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iXiGOers Apr 18 2013

Suggest a 1 day tour itinerary for Saputara.

Aloke Bajpai Apr 19 2013
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If you are planning a short trip around Gujarat, Saputara is one of the most visited hill stations and weekend getaways in Gujarat. Saputara is located in the Dang district, very close to the Gujarat-Maharashtra border. The name ‘Saputara’ means ‘the home of serpents’, named so because there are a number of snake images found on the banks of the Sarpaganga river that flows through this town. If you are planning a visit to this picturesque paradise, here’s a 3 day itinerary plan that might help you plan your vacation in Saputara more efficiently.

Getting to Saputara is shouldn’t be a bother, as this town is well connected, irrespective of your preferences regarding modes of travelling. The nearest airport is in Surat (168 km) and the nearest railway station is Waghai (50 km) on the Billimora - Waghai narrow gauge section of the Western Railways. Direct buses from Billimora to Saputara are available. Moreover, State Road Transport buses connect various cities and towns of both Gujarat and Maharashtra.

After you check into your hotel, freshen up and have your breakfast, point your feet towards the Saputara Lake. This is the main attraction of Saputara. A serene picnic spot located at the base of the hill station, the lake is surrounded by lush greenery with distant hills making a stunning backdrop. Spend some time idling by the lakeside or go boating on the lake. If you make it here early in the morning, you might catch a number of colourful feathered folks. There is a children’s park located nearby with swings and other recreational activities for kids.

You can cover almost all the tourists spots of Saputara in a day, as each attraction is located within a kilometer of each other. Your next stop will be the Lake Garden which is a very beautiful garden full of trees and rare plants. The garden looks amazing during the months of March to April and July to August, when it is in full bloom. Have your lunch at any of the hotel or guest houses located near the lake. Try Purohit Gujarati thali if you wish to try the local flavours.

The Artist village might be interesting for those who wish to know more about the culture of the Saputara. It is located within walking distance of the lake. Apart from selling tribal artifacts, this place also lets you participate in the making of various such handicrafts, eg. Warli paintings. They also provide accommodations at extremely reasonable prices. The Rose Garden is about 10 minutes walk from here (less than a kilometer away). As the name suggests, the garden boasts of containing different species of roses along with several other flowering plants. The different coloured roses indeed make a very vibrant picture.  

Since 90% of this region is inhabited by tribals, the Saputara Tribal Museum is dedicated to the lifestyle, heritage, costumes of the tribals. Located a few minutes away from the Rose Garden, the Saputara Museum is a nice place to explore the various forms of tribal expressions. The museum shouldn’t take your more than 20-30 minutes. After that head over to the Step Garden, where the garden is arranged in the form of steps. The whole USP of this garden lies in the layout and shape of the steps. Full of different varieties of flora, the Step Garden makes for a great place for a family outing and is one of the top most attractions in Saputara. Forest huts located inside the garden offer a comfortable stay option for tourists.

Your last stop for the day is the Sunset Point. En route to Governor’s hill, lies the Vaity Resort which provides Ropeway services to the Sunset Point. Riding the Ropeway to the Sunset Point is a must do activity when you are in Saputara. There are jeeps which carry passengers from the main roundabout to the boarding point, but they operate during 5:30 to 6:00 in the evening. The ropeway charges per head is INR 40. Once you reach the Sunset point, you will come across an amazing view of the Dang forest and the distant villages, and of course a spectacular sunset.

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