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In winter, at the spill of dawn, trek up to the Gandhi Shikhar as the river of light bathes the streams over undulating mountains and the drifting birds, into a magical dance of awakening.In rains, breathe in the rolling hills of Saputara, echoing green hues, lush with flowers, and watch the meditating rain drops sitting still on sloping leaves. Some of the thickest forest cover in the state envelops you.In summer, walk carefree on the expanse of the Governor’s hill and see the sun dip into the Saputara lake as the sky begins to shimmer with stars.
As your bus chugs uphill, crisscrossing over the Ambika river, you leave all the congestion of towns and cities far below you and enter the spirit world of tribal people. Nestled in the Sahyadri range, at an altitude of about 1000 m, this Dangi enclave derives its name from the Snake god revered by the tribals and translates as ‘the abode of serpents’, Saputara.In spite of being the only hill station of Gujarat, it is minimally commercialized, still unspoiled.
Perched on the Sahyadri hills, surrounded by forests and inhabited by ancient tribes... Saputara is picture postcard perfect with lakes, streams, woodlands and hills.At the heart of Saputara is a lake, with boating facilities. A climbing road takes you up to the Chimney ropeway, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the hills. The Dangs, in which Saputara lies, rises from 50 to 1083 m above sea level offering a vista of paradise.On the Maharashtra and Gujarat border in the Dang district is Saputara a picturesque hill resort.
Saputara is surrounded with breathtaking view of nature and is becoming a favourite getaway for the urban man. The climate here is cool and bracing throughout the year. The monsoon being pleasant with small flittering waterfalls all around and the hill resort looking beautifully green.Natural beauty, Sunrise and Sunset points, beautifully maintained Gardens, and a Museum are some of the attractions here. There is a placid lake surrounded with mountains where one can do boating and enjoy the picturesque view. One favourite attraction here is the ropeway. The 'Pushpak Ropeway' is nearly one km long and is usually busy in the evenings. Children and young couples eagerly await their turn on the countries longest ropeway. To welcome the tourists the Gujarat Tourism office is situated here. Saputara can be reached by private cars, taxis and State Transport buses. Many tourists trek their way here also
By road: Ahmedabad: 409 km. Surat: 164 km. Mumbai: 250 km. Vadodara: 309 km. There are State Transport buses and private luxury coaches from Waghai and Ahmedabad. If you are coming by a private car, than National Highway might be quicker, but the state highway will offers a stunningly scenic drive.
By rail: The 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 more convenient rail head, and a direct bus service is available from there.
By air: The nearest airport is Vadodara, 309 km away.
The Ropeway - A ten minutes ride across the valley to the sunset point organised by Hotel Vaity.
Other points of interest
Saputara Tribal Museum - The Dangs district has more than 300 villages, most of them with a population of less than 100, and 90% of the population is tribal. The Museum, established to introduce visitors to the culture and ecology of the district, showcases the attire and lifestyle of different communities like the Bhils, Kunbis, Gamits, and Warlis, as well as the Kothewali potters. Other exhibits introduce visitors to the weapons, utensils and customs of the local communities.
Nageshwar Mahadev Temple
Visit Saputara Lake & Sunrise Point