Set against the Western Ghats and covered with a blanket of stars, Lavasa is a small town constructed straight out of a storybook. A unique place that can be visited all year round, Lavasa offers you a wholesome experience right from the chilly ride uphill all the way to the warm restaurants in its heart. Merely a few kilometres away from Pune, Lavasa is the ideal luxury weekend getaway for the people of both Pune and Mumbai. It offers you serenity and picturesque locales of gorgeous lakes and might hills with a slightly Western angle to it that takes you out of India. A complete destination, Lavasa had something to offer to everyone. In order to amplify this multinational experience, Lavasa also has various restaurants ranging from American, Italian to dynamic Middle Eastern. The adventurous will find their adrenaline amidst all the water sports while others find solace in the campfires. The town is beautifully maintained, and sunsets are draped lusciously in lights just as sunrises bathe the city in a charming glow. An indulgent happy place for couples, thrill seekers and a dream land for photographers - Lavasa is a must visit for anyone seeking a break from routine.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Lavasa is from July to February
How To Reach
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Torna Fort also called Prachandagad is just a big fort situated in Pune section, Maharashtra. It's traditionally substantial since it is the first fort caught by Shivaji Maharaj in 1643, at the age of 16 creating the nucleus of the Maratha empire. The hill posseses an elevation of 1,403 metres (4,603 ft) over ocean level, rendering it the best hill-fort in the district.
We started walking towards the jungle, the way had lot of epic beauty, to one view we had a dam while on another giant mountains acting as the curtains to give shade from the sun. Walking for one long hour across the plateau we came across the bank of river which originates from Devkund waterfall.Crossing the dried up river we entered to a dense forest, like real dense forest, and a medium trek up to the fall. Till this time for a about two hours walk we did not even knew that there may be anything so beautiful and scenic fall up there. dried up river gave a reason that the fall must have been vanished. The sun so bright and strong gave a reason that there was nothing up there, but the urge to see the place with my eyes was so strong that it made me walk for straight two hours.
Lavasa Hill City
Lavasa is a man made town or a planned city in the middle of the mountains. The place is blessed with rivers and dams and the English architectural creations make this place a mut visit. Staying back might seem like a costly option but do stay back to see the place get lit up with the evening lights.
If holidaying in the regular resorts sounds too mainstream, try this off beat location in the rustic locales of Temgarh for an exotic vacation. This place has more of a camping feel with the tent like bungalows, tents and cottages. You can enjoy camping, bon fires and picnics out here. Barbeques and also be arranged for you on prior request. You can also play outdoor games such as cricket also over here. You have to stay in one of these beautifully set up cottages or bungalows and the views from here are awesome. The food served is authentically Maharashtrian apart from a number of other types of cuisines.
Just to give you a background about the place, This place is remote location from a village called Bhira, which is 20kms from Pali (khopoli) from Mumbai side, because from Pune side it is almost 70-80Kms. As you reach Bhira, you will see the locals approaching you for Guide. Do take a local with you as the way up till the fall is through dense jungle and an hour long walk beside the dam. Point in taking locals is, you will not get lost in jungle nor waste you time finding the way.
Trek Distance [to and fro]: no idea, just started measuring the time taken through rocks, a crazy ladder and some major scrambling on rocks at the last stretch! From Base Village: Ekole Fort Elevation: 3000ft Time taken: ~2hrs, this one I forgot While the trail head is marked and easy to find a little further from Ekole at another small settlement, the trail keep branching without direction boards. Sheer luck will take you down the right path. Keep right, and keep the fort in sight on your right all the time! We did that after one false turn and trudged up relatively straightforward forest trails and rock paths. Till we came to the cave and the crazy ladder. This was the craziest thing I've ever done on a trek! Beyond that, the last stretch on a pile of rock wet from the rains was too hard for me and I sat that one out while B pushed ahead and got his "selfie with the flag". The place where the ladder sits is a nice place to hang out and grab a meal, soaking in the panoramic views of the valley down below. Further down a few steps near the "loo" is another nice cozy spot with a view. These treks are getting scarier each week, and I have no idea why I'm waiting for the next one!
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 ''