Haven’t you been to Italy? Well, don’t worry! You get the vibe of Italy when you visit Lavasa, a small town in Maharashtra. Also known as an Italian Village of India, Lavasa can be an ideal destination for your weekend getaway from nearby places such as Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, etc. This place gives you an enclosure of modern infrastructure and mother nature. These two alone can make you feel blessed. Being in India, have the feel of being in Europe. People of all ages love to go to this town and enjoy the quiet atmosphere along with places to visit. It has also been tagged as “India’s first planned Hill city”. This caption itself makes one decide to go on a tour to Lavasa and help you make the most memorable family trip. Off late, people have been planning on their weekend vacays to Lavasa for its ingredients that are apt for people of all age groups.
Solo trip travelers can, without a second thought decide on this place for one memorable trip. It has an abundance of nature’s gifts such as sight-seeing and beautiful places and peace for the chaotic mind. What keeps you waiting? Book your tickets now and plan a short and sweet trip to Lavasa!
The distance is the closest from that of Pune, which is 60 kilometers approximately. This makes it hardly an hour’s drive from the city to Lavasa. If we have to calculate from Mumbai, the distance is 200 kilometers approximately and makes for a drive of two to three hours. It is close to Lonavala too. The distance is 105 kilometers approximately. These were the distances from places close by. The distance from Delhi is 1500 kilometers approximately and from Bangalore (Bengaluru) is less than 850 kilometers. The distance can be bridged by choosing the right mode of transport. Keep this point at bay and plan a family trip soon!
Estimating a fixed budget is a task. It varies from one person to another considering various factors such as choice of travel, stay, food, luxury, and etcetera. If we have to consider things with the lowest cost, the budget for a two days trip to Lavasa should be Rs 5000 to Rs 8000. The upper limit can change as per the factors mentioned. It is advisable that you make a booking after you receive quotes on an adventure trip with friends from travel agents. The decision gets easier.
Things to do in Lavasa
1. Lakeside Promenade
This place has beautiful buildings for you to admire and enjoy good street food. Apart from food hopping, you can enjoy boating in the lake. The serenity of the lake will mesmerize you. Are you a food lover and love combining it with a lakeside view? If your answer is Yes, be at Lakeside Promenade and have some quality time with your friends.
2. Temghar Dam
Not too far from the city Pune, Temghar Dam is a sight to watch. It is approximately 40 kilometers from Pune. Here, people like to enjoy their picnic and view. The city is supplied with water by this dam and therefore, it is a place of utmost importance.
Bamboo products are available in every part of India barring the northeastern part. Strangely, Lavasa houses some of the best bamboo products in the country. Being a cultural center, Bamboosa is a spot that popularizes the usage of bamboo. On your family trip to this place, you will get to witness bamboo trees across the hill station. It is very unique to the state of Maharashtra. The locals have also got a way of earning through this cultural center in this tinsel hill station.
4. Ghangad Fort
If you are not a professional trekker, you will love to visit this fort with an average difficulty level. Located in Tamhini Ghat, you will love the view from the top. An important thing to note is that during the rainy season, the place may lose its essence. It is better you avoid the rainy season.
5. Devkund Waterfall
Falling from a height of about 100 feet, this waterfall is a sight that you wouldn’t want to miss in Lavasa. The depth of the pool of the fall is unknown; hence people are advised not to go to the center of the pool but remain around the pool that has shallow depth. You will have to take a trek to see this mesmerizing waterfall.
When you are in the replica of Italy, how can you miss the beautiful sight of the city? You can enjoy sight-seeing at any time of the day and fall in love with the city each time. Apart from sightseeing, you can also enjoy boating in a few places.
7. Lakeshore Watersports
People on adventure trips will be in search of activities that will give them the required adrenaline. Lakeshore Watersports can be your place. The water activities available are bumper boats, luxury cruising, pedal boating, water volleyball, kayaking, jet-skiing, etc. Make the most of your adventure trip with friends in Lavasa.
8. Indoor Golf Recreational and Learning Centre
Looking for some fun playing and learning golf from the experts? Indoor Golf recreational and learning center offers that. No matter which age bracket you belong to, you can pitch in for the excitement by paying a nominal charge.
If there is a place in Lavasa that hosts a number of activities including river rafting, Bhira has to be the spot. While you are there, have a look around of Kondana caves and Tala Fort. You will not be disappointed. River rafting is possible for the speed of water gushing out of the hydroelectric project. Apart from the activities mentioned, you will also love the view of this place in Lavasa. It is absolutely stunning.
This is not the end of the list. There is more. We won’t be wrong to call it a heaven for trekkers of all levels.
How to Reach Lavasa?
Lavasa doesn’t have a bus terminal or a railway station of its own. Naturally, there isn’t any international airport. If you plan an adventure trip with friends, you can take a bus to Lonavala from nearby places. After reaching the Lonavala, you can hire a taxi. This will be adventurous and exciting. If you want to reach by train, Karjat is the nearest railway station and from there you can take a taxi. You know the route from there obviously.
If you are traveling from a far-off place, take a flight from any other city and reach Pune International Airport. From there, hire a taxi.
Although there is no direct connectivity, the travel isn’t that difficult.
You can also choose to drive from Mumbai, Pune, and other nearby places, from Mumbai it will not take more than 3 hours 30 minutes to reach Lavasa.
Best Time to Visit Lavasa
Lavasa is that mini Italy that looks stunning and makes you feel the best no matter which season it is. Be it Winter, Monsoon or Summer, Lavasa will not disappoint at any time. Isn’t it a great thing to consider before planning a weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune?
Places Nearby to Lavasa
If you are an avid traveler, you will also want to visit places that are nearby. Why not take up the opportunity? Visit places such as Pune, Mumbai, Lonavala and other small hill stations and rejuvenate your mind and body.