Travel! The one thing that makes sense in this 9-5 rut of a life. Travel is the carrot at the end of the stick, the motivation to make it to work everyday ! Its simple logic: I work, I will make enough to make it to Venice someday… Ahh daydreaming!
Well someday …. For now, lets keep it real.
As The gem of the day, I bring you Lavasa.
photo credit: tripadvisor
My word for the place: mesmerizing.
For those in or around Pune looking for a road trip, it is highly recommended that you head over to Lavasa for the evening. This travelogue will focus on an evening in Lavasa. You can look for weekend haul as well, but that will need some research on your part. This place is suitable for family and friends with the usual differences that come when you hang with particular group. My recommendation would be to go with friends for there are pubs here you would definitely want to sample.
Lavasa is like a lane out of the quaint night in movie. The lights dot the spotless street and restaurants gleam at a distance. The lane lines the river on banks and the bridges over the river have the perfect setting for some lovely photographs. Props line up at appropriate distance along the lane, keeping the intrigue high. With slight nip in the air and drizzles this makes a romantic setting, one where you actually can offer your jacket to the lady ^_^
Now that we have sneak-peaked into the destination, let’s see how to get to the logistics:
We took a zoom car for this and due to rains and steep ghaat the designated driver a good one. The route is scenic and took us around 1.5-2 hrs from Baner Pune. We left at 5pm. En route, we took the required chai-bhajiya stop and the cliff with the quintessential chai ki ta tpri was amazing. The piping hot tea with the pakodas and vada pav makes for an excellent start.
We reached Lavasa through the whiplash rain and steep roads. As I have the shotgun position in state of eternal dibs, I can tell you the journey scared the hell out of me. But we got there with just two warning messages from Zoom car to not over speed, over-exert the car. They will fine you for it and that will hurt so Be Careful!
Things to do:
- If you are here just for the evening, promenade is the place to be. It is by the waterfront and has a certain European charm to it. Maybe it’s the streetlights or the aesthetically set lane, you will attest to the European touch even if you have never been to Europe.
- The walk, the stairway and the bridge is perfect place to just be.
- The restaurants line this place: from street food to fancy street food to just fancy food, there is everything. It is pricy for sure. The Ambience in the American style dinner is certainly fun as is the artistic bakery with precise and goofy bread art lining wall. The choices for food is pretty great. One can definitely find something to their linking
- If you are in Lavasa, stop by this place called Past-Times
For every fan of sitcoms, this will bring out the old English pub feel. The Chilled beer glasses, the art ranging from vintage cars to arms and ammunition, the decor with old time lights and the dignified bar! Add to it the country music, that’s what an Irish Pub feels like, in my head.
So we had a ‘distinguished’ dinner at Past Times and around 11, started back for Pune.
It started raining just as we left Past Times making it the perfect night! We danced away in the rain, somehow the road back home seemed tame.
If a mundane life is killing you, head to this place for the brief respite. You won’t be disappointed!