I recently did a road trip from Panshet to Lavasa via the Panshet Lavasa Road. I was looking for the best road trips from Pune when I decided to take a bike trip alongside the backwaters of Panshet Dam and Varasgaon Dam. There is also a trek which goes from Panshet to Lavasa via Ambi. For me, I had decided on a bike trip near Pune. After much research for scenic areas and beautiful villages, I charted out the route called Panshet Lavasa Road as shown below. It is basically, Pune -- Khadakwasla -- Panshet -- Varsgaon -- Lavasa.
Khadakwasla Dam BackWaters
For this trip, I started from Pune city at 5.30 in the morning and aimed to reach Khadakwasla by sunrise. To reach Khadakwasla you take the Sinhagad road and it is almost straight route. By 6.30 I reached the Khadakwasla backwaters. While the sun was not up yet, the waters were covered by heavy fog. Little by little the water turned from black to silver. But the visibility was still obscured due to the fog. After 5-10 minutes I started for Panshet again. For those who don’t know, Khadakwasla is dam which provides water to the whole of Pune. The place is a common hotspot during the monsoons. Many people visit even all round the year.
After Khadakwasla I started for the Panshet Boating Area. Panshet is the dam which provides water to the Khadakwasla dam and which in turn provides waters to the whole of Pune city. To reach here follow the signs along Sinhagad road and there is right turn which leads to Panshet road. The journey here was very scenic. The road is very much around the waters of Khdakwasla. In the morning fresh fog comes from the waters on these roads.
By 8.00, I reached the beautiful backwaters of Panshet. Panshet also has an MTDC resort which is nicely run by the Government. Moreover, in the boating area, there are various boating facilities available. They have motorboats, kayaks, and paddle boats and also some other sports. They have a good parking area and snacks/lunch centre too. This is a good place for Kayaking in Pune or you may say Kayaking near Pune. Additionally, there are many other resorts and farms around here hosting a ton of other adventure sports like zip lines, go-karting, archery, etc. I opted for a paddleboat ride which was amazing.
On the Way to Lavasa, near Panshet is this beautiful dam of Varsgaon. The waters here were pristine and I could even see the bottom of the riverbed here. There is a little old bridge over the waters. Moreover, the backwaters of Varsgaon are stunning. They are along with you most of the way from Panshet to Lavasa. In fact, the route as you see above is all around these waters.
Panshet to Lavasa Road
The road from Panshet to Lavasa is terrific. In the sense that more than 90% of the road is a Kacha Road, meaning no proper tar roads. The road goes all way around the backwaters of the dam. There is water on one side of the roads and mountains on the other. And the crystal clear waters shine bluest of all in the sunshine. On the other side, the mountains are full of green trees. The route from Panshet to Lavasa is a little over 30 km, but definitely worth it. There are numerous small villages all around the route. Many little houses are close to the waters, people have their farms and life is really beautiful. The Panshet to Lavasa route is indeed scenic but really bumpy. But there is nothing to complain about when you are in treat with nature around.
Lavasa The Lake City
After 2 hrs of driving through 30 km of bad roads and beautiful views, on Panshet -- Lavasa Road, you reach Lavasa City. Lavasa is a lake city based on the backwaters of a dam. The construction and style are made as per the little city of Portofino of Italy. The waters here are surrounded by mountains from the Sahyadri and they are bluest of all.
Lavasa Lakeshore Sports
Lavasa also provides Water sports activities. They have a Lavasa Lakeshore sports centre where you can try kayaking and paddle boats. They also have Jet sky, water skiing and river cruises here. This is a cool place for Kayaking in Pune, or you may say Kayaking near Pune.
Other Places in Lavasa
There are two points -- Lake viewpoint and Dasve viewing point which are the best views over the landscape. Moreover, you can have a walk around the quaint buildings too. There is a link road which separates the dam waters and the Lavasa Lake. You can walk over here and the views are stunning. There is also the quaint Portofino Street and Thicket Street. Moreover, there are some Town Halls and Convention Centers, a lake fountain and some riverside walkways.
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