Weekend Getaway : Pawna – First camping experience

So here is the long weekend again, and I am also out again for some different experience. We see movies, often go to beaches, but that is too mainstream for a weekend to spend like. So on this long weekend I decided to go for camping, and when you are in Pune, Pawna lake is one of the top choices for sleeping under stars.

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Located around 15 km from Lonavala, the Pawna Lake is one of the least explored artificial lakes in the vicinity of Pune. Nestled amidst the scenic locales of Kamshet, this lake came into existence after the construction of the Pawna Dam, and now it plays a scenic host for camping, picnics and sightseeing.

Cossetted by the pristine and untouched beauty of the nature, the lake is now gaining attention of the mass and caters to the need of a quick weekend getaway for the locals and the guests as well. In addition to its scenic beauty, the fact that it is located in a close contact with historic forts like Lohgad, Tikona and Tungi, it also makes it for a delightful treat for the holiday mongers.

So we drove our two wheeler for those 45 kms, and reached there in an hour and twenty mins. Roads were a bit damp in starting and the end route was worst I have ever seen, but eventually, boys a bit rusty, girls a bit frightened, we reached.

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The camp site started to affectionate us immediately with it’s cool breezy wind, cleanliness, and some good snacks (not to forget :p). We got freshened up and move to our tent for which we had choices and went to take some chill from the lake.

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The waves were calm and giving us the silence we wanted.

As soon as the night arrived with a crescent moon and a whole bunch of stars covering the sky and giving us a beautiful view from beneath to make our visit more worthy. The campfire became a necessity after 10 pm as it was so windy and cool that girls took out the bed sheets to cover them up from the chill.

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After some of the dancing, guitar sessions and a birthday bash, we all moved into our respective tents while some decided to stay awake and booze all night.

Mornings at these place pushes you to think to never go back, but the thought soon vanished when the hard sunshine made the tent a no-entry zone. So we had our breakfast- some poha and tea and some quick snaps before we started returning back from there.

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Well, when you are wandering in a village full of mango trees, the thief kid automatically comes out and we ended up filling our bag with lot of mangoes.

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I was having a thought that a camping experience is something over-hyped by Bollywood movies but damn this experience was amazingly great. No laptops, no WiFi, no disturbance. Its just you- we were a bunch of guys who were there just to relax ourselves from office struggles and had a great experience. Loved the entire experience.

Plan for a night camp at Pawna lake and the forts nearby on your next trip and I am sure it is going to amaze you with its beautiful experience. 🙂

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