Lavasa City Hill Station – A Planned City Near Pune

Lavasa is a planned hill station city spread over 100 square kilometers in private sector near to Pune, on the lines of Portofino, an Italian town.

Lavasa city Pune
Lavasa city near Pune

Lavasa hill station near Pune is located on the Mulshi valley, part of Western Ghats. A total of seven hills are there in the planned city hill station. Two planned towns are in progress out of the total of 5 towns. Many residences, hotels and city center are complete.

Manchester City branded football academy and a golf course are part of the planned city. A Theme park is also part of the project. There is a plan to have a University also in this city.

This city on 25,000 acre of land is not yet complete and it has run into controversies ranging from environmental to corruption.

How Do I Go to Lavasa Hill Station?

This planned city cum hill Station is at a distance of 1 hour drive from Pune. Mumbai is at 3 hours drive from Lavasa; first among the planned cities in India.

Naga & Kumaon Regiments and The Military Hospital at Ranikhet Hill Station

Ranikhet hill station is situated in the western peaks of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 1,869 meters (6,132 feet), in Almora district of Uttarakhand state , India. Military Hospital (Army Hospital), Naga regiment & Kumaon Regiment of Indian Army are situated here.

Ranikhet Hill StationRanikhet Hill Station

In 1869, Kumaon Regiment’s head quarters was established here. Long long back, Nepalese ruled Ranikhet and the Kumaonese people got freedom in 1816, with the British help.

The hill station is rich in Flora and Fauna. Pine, deodar, oak, etc, dots the forests of Ranikhet. Many wild animals, birds and Reptiles lives in the forests of the Ranikhet Hill Station.

At around Five kilometers from the Ranikhet city, there is a 9-hole Golf Course. This is among the highest golf courses in Asia and is a prime attraction here.

There is an urban jungle theme park for children, in the town. Boating is allowed at Rani Jheel. Baludham or Bhalu Dam and the dam site offers excellent view of the Himalayan peaks and is a popular picnic spot.Majkhali is another place at 12 kilometers from the town, which gives you panoramic view of the Himalayas.

How Do I Go to Ranikhet Hill Station or to the Ranikhet Military Hospital ?

Ranikhet Hill station and Military Hospital are at a distance of around 350 kilometers from New Delhi, the capital city of India. Kathgodam Railway Station, at around 68 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway station to Naga regiment & Kumaon Regiment head offices at Ranikhet hill station.

The nearest airport is the one at Pantnagar . The domestic airport with IATA code PGH and ICAO code VIPT, is at around 110 kilometers distance. There are daily Air India Regional (previously known as Alliance Air) flights from Pantnagar to New Delhi. Many a times, the bad weather prevents flight operations here in Pantnagar. Nainital, Lake District of Uttarakhand, which is also a hill station, is at around 60 kilometers distance from Ranikhet.

Laxmi Vilas Palace – The Largest Dwelling Unit in The World

Laxmi Vilas Palace situated at Vadodara (Baroda), Gujarat, India, is the largest dwelling unit in the world built till date. Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara is of four times the size of Buckingham Palace, London. Laxmi Vilas Palace also has the only golf course in a palace complex in the world.

Laxmi Vilas Palace
Laxmi Vilas Palace Photo.

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara was constructed by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Gaekwad dynasty of the Marathas in 1890 and is named after the Queen Laxmibai Chimnabai I. Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.

Top Floors of the Vadodara Palace was the home to the Seven members of Royal family of Badora. The Baroda Royal family has moved from the Laskshmi Vilas Palace and the palace is now converted into Laxmi Vilas Palace Heritage hotel.

A portion of the Palace complex can be visited by the general public. The Palace grounds are let out for events like Weddings. There is also a Museum; Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum; in the Palace complex, which has a large collection of paintings from the great artist, Raja Ravi Varma.

There is miniature railway line which connects the Museum to the main Lakshmi Vilas Palace. Maharaja Fateh Singh Museum was constructed initially as a school for the children of the Royal family, which was later converted into a Museum. The train engine is currently kept at the entrance of the Museum.

Notable among other buildings in the complex is the Moti Baug Palace. There is also the remains of a Zoo. Makarpura Palace, another notable building in the complex, which currently houses a defense installation. Pratap Vilas Palace, another main building in the Laxmi Vilas Palace complex, is now home to the National Academy of Indian Railways (formerly known as Railway Staff College of India).

The entire Palace complex initially covered an area of 700 acres or 2.8 square kilometers, which now covers an area of around 500 acres.

How Do I Go to Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara at Vadodara alias Baroda)?

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara is well connected by road, rail and air. National Highways and Railway line connecting Mumbai and Delhi, passes through Vadodara. Vadodara Junction is one of the major railway Junctions in India, where railway lines to four different directions namely Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kota and Mumbai meets. More than 150 trains pass though this Railway Junction at Baroda alias Vadodara. There are 5 major railway stations at Vadodara namely Vadodara Junction (BRC), Pratapnagar (PRTN), Makarpura (MPR), Vishwamitri and Bajwa.

Vadodara has the best bus terminus in India named Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Bus Station.

Vadodara alias Baroda Airport’s IATA Code is BDQ. Vadodara is at around 140 kilometers from the Gujarat state capital. Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park is at 45 kilometers distance from Laxmi Vilas Palace Vadodara.