Since I moved to Pune , I made it a point to travel as much as I can because it is one of the few places that is surrounded by beautiful hills and also by some of the most beautiful unexplored beaches. Infact , my college is on a hill itself and it is not only beautiful to watch the sky change colours every evening while we sip a cup of our daily dose of caffeine but also to wake up amongst the clouds in the later half of the year. Since I moved to Pune, it has been the best 10 months of my life as I kind of explored more about myself through travelling.
Lavasa in a nutshell
Lavasa is located approximately 60 kms from Pune in the Mulshi Valley. It is a planned city and is the first hill station of India post Independance. It’s still under construction but I would say that this is the best time to visit as you can see the raw beauty of nature along with the beautiful Italian town planning. Too much urbanisation spoils it all. The town is beautifully nestled amongst the hills,in the valley and has beautifully designed lanes and bunglows. The best time to visit is the monsoons as it brings out the beauty and greenery of the place. This was my second visit to the place(April), the first time being during the monsoons (October) , hence I am capable of writing about both my experiences.
How do you get to Lavasa ?
There are no direct trains to the place and the nearest station is Pune Jn. however, there are buses from Swargate (Pune) to Lavasa at multiple times daily. There is one at 6am, 7am, 11am,etc. These timings change basis availability and you cannot book them online. They charge Rs.70 and is a great medium if you are on a budget. Cabs charge approximately Rs.1500. However, I booked an Ola Rental (60kms/6 hours) and reached Lavasa in Rs.1075(including taxes). There is no Ola/Uber while coming back and you will have to rely on share cabs if you do not have a car/bike.
There are a lot of options ranging from normal to luxury. You can get rooms for as low as Rs. 1,000 upto Rs.10,000 depending on the season. It stays crowded during weekends when people from Mumbai/Pune visit to chill and unwind.
I stayed at Fortune Select,Dasve (Member: ITC Group hotels) and it is undoubtedly the best hotel in Lavasa. It has got amazing rooms , swimming pool, a gym, recreational area,etc. The breakfast is to die for, literally.
When in Lavasa…..
The drive to lavasa is very scenic and also has very beautiful points to stop by and grab a cup of chai (when you have your own vehicle). During monsoons, the drive becomes 4x more beautiful as you drive through the rains and the clouds really come down. Also, if you do not have your own vehicle, make friends with localites and hire a bike from them ( we did it ) and drive through the serene lanes of the city , watching the sun hiding behind the hills at dusk (also clicking some amazing pictures). Also, eat at the cute little cafe’s on the streets with outside seating.
What I wore?
The first evening I wore a cute dress than my mom had gifted me in Class X. Purchased from Theatre Road AC Market,Kolkata. Paired this with black tassel earrings and black loafers.
For the Second day, I wore this cute Mickey Mouse dress that was purchased from Bugis Street,Singapore, paired with a sling from e2o and the evergreen White sneakers completed the look !
Thank You for being here ! See you ASAP.
Loads of Love | Ravina ❤