In Saputara, the population of the tribal people called Dangs is quite high. This tribal museum in the hill station is dedicated to them and their lifestyle. Walk in to catch a glimpse of the beautiful things they use like the handmade musical instruments, masks for dancing, their costumes, ecology, their lifestyle and more. Also displayed at the place are the stuffed birds, clay products and body tattoos that were used by the Dangs.
A famous quote by American Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson says, 'Earth Laughs in Flowers'. Visit the vibrant gardens at Saputara and chances are, you will find the beautiful saying epitomised. Present at Saputara are vibrant gardens perfect for visitors to enjoy a few restful moments in.
While the Rose Garden is a beautiful yard that yields attractive multihued roses, there is yet another one close by called the Step Garden where a wide variety of plants and flowering pots are placed on a stairway.
Also present at Saputara is a Lake Garden which is a popular picnic spot in town. The gardens make ideal destinations to spend a few peaceful moments in, away from the delirious city crowd.
While the Saputara hill station is an attractive tourist destination in itself, the lake adds to its beauty. The Saputara Lake makes a tranquil waterbody to enjoy a boat ride in, while its beautiful green surroundings add to the pleasure.
You'll love this place if you love art. A lovely spot afloat with beautiful artefacts, the artist village is a site where visitors can not just enjoy watching artisans work and purchase artsy items but can also enjoy the privilege of trying their hands on crafting a few art pieces themselves. Also, accommodation is provided at the village at a reasonable cost. Gandharvapur is run by Surya Goswami and Chandrakant Parmar.
People who love tranquillity will love this place. A serene hill station with a vast open space, it makes a perfect spot to leisurely walk around during morning and evening times. One can enjoy a beautiful view of the valleys and rivulets from the hilltop. Also present atop in the form of a railing is a demarcation that signifies the separation of Gujarat from Maharashtra.
A place not to be missed during the monsoon season, Gira waterfalls is at its best during this time. Situated about 3 km from the Waghai town, Gira is a 30 m fall that joins the Ambika river. The beautiful spot is easily accessible by four-wheelers.
One amongst the many beautiful nature parks in Saputara, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across a vast area of 160 sq km and has the thickest forest cover in Gujarat. A dense forest with thick bamboo brakes, it has Mahal – the main village at its centre. In southern Gujarat, Purna Wildlife Sanctuary and Vansda National Park are the only protected forest areas. Prior permission has to be obtained to enter this sanctuary.
The sanctuary where wild animals, like elephants, rhinoceros, sloth bears and wild bulls, are said to have lived during the past is presently home to as many as 700 varieties of plant species.
For all those who are adventurous and love to enjoy a panoramic view of the Saputara hill station, there are resorts that provide a ropeway/cable car service. One can enjoy a ten to fifteen minutes ride across the valley through this ropeway. The cable car operates not until ten passengers are boarded.
The brimful greenness all around, the calmly flowing water streams, soothing, twittering birds, long walkways in courtship with tranquillity . . . that’s Vansda National Park for you. A place that every wildlife enthusiast and admirer of calmness would love to be at, Vansda is spread on a 24 sq km area and originally had been the private forest of Vansda maharajas.
The beautiful park, though small, is quite dense and houses rare wild animals like the tiger, rusty-spotted cat, pangolin, giant squirrel, leopard and python. Avail permission from the Chief Wild Warden or the DFO, if you wish to pay this place a visit.
Those who love short excursions would love an attraction as this one. Mahal Bardipura is a beautiful forest situated about 60 km from Saputara, and the thrilling woodland makes an ideal spot for trekking and long walks; thanks to nature, which has gifted the land with tranquil rivers and bamboo glades that transform the same into a fascinating grove.
Sunset Point: Sunset Point in Saputara is also known by name Gandhi Shikar and visitors to the spot can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Saputara hill station from here. The viewpoint is at a walkable distance from the heart of the city.
Sunrise Point and Echo Point: Sunrise Point, too, is an attractive tourist destination in Saputara from where one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the rising sun and the hill station. The Sunrise Point lane leads to Echo Point, and present here is an amphitheater where visitors can call to their echoes.
Honey Bees Centre: This centre educates its visitors about the technique of honey production. One can watch the wonderful way in which bees produce nectar; one can even purchase the freshly produced pure honey.
The Pandavas, during their Vanvas (stay in the forests), are said to have stopped over at this place in Saputara to worship Lord Shiva. Also, called the Arvalem Caves, it is a beautiful destination that attracts many. On the way to the valley, one can find several beautiful tribal valleys and forts.
The trekking routes to Rajat Pratap and Tridhara, present close to Dhupgarh, are amongst the most well-established trekking routes in Saputara. There are some non-touristy places that still remain quite unexplored; these routes are extremely beautiful and are quite a challenge to the trekkers.