After a scenic half an hour drive from Lonavla town towards the vicinity of the Pawna dam, you can reach the Rusticville campsite which provides accommodation in portable outdoor weatherproof tents. The place is best visited in groups - friends or family. It is also suitable for office offsite meets.
Check in check out time is scheduled from 4 PM to 12 noon next day. In between they provide evening tea/coffee on arrival, veg and non veg DIY barbeque including raw ingredients and a coal outdoor barbeque, a basic dinner and breakfast next morning consisting of typical Maharashtrian fare like poha, upma, misal pav etc. You can carry your own liquor and cold drinks. If you want the same from the camp, the staff need to be intimated earlier.They will even provide an icebox on demand. Carry your own mineral water if you are finicky about the water you drink.
The toilet block is clean, but the number of toilets should be increased. No real facility for bathing.
There are facilities for a variety of outdoor games - cricket, badminton, volleyball, archery and kite flying. You can ask for a bonfire to be lit at night.Some of the guests also enjoyed lighting chinese lamps at night.
Situated at the foot of the Tikona fort with a part of the Pawna reservoir on one side, the campsite provides the best of scenic beauty with the outdoor activities you want to enjoy. An early morning Trek up the Tikona fort will be an icing on the cake. The trek is fairly easy. If you are not the active sort, curl up with a book or your ipod on many of the hammocks provided, with the stars for company and watch the moon rise from beyond the hills.
During monsoon, the approach road to the campsite may not be suitable for vehicles. You will need to park at a distance from the site. Even during the dry season, vehicles with low GC need to be careful.
The camp is well managed and the staff takes good care of you. Overall a unique way to spend the weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rusticville offers fully serviced camping facilities near Mumbai and Pune. Welcome to wilderness. Come to the home of a zillion stars where lofty hills and a million stars become your family. Where you can dance to the tunes of flowing wind and can sing with the chorus of the chirping birds. Live up a morning without hating your alarm clock and fall in love with the celebration called LIFE !! Welcome to aromas of nature !! to tastes of freshness !! to beauty of godly perfection !! Welcome to Rusticville !!! ... more less