Gujarat Saputara Hill Station
The Saputara hill station is a city/ municipality under the Dang District of the state of Gujrat of India. The state which is located on the western coast of India has a coast line of 1600 km length. The western as well as the South western frontiers of the state are swept by the beautiful Arabian Sea. The wonderful town of Saputara, located at the elevation of 1000 m from the sea level is popular for its panorama and pleasant climate throughout the year.
The Saptura hills lies at 20°40N and 73°21E / 20.67°N 73.35°E. The place is located of the region of Dang forest of the Sahyadri Range. The hill station is having rich biodiversity and also extensive natural relics. The panoramic landscapes and the exclusive heritage and traditions belonging to the natives called “dangi”, make it an interesting place to be explored.
The place has been established as an organized hill station having all the leisure facilities. It has beautiful hotels facilitated with swimming pools and boat clubs. The parks, theatres, museums at the hill station have turned it into an attractive hill resort for the tourists. It is an adorable destination where one can enjoy a relaxing holiday.
There is not much legend involved with the history of this. But it has a historical significance as it is considered to be the place where Lord Rama spent eleven years during his exiles. The literal meaning of Saputara is means 'abode of serpents’. There is an image of a snake located at the Sarpagana river which is flowing through the town.
How To Reach
Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport of Mumbai is the nearest airport located at a distance of 360 km from Saptura. The state Government of Gujrat is planning to make an airport at Saptura.
The easily approached railheads are at Nasik and Billimora located at a distance of 80km and 112 km respectively. While the Waghai railway station located at the distance of 50 km rom Saptura is the nearest railway station. This is directly connected to the Mumbai city and regular service of train is available here.
It is connected to all the major cities by road network. It is connected to Ahmedabad,Aurangabad,Mumbai, Nashik, Shirdi , Silvassa , Surat and Valsad which are located at a distance of 400 km, 250 km,255 km, 80 km,140 km, 176 km, 164 km, 135 kmrespectively from Saputara.
Places To Visit
It is the main tourist attraction here. The lake has a boat club from where the sail boats, rowing boats, paddle boats can be hired. The panoramic views during the sunset and sunrise also attract the visitors here.
Located of the Valpoi District of the North Goa state, the Pandava caves are very near to Saputara. These caves are situated on the border of Gujrat and Goa states. These caves are said to be the place where Pandavas stayed for some time when they were on wilderness. of these caves they used to worship Lord Shiva. There is a Shivling inside the caves and the caves were referred as Aravalem caves by the Pandavas.
Ganhi shikhar is a peak from where the circle of Saputara is located at a walking distance. From the hilltop the beautiful view of the setting sun is really very mesmerizing. This place is accessible by a single ropeway from the Vaity Ropeway Resort.
Weather And Best Time To Visit
The climate during the summers is very calm and relaxing. The temperature ranges between 27 degree C to 31 Degree C during the summers and of winters it ranges between 9 degree C to 20 degree C. The monsoon arrives during the mid-June and continues till the end of the month of October. All the year round the hill station is hospitable to the tourists because of its cool and pleasant weather. The region is lavishly green during the monsoon season. From the middle April to the month of December the tourist visit the place most.
Language And Culture
Saputara Muesum exhibits the culture of the Saptura region. It is located of the main market of saptura and here one can see the sample of the ornaments, lifestyle, and musical instruments belonging to the people of Dangis tribe.
The main languages spoken of the region are Marathi, gujrat, Hindi an English.
Toran Hill Resort, Saputara, Gujarat
Toran Hill Resort is situated of Saputara. It is located at a distance of 172 km from Dumas Airport of Surat. The resort has seventy two rooms for accommodation and there is also an of house restaurant here. It provides the facilities of car parking and conference hall too.
Address: Saputara, Dang Dist., Gujarat - 394720, India
Hotel Patang, Saputara
Hotel Patang is a luxury hotel locatedon the lake of Saputara of Gujarat.It has thirty eight Luxury rooms equipped with telephone facility and coloured TV.
Address: Hotel Patang, Saputara, Dist. Dang, Saputara - 394720, Gujarat
Festivals And Activties
All The national festivals are celebrated here with great zeal. These festivals include Dussehra, holi, Diwali, Christmas etc. Dang Darbar is the major festival celebrated here.
It is an annual festival of the Satpura Inhabitants and is celebrated five days prior to Holi. People enjoy the festival by dancing joyfully; playing music, singing songs and many Garba events are also organized. The aim of the festival is to enjoy and have merry. The costume of men includes loincloth, a kurta, colorful turbans and a waistcoat. Women are dressed of a saree and wear beautiful jewelry.
The outdoor activities that can be enjoyed here include Wild life viewing, hiking, trekking, boating, etc. The tourists can also enjoy a walk with the nature and can have picnics at various spots. The best place to explore nature and enjoy the climate is the forest region of saputara.
Trekking can be done of the wild tracks of the thisk forest area of Saputara. Rajat Pratap to Tridhara near Dhupgarh isone of the popular trekking routes.
Chitrakoot Hill Resort, Saputara
The Chitrakoot hotel is a well-furnished hotel with 54 rooms, located of the heart of the saputara Hills. The hotel has a conference hall and all the other amenities. It has double rooms only and the tariff starts from Rs 1500 onwards.
Address: Chitrakoot Hill Resort, Saputara, Dist. Dang, Saputara - 394720, Gujarat
Vaity Ropeway Resort, Saputara
The Vaity Ropeway Resort is having 40 rooms including ten A.C rooms and thirty Non A.C. rooms. It provides the facilities like Car rental, laundering service, car parking and accepts the credit cards.
Address: Vaity Ropeway Resort, Saputara The Dang, Saputara - 394720, Gujarat
In saputara no local transport is available. The valley can be explored by walking the other modes can be mini buses, shared auotos, jeeps etc. the jeeps can be hired from Ahwa.
The Botanical garden located at a distance of 49 km from Saputara is spread over a large area of 24 Hectares and is has around 1400 varieties of plants. The varied Bamboo varieties including Golden the Chinese Bamboo and Beer Bottle Bamboo Bamboo are the main attractions.
Located at a distance of 49 kms from Saputara, this waterfall is found on the Saputara-Waghai. It originates from the Kapri tributary and is a very beautiful site.
The Mahal Forest is located at a distance of 68 km from the Saputara Hills. It is a very dense forest and special permission from the forest department is required to visit the Mahal forest. It is open only for a specific time of a year. It is famous for the Purna Sanctuary and Girmal falls.
Shopping is best of the Gandharvapur Artist Village. Here the tourists can shop for jewelry, paintings pottery, vases etc. the other handicraft items are also available. Other unique items crafted out of the Bamboo roots are also available.