Saputara – “The abode of serpents”

Saputara - The abode of serpents

Snuggled in the Sahyadris or the Western Ghats, Saputara is a quaint little hill station in the Dang district of Gujarat. Popular for lush green forests, undulating mountains, dazzling waterfalls, dreamy winding roads, livid landscapes and plenty of charming cubbyholes to spend time with your loved ones, the town is the first favorite among tourists. It is located at a height of 875 meters above sea level and is a perfect getaway for eco-lovers, wildlife enthusiasts and people who love adventure sports.

Located at a distance of four kilometers from the Maharashtra border and two hundred and fifty kilometers from Mumbai in Dang district, Saputara literally means habitat of snakes and the tribals of this region worship snakes, especially during Holi. It is a beautiful hilly region enriched with enormous greenery offering magnificent panorama, tribal culture of a different sort and great trekking opportunities.

Places To Visit In Saputara

Artist Village: Just a few kilometers away from Satpura lake near Nasik road lies a beautiful village which exhibits spectacular artifacts of Bamboo, clothes and many other things.

The main tribals of the village Bhil, Kunbi and warli are well known for their benevolence. Apart from buying their beautiful art works, you can also get into workshops to create something different and get to know the artist in you and their culture even better.

Hatgadh Fort: This remote fort built by the Maratha ruler Shivaji is a perfect spot for relaxation and to grasp in the picturesque panorama as the breeze caress your happy faces.

Hatgadh fort is located 5 Km away from the Satpura lake and is in a dilapidated condition and is adored due to the isolation and serenity it offers.

Vansda National park: Tucked in between the Sahyadri ranges, lies this conserved wildlife park spanning over an area of about 24 sq kilometers. It got its name as Vansda because it was once privately owned by the Maharaja of Vansda. Not a single tree has been cut since then. Owing to this, in some places, the canopies are so thick that sunlight does not pass through. It is an open park, and you can easily get a permit if you want to explore it in your own vehicle.

Saputara – “The abode of serpents” Just next to Malegaon there is a spot, which is known as a spot to cherish the beauty of Sunrise and is known as the Sunrise point or Valley viewpoint.

You can enjoy the lush greenery around the spot and the cool breeze, whichrefreshes your soul and relaxes it. Similarly on the western side, we have Sunset point, which gives a great view of Dang forest, filled with enormous greenery and a magnificent view as the Yellow colored sun imperceptibly strewing redness on the skyline.

Saputara lake: It is a beautiful and serene lake known for boating and the lush green and colorful garden on both sides. It is best visited in the morning for walks to enjoy some peaceful time.

You can choose to visit Saputara museum which exhibits the lifestyle, culture and history of people of Dang, majority of which are Adivasis.

Gira falls: As you sip in the tea or coffee from the stalls nearby, enjoying the picturesque panorama and the 150 feet tall waterfall roars down the edge, you will praise the wonder of the nature.

Gira falls is one of the best tourist attractions of Satpura and is just one kilometer away from the Satpura- Waghai road; the best time to visit this fall is recommended to be around June to November.

Best time to visit Saputara

Located at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level, Saputara experiences a calm and pleasant climate throughout the year. The average maximum and minimum temperatures recorded are 30°C and 10°C respectively; however, the hill station does not fail to brighten tourist experience with its charm almost every season.

How to Reach Saputara

Saputara has no airport or railway station. So, you have to rely on roads to reach the city. The closest airport is at Surat while the closest railway station is the Waghai railway station. However, it isn’t well connected. So, the convenient junction to reach Saputara is Bilimora.

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