Hill stations are one of the coveted getaways for a rejuvenating experience. The hills are magical and have the power to captivate you forever. The peaceful surroundings will give you space and time to introspect and reexplore everything in this world. Due to its varied geographical terrains, India is dotted with breath-taking hills across the country encapsulating a myriad of mountain ranges.
Nestled amidst densely wooded plateau in the Sahyadri ranges is the hill station Saputara which is located in the Dang District of Gujarat. Perched at an altitude of 1081 m, Saputara is a picture-perfect fusion of natural splendour, greenery and rich tribal heritage. It is the only hill station of South Gujarat. The quaint town has salubrious climate all through the year and boasts of natural relics and rich bio-diversity. The region is developed into a hill resort with excellent amenities that ensure a blissful holiday amidst the grandeur of the charming mountain ranges and landscape.
Saputara means 'abode of serpents' and perhaps it got its name because of the presence of a snake image on the banks of Sarpagana river that flows in the midst of the town. The local tribal folk worship this image. Adding to the aura of Saputara is the legend that during his exile, Lord Rama spent some time in these forests.
Sarpganga lake is a perennial lake nestled amid the scenic hills around. The lake is 70 feet in depth and have recreation facilities for tourists. One can hire a row boat or paddle boat to enjoy the pristine beauty of the lake or take a long stroll along the lakeside trail. Echo point in Matheran is a popular vantage point in Saputara, which allures travellers. In the midst of peaceful ambience of hills, one can hear reverberation of their voice.
Saputara is one of the well-planned hill stations and just the right destination to spend some cherished moments in the enchanting locales of the hill station.
How to Reach Saputara
By Air: The nearest International Airport is in Mumbai (about 225 kms) while Surat is the near by domestic airport situated about 156 kms from Saputara.
By Train: Waghai station is the nearest railway station located at Billimora. It about 50 kms from Saputara. There are trains from Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Mumbai. Train is a convenient way to travel to Saputara. From the station, you can hire a cab or board a bus to reach the city.
By Bus: Many private and state-owned buses ply between Gujarat, Mumbai, Pune and other cities. Also, Saputara is well-connected with the neighbouring cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Nasik and Surat by road.
Best Time to Visit Saputara
Saputara is blessed with pleasant climate throughout the year. So, it is an all-around year destination. Winter in Saputara is from October to February which is the best time to enjoy the soothing climate of the place. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Monsoon is from July to September. During this time of the year, you get to experience the lush greenery and pleasant climate. Summer months are from March to June, when the temperature hovers around 25-degree C which is comfortable compared to the extreme hot temperatures at other places in the state.
The places cite to the Hindu epic Ramayana, it is believed Rama spent 11 years of his exile in the dense forests of this place. There snake like images found on the shore of the river Sarpaganga which flows in the town and the tribals of this place worship these images, especially during Holi.
The place gets its name from these snake images 'Saputara' in translation means the adobe of serpents.
Saputara in Gujarat
Located amidst the Sahyadri ranges, Saputara is a planned hill town surrounded by the Dang forests, and is also home to various tribal communities. The region is filled with lush forests and waterfalls is an ideal stop for trekkers.
It has gained immense popularity in the recent decades for the variety of adventure sports this place offers and this attracts a lot of youngsters throughout the year. The local food and handicrafts of the region are also a few things that attract tourists.
Places To Visit in Saputara
You can walk up to the Sunrise point to catch the rising sun, a sight not to be missed. During monsoon one is likely to be disappointed, but one can come down to get a beautiful view of the valley.
2. Sunset Point
One can choose to walk towards the sunset point or hop onto the ropeway operated by Vaity resorts. The ride is chargeable and is subject to weather and a minimum number of riders.
3. Satpura Lake
The Satpura lake is situated in the centre of the hill resort, which is one most visited place here. One can go for the boat ride or walk across the garden on the bank. One can notice a huge idol of a snake, which is worshipped by the local tribes.
4. Saputara Museum
The museum helps you to understand the lives of the tribes of the region. It exhibits their lifestyle, costumes, heritage, masks, musical instruments, ornaments made of grass etc.
5. Vansda National Park
Spread across an area of 24 kms, Vansda National Park was the former hunting ground of rulers of Vansda. The national park is home to animals like tiger, leopard, giant squirrel, rusty-spotted cat, python and the four-horned antelope.
6. Purna Sanctuary
Spread across over an area of 160 km, it is home to many rare species of plants and also to wild animals. Situated at Mahal, the sanctuary is at a point where the rivers Puma and Gira cross.
7. Gira Waterfalls
The waterfall can be one of the sole reasons to visit Saputara. Located at a distance of 50 km away from Saputara, it can be seen in its full splendour during monsoons.
8. Artist Village
The Village is home to the famous Warli paintings. If you are a creative person, this is one place you will enjoy. You try your hand at the paintings, or just watch the artists at work. You can purchase the paintings as souvenirs.
Stay And Food
The place offers you plenty of options to stay and to eat. One can find rooms at a very affordable price that offer you a decent stay. There are also a number of resorts which can be looked at.