Fleeting by – Lavasa

Lavasa view from the bridge (c) margie parikh

Lavasa view from the bridge (c) margie parikh

Lavasa is a lot of things to a lot of different people. Taken over there by a work related, I also could not remain without taking a stand. I think it is a place to check out if one can afford a nice little mix of nature in its slightly manicured fashion, complete with comfortable lodging and boarding, unlike living out in the wild on the real treks.

What caught my eye in the non-work hours was surely pleasing – right from the pre-sunset and sunset views. I often add filters to the images, but this one is straight out of my two or three year old, 8 mp Google nexus 4, unadulterated, and is my favorite:

Sunset at Lavasa as viewed from Ekanta (c) margie parikh

Sunset at Lavasa as viewed from Ekanta (c) margie parikh

Sunset as viewed from Ekanta at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Sunset as viewed from Ekanta at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

The ranges of hills welcome the Sun into their numerous shades of blue. That sober yet brilliant interplay of colors captivates me, always. Within minutes, it gets dark. I recall the speed of earth’s rotation and get filled with awe as I feel completely one with the universe, quite forgetting for a split second who I am and where I stand.

The valley below begins to light up.

Valley and the reservoir at Dasve, Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Valley and the reservoir at Dasve, Lavasa (c) margie parikh

So does the Ekant above.

Ekant, one of the hill-tops at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Ekant, one of the hill-tops at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

There is a completely man-made nature trail starting right behind Ekant. Must-do. The first sunset picture above is actually from one of the Machan-like structures created a few tens of steps up on that trail. Must-do if you are in Lavasa.

Among the finds on the next day are the trees of Beetel-nut or Sopari. I had never seen the tree or the fruit hanging from it before:

Sopari trees at water treatment plant of Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Sopari trees at water treatment plant of Lavasa (c) margie parikh

The solar trails routinely mesmerised others as well.

On the edge (c) margie parikh

On the edge (c) margie parikh

The next day begins with chasing the Sun – again.

Sunrise at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Sunrise at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

The shafts of the rays quickly fill the valley out.

Moments when Sun lets you stare right at it at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Moments when Sun lets you stare right at it at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Why this color? Just wondering at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

Why this color? Just wondering at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

The stroll at the bridge is short and refreshing.

At the Bridge at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

At the Bridge at Lavasa (c) margie parikh

My greed for the brilliant colors of sky finds “Ek mutthhi aasman” everywhere:

Ek mutthhi aasmaan (c) margie parikh

Ek mutthhi aasmaan (c) margie parikh

And the roving eyes catch a brilliant dot of orange and pink, too – amid the hues of blue and orange. It’s a temple top:

Temple top (c) margie parikh

Temple top (c) margie parikh

Not sure if a bit of wandering on the first visit of Lavasa leaves out much for the next, but this  one surely was  treat to the eye.

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