03-JUN-2013: I had always wanted to go for a long drive to a nearby getaway when Monsoon begins, i.e. the first day of showers. Ar also after her birth had not gone for a real outing. I had taken a leave on 3rd June, as Ar was coming home over the weekend after visit to her maternal home. And then coincidentally all the three things came together, I was on leave, Rains started on 3rd of June and Ar was at home and in good spirits and she likes travelling in car. So we decided to go for an outing to somewhere nearby, which will take no more than 3 hours for going and coming back as that’s the max Ar would hold out. We finally decided to go to Lavasa, in the second half of the day.
Then it started raining heavily at noon and it seemed that our plans would be washed away, but I was still hopeful that skies would clear a bit and we would be on our way. Finally around 3:00 pm, the rains subsided and we were on our way. The road to Lavasa is a toll road, which starts from Chandani Chowk. Basically, once you get on the bridge of Chandani Chowk from Kothrud, you have to just go straight and then take left at Pirangut chowk. The road is in bad shape initially, with heavy traffic but then after Pirangut, it is good and less congested. You have to cross couple of ghats on the way and all the surrounding is very serene. Ar was enjoying the new sights all around and then finally went to sleep :).
Finally we entered through the main gate into Lavasa city, it took us around 1:30 hours to reach there from our house. One of the sight which caught our attention immediately, was group of clouds which had rested on the ridge of the hill through which we had entered. Slowly they were rising and passing across the hill. This was the first time I had seen such an amazing sight. We took quite a few pics there and I think Ar also enjoyed it. We then started towards the city and the whole drive and scenery is beautiful. The whole area has been maintained well and you get a feeling of reaching a hill station outside India. After 20-25 mins we reached the city after couple of stop overs and found many buildings which have nothing to talk about. There is backwaters also of the Varasgaon dam, which was almost empty in the summers. We were thinking if we can have a quick tea or snacks in some hotel there, but just then it started raining heavily and also it would be dark in some time and so we started back for our home.
It was raining heavily and we saw many vehicles parked on the side, waiting for the weather to clear up. The winds were also very strong and it was difficult to drive in such conditions, but I enjoyed the driving very much. It took more time for us in the return journey as the evening office traffic was starting to pick up. We were back in around 2 hours time. In total we went to Lavasa and back in 3:30 hours and all of us enjoyed this short trip very much.
From next year I have decided to go on a long drive to a nearby place on the first day of the Monsoon. Let’s see if it materializes. So, until next time…