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iXiGOers Apr 18 2013

Suggest a 3 day tour itinerary for Saputara.

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One of the most visited hill stations and weekend getaway 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 at 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.

Day 1

After you check into your hotel, freshen up and have your breakfast, point your feet towards the Saputara Lake. This is one of the main places to visit in 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.

A pretty eventful day wasn’t it? Well that should do for your first day at Saputara. Head back to your hotel and get plenty of rest so that you can start afresh the next day.

Day 2

Get an early start to the day, about 5:00 AM. The first stop for the second day will be the Sunrise point. Like the name suggests, you can see one of the best sunrises from this point. However, if you don’t happen to be an early riser, you can start a bit late. The name ‘Sunrise Point’ is a misnomer as this place can be visited during any time of the day. One can get amazing panoramic views of Saputara from here.

The second day is all about the various adventure activities you can indulge in Saputara. There are a number of options starting from Paragliding, Parasailing, Zip line tours, to High roping and artificial wall climbing. Most of these activities take place at the Sunset Point, Jain Temple or the Governor’s hill. If you happen to be here during the monsoons (July-August), you will be able to enjoy the Monsoon festival organised by Gujarat Tourism. There is no dearth of options for entertainment. The Food and Craft village is the focal point of the festival and various other competitions held during this time. One can participate in the heritage walks, go water zorbing or Kayaking, check out exhibitions, or enjoy the cultural programmes and food festival.

There are a number of eating options in Saputara. You will easily find a hotel, restaurant or small scale eateries within reach. The food here is North Indian with a Gujarati twist. Alcohol is not allowed here by the state government. However if you travel about 5 km in Maharashtra, you might be in luck.

As far as shopping is concerned, if you are thinking of buying some souvenirs, there are a number of shops that sell handicrafts made by the local tribal communities here.

By the time you are done with exploring the area or trying out various activities, it’ll be close to day end. You can choose to explore more or head back to your hotel.

Day 3

On the third day you can explore what lies beyond the boundary of this hill station. Pack a heavy lunch and head towards the Vansda National Park. This park originally was a private forest which belonged to the Maharaja of Vansda, located right on the banks of the Ambika river. Today it covers around 24 sq km area. Not much in terms of area, but this park is teeming with wildlife like tigers, leopards, pythons, four-horned antelopes, giant squirrels, etc. The park forest cover is mostly of the deciduous variety and owes much of its beauty due to the 0% deforestation since 1952.

The Gira fallsGira falls, a beautiful seasonal waterfall lies in the vicinity. Exceptionally beautiful during the monsoons, this falls is one of the favourite tourist haunts in the region. The waterfall is 30 m in height and falls directly into the Ambika river. It is open to public and is easily accessible via hired jeeps. You can also explore the Tribal village located nearby.

That should mark the end of your journey. We hope this itinerary helped you in extracting the best out of your Saputara trip. Do tell us about your trip. We would love to get your feedback.

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