Lavasa Tourism
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Lavasa Tourism

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793 Ratings & 423 Reviews

Lavasa is a grand concept.The web site (www.lavasa.com) promises much. The temperature, they say is between a cool 17 degrees to a warm 32 degrees. The temperature certainly drops as we drive up to the hill station. However, it is still quite hot when we reach.

The web site mentions that Dasve is the first township that is created. Pictures give the impression of a completed waterfront with picturesque european style town houses built around it. The lights shimmer off the multi coloured houses, and their beauty is reflected back from the clear waters.


The road to the city is truly world class, but the situation at ground zero is slightly different. The lake is almost dry, and efforts to dam the water have not worked for now. Less than 5 buildings are complete. There is construction happening at a frantic pace. Everywhere, the ground is dug up. There are huge mounds of earth, stone and gravel piled up. There are heavy vehicles all around, some of them carting construction material, others carting workers, yet some other water for the building. There are smaller vehicles with generators and digging equipment on the sides of the roads, and there is the sound of earth meeting rock, always.

There is a little water on the lake, where boats, (motorized and otherwise) heroically try to present a picture of a 'resort'. but the waterfront above, around which all the buildings stand, is almost completely dry. The water is muddy, and stagnant.

Yet, a more closer look reveals emerging beauty and painstaking care. The scale is massive. There are houses being constructed on hills spread over squares of kilometres. There seems to be a meticulous plan beneath it all. The promenade on the waterfront is created European style. The floor is of stone, and there are beautifully landscaped gardens, seats and corniches. The water flows like a river and the promenade and buildings rise on either side. Like Paris, there are quaint arched stone bridges which connect the two sides together. Buildings are painstakingly constructed in a classic style, with stone in the ground floor, and concrete above.

The infrastructure is world class - there is a dam with sluice gates to control the water level, storm drains, great roads, and we saw pipelines being constructed for internet and cable.

There are many small dwellings created to house the workers. Vehicles ferry the workers to different parts of Lavasa for work. There is even a temple constructed for them.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are three hotels in Lavasa now. The Fortune Select is the most expensive with tariff between INR 5000-8000. Large and opulent, it comes alive in the muted lighting at night.

There is the Waterfront Shaw which consists of serviced apartments. Exquisitely designed 2 and 1 bedroom apartments, and studio apartments with an international touch are yours at the price of INR 4000-6000 a night. The Waterfront Shaw has one restaurant now, an American diner. The food is delicious, and worth many visits.

Both of these hotels face the waterfront.

The Ekaant Retreat is the third hotel, with a tariff of INR 2000 per day, food being charged extra.

Activities & things to do: There are not many things to see in Lavasa now. Most of the landscape is dotted with construction activity. Some boating can be done in the lake, but water levels are very low. A walk in the promenade by the night is good. Visitors can visit the information centre, which gives information about Lavasa vision, current status and timelines. One can drive to nearby RamNagar for a magnificient valley and forest view. There are many beautiful tiny gardens built on the sides of the winding road, where views of the city and the valley can be seen.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: A mere mortal can think of building a house, a greater man can think of building a township, but only a mythical being can make a world class city rise from nothing, put in world class infrastructure, change the course of water and air, grow trees out of nothing, and connect it by road and air to the world.

Like god, his presence is felt everywhere, but nowhere is he seen. He has created a world class road that runs from chandni chowk, for more than 40 plus kilometres to the 690 mtr hillstation. He has built a dam to hold the waters in his city, and prevent it from flowing elsewhere. A magic technological wand is being waved to forest the mountains in a few years. Unlike other indian cities, buildings are spacious and aesthetic, with ample space and lots of forest cover.

But there are questions. Can a culture of grace, and grandeur which evolved over centuries be replicated in a few years? Can the European architectural style withstand the Indian climes? Surely, a construction of this magnitude has caused thousands of trees to be uprooted and animals to be displaced. Is this eco friendly? What has happened to the original inhabitants? Will the vision last even when the visionary is gone?

Only time will tell. But for now, it seems that Lavasa is an idea whose time is coming. When done, we will have Europe near Pune. With world class hotels, colleges, companies, and a modern city with old world charm, it will be a city that few can resist.
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Gulshan Naagar
  • Gulshan Naagar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Water sports and musical fountains" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I had wanted to visit this place for a long time and finally visited last weekend. The weather was nice and favorable. I loved the drive. When you enter Lavasa, you get a different feeling. Most of the place is still under construction. Everything is built around this huge lake where there were water sports and musical fountains. The entire waterfront feel is quite European style. I liked the walk but after 30 to 40 minutes, I realized there's nothing else there. There are a lot of food joints. We visited the place called Krazy Koala. It had bad service and the food was average. This place is ideal for a day trip, not worth a night stay and preferably for big groups.
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Tanush Kedia
  • Tanush Kedia
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 1 Review

"Awesome Serene Beauty" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
If you want to do meditation, this is the best place to sit by lake. Awesome silent place and serene beauty. The place looks more greener if you are visiting in monsoon. The lake located in the middle of the hills gives a soothing experience to your eyes. The other two best thing is the sunrise and sunset. You have water sports also for your recreation.
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M K
  • M K
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Good for a weekend trip but not recommended for people travelling from far off"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2014
It's not so far any exotic destinations to visit. There is still lot of construction going in and around Lavasa. I feel after may be 10 years it might be a proper tourist destination. Currently it is good for weekend trip but won't recommend this for people travelling from far off to choose this in their itinerary. There are not much hotel options and whatever options available are too costly and don't find them to be value for money for this destination.
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Nirav Shah
  • Nirav Shah
  • Lives in Nasik
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice but not even half constructed"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2014
Very nice place but still a lots of construction is going on and a lot more left to be completed. They show a video of what Lavasa will be and how it is planned and few years down the line it would be a good place to visit. I had much fun, specially the Promenade walk. I would love to visit the place again, given a chance.
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Shivam Gupta
  • Shivam Gupta
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"Mind Blowing !!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2013
Imagine a very well planned colorful city in the midst of lush green hills, Lavasa is exactly that. I went to Lavasa with a group of friends in the monsoon season. The ride from Pune to Lavasa is full of scenic spots. Although, it has some steep curves but the roads are very well maintained and there are many places where you can stop and take a look at the surroundings.

Lavasa has plenty of fun activities for everyone.There are nature trails that disappear into the green hills, adventure sports like zorbing and rappelling and a separate games arcade and a bus and train tours as well.

There are plenty of places to eat in lavasa like The All American Diner, PizzaWala, Chor Bizarre etc. Lavasa is a very different from typical hill stations in India and is a must visit if you are in Pune.
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Pushpendra Jain
  • Pushpendra Jain
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews

"Good Place"

  • Posted Jun 22, 2013
The destination is not approchable as per google map or navigator so many person get difficulty in reach their. but one reach their their climate is very good. ' MAJA AAJAVE JAISA VATAVARAN HAI '

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not good for Jain community. because of their not single restaurant for jain or only vegetarian. so we get some difficulty in eating but we manage from our refreshment and some chor bazaar restaurant.

Activities & things to do: their local train is good baba gadi. and nature camp is too good.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: you go from pune.
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Sachin Panwalkar
  • Sachin Panwalkar
  • 2 Reviews

"Cool destination"

  • Posted May 28, 2013
Destination is pretty good but it is in developing stage.lots of constructions are incomplete.Chopper ride was wonderful.music and colour fountain show was awesome.Nature trail was worth

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: all international brands like CAFE COFFE DAY etc are avaliable

Activities & things to do: chopper ride,Nature Trail.water sports,Dasvino club

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: from pune destination is just 55kms.it takes only 90 minutes from pune
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Manna sharma
  • Manna sharma
  • 2 Reviews

"Too far from Mumbai"

  • Posted May 28, 2013
Place was very good. Nice food, good restaurants but very less activities to do for kids and the activities which are available are very costly.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was good. no much of sight-seeing and nil shopping destinations

Activities & things to do: Nil

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Bad
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Neerav  Jain
  • Neerav Jain
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Fun in peace"

  • Posted May 17, 2013
Its a beautiful place to visit totally relax ur mind n freshens u up totally peace of mind best place afte retirement...

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Paobhaji masala at street mrkt, twist potato, bamboo factory d best thing man made lake simply beautiful couple bicycle.

Activities & things to do: Water sports like jet skiing mini cruise boating trekking mini rail..

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Go by plane n hire taxi frm Pune to lavasa (1.5hr drive).....
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Vaibhav Pathare
  • Vaibhav Pathare
  • Lives in Thane
  • 2 Reviews

"Lavasa - bright journey ahead"

  • Posted Apr 1, 2013
Destination is good for relaxation and going away from day to day traffic and hassles best time I would suggest in rainy or in winters Must to have your own transport good to visit with family or your soulmate decent time to stay is of 2 days. Still it is in developing stage....

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sight seeing is just the waterfront and nature trails apart is still in developing stage food is expensive outside as well as in hotels but still fortune hotel is serving good food shopping again is little expensive....

Activities & things to do: lot of activities like nature traills, boating, etc.....

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: from Pune it is around one n half hour advicible to take own car.
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Lavasa Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Lavasa is  among the first planned cities in India, located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. It is located behind the Dam of Varasgaon, near Pune and Mumbai and is situated on the banks of Baji Pasalkar. The distance between Lavasa and Pune is about 65 kilometres and it is about 180 kilometres from Mumbai. There are five routes that lead to Lavasa from these regions.

Lavasa is popular because of the mountains and valleys that surround the region. It is because of the location of this place, people find opportunities for adventurous activities like mountain climbing, hiking and trekking.. The popular attractions here include the Lakeshore, which offers opportunities of adventure sports like  boating against the strong currents of the lake, cruises and jet skiing.

Lavasa is set on the seven hills of Maharashtra in the Mose valley. The city was planned and built as per the principles of ecological sustainable environment and urbanisation. The city is equipped with all the latest means of technologies and facilities, which are being managed by HCC India.

Major attractions near Lavasa include Pune, which is around 65 kilometres and is also the cultural capital of Maharashtra.  Mumbai, also known as the business capital of India is about 300 kilometres from the place and is also one of the largest metropolitan areas in India. Mumbai is also the capital of Maharashtra state and has rich cultural history that attracts people, who visit Lavasa.    

The weather conditions in Lavasa remain pleasant throughout the year.. The best time to visit Lavasa is during the monsoon season because of the pleasant weather that allows the exploration of natural wildlife and waterfalls located in the region.

Lavasa can be reached from Pune, which has the nearest airport at a distance of 49 kilometres from Lavasa. The airport of Pune is connected to nine other Indian cities. The other airports located nearby are Chhtarapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) of Mumbai, located around 215 kilometres. The recently constructed airport at Panvel is located 145 kilometres away.   

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