05 hand-picked vacation destinations that are worth a visit in Gujarat


  1. The north west desert ( rann of Kutch )

The white sands portrayed in the tourism of ‘Khushbu Gujarat Ki’ are well within travel reach. This place is an ideal for winter travel as daytimes are less hot while night are really entrancing.

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White Rann of Kuch

Special attraction: there is a place in the Banni Grasslands which is adjoining the Rann of Kutch where according to locals one can see floating lights move around the air. Locals call the phenomenon ‘cheer batti’ or ghost lights which can be seen 2 to 10 feet off ground. Scientists believe the lights are scientific photo emission by oxidation of Phosphine and Disphosphane gases however local legends can be fun to hear over a full moon for adrenaline seeking travelers.

  1. Gir Forest and Girnar
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Cubs been fed my Lioness at Gir Lion National Park, Sasan Gir 

This region between Junagadh and Amreli district are known for its diverse wildlife. It is home to the Asiatic Lion and the Girnar Mountain. This place can be of great adventure for people who find solace in the wild.

Special attraction: the place is the world’s second home to Lions outside Africa. One can also get a chance to mingle with the local ‘siddi’ population whose ancestry can be traced back to African tribes. The mountain Girnar is also a host to ‘Naga Babas’ or naked saints and witnessing them is considered a good omen. It is also a known fact that the formation of this mountain is older than the Himalayan Range.

  1. The deep forests of Dang
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Saputara, only Hill Station of Gujarat in Dang Forest Region

Popular among travelers as Saptuara forest; this place is a good winter retreat. The place has a lot to offer for tourists ranging from treks and hiking to a whole unexplored wildlife.

Special attractions: there are a lots of hotels that offer stay in three houses which can be of interest. There might also be a few waterfalls to visit in this area. Taking a good day’s hike in the forests can be of great adventure.

  1. Dwarka & Somnath
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Somnath Temple overlooking Somnath Beach 

These places are of high religious importance. Each of them has a unique spiritual experience to offer.

Special attraction: dwarka is home to ‘bet dwarka’ which is like the lost city of Atlantis and is submerged in water. Somnath is one of the ‘Jyotirlings’ which lord Shiva himself has established which makes it a very significant destination for religious and spiritual people alike. Somnath also has a beach.

  1. Diu & Daman
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Contrary to popular befief, Diu & Daman are far away from each other. However both of them offer a good winter gateway with coastal climate and beaches.

Special Attraction: it wouldn’t be wrong to mention it is one of special attractions for anyone wanting to unwind a bit. Daman is soon to be host to onshore gaming complexes (casinos) and it has recently been host to Sunburn Music Festival. Diu is known for its Diu Fort and the Naida Caves.

When the travel bug bites all these places can be on the list for the various special attractions they have to offer. Tourists not wanting to travel far off lands can find proximity in all of these places. After all; all of them have ‘Khushboo Gujarat ni’ in common.

Joy In the Rains


Monsoons In Maharashtra

A Rain Rendezvous In Kolad, Khandala, Harnai and Lavasa

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Discover Konkans scenic coastal beaches unique culture and cuisine that is specially lovely in the rains. Monsoon is when the locals love to visit the Sahyadris, when rain brings new life to the region and the water laden clouds hungs so low that you can walk in the clouds. With hundreds of waterfalls mushrooming all over the state, you are transported to a surreal, dreamy world of misty mornings, pleasant afternoons and chilly evenings.

Wake up to the sunrise on a mountain or sea fort and sunsets on a remote beach. Explore the myriad Konkan, its forests, forts and beaches. Go hiking, walking, rafting, segway riding, nature trailing, camping, driving or just watch the rain from your patio.

Experience the best of multiple landscapes in the same trip – Enjoy River, Ocean, Mountains and the Wilderness in the same trip with many ‘unique experiences’ for everybody in the family that makes for a forever memorable experience in Maharashtra Unlimited.

  1. Konkan – In the Middle of the River Kundalika in Kolad at Rivertrail Eco
  2. Konkan – On the Harnai Beach at Lotus Beach Resort
  3. Western Ghats – Overlooking the Valley at The Duke’s Retreat in Khandala and Ekaant Resort in Lavasa

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The City of Lavasa


Nestled a midst the majestic Sahyadri mountains, along the contours of the sprawling Warasgaon Lake, is the planned hill city of Lavasa. Built on the principles of New Urban-ism, its a city where people can live work, learn and play in harmony with nature.

Where in Lavasa, make sure you

  • Start the day with a walk along the serene Nature Trails
  • Explore picturesque locules cruising along the city via the Trackless Train
  • Take a photograph from the numerious Viewing Galleries present
  • Jet Ski across the lake at Lake shore Water sports taking in the beauty of the valley
  • play a veriety of games like Electric Dart Machines, Photo Games & Bowling at the Neospark Games Arcade
  • Discover the city in an eco-friendly way through Robin – A self-balancing joyride ( available at Neospark )
  • Go camping at Xthrill Adventure Academy
  • Unwind at the spa at Dasvino Town & Country Club
  • Spend a peaceful evening strolling at the lakeside promenade

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Walking in the wild


A valley to soothe your soul
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks ( Uttarkhand )

Trekkers, naturalists, artists and poets love to map the glaciers, rivers and streams of the Nanda Devi and Valley of flowers National Park, with its gentler landscape and placid alpine meadows, beautifully complements the rugged, inaccessible, high-mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi. Both parks are ripe with flora and fauna, with a sizeable population of the elusive Himalayan musk deer and even the snow leopard. For bird watchers, the place is an absolute treat.

Tip:- The trek can be arrange through the DMVN Mountaineering and Trekking division in Rushikesh

Highlight:- During and post monsoons, the floor of valley of flowers us covered with a carpet of rare flowers like brahmakamal and blue poppy!

Best time to visit: – July to October. (Valley of flowers) and April – October (Nanda Devi National Park).

Spot the Elusive snow leopard
Hemis High Altitude National Park ( Jammu and Kashmir )

The high – altitude park derives its name from the Hemis Gompa, a famous Buddhist monastery situated near Leh ( India ). The confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers cordons the park and is a treat for the eyes. “ While the park is most sought – after for its snow leopard sight – seeing, it’s also home to bharal or the blue sheep, Ladakhi urial, Himalayan Marmots and Tibetan Wild ass,” says seasoned trekker and photographer Neelima Vallangi. The fact that these areas are protected makes them pristine minus any litter. However, there is a high chance of coming down with Acute Mountain Sickness ( AMS ) on this trek, if not acclimatized enough. The only place to stay during these treks is in campsites by pitching your own tents.

Tip: – Light crampons might be useful in crossing snow – ridden sections;

Highlight: – The trek offers some of the most rugged landscapes in the country that keeps changing color and form every few hours;

Best time to visit: – July to September

Waterfall of hope
Kugti Wildlife Sanctuary ( Himachal Pradesh )

Virtually explored, the Kugti wildlife Sanctuary leads you through steep slopes, rough terrain, snow and glaciers. The mountains on this trek are replete with greenery and the slopes are lined with many waterfalls making for beautiful scenery along the way. High – altitude Himalayan fauna species have made this sanctuary their home, including the endangered goat called Himalayan Thar. It also houses the famous Manimahesh Temple that is annually visited by thousands of pilgrims.

Tip:- Ensure all your supplies for the trek are bought at Bharmour since you don’t get much beyond rice and dal at the Kugti village

Highlight :- The trek has medicinal plants along the way with some rare floral species as well.

Best time to visit:- September is a good time as the snow melts and the pass is open for crossing.

A view of Mt. Everest
Singalila National Park ( West Bengal, India )

steal a look at the Everest on this trek located in the higher ridges of Darjeeling Himalayas. One can reach the start of the trel at Moneybhajan by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and further from there in vintage Land Rover jeeps. The trek can be done in three days or more with an option of a side trip of Phalut, through the ridge where one gets unrivalled panoramic views of Mr. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest! As you trek, you will pass through areas full of oaks, ferns, silver firs, bamboo and flowering plants like rhododendrons, wide range of orchids, magnolias and a lot more.

Tip :- there are government – run trekkers’ hut that provide basic accommodation. One can also stay at government – run lodges in Ghoom, Darjeeling or Siliguri

Highlight:- Home to exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear

Best time to visit:- March – April

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Travel Thrill in the Chill


High on Heli – Skiing

Get over your latent acrophobia this winter. Have a go at Heliskiing. This adventurous winter sport is all about navigating thick snow and getting over your hear of heights. The helicopter leave you at the top of a snow – capped peak and, from there, you have to crisscross you way downward. The sport brings out the thrill – seeking explorer in you, as you have to ski through un known routes and ridges. Some of the best locations to enjoy this winter activity are : Gulmarg in Kashmir and Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Chandrakhani Pass near Manali. Gulmarg has the most ideal type of snow for heli-skiing – the fluffy powder or granular snow which is also known as re-crystallized sugar snow. But remember to gather as much knowledge as possible converning avalanches, alternate routes and safety since the terrain is a steep and tough one.

Snow leopard trail

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Tiger safaris suddenly seem last season with adventure travelers booking mountains safaris to chase the endangered show leopard! They don’t mind the cold, nforgiving terrain of Spiti and Ladakh for that one fleeting sight of the ‘mountain ghost’. The best site to spot the cat is Hemis National Park in Eastern Ladakh. You can also spot rare species like blue sheep, argali ( a large horned sheep ), numerous mountain and migratory birds, as well as an occasional Tibetan wolf. Chances of snow leopard sighting are stronger in winter since they descend to lower elevations in search of fodd. If lucky, you can actually see one preched high on the races or balanced on a vertical ridge. We can offer snow Leopard trails combined with the home stay experience. You will be accompanied by a snow leopard expert, a cook, porters and mules to help carry camping equipment on you week – long expedition.

Romantic interlude

Misty views, fragrant tea plantations and an overall dreamy spell in the air – Kurseong is perfect love nest in winter with its small town, non-commercial vibe. Kickstart the journey on a romantic note by taking the toy train or The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, from Darjeeling, to reach this old – world hill station. Check into a nice – bed and breakfast place attached to various tea plantations, like Castleton, Makaibari, Ambotia or Goomtee etc, to enjoy an endless supply of home grown teas. Makabari Tea Eastate also offers visitors an insight into its history, the art of tea processing and a tea garden trek.

Camp in cool dunes

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A balmy winter retreat in Rajasthan is ideal for those looking for a moderate cool weather. Flanked by the Thar Desert in the west, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) bears a dry and hot countenance round the year, except in winter months when it wakes up from its long summer hibernation to celebrate the night chill. The city fills up with color and music with gypsy dancers and sarangi musicians entertaining under a star – lit sky. You could snooze on mattresses under the open sky next to a bonfire or snug up in a cozy Swiss tent for the night. To make it more fin, find out if there are any astronomy trips happening around that time for some star – gazing.

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Hidden Gems of India – Pachmarhi (Satpura Range, Madhya Pradesh)


Pachmarhi is Madhya Pradesh’s most verdant gem. A lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpura ranges, it offers absolute tranquility. Bridle paths lead into placid forest groves of wild bamboo, jamun, dense sal forests and delicate bamboo thickets. It is widely known as Satpura ki Rani (“Queen of Satpura”), situated at a height of 1100 m in a valley of the Satpura Range in Hosghangabad District.

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The single hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi is a large flat terrain, circled by the snooty knolls of the Satpura range. Its countryside is characterized by rocky hills, woody forests and deep canyons. The lustrous greenery combined with the majestic hills and the cascading waterfalls presents eye-catching scenery to the observer. One among the main attractions of this hilly resort is the spectacular sight it provides when the sun sets in the horizon.

In Pachmarhi, the magnificence of nature is well complimented by the hands of man. Large-scale excavations in this hilly terrain reveal so many ancient caves that are of great value on an archaeological point of view.

Location:- 

Pachmarhi is located at 3500 feet above sea level near the heart of Madhya Pradesh the “Queen of the Hills” Satpura Range.

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Access routes by Air:- 

Nearest Airport is Bhopal 210 Km, Indore 390 km, Jabalpur 250 Km and Nagpur 270 Km.

Access by Road:-

Pachmarhi is well connected from Bhopal and Indore. Buses start from Habibganj ISBT of Bhopal and generally take close to 5–6 hours to reach Pachmarhi. The buses move through different towns like Hoshangabad, Babai, Sohagpur and Pipariya.

Access by Rail:-

Pachmarhi is 54 km from Pipariya Railway station. 150 km from Itarsi Railway station.

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LADAKH MOTORCYCLE SAFARI


  MANALI – KEYLONG – SARCHU – LEH – KHARDUNGLA PASS – JISPA

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Fixed Departure from 8th June’2013

DETAILED TOUR PROGRAMME:

DAY 1, 8th June’13: ARRIVE MANALI

On arrival in Manali, check into the hotel & relax. Manali is located near the northern end of Kullu Valley & on the banks of River Beas at the height of 2050 m. Manali – an important hill station & breathtaking natural beauty is the hallmark of this valley. After Lunch, you will check your Royal Enfield 500 cc Motorcycle. We will ride Enfield in & around Manali for local sightseeing & you will be taught all skills to handle Enfield in mountains. In the evening take a walk on Mall Road to see the colorful Market of Manali.  Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 2, 9th June’13: MANALI – KEYLONG (115 kms / about 6 hrs ride}

Morning after breakfast start ride to Keylong over Rohtang la pass (3980 m). On arrival in Keylong, check into the hotel and relax. Later explore the area by walk.  Overnight in Hotel at Keylong.

DAY 3, 10th June’13: KEYLONG – SARCHU (120 Kms /about 5 hrs ride}

Morning after breakfast leisurely ride over the scenic Bara Lacha La at a height of 4830 Mt from MSL that is called Switzerland of India. After crossing the pass drop down to the vast Sarchu plains. Sarchu is situated on the bank of the Bhaga river & with that Sarchu offers marvelous views of the majestic Himalayas and spellbinding scenery.  On arrival in Sarchu, check into the Camp & relax. Overnight in camp at Sarchu.

DAY 4, 11th June’13: SARCHU – LEH (250 km / about 7 hrs ride)

Morning after breakfast start ride to Leh. Enroute enjoy the pretty village alongside of the Indus River. On arrival in Leh & check-into the hotel & relax.

DAY 5, 12th June’13: EXPLORE INDUS VALLEY

Morning after breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion to the Indus valley, visiting

Shey Palace- a ruined Castle, after that visit the 14th century Thikse monastery, it is  an outstanding specimen of Ladakhi architecture. It is a glorious Buddhist monastery & a marvelous Buddha statue in the seated position is adorning the main prayer hall. Later visit the Hemis monastery- the richest monastery in Ladakh. Later back to hotel for overnight.

DAY 6, 13th June’13:  LEH – KHARDUNGLA PASS

After breakfast we ride about 39 Kms to Khardungla La Pass (the World’s Highest Motorable Road at a height of 5606 m), where we take a stop for Photography because the view from the top is spectacular & take a cup of coffee at World’s Highest point.  Later ride back to Leh. After lunch, we visit nine storeys Leh Palace and it was built by King Singe Namgyal in the 16th century, also visit Shanti Stupa (Japanese Pagoda) a magnificent white-domed structure, offers spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

DAY 7, 14th June’13: LEH–SARCHU (250 km / about 7 hrs ride)

Morning enjoy the walk on the bank of Tsomoriri lake & visit the Korzok monastery. The monastery itself is a beautiful construction standing in the silence of the lake and the mountains. Later start ride to Sarchu. On arrival in Sarchu & check-into the Camp & relax. Overnight in Hotel at Leh.

DAY 8, 15th June’13: SARCHU – JISPA (110 Kms / 4-5 hrs ride)

Morning after breakfast, start ride for Jispa. Jispa is very beautiful village situated on the bank of Bhaga River & the surrounding peaks covered with mist and clouds creating an awesome view. On  arrival in  Jispa, Check in Hotel & relax. O/n in Hotel.

DAY 9, 16th June’13: JISPA–MANALI (145 Kms / 6 hrs ride)

After breakfast ride for Manali. On arrival in Manali, check into the hotel & relax. Evening enjoy your farewell dinner.

DAY 10, 17th June’13: DEPART FROM MANALI

After breakfast, you can use the room till 12:00 Hrs. Later you are free to move as per your schedule.

Your adventure & culture Motorcycle tour to Himalaya concludes with sweet memories!

Cost for the Fixed Departure Package of 8th June’2013:-

Per Rider: Rs. 55,000/-

Per Pillion: Rs. 42,000/-

Note: (Just Pay 25% to book your seat at the time of confirmation. To operate this Fixed Departure, we need minimum 10 Riders & in case we don’t get 10 Riders, then have to cancel the trip & will refund the full amount to the rider.)

Package Cost Inclusions:

  • 09 nights accommodation on Twin sharing basis.
  • Daily Breakfast, Evening Tea & Dinner.
  • Royal Enfield Motorcycle as per above Itinerary.
  • Restricted Area Permits for Khardungla Pass.
  • Back up vehicle for your luggage & motorcycle spare parts.
  • Experienced mechanic on all riding days.
  • AC Volvo Bus ticket Delhi-Manali-Delhi.
  • English speaking Motorcycle Tour Leader for whole trip.
  • All taxes

Cost does not include:

Any Airfare, Fuel for bike, In Case of major mechanical damage participant will have to pay for replaced parts & for servicing done by the local shop, Accident damage will have to pay by rider, Accessories for Bikes as per actual cost, Additional cost for changes in the Itinerary due to Weather, Travel Insurance, Lunch, Camera and video camera fees, Personal expenses like tips, bar & restaurant charge, Telephone bills, any other personal expenses which are not including the above cost include portion.

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Saputara, Gujarat, India- A Hill Station on Rise


Domestic Focus: Saputara: A Hill on the Rise
Going beyond the conventional idea of a ‘hill station’, Saputara offers clean, green and serene experience. Maansi Sharma shares what made change her opinion of what a hill station can be

Being born and brought up in Maharashtra, you expect the approach road to a hill station to be clogged with traffic, the streets to be full of vendors and the picnic and tourist spots strewn with garbage. When the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited (TCGL), in an attempt to promote the ‘Monsoon Festival’ being celebrated from July 30 to August 30, 2011 at Gujarat’s only hill station, Saputara, invited media professionals to a FAM tour of the destination, what I expected was pretty obvious. However, Saputara has completely changed my opinion of what a hill station can be.

Saputara, no more than four km from the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, saw us arriving by road. As we entered Saputara, the first thing that caught my attention was a sprawling lake dotted with boats shaped like swans and a big balloon with ‘Gujarat Tourism’ and ‘Satputara Monsoon Festival’ printed on it. It was the first sign to what I eventually learned: Saputara was specifically and beautifully planned only for tourism.

What it offers:
We were first taken to see Governor’s Hill – the destination’s table land. Unlike Panchgini’s Asia plateau, Saputara’s hills are not too high at 1000 meters. It was not until we reached the top and saw a panoramic view of Saputara before us that we recognised the area’s untouched beauty. With a view of the city straight ahead, and the lake and the surrounding hills to the left, Saputara has a few structures, all of which were hotels, resorts and recreational facilities. Saputara is surrounded by the Sahyadri range and we spent an hour, tirelessly walking from one end to the other and clicking pictures, unable to get enough of the place’s beauty or a picture that did the sight any justice.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Surat is the nearest airport 172 km away.
Rail: Billimora station 80 km away.
Road: Easy accessibility from Chikhli, Billimora, Nasik and Surat.

The road had but a few cars driving smoothly into the region. The city was not overcrowded with houses as in Shimla, and the road was not chock-full of cars, a common sight in Lonavala. And, as I was soon to realise, there was not one piece of garbage strewn about.

We then headed on to the cultural show that TCGL has organised for tourists to get a glimpse of how the local Dangi tribe celebrate the Monsoon Festival. The evening was full of colourful dances performed by tribesmen and women. They went on to leave us open-mouthed while they made multiple formations of human pyramids in different shapes and sizes till the finale where the structure was tall enough to touch the roof of the tent, and it was no small tent at that. However, the most surprising revelation of the evening for us was when we discovered that not a single one of the performers was below 40!

Shopping was fun in Saputara too. Although the market is small, a confined area with about eight shops, the options are endless. Apart from everything available across the country, there are also jute bags and pouches that have that ethnic touch to them. However, the real shopping treat was at the Monsoon Festival photo gallery and souvenir store with the gallery full of photographs of sights around the state of Gujarat. TCGL has put up this temporary structure for tourists visiting during the season. A make-shift background of an aerial view of Saputara has been set up for pictures to be taken with the scene as the backdrop. The souvenir store is full of Saputara’s local handicrafts which included bags, purses, ash trays, picture frames, accessories, and even clips made in jute, wood and bamboo.

We spent the next day visiting the vivacious Girmal Falls. The Girmal Falls are a little over 80 km from Saputara and while the drive was longer than we cared for, the wait was well worth it. The falls have a fierce beauty that keeps you captivated, no matter which of the three provided view points you choose to look from. The water falls from a considerable height with the strength of, what I can imagine, would be about ten smaller falls, into a beautiful alcove and tapers into a thinner formation, flowing into the horizon.

On our way back, we decided to visit Shabari Dham, a temple built in the spot where Lord Ram of Hindu mythology is said to have stopped during his exile and fed fruit by the villager Shabari who had patiently awaited his foretold arrival for years.. Shabari Dham is not a big temple, but can stir within you a feeling of peace that a lot of bigger ones may be unable to do so.

My favourite part of the day however was the drive. The road stretches entirely through a forest which gets denser as you go deeper. Although wildlife here pales in comparison with the famous Gir National Park, the tingling excitement that comes with being inches away from a jungle is definitely stirred within when you look out the window at the forest.

Hospitality
Saputara offers basic accommodation: three-star hotels and resorts besides TCGL’s own Hotel Toran. We were put up in Saputara’s best three-star resort, Shilpi Hill Resort, and were treated to delectable Gujarati cuisine at Hotel Toran. The resort was beautiful along with being comfortable. Our rooms had large French windows that opened up early in the morning to let in a cloud of mist that seemed to always encircle the hotel. Each room seemed to offer a unique factor.

The cherry on top was the spread we were met with at Hotel Toran at meal time. The cuisine we experienced there was prepared in a way only the Gujaratis have mastered. In places where the air did not do the trick, the sight and aroma of the spread unfailingly reeled me in.

DEVELOPMENT PLAN:

TCGL has formulated a master plan to develop and maintain Saputara. Development of Saputara was planned in two phases – components A and B.

Component A Key features

Town centre: Tourist facilitation centre, Interpretation park, Shopping street, Town Hall
Sunrise Point: Food court, Yoga and Meditation Centre, Panchkarma Centre, amphitheater and play area, Paragliding, viewing platforms and other tourist infrastructure
Sunset Point: Food court, viewing platforms, Gazebo, walking track, Cantilevered Deck, etc.
Governor’s Hill: Sky-Walk, Planetarium and Sky Viewing, Food Court, viewing platforms, Go Carting, Wind Farm, Camping Facilities, Animal Rides and Viewing, Bungy Jumping
Existing Lake: Boating Deck, Gardens, Picnic Spot, Cultural Centre, Suspension Bridge, Toy Train, Museum, Underwater Aquarium, etc.
Component B Key features

New lake: Floating restaurant, Water Curtain, Dam, recreational parks
Tribal experience trail: Tribal Village Model, Accommodation Cottages, Tribal Healing Centre.
Wildlife Park: Tourist Orientation Centre, Bird Park, Rabbit Park, Underwater Aquarium.
Theme parks: Harry Potter, Disneyland, various cartoon characters, outer space etc.
First phase of the master plan has commenced development. The state government is investing Rs 150 crore in the first phase and is looking at attracting investment from the private sector. Rs 7.55 crore has been invested in Saputara Lake and Sunset Point development.

In the second phase, Rs five crore will be invested for the new lake at Navagam – three times the size of the Saputara Lake. Future projects worth Rs 60 crore for the development of Sunrise Point, Butterfly Park, two entrance gates, public utilities at six different places and an ethnic restaurant called Visamo, are in the offing at an estimated cost of Rs 60 crore.

Tourism
Apart from the spots we visited, Saputara has a myriad options for travellers. It offers recreational amenities like parks, a boat club, the Lakeview, Rose and Step Gardens, and a Botanical Garden. The Mahal Bardipara Forest Wildlife Sanctuary, Vansda National park and Purna Wildlife Sanctuary are within a 60 km radius from Saputara. For the more active traveller, a trek to Gandhi Shikhar is highly recommended.

For those who cannot get enough of a waterfall, the Gira Falls and Pampa Sarovar which are at approximately 52 km and 45 km distances respectively. And for those with more of an inclination to shopping, the Gandharvapur Artist Village offers a variety of handicraft and gift items.

All in all, Saputara can double as a year-round attraction, despite it being promoted currently only for the Monsoon Festival. This pushes Saputara tourism forward are TCGL packages which allow tourists to visit and experience the destination in a comfortable and economical way. Various tours have been chalked out ranging from one day to four days, each day touching upon at least four attractions in and around Saputara. The tours are specifically designed to promote the Dang tribal life, religion, and, currently, the monsoon season. Lush landscapes along with a glimpse of well-preserved and showcased tribal life make it unique and attractive to any visitor. For transit tourists travelling between Gujarat and Nashik or Shirdi, I doubt that there could be a more peaceful rest spot on the way to visit God.

Although Saputara has several attributes, its biggest plus point is the most obvious one – that it is a hill station. Despite statistics showing a large number of Indian tourists travelling abroad, a weekend getaway to a hill station is something that domestic travellers never seem to get enough of. Mahabaleshwar, Lonavala, Ootacamund and so many other hill stations are thriving on such tourists. However, Saputara has virtues that these destinations have lost a little over the years – serenity and cleanliness. These, along with scenic beauty, good food and great company have made my visit to Saputara one that I will be praising for years to come

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