Ten-Second Takeaway

Star-gaze, listen to music and eat delicious food by the Pawna Lake which is not too far away from Mumbai.

Where Is It?

Pawna Lake is an artificial reservoir formed by the water of its namesake dam, and is situated towards the outskirts of Lonavala in Pawnagar, Ambegaon.

How Do I Get There?

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It is a beautiful drive from Mumbai through the Mumbai-Pune express highway. It should last for a maximum of three hours, as long as you don’t get stuck in traffic. The roads to Pawnagar from Lonavala are pretty narrow and not in the best condition, so get ready for a bumpy ride post Lonavala. We suggest not driving there in the night.

What Is Unique About It?

It’s a serene place and is a fabulous weekend gateway. Greenery encompasses this lake, making it a delight for those who want to spend time in the lap of nature. You can trek to the nearby hills, listen to music, camp there and enjoy flavorful food cooked by the locals. The locals there provide you a safe spot, security, tents, food and also a speaker that you can connect with your phone or laptop and listen to music while you star-gaze in the night.

It’s not crowded, is very silent and a great place to breath fresh air. You can go there pretty much any time of the year, but we would suggest avoiding the hot summer heat.

Anything Else?

The accommodation and food will cost anywhere between INR 1,000-1,500. You can figure out the other expenses depending on the mode of transport you are taking. It’s easier to ride or drive to this place as we have heard post Lonavala there aren’t any buses that will take you there, and you will have to rely on the rickshaws and taxis which are difficult to get. For your stay you can always contact the good peeps at the Pawna Lake Camping.

Photos : Ruchika Thakkar