We knew Gujarat as a land of rivers, forests, few beaches and a vast expanse of white salty desert. But a hill station in Gujarat?? Never! We could not have imagined it. To our surprise, Saputara is a hill station near Nashik !
Saputara, the name was heard and that’s it. You must be wondering if the place is so off-beat, do people really visit Saputara? What are the things to do in Saputara or places to visit in Saputara. Believe us, there are loads of them!
Table of Contents
- 1 About Saputara
- 2 Things to do in Saputara
- 3 What to do around Saputara:
- 4 What to buy in Saputara:
- 5 Saputara in Monsoon:
- 6 Where to stay in Saputara:
- 7 How to reach Saputara:
- 8 Photograph Copyright
- 9 Are you on Pinterest? Pin these!
Welcome to Saputara, Saputara padharo!
When this catchy song was being played non-stop, we didn’t know what we had in store.
Saputara, hill station in Gujarat is primarily a tribal locality and is a charming hill town full of natural beauty and uniqueness. It is located in the Dang district of Gujarat and is at 875 meters above sea level. Saputara in local language means the land of snakes and the locals worship snakes especially in the month of Holi.
Full of green surroundings, cool climate, mountains, cascading waterfalls, and a tranquil lake, Saputara is an ideal getaway for nature and adventure lovers.
It’s a refreshing change to be in nature’s lap from our busy city life. A perfect place for family and friends.
Things to do in Saputara
Start your day with climbing steps in Step Garden. This unique layout of step pattern, one of its kind, has been the idea behind making of Step garden. This is one of the must visit tourist place in Saputara and quite an attraction for all ages.
Usage of wood intelligently with intricate designs, plants, recreation center in the garden is a great place for kids to play and enjoy. During monsoon it turns into a inviting green place.
There’s a small outdoor café called ‘Kulhad’. As you climb up the steps, you witness spectacular beds of colorful flowers and plants. A great spot for picnickers and a great way to start your day.
Timing: 8.00 AM – 12.00 PM & 3.00 PM – 7.00 PM
Entry Fee: Rs 10/- per head
Location: Table Land Road, 2 km from the main city.
Saputara has a small fish aquarium with fishes from several countries. The aquarium is called ‘Machhli ghar’ literally meaning ‘Fish house’. The different types of fish with variety of colours will certainly catch your eyes.
Timing: Anytime of the day
Entry Fee: Rs 10/- per head
Tip: Visit it only if you have extra time.
Museums in Saputara:
The Saputara Tribal Museum (or Saputara Museum) totally defines the history and culture of the local people. Not very big in size, the artifacts of the museum lets us peek into the lifestyle of the tribal communities such as Bhils, Kunbis, Gamits, and Warlis of the Dang region. Variety of artifacts are displayed here such as clothes, utensils, silver jewelry and other ornaments, musical instruments, household and other articles. My favourite was musical instruments, how they are made and played.
Workshops and other exhibitions are held regularly.
Timings: Opened every day from 10:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Entry fee: INR 5/- per head for Indians
Entry fee: INR 50/- per head for foreigners
Location: It is next to the Aquarium
Gandharvpur Artist Village:
This is a place we enjoyed a lot. Tourists not only see and buy the tribal artifacts on display, but also get their hands to work. There are several workshops for this purpose. Warli painting, craft tribal projects, mask making, sculpture are some of the areas where you can learn the ropes of the art and culture of this region. Run by Chandrakant Parmar and Surya Goswami, the community also provides simple accommodation at a reasonable rate if you decide to learn the art for longer period.
Rose Garden is an exquisite garden that boasts of several variety of roses and other flowers. This beautiful garden is an ideal place for families, couples as well as for friends. Well planned and well crafted, it has a pond with flamingo statues.
It is a good place for photography as well. You feel connected with nature while relaxing in nature’s lap. It has also emerged as a popular picnic spot among locals.
Timings: Daily from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Entry fee: Free
Tip: The best time to visit the garden is winter and early summer when the flowers are in bloom.
Honey Bees center:
Pure honey is extracted from natural resources in Honey Bees Centre in Saputara. This is a place which showcases every stage from the rearing of the bees to the final stage of honey gathering. All kinds of tourists’ curiosity about the honey industry are answered and taken care of. This facility is said to be one of the best places to visit in Saputara for better knowledge about the bees and their habitat.
You can also buy honey here and this facility is considered to be one of the best places to visit in Saputara for enhanced knowledge about the bees and their habitat.
Timings: Every day from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Entry fee: Free
Location: it is situated near the Lake Garden.
Surrounded by hills, road on one side and gardens on either side, the Saputara Lake is the heart of Saputara. The man-made lake is very calm and serene.
There are many lakeside recreational activities. An ideal place for boating, the lake has rowboats, paddle and sailboats. The boats can be hired between 8:30am and 6:30pm in 30 minutes time slots. This vicinity has various children’s parks and playgrounds too. Food stalls and shops for tourists.
It gets crowded in the evenings. This beautiful lake is an ideal place for families, couples as well as friends. A must visit and should not be missed while in Saputara.
Best time to visit: just after the monsoon months till winter months. During monsoon the place has fog, low visibility and so the boating activity is closed.
Timings: Opened every day from 9:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Entry fee: INR 35.
Activities around Lake:
As the name suggests, the Lake garden is located next to Saputara lake.
Well maintained, the entire garden has a carpet of lush green grass. It also has different plants and rare species of trees. Nice benches to sit & ponder, walking trails and children’s area adorn it.
Timings: Daily from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM
Entry fee: Free
Tip: The best time to visit the garden is evening time.
Cable Car over Lake:
The Ropeway of cable cars, travel at an elevation of around 25 to 30 ft and goes over the lake. It takes just 15 minutes to reach the Governor’s Hill from ground level. Each cable car can accommodate up to 12 people at a time. It enables tourists a bird’s eye view of the lake and the town of Saputara. The Ropeway also goes to Sunset Point and Sunrise Point.
Timings: Daily from 09:00 AM to 05:30 PM
Entry fee: INR 62
Tip: Closed during monsoon.
Located on top of the hill called Governor’s hill, Table Point is also known as Town Viewpoint. Flat table-top-like surface got it its name. The view of the valley and the mountains are going to take your breath away.
A place where you can engage in diverse activities like camel riding, horse riding, zip lining and bike tours. You can also take a ropeway to go to the other side.
Timing: Daytime for 2 to 3 hours
Entry Fee: Free
Location: Table Land Ghat Road
As the name suggests, the Echo Point in Saputara enables tourists to hear their own voices echoed back to them again and again from the spectacular mountainous surroundings. Monsoons are the best time to go. The picturesque natural beauty and a trek make the place more attractive. There are also a few waterfalls near Echo Point.
One can see a lot of crabs and snakes at this place.
Timings: Daily from 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Tip: Avoid it if you are short on time. Go only if you have extra time and can trek a bit.
What to do around Saputara:
Waghai Botanical Garden:
Waghai botanical garden is one of the largest gardens in Gujarat. It is spread over 24 hectares and has over about 1400 plant species. What I liked about the place is its tranquility, quietness, and greenery.
Several varieties of bamboos can be seen here, among them the most popular are Chinese bamboo and beer bottle bamboo. Every avenue in the garden is named after plants. Some of them are Medicine plot, Green house, Arctic House, Bamboo Plot, Museum, Cactus etc.
It also has a canteen.
Timing: 8.00 AM – 6.30 PM
Entry fee: INR 10/-
Gira Waterfalls is one of the best tourist attraction of Satpura, located at about 50 km away from the city. The beautiful cascade is formed by the watercourse of the Gira River after it falls from high cliff. On a clear day you may even spot a rainbow above the waterfall.
During monsoons, this falls is in its full glory and also provides great photo opportunity.
Gira falls are often mistaken with Girmal falls. Both are in Dang but located around 90 KMs from each other. ‘Gira’ falls are near Waghai, on the Waghai-Saputara state highway. ‘Girmal’ waterfall is in Girmal village, near Ahwa. They both are the most popular waterfalls in Gujarat.
Entry fee: Free
Best time to visit: From June to November.
Shabari Dham temple:
Shabari Dham temple is a popular destination on Chamak Dungar hill, near Subir village on Ahwa – Navapur road. Nestled in Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, it is said, Shabaridham temple is the spot where Lord Rama met a Bhil woman, Shabari. At this very spot Lord Rama, and his brother Lakshman ate the berries offered by Shabari mata. The stones where they sat while eating the berries are still worshiped.
Around 6 km from Shabari Dham is located Pampa Sarovar (Lake) on the banks of river Poorna. Matang Rishi, the Guru of Shabari Mata had constructed his Ashram near Pampa Sarovar. The Sarovar is popular for mythological significance and is frequented by visitors mostly from Maharashtra, Gujarat.
What to buy in Saputara:
- Saputara is famous for its Nangli (Naachni/ Ragi) (English name=Finger Millet) flour and things prepared from it. Don’t forget to have Nangli roti.
- Buy cookies and papad made of Nangli flour.
- Pure honey from Honey Bees Center.
- Since the region has Bamboo in abundance, you’ll find markets full of artifacts and furniture made out of Bamboo. Wall clock, baskets, toys, key chains, pen stand, photo frames and what not.
- We bought Pickles made of Bamboo! They are also very famous in this region.
- Make a pit stop on way to Awha, have a look at Dangi saree.
- Bamboo lamps from Ambapada are also very famous.
So shopping in Saputara can be truly fun!
Saputara in Monsoon:
During monsoons Saputara turns into a charming and picturesque paradise. The land wears a lush green carpet accompanied with misty mountains and mighty waterfalls. The place is popular with trekkers, nature lovers and picnickers.
However, the best time to visit Saputara is during the month long Saputara Monsoon Festival, when the place is all decked up. Folks dancers from different states come here to showcase their art. Every evening there are cultural performances besides, magic shows, karaoke, musical events, etc.
Where to stay in Saputara:
There are plenty of hotels in Saputara for every budget.
Toran chain of hotels run by Gujarat Tourism are well located. They also have a dormitory hotel for youngsters providing clean place to stay the night.
Among other Saputara hotels, our personal choice would be Hotel Patang Residency, a three star property.
How to reach Saputara:
Famous for its gardens and lake, Saputara is well connected to different cities by road and rail.
The nearest airport is Surat and distance from Surat to Saputara is 165 KM.
The nearest railway station for Saputara is Nashik Road, about 85 KM.
Ahmedabad to Saputara distance is 400 KMs.
The best way to reach Saputara from Mumbai is by road, the distance between Mumbai to Saputara is 245 KMs which takes around 5 hours by car.
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