You know that Gujarat is famous for being the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who won wars with non-violent battles, Rann of Kutch, Sabarmati Ashram, Somnath Temple, and the “dandia”, which has been immortalized in Bollywood and other soap operas in India. However, Gujarat is also home to Saputara, the only hill station of Gujarat which offers its inhabitants an escape into the beauty of nature. It has all the components that make a hill-station famous and a favorite among the tourists.
Situated on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border in the Dang district, Saputara is gifted with incredible waterfalls, pleasant climate and everything else to make you visit an enjoyable and refreshing one. Hindu mythology has it that Lord Ram stayed in these forests for almost 11 years. Saputara derives its name from the snake god which is revered by the tribal people and translates to, “the abode of serpents”. Just take a trip to this lovely hill station and enjoy your time there. In this blog, we tell you the best places to visit in Saputara that will let you have an enjoyable and entertaining time.
1. Saputara Monsoon Festival
Saputara Monsoon Festival is organized every year to promote tourism in this region. This grand monsoon festival is organized to focus on this region’s natural beauty and promote cultural activities. During the course of the festival, one can enjoy heritage walks, water sports, food fiestas, laser and other cultural activities.
2. Saputara Lake
Saputara Lake is one of the best places to visit in Saputara. Situated in the heart of this wonderful hill station, the lake is encompassed by hills and dense greenery. It’s a great place to hang out and have a lovely time. One can also enjoy beautiful views of the Sahyadri Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from the lake. A boat club has also been built next to the lake in order to promote tourism and let visitors have access to entertainment. If you love photography, then this is the place to capture some beautiful photos. ;
3. Sunset Point
Sunset Point, also known as the Gandhi Shikhar, is the place to head to when you want to see magnificent views of the sunset. Evening is the best time to take a trip to this place, when the sky is splashed with a dash of crimson, thus presenting an amazing sight to behold. One can also see amazing views of the Dang forests and low-lying tribal villages from Sunset Point.
4. Gira Waterfalls
About 50km from Saputara lie the Gira Waterfall, a seasonal cascade that is formed by the course of the Gira River after it descends ferociously from a height of almost 75ft. The waters that plummet ferociously create constant mist at the bottom, thereby creating quite a picturesque sight. On some days, one can also spot a rainbow from this waterfall. However, if you want to watch the waterfall in all its glory, monsoon is the time to do it.
5. Townview Point
Townview Point, also known as Table Top Point, gets its name from its flat table-like surface on top of a hill known as Governor’s Hill. This place offers several recreational activities in Saputara and it comes to life especially during the tourist festivals. The sights that this place offers becomes lodged in your memories for a long time to come.
6. Saputara Tribal Museum
Saputara Tribal Museum is one of the popular attractions in Gujarat which lets you have a glimpse of the lifestyle of the tribal people in Dang, a district in the state of Gujarat. Upon visiting this museum, you learn about the many facets of the tribal beliefs and customs including grass ornaments, stone funerary column, woodcarving, stuffed birds, body tattoos, clay ritual objects and masks. You learn about their costumes, heritage and ecology besides others. It really promises to be an educative experience, and a rather unique one at that.
7. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, located on the route between Dwarka city and Bet Dwarka Island on the coast of Saurashtra in Gujarat, is one of the most famous and important Museums in Gujarat. It is home to one of the 12 swayambhu (self-existent) jyotirlingas in the world in the underground sanctum. An 82ft statue of Lord Shiva, along with a large garden and pond, are the other attractions of this place. At one point of time, Nageshwar was also known as ‘Darukavana’, an ancient epic name of a forest in India.
8. Sunrise Point
Another famous sightseeing spot in Gujarat is Sunrise Point, also known as the Valley View Point. Arrive early in the morning and watch the sky get washed in crimson, and then in blue. Situated on the crest of a hill, the Sunrise Point also offers incredible views of the Saputara town and Malegaon city, located in close proximity. One can also enjoy an uphill trek to this reach this place.
9. Pandava Caves
Pandava Caves have a very mysterious aura about it, and quite naturally, given that it’s associated with the Pandavas. Pandava Gufa, also known as the Aravalem Caves, is believed to have been the hideout of the Pandavas during their exile. It’s here that the five brothers offered prayers to Lord Shiva. The road to the cave is marked by tribal villages and fort ruins which make for some wonderful sightseeing and exploration.
10. Rose Garden
If you love roses, then you will love the Rose Garden. One of the most popular tourist sports in Saputara, it consists of several varieties of roses which lend the entire stretch of land a colorful and appearance. Of course, it’s all quite romantic, for no other flower is associated with romance as much as rose. One can also click several photographs upon a visit to the Rose Garden.
11. Waghai Botanical Garden
Fascinated with plants? Then Waghai Botanical Garden is the place to go to. Located just about 2km past Waghai, the garden and bio-diversity conservation have a wide array of native and exotic plant samples which help you to identify plants, how they are used for food and the extent to which we are dependent on them. A nature educational trail also leads you to and from Vansda Park.
12. Step Garden
What Step Garden lacks for in size, it more than makes up for with its spectacular beauty. What catches your attention upon your first visit is the small garden consisting of 20-25 steps. Each step is decorated with a wide variety of flower beds. It’s one of the best places to visit with your family and also offers amazing views of the town view of Saputara. Bring your camera along with you, there is excellent photography to be enjoyed.
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