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Hill Stations in Gujarat

SAPUTARA HILL STATION

Location : 160 kms from Surat, Gujarat.
Altitude : 1000m Above Sea Level.
Main Attractions : Saputara Lake, Ropeway.
Best Season : April To Early July.

Gujarat's picturesque hill station is perched on a plateau at an altitude of about 1000m in the Dang forest area of the Sahyadari Range. It has a cool bracing climate, the highest temperature even in the summer months not exceeding 28 degrees Centigrade. Saputara is situated 160S kms from Surat. Legend has it that Lord Rama spent 11 years of his exile in these very forests. 'Saputara' means l resort with hotels, parks, swimming pools theatres and a museum. It has several gardens, picturesque locations and a cool bracing climate even in the hot summer months making it an ideal getaway. The resort is equipped with adventure sports facilities like paragliding.

Prime Attraction :
Saputara Lake : Right in the heart of the valley is the extremely calm Saputara Lake where row and paddleboats are available on hire.
Sunset View Point : A lovely view of the sunset over the entire valley. Visitors can climb or use the ropeway to approach the point

Gardens In Saputara : The Lake Garden, the Step Garden and the Rose Garden offer scenic places for the tourist to laze in, while walking around Saputara.
The Ropeway : A ten-minute ride straddles the valley to the Sunset Point. The comfortable coupe is safe and ideal for a family. The view from the halt midway is truly breathtaking. Sunrise Point should also not be missed.

How to get there :

Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai.

Rail: Nearest railway station is Waghai, on the Billimora - Waghi narrow gauge section of the Western Railway. For those coming from Gujarat via Surat or Ahmedabad or even tom Bombay, Billimora is the most convenient
rail head as direct bus service is available from there.

Road :
State transport buses end private luxury coaches connects various centres of Gujarat and Maharashtra. It is situated 409 kms from Ahmedabad and 51 kms from Waghai.

Local Transport : Hired jeeps from Ahwa; organised tours within and outside Saputara in mini buses by Chitrakoot/ Vaity during peak seasons (two buses). Organised tours by TCGL.

NEAR BY CITIES
Mumbai : 255 km (via Nasik) & 345 km
(via Chikli, Gujarat)
Nasik: 80 kms.
Surat: 135 kms.
Bilimora: 110 kms.
Valsad:135 km.
Chikli: 100 kms.
Tithal: 140 kms.

WAGHAI HILL STATION

Location : 60 Kms From Saputara, Gujarat
Prime Site : Purna Sanctuary.
Other Attraction : Dangh Darbar

49 km from Saputara begins the town of Waghai around which many delightful tourist spots are situated. The drive itself is scenic and the air pure and refreshing.

Prime Attraction :

Gira Falls : One km off the Saputara-Waghai Road, leads to a vast clearing where the picturesque Gira Falls emerging from the Kapri tributary can be viewed. An absolute must from June to November. Visitors can get refreshments from a small tea and snack stall. Picnic huts make it an ideal spot for relaxing and picnicking.

Botanical Garden : There is a large (24 hectare) garden with 1,400 varieties of plants from all over India. The amateur nature lover can marvel at different varieties of bamboo like the Chinese bamboo, Golden bamboo, Beer Bottle bambooetc. and enjoy strolling along the beautiful walkways each lined with different species of tree

EXCURSIONS :

Ambapada : A typical Dangi village located about 1 km off the Saputara-Waghai Road, near the Gira Falls. The route to it is somewhat tricky but very scenic as it is surrounded on all sides by lush and tall bamboos. The tourist can take a walk in and around the village and also see some tribals engaged in the making of toys and lamps out of bamboo roots. The circuit has numerous wayside tea and biscuit stalls and also small wayside dhabas near Waghai.

Unnai Mata Temple And Hot Springs : A drive of about 19 kms from Waghai brings one to theUnnai Mata Temple. Visitors can bathe in the hot spring attached to this famous temple of considerable historical significance.

Vansda NationalPark : A rich and old forest, predominantly covered by very tall teak trees, mango groves and gigantic creepers. The forest is extremely dense and some parts are dark even during normal daytime. The forest is a habitat of monkeys, deer, a few leopards and a wide species of birds. Permission is required to enter the park.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air : Nearest airport is located at Mumbai .

Rail : Nearest railway station is Waghai, on the Billimora-Waghai narrow gauge section of the Western Railway. For those coming from Gujarat via Surat or Ahmedabad or even from Mumbai, Billimora is the most convenient rail head as direct bus service is available from there.

Road :
State transport buses and private luxury coaches connect various centres of Gujarat and Maharashtra . It is located approximately 400 kms. from Ahmedabad .

MAHAL HILL STATION

Location : 60 Kms From Saputara, Gujarat
Prime Site : Purna Sanctuary.
Main Attractions : Dangh Darbar.

The Mahal region situated 60 km away from Saputara is dominated by the Purna Sanctuary. The longish drive passes through the most beautiful parts of Dangs with high wooded slopes of bamboo. It is endowed with rivers & bamboo glades and is a must for picnics, walks and treks.

PRIME ATTRACTIONS:

Purna Sanctuary: A vast and rich forest laced with the Purna and Gira rivers. The hilly region with its cool interiors would tempt any tourist to explore. You would need a pair of sturdy shoes and packed lunch to best explore the cool interior of this hilly forest. Less strenuous and easy walks are pleasurable. Picnic huts are also available for use. Permission is required to enter the forest.

Girmal Falls: Easily the most marvellous sight during monsoons, the Girmal Falls is a little off the Mahal-Singana Road. The approach leads via a tribal village to a steep fall on the Gira River. The faint hillside is rich with rare flora and is worth exploring by the more adventurous trekkers. Provision for light refreshments are available. Picnic huts are available for use.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS:
Cultural Show At Ahwa: As the tourist heads back to Saputara, a halt at Ahwa to enjoy the fast paced and acrobatic Dangi dance would be the best way to say goodbye to Dangs. The dance had been performed at the Festival of India in Paris and is one of the most entertaining dances of this region. Held at the open-air theatre Rangupvan, the show is highly recommended

HOW TO GET THERE:


Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai .

Rail: Nearest railway station is Waghai, on the Billimora - Waghai narrow gauge section of the Western Railway. For those coming from Gujarat via Surat or Ahmedabad or even tom Bombay, Billimora is the most convenient rail head as direct bus service is available from there.

Road:
State transport buses end private luxury coaches connects various centres of Gujarat and Maharashtra . It is situated 409 kms from Ahmedabad and 51 kms from Waghai.

Local Transport: Hired jeeps from Ahwa; organised tours within and outside Saputara in mini buses by Chitrakoot/ Vaity during peak seasons (two buses). Organised tours by TCGL.

NEAR BY CITIES:
Bombay: 255 km (via Nasik) & 345 km (via Chikli, Gujarat)
Nasik: 80 kms.
Surat: 135 kms.
Bilimora: 110 kms.
Valsad:135 km.
Ahmedabad : 400 kms.
Chikli: 100 kms.
Tithal: 140 kms.
Baroda: 300 kms.


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