Pawna lake

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Pawna lake, Kamshet Overview

With visitors and tourists flocking to Lonavala for morning treks and campsites, Pawana Lake is somewhat aloof, about 20 kilometres from the Lonavala Railway Station. The sheer size of the lake along with the surroundings make for an awesome sight as it imposes itself like a canvas painting in your eyes. A camper's paradise is what it is, surrounded by high towering hills and blessed with an all year round pleasant climate rendering it a lovely getaway location.

Formed due to the construction of the Pawana Dam in the west across the Pawana River which originates in the Western Ghats, the water reservoir created by the earth fill gravity dam has a capacity of 0.24km3, serving as the primary source of water to the Pimpri-Chinchwad (Navi Pune) area. The stunning landscape is covered with a green carpet and includes historically important forts such as Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort and Visapur Fort. The mighty fortifications date back hundreds of centuries and are a testament to the area's strategic significance. Pawana Lake's geographical location in the Western Ghats makes it a natural hotspot for flora and fauna.

The artificial lake has carved out a piece of nature's artwork - pretty sunsets, clean air, green pastures and lofty hills. Its proximity to Mumbai, Lonavala and especially Pune make it an ideal weekend getaway destination for families and people who look forward to spending their time wisely in a calm and rejuvenating manner. Pawana Lake and its surroundings are beautiful, unexplored and offer great opportunities to spend a one on one time with nature.  

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With an increase in the number of tourists in the recent past, there has been an improvement in infrastructure. Introduction and encouragement of activities such as camping, backpacking and water sports just add to the reasons why you should visit Pawana Lake.

You can pitch your tent here or buy one of the many packages offered by companies which include accommodation, meals, games and other special attractions such as campfire, barbeque, zip lining, rifle shooting, etc. The camping rates vary according to the season and availability. Camping is a way to add-on to your experience at Pawana Lake, an adventure you won't ever forget. Paragliding is a well-known activity in the reservoir. Also, you can stargaze all night long if you wish to camp here. A plethora of activities and experiences await your presence at this pristine destination.

The migratory season of the birds fall from June to August, and it is a spectacle to watch this natural phenomenon. Uncrowded and usually green throughout the year, the majority of the crowd arrive here to relax and unwind from the daily manic city life. Your visit to Lonavala, Khandala or any other nearby locations shouldn't stop you from visiting this piece of serenity.

Perhaps the reason behind Pawna's popularity is its excellent facility for paragliding. You can enjoy this activity right near the Pawna lake, where you can fly over the fascinating landscape and crystal waters of the Indrayani and Pawna rivers. The adrenaline rush coupled with the humbling beauty of the sun over the horizon is a once in a lifetime experience and should not be missed!

Pawana Lake offers all you've dreamt of in a holiday location - a calm setting, beautiful landscapes with unmatchable sceneries and the freedom to explore. From the ancient ruins of forts to untouched pastures of lands, there is so much to see.

Lohagad Fort: One of the most scenic hill forts in the state of Maharashtra overlooking the Pawana Lake which is located to the south of the fort.

Visapur Fort: An extension of the Lohagad Fort on the Lohagad-Visapur fortification line, at the height of 3,550 feet above sea level.

Tung Fort (Kathingad Fort): With an elevation of 3,527 feet, Tung Fort is one of the hardest forts to access. Reaching it from the Pawana Dam requires a 400-meter steep climb.

Koraigad Fort: Extremely well preserved and intact, this fort is as pretty as a picture. A must visit.

Tikona Fort: One of the oldest forts in the region, dating back to the 7th and 8th Century A.D. This hill fort is pyramidal in shape and offers charming views of the reservoir and the other forts.

Due to a pleasant climate throughout the year, Pawana Lake remains an underrated favourite to be visited anytime you want to. The monsoon months are astounding as the pastures and meadows turn vivid green, a perfect time to savour the eye-pleasing gifts of nature. Winter season from November to February is also a great time to visit the place due to the chilly weather and tranquil environment.

1. If you are camping overnight, be sure to travel light and carry enough food and water to last enough.
2. Kindly do not litter out in the open.
3. It can get very chilly in the night, so it is advisable to carry warm clothes.
4. Be aware while stepping into the water and do not venture too deep.

Pawana Lake's proximity to the happening destination of Lonavala makes it easily accessible to from there. It is just around 20 kilometres away from the Lonavala Railway Station. The easiest way to travel would be to hire a taxi or a cab from Lonavala.

There is good road connectivity from Pune, Lonavala and Mumbai to Pawana Lake. The nearby town of Kamshet, off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, also offers a lot of transport facilities to the lake which is only 35 kilometres away. The nearest railway line is in Lonavala, and the train route is pretty scenic as you approach Lonavala.

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