In focus for this week’s #TravelerTuesday is Lavasa in Maharashtra, India.
The hubby and I visited this secluded and beautiful planned city near Pune for our first marriage anniversary. Since the anniversary fell on a weekday we could only plan a one day trip to someplace near Mumbai.
Fun fact: Did you know that this manmade city is stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, with a street and several buildings bearing the name of that town?
So, a look at few photographs of the city were enough for us to finalize this place for our anniversary celebrations and getaway. Reason? Our honeymoon was in Italy and this was a perfect chance and place to relive and reminiscence the joys of early marital bliss !
The quaint town has been under the radar for a lot of issues right from procurement of land, harm to the environment, and loans acquired through political corruption. It is a mostly empty town with major construction being either underway or left midway.
Despite all this negative factors, we ended up having a really good time!
I mean isn’t it kind of ideal for an anniversary celebration to be in a place which doesn’t have many people? The only hiccup was that the food was limited as well as expensive, which we didn’t mind for a day’s getaway, however if putting up for more than couple of days, it would definitely dig a big hole in the pocket. So, planning a short trip rather than a 4-5 days sojourn would be wiser if visiting Lavasa.
I’d definitely recommend giving this Italian replication a visit, if not, just for the beautiful backdrops it’ll provide to your photos and also of course for the overall peace and serenity.
Pro-tip: Carry food and snacks from home to save some money! Also, as per the sources, the city is going to be permanently closed and off-limits soon. So, visit it as soon as you can.