Lavasa is a planned hill station, in the district of Pune, Maharashtra state. If you’ve ever dreamt of a beautiful hill station, Lavasa is a lot more. Picturesque valley of Lavasa,where the old world blends perfectly with the cosmopolitan life of today is a memorable experience which will take you to a new level of relaxation and rejuvenation, and will make you come back for more. Lavasa is a place that will truly please all your senses and will leave a lasting impression not only on your mind but also your soul. While strolling around the waterfront promenade, you will see the restaurants, hotels, coffee shops etc. painted in Mediterranean tones of blood orange ,ochre, lemon yellow etc, just the sort of color spectrum that makes tourists fall in lust with the Italian sun. A place such as Portofino comes to mind, that seaside city tucked alluringly into the crook of the ligurian coast where starlets loll on yachts, where the seafood is nonpareil, where the azure waters shines…well, you get the picture.
This is not Portfino. This is,however, its modest yet deliberate replica, which seems somewhat strange when you consider its location in the Sahayadri mountains, southwest of Pune, India. Lavasa, though is a kind of replica, gets something new in the history of Indian hill stations. Nestled deep in the Sahyadri mountains, around the 20 km long Warasgaon Lake, Lavasa is a picturesque hill station offering a vibrant and self-contained world. Lavasa is very well connected to Pune and Mumbai, being around 65 kms and 200 kms respectively from both the cities.It is perfectly planned with a touch of modernization and sets in well with the ranges of Sahayadri hills, with the azure water, with the greenery all around and a beautiful sight of nature and hotels deemed up specially to enhance its beauty more.
India’s first planned hill city is a perfect destination for a monsoon family excursion. With smooth roads winding the ghats, the drive in itself to Lavasa is fabulous. Lavasa, an awe inspiring city spanning over 25,000 acres of enchanting lush green landscape with sixty kilometers of lakefront spread over seven hills is responsible for the development of the adjacent rural areas also. This hill station is privately owned by the Hindustan Construction Company and is well-equipped with all modern amenities. It also has schools for the locals staying there, in the planning to open with colleges and other education amenities. There are hospitals as well. Besides the picturesque view and hotels Lavasa has many other attraction. Enjoy an international watersports experience, with activities like pontoons, bumper boats, jet skiing, water volleyball and pedal boats activities in Lavasa.
Monsoon is the best time to visit Lavasa. This is a jubilant place to enjoy the cool breeze and experience the chirping of lovely birds, without any hustle-bustle of the city. Lavasa has many hotels, resort, restaurants, cafes etc to enjoy the lakefront of Dasve. Lavasa has also started with housing, one can buy a plot or the bunglows or something from hotel apartments and plan their holidays or retirement in the peaceful and mind soothing place lavasa. The hill city also houses Lavasa International Convention Centre (LICC) which is located on the picturesque lakefront at Dasve, the first town at Lavasa. Reputed for its architecturally stunning exteriors, state-of-the-art meeting facilities, impeccable service and world class amenities the convention centre is an ideal venue for meetings, conventions, exhibitions, launches and seminars. Already many of the launches, seminars etc have took place in the convention centre and lots more are upcoming, like Lavasa women drive.
There are many well known luxury hotels and resorts for a perfect stay in Lavasa, each providing with different views and experiences to explore Lavasa’s beauty. One of the four star hotel is fortune, Fortune Dasve is a 4 star establishment, located amidst rolling hills in the heart of Dasve village in Lavasa. Sprawling in 1.5 acres of green landscape, this hotel, surrounded by timbered hills, is in itself an attraction worth checking out. Fortune is a member of ITC’s hotel group. Restaurant’s at fortune also serves delicious food with all cuisine available, by the well -known chefs.
The other such hotel in Lavasa with all-together different experience is Ekaant, the retreat, the location of ‘Ekaant Retreat Lavasa’ is excellent with overlooking Sahyadri mountain range and it’s beautiful to see at night the moon shining onto the calming Lake. The Lavasa Ekaant Retreat is amongst the best of all the hotels in Lavasa for they offer best view of nature. Other hotels are the mercure, the waterfront shaw resorts and hotels, dasve club etc. There are many studio apartments available in lavasa to enjoy the stay in Lavasa.
Apart from the water rides, and splendor view, there are many spa’s, body massages etc available with the scenic beauty to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. There are many good resturants in Lavasa along the lakefront offering various cuisines of food to relish on. Lavasa is accessed by roadways only. its near from Pune with around 72kms. From Mumbai it takes 193km. There are buses and private vehicles going to Lavasa from Mumbai and Pune.
Lavasa is positioned as a luxury getaway for the elite and a permanent resident for those who can commute to Pune for work. Few phases of Lavasa are still under development and once completed, will come out as a wonder place to reside or to holiday inn.