forests, offering breathtaking views of the valley. Immerse yourself in the symphony of chirping birds and rustling leaves as you reconnect with nature.

Adventurous Pursuits: For adventure enthusiasts, Lavasa has plenty to offer. Here are a few exciting activities to indulge in:

Water sports activities at Dasve Lake

Water sports activities at Dasve Lake

Watersports: Dasve Lake provides a fantastic opportunity to try thrilling water sports such as jet skiing, kayaking, and boating. Dive into the crystal-clear waters, feel the adrenaline rush, and create unforgettable memories.

Trekking and Hiking: The hilly terrain surrounding Lavasa is a paradise for trekkers and hikers. Explore trails like the Mutha-Varvandar Trek, Tikona Fort Trek, and Torna Fort Trek to experience the thrill of conquering peaks and witnessing panoramic vistas.

Mountain Biking: Saddle up and embark on a thrilling mountain biking adventure in Lavasa. The hilly terrain and picturesque landscapes provide an ideal backdrop for a memorable cycling experience. Rent a mountain bike and explore the winding roads that weave through the hills.

Getting There

Scenic views enroute Lavasa

Scenic views enroute Lavasa

By Road: A trip from Pune to Lavasa is a delightful experience, with well-paved roads winding through lush greenery. The drive takes around 2 hours, and you can hire a cab or self-drive to enjoy the scenic beauty.

By Public Transport: Regular state-run and private buses operate from Pune to Lavasa. You can catch a bus from the Swargate or Shivajinagar bus stand. The journey takes approximately 2.5 hours, offering glimpses of the Western Ghats.

Best Time to Visit

The charm of Lavasa during monsoon

The charm of Lavasa during monsoon

Lavasa dons its most enchanting avatar during the monsoon season. From June to September, the hills come alive with cascading waterfalls, mist-covered valleys, and rejuvenated flora. The cool breeze, drizzling rain, and foggy landscapes create a romantic ambience perfect for a monsoon getaway.

Dining and Accommodation

There is a diverse range of accommodations, from luxurious lakeside resorts to cosy hillside cottages, ensuring visitors’ comfortable and memorable stay.

Lavasa offers a range of dining options that cater to various tastes. You’ll find a diverse culinary scene on its famed Lavasa Promenade, from local Maharashtrian delicacies to international cuisines. Don’t miss out on the local street food, such as Vada Pav and Bhel Puri, for an authentic taste of Maharashtra.

Experience the magic of Lavasa

Experience the magic of Lavasa

As the monsoon paints the landscape in vibrant hues and infuses the air with freshness, why not embark on a journey to Lavasa? Pack your bags, grab your raincoat, and embark on an unforgettable journey to this magical hill station near Pune.

(All pictures used in this article are courtesy Jyoti Babel)

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Jyoti is a Content Developer and a lover of books, an Engineer by education who finally found her calling in words. Taking long walks, practising yoga, listening to music, meeting a good friend over a cup of tea, baking the perfect cake – all these little things make her happy in their own way. Jyoti enjoys writing on a wide range of topics but her favourites are food, books, travel, and culture.
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