Lavasa claims to be free India’s first hill city and is located in the striking landscape of the Sahayadri Mountains, set amidst 7 hills and 60 kilometers of lakefront. Just a three hour drive from Mumbai and an hour’s drive from Pune, the city is proposed to be one fourth the size of Mumbai.
Lavasa claims that its Master Plan is said to based on the ethics of new urbanism that fetches collectively, all the gears vital to daily life in a more organized manner, accordingly creating spaces within walking distance from each other. It claims many firsts to its credit – technology leadership, e-governance; the first Indian city developed using Geographical Information System (GIS), use of bio-mimicry as a science in town planning and use of innovative techniques like hydro seeding in environment management. Lavasa claims that its infrastructure will of higher standards than that of other Indian cities, and would offer a cosmopolitan culture and a unique combination of modernity and tranquility.