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:
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.
So does the Ekant above.
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:
The solar trails routinely mesmerised others as well.
The next day begins with chasing the Sun – again.
The shafts of the rays quickly fill the valley out.
The stroll at the bridge is short and refreshing.
My greed for the brilliant colors of sky finds “Ek mutthhi aasman” everywhere:
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:
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.