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Indulge in the Mesmerizing Saputara Monsoon Festival 2023 Edition

Saputara Monsoon Festival Gujarat Colorful Masks on the wall

Saputara Monsoon Festival Parade or Megh Malhar Parva 2023

Schedule of Saputara Monsoon Festival (Megh Malhar Parva ) 2023 at Saputara, Gujarat
July 30, 2023, to August 30, 2023

Let us look at this year’s schedule of events at the Monsoon Festival, before reading about our experience afrom the past.

Bouquet of cultural events at Saputara Megh Malhar Parva 2023 (Saputara Monsoon Festival 2023)

As per Gujarat Tourism, the following activities maybe expected at this year’s Saputara Monsoon Festival or Megh Malhar Parva 2023.

  1. Weekend and Public Holiday Culture program: Experience fun-filled activities and cultural programs featuring renowned artists every weekend and public holidays.
  2. Dahi Handi Competition: Engage in the exciting Dahi Handi competition on Janmashtami, adding a vibrant touch to the festivities.
  3. Nature Treasure Hunt: Embark on a thrilling treasure hunt, discovering the hidden wonders of nature and encountering peculiar and extraordinary findings.
  4. Rain Run: Participate in the Rain Run marathon and enjoy rain-soaked soccer games, adding a dynamic element to the monsoon festival.
  5. Art Gallery: Immerse yourself in an exquisite art gallery showcasing a diverse collection of paintings, artworks, and captivating monsoon-themed sceneries to enthrall visitors.
  6. Open Nature Workshops: Unleash your creativity through workshops on photography, art painting, and bamboo rafting, providing a unique opportunity to explore your artistic side amidst nature.
  7. Local Cuisine: Delight in the soulful treasures of Saputara’s local cuisine while supporting the Self Help Groups and neighboring villagers.
  8. Open Air Book Fair: Indulge in a dream destination for book lovers, where you can enjoy the mesmerizing monsoon ambiance while reading books in an open area.
  9. Adventure Village/ Tribal Flavor: Engage in various adventure activities, games, and tribal sports, offering a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region.
  10. City welcome Signage: Be captivated by the city’s welcoming signage, serving as an iconic attraction for tourists attending the event.
  11. Other Activities & Competitions: Thrill yourself with boat racing, attend yoga classes, participate in quiz contests, seminars, and musical learning competitions, and showcase your skills in rangoli and photography competitions.
  12. Inauguration of Various Tourist Facilities: Witness the grand inauguration of tourist facilities such as a musical fountain, amphitheater, adventure park, boating jetty area development, floating jetty, canopies around Hayat Lake, and the development of Mall Road, enhancing the overall experience for visitors.

We were right in the middle of the festival parade, walking with a contingent of drummers. Our feet involuntarily started to move to the electrifying beat. The drummers were now performing some acrobatic feats synchronized to the rhythm. The mists had just cleared leaving behind cool refreshing atmosphere. There were contingents of Garba Dancers and Tribal dancers. It was heart-warming to see school children participating with parade along with a contingent of foreign students studying in Gujarat.  All this was part of Saputara Monsoon Festival

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Saputara Monsoon Festival parade Gujarat
Saputara Monsoon Festival Folk Dancers
Saputara Monsoon Festival Parade drummers
Drummers performing acrobatics

It was magical and we could not believe that it was only the evening before we had reached Saputara where the monsoon clouds had darkened the sky. The town itself wore a festive look with colored lights along the main streets and the illuminated fountain in the main round-about. 

The mere mention of traveling to Gujarat sets our hearts racing and often conjures up images of folk dances, traditional festivals, colourful dresses, age-old places of worship, intricate jewellery, mouth-watering dishes and more recently, the tall Statue of Unity. 

Saputara Gira waterfalls in monsoon
Gira Falls at Waghai

When we visited Saputara in Dang District of Gujarat, we were pleasantly surprised that lush green mountains with their dense forests and gushing waterfalls, are other characteristics that ought to be added to the above list. Had we not experienced it, we would not have believed it. 

Added to it  was the icing on the cake in the form of monsoon season. Sahyadris in general is best enjoyed during the monsoons. This is when the brown, dry mountains give way to the pleasant green plants and trees. The rain water forms rivulets on the top of the hills and falls along the sides, giving rise to multiple waterfalls.

The cherry on the top is the Saputara Monsoon Festival, a cultural extravaganza lasting a whole month, brought to us by Gujarat Tourism. 

Saputara Monsoon Festival

The ninth edition of this festival was kick-started on the 10th August 2019, with a cultural parade, witnessed by the Tourism Minister, Mr Jawahar Chawda, MD of Gujarat Tourism, Mr Jenu Devan with the famous Bollywood actress, Bhagyashree and the District Collector Shri. N.K. Damor. The parade involved dancers, not only from Gujarat but also from other parts of India. There were folk and tribal dances including the mind-blowing drum dance.

We expect similar inauguration events at Megh Malhar Parva this year as well.

Saputara Monsoon Festival
Saputara Monsoon Festival Inauguration Parade

On the opening day dance troupe from a few states performed folk dances,  which were par excellence

Check out the various folks dances from other Indian states here.

The low dark clouds which descend to the street level once in a while, make it the ideal place to romance with the monsoon. 
The main street of the town transforms into a one big stage for the parades and market. 

Saputara Monsoon Festival Folk dancers
Folk Dancers from the South
Saputara Monsoon Festival
Masked men ready for the selfie.

In addition, various programmes are held in many locations. The most important one is at the big white dome, near the main fountain circle. The fountain itself attracts attention as it is beautifully lit with ever changing colored lights. 
The cultural programmes are carefully curated to bring the best of Dang region in one place. The daily program includes Patriotic songs, Terracotta exhibition in Artists Village, comedy show, live orchestra with the dome open for folk, freestyle or garba dancing, special events during religious festivals and so on. On certain days, music and songs will be played by a professional DJ , on popular requests and there are also Karaoke evenings!

Saputara Monsoon Festival Karnataka Folk Dance
Karnataka Folk Dance

There are also art and crafts display on the walls of the dome. The display of larger than life masks made of papier Mache, is not to be missed. For kids, there are magic shows, Aquarium, painting workshops, quiz programs, interactive games, fire eaters, mask wearing cartoon characters and people on stilt for those funny selfies. 

Saputara Hill station
Boating on Saputara Lake

Other activities in the Megh Malhar Parva include exhibitions, adventure activities, food festival, interactive games, competitions, flash mobs and much more.
On the last days there will be special programs on monsoon, Antakshari  and a closing ceremony on 9th September 2019.

What else to do in and around Saputara?

Saputara being the only hill station, Gujarat offers a lot more for those who want to experience monsoon to the fullest.

Read this Complete Guide on Saputara, the hill station, Gujarat including activities, tickets, shopping etc.

The nature lovers may drive to the nearby viewpoints or drive out on the hilly roads,  criss-crossing the River Ambika, to nearby villages, nature parks, botanical gardens and several scenic waterfalls, which become more spectacular in the monsoon. There are also religious places like Shabari Dham and Pampa Sarovar where Shabari waited for Shri Ram, as per Ramayana.

Saputara waterfall
Picnic at Gira Falls, Waghai

Within Saputara there is a nice museum displaying tribal artifacts which is quite interesting and also an Artist Village, where a few artists and sculptors have made their home and also display their creations. There are also a few well-manicured gardens to relish when the weather is clear. 
Last but not the least, a walk around the Saputara lake in the morning is so invigorating and leaves one with the right mood to enjoy the day. There is also boating on the lake and ropeway in the hills, but these were closed for the monsoon. These are for another day! 

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Useful Information about Saputara Monsoon Festival

Where to Stay in Saputara?

There are many hotels in and near Saputara to suit every pocket. Toran chain of hotels run by Gujarat Tourism are well located. They have added to their group a dormitory hotel for youngsters providing clean place to stay the night.

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Tips, Tidbits and Snippets about Saputara Monsoon Festival

  • Saputara Weather. It is monsoons in Gujarat, and the rains in Saputara are intermittent but heavy. So carry umbrellas and raincoats.
  • We recommend an early start, if you are planning to travel from Mumbai by road.
  • On weekends there are many more events for the visitors. While it may become crowded, but it is definitely worth visiting during weekends.

FAQ On Saputara Monsoon Festival

When is the Saputara Monsoon Festival or Megh Malhar Parva this year?

The festival is open to public from July 30, 2023, to August 30, 2023

How to reach Saputara?

Even during monsoon in Saputara, it is reasonably well connected by Air, road and rail.
The nearest airport is Surat and Saputara to Surata distance is 165 KM .
The nearest railway station is Nashik Road, about 85 KM. 
Mumbai is about 250 KM by road. Vadodara is 290 KM by road and from Ahmedabad  it is about 400KM. 

What is the venue for Saputara Monsoon Festival

There are multiple parallel events held Near and around the Lake Area of Saputara Gujarat

Is the Saputara Monsoon Festival suitable for families with children?

Yes, the Saputara Monsoon Festival is a family-friendly event with activities and attractions suitable for all age groups. Children can enjoy cultural performances, participate in art and craft workshops, and indulge in local cuisine. The festival also offers a serene and picturesque environment for families to spend quality time together.

What are the charges for Saputara Monsoon Festival?

The entry to various evens are totally free. However you will incur transportation, stay and accommodation costs.

Where is Saputara?

Saputara is in Gujarat and is right on the border with Maharashtra on Sahayadri hills North of Maharashtra.

How many days are sufficient for Saputara?

If you are unhurried and wish to experience everything then 2 days for the festival and 2 days for sightseeing in and around Saputara is enough. Please contact us if you wants to draw up your itinerary.

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59 thoughts on “Indulge in the Mesmerizing Saputara Monsoon Festival 2023 Edition”

  1. Super entertaining, catchy, and colorful post. It makes me feel as if I was part of this festival. The photos breath life and fun and adventure. You manage to grasp attention by your depictions. Wonderful article all in all.

    1. Thank you so much! Your kind words mean a lot to me. Glad you felt the vibrant energy of the festival through the post. It was a joy to capture and share those moments!

  2. Wow these are some amazing pictures! It looks like such a fun festival. I love experiencing different cultures and how they celebrate important events.

    1. Thank you! It truly was an incredible festival. Exploring diverse cultures and their unique celebrations is such a joy-filled experience!

  3. Your post made the festival come alive to me as if I’m right there with you watching the festival. What an experience it must’ve been to be a part of!

    1. Absolutely! The parade was an absolute feast for the eyes with its stunning costumes and vibrant colors. It was a truly swoon-worthy experience!

  4. This festival looks like it is a lot of fun. I will definitely have to plan a future trip to Saputara during the Monsoon festival season!

  5. After reading your last article, we had already made up our mind to visit Saputara in Monsoons and the Saputara Monsoon festival surely will be a cherry on the cake. The falls look amazing and surely the landscapes will be lush green and beautiful.

  6. This festival is such a beautiful way to both enjoy as well as support the traditional art. Great work on putting this all out! Would love to visit this place some day

  7. Thank you for writing such a great post. The way you express things in content is just mindblowing. I am looking forward to reading more of your content. I hope you have a beautiful day.

  8. Great Information This is quite a colorful experience. I love Saputara near the mood of this event. It uplifts spirits and creates beautiful vibes

  9. How fun to be right in the middle of the parade for the Saputara Monsoon Festival. So great that all the best cultural programs of the Dang region are brought in for the festival. It sounds like there was something for all ages. If we visited, we would definitely come prepared for the heavy monsoon rains.

  10. Looks like a wonderful festival. The costumes are quite impressive. I love the masks 🙂 Looks like there are a lot of entertainment options for all ages. Great learning about this festival and sounds like a fun event for our eventual trip to India 🙂

  11. I love that the Saputara Monsoon Festival last a whole month! That is some dedicated celebrating. 🙂 The parades are incredible — so colorful! The cultural programs are mesmerizing and so entertaining — even the karaoke would be fun.

  12. The Saputara Monsoon Festival 2023 sounds absolutely enchanting! Your description of the event’s mesmerizing experience has me eager to attend. The vibrant festivities and monsoon charm you’ve highlighted make it a must-visit. Thanks for sharing the excitement! 🌧️🎉

  13. This sounds like a lot of fun! And I like the idea. If you’re going to be forced to deal with a monsoon season and all the rain that comes with it, why not turn it into a festival and make it an entertaining event!

  14. I’ve never heard of the Saputara Monsoon Festival Parade! This looks like such an amazing cultural event. Would love to attend one day!

  15. Wow, it sounds like there is so much to do and see at the Megh Malhar Parva in Saputara! I especially love the idea of the art and crafts display on the walls of the dome and the larger-than-life masks made of paper Mache. And for kids, the magic shows, painting workshops, and mask-wearing cartoon characters sound like so much fun! Thank you for sharing this great guide on Saputara, it’s wonderful to know there are so many other activities to enjoy in the area as well.

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