During my recent visit to Pune I happened to explore these amazing places that I had never thought would be so beautiful. I had heard a lot about them and had seen photos and videos but to be honest these do not do justice to these places. One has to be there to experience them to the fullest. I was lucky enough to have a close friend living in Pune.
Our first choice was Lavasa as I had heard so much about it. It opened to public in the year 2016 and was a dream project of the Maharashtra government, a privatized planned city, based on the Italian town Portofino. We booked an Ola outstation for the trip. We stopped at some really picturesque spots that seemed to have come straight out of a poster. It kept drizzling on and off throughout our way. We reached Lavasa in about an hour and a half and spent about 2-2.5 hours. It was very less crowded giving us a chance to click a lot of awesome pictures and shoot videos.
Though it was surprising, that a place, which was once full of hustle and bustle, a hub of fancy cafés and eateries, providing boating and lavish hotels for tourists; is now a deserted place indeed. But its serene beauty would make anyone want to go back again and again. I was mesmerized by the place, the lakeside, the colourful buildings lined up on both sides and the clouds playing with each other.
There weren’t many places open so, we sat at a small chai shop and had an amazing tandoori chai. The shop vendor told us how this place faced environmental hazards and due to lack of funds has now been closed and their business has also suffered due to that. Now, only a few local tourists visit the place and the 500 Rupees entry fees charged now has only been started since a few months back in order to maintain a little bit of what is left of the place. After loitering around a bit more we started from there in our cab. We again stopped at some amazing places in between for photos. The best part was the road trip to and from Lavasa.