A popular weekend getaway spot from the city of Pune is the Bhushi Dam in Lonavla. Cool waters and the warm sunshine is what one gets at this famous tourist spot that is best visited during the monsoon season. However, the authorities do not allow swimming in this dam due to the inconsistent water flow. The climate here is moderate throughout the year and one can c pay a visit to this place at any time. However, locals suggest that one should visit the place from October to March while for Lonavla, June to September is ideal. One is sure to have a great time when one visits either Lonavla or the Bhushi Dam. The Bhushi Dam stands on the Indrayani River in Lonavala developed and maintained by the Indian Railways and private sector. This Dam is located in the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, which is the one of the best 6 lane highway in India. This dam was built in 1860s as a source of water for the steam engines of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway. The consumption of liquor is prohibited in this area due to the security reasons. This is a very famous holiday destination in Maharashtra. The place is filled with cold water, warm sunshine, and vibes of nature. The force of water here is inconsistent, so swimming is prohibited in this area, but one can enjoy stepping on the rocky land with cold water flowing below. This area has a moderate climate throughout the year. The best time to pay a visit in the Bhushi Dam is during Monsoon.
On Adwait’s suggestion we walked down from Sula to the Gangapur Dam, a nice beautiful walk. Once the dam ends there is a Y, we took the left and after a small walk we reached a small village. The temple their boasts of numerous type of birds flocking at sunset, but we could spot only 3 different species . From there we walked towards Gangapur Road to find a cab back. However, we couldn’t find any and ended up walking almost 2 kms. Our homestay was another 3 kms away and we took the local bus (S.T.).
We stopped near Temghar Dam to eat a roasted sweet corn. A guy wearing a typical black leather biker uniform was having a cup of tea. I casually asked him what this bike noise is all about and he stared at me in disbelief for a second and then replied very enthusiastically - 'Everyone is coming to Lavasa to celebrate the world's motorcycling day. I am planning to buy a new bike and want to see some of the new bike models and talk to fellow biker.' After discussing about the highlights of the event we parted ways.Every year June 21 is celebrated as a world motorcycling day. A group of biking enthusiast organizes MotoDay at Lavasa on a weekend close to 21 st June. 2016 marked the third edition of MotoDay event. Superbike manufactures had set up their stalls for the bikers and the latest bike models were on display. Biking merchandise, spare parts and accessories were on sale. There was also an R&D session in which experts talked about the latest motorcycle technology. We enjoyed talking to some of the bikers. They treated their bikes like their babies and were very enthusiastic discussing about anything related to their bikes -Engine, accessories or even the exhaust pipe. It was a fantastic experience to meet the motorcycling community.Few things to know before you plan your trip to LavasaHow to reach Lavasa - Lavasa is approximately 60 km from Pune and 190 km from Mumbai. The drive to Lavasa is through the villages which is pretty scenic. You can use take a train/bus up to Lonavala (Approx. 30 km from Lavasa) and then take a taxi/auto to reach Lavasa. The best way to reach Lavasa is by car or bike. You can enjoy the scenic landscape while driving. The roads are also in good condition, making the journey an excellent driving experience.Best time to visit -The weather is pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit Lavasa is from September to March. The city experiences monsoon from June to August and you can see the blooming flowers and the lush green vegetation during this period.Food Options -On your way to Lavasa city, you can enjoy roasted sweet corns near Temghar Dam. The sweet corn tastes delicious. At lavasa, there are many food options from Chaat to chicken biryani, wraps, parathas, sandwich and dosas. The taste of food is not that great in most of the restaurants near the Warasgaon Lake.Stay at Lavasa -Accommodation here is expensive. I doubt you will find a decent place at a cheaper price. Even though I have not stayed in Lavasa, Ekaant - a hotel at the highest point of the hill looks like a nice place to stay with a good view. If you are looking for relaxation and a tranquil experience then just book an expensive resort and enjoy the scenic beauty.The MotoDay at Lavasa was an incredible experience. People from different age groups, professions, religion and regions had gathered to celebrate the free spirit and the passion for motorcycling.This blog was originally published on ''