This beautiful hill station is situated in the Dang district in Gujarat. The hill station is situated at 875 meters above sea levels and a perfect place for nature lovers and adventure seekers. The only hill station of Gujarat is famous for its forests, beautiful waterfalls, landscapes, mountains, cool climate, etc. according to Hindu myths, Lord Ram stayed here for 11 years. Saputara also has many ancient buildings and  Located at a distance of 4 km from Maharashtra border. Surat is the nearest airport and Mumbai is the nearest international airport to explore the place. This small hill station comprises of many areas worth visiting. Let’s have a look at some of the best places to visit here-

1. Saputara Lake

Saputara Lake

Saputara Lake is a major attraction of visitors year-round. The Saputara Lake is Located at a distance of 1 km from the Saputara hill station. The lake is man-made and a famous picnic spot. The lake is surrounded by beautiful hills and lush greenery, which makes it a picturesque place to relax, have fun and rejoice. It offers a distant panorama of the majestic and ever beautiful Sahyadri Hills, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In order to promote tourism and facilitate entertainment, a boat club has been built next to the lake. From this club, visitors can hire different types of boats and enjoy exploring the lake and its serene surroundings. The sunrise and sunset points of this lake also provide a stunning vista during dawn and dusk, respectively. It is the best place for morning walks and spending leisure time with family. There are various children’s parks and playgrounds near to this place.

Timings To Hire Boat- 8:30 AM To 6:30 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee- INR 5 for Rowboat and INR 20 for a Pedal Boat for half an hour

2. Saputara Hill Station

Saputara

Saputara literally stands for the ‘Adobe of Serpent’, is situated in the heart of Dangs district. It is located on the second-highest plateau of the Sahyadri range with a cool bracing climate and a scenic view of the verdant valley that can mesmerize anyone. Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort that has all the necessary amenities. The thick forest around Saputara is filled with tribal villages and their unique dances are of great interest to everyone.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Time Required- 1 Day

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

3. Step Garden

Step Garden

Step Garden is one of the major attractions in Saputarta. Beautiful scenery and views will mesmerize you. On the steps, plants and flower pots have been laid. As the name signifies, the garden includes 20-25 steps, and on each step, tourists will witness a range of flower beds. It will take around 1 hour to explore the step garden. This place is a famous spot for picnics. There are window boxes, plants, and wooden work on the steps of the garden. And as tourists will climb steps, tourists will view beds of blossomed flowers and plants. The garden also includes a great place for kids to play and enjoy. This garden is a wonderful place to click photographs. The garden is located 2 km from the main city on the tableland road. The best time to visit the garden is from March to April and July to August.

Timing- 8:00 AM To 12:00 Noon and 3:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- INR 10 For Indians and INR 10 For Foreigners

4. Lake Garden

Waghai

Waghai is a town in the Dang District and is about 52 km south of the hill station of Saputara. It is a large garden that spreads over an area of 24-hectare with 1,400 varieties of plants from all over India. The scenic view and relaxing environment of this place attracts most of the tourists towards it. It is an ideal location for photography and to spend some precious time in the lap of nature too.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

5. Artist Village

Artist Village

This village is a quaint retreat with accommodations & studio space, plus a shop selling artwork & handmade wares. This place is known for its well-made handicrafts. A good place to buy artwork. The Artist Village cultural center showcase and sells tribal arts and crafts. The Gandharavpur artist village is located near Nasik road and considered as the traditional and cultural center of the region. The village depicts artifacts of bamboo craft, clothes, wall paintings, jewelry, pottery, pen stands, vases, and many more. The dang district of Saputara hill station which includes 300 villages offers a home to various tribal communities. The tribal communities include Bhils, Kunbis, Warlis, Gamits tribes which form a part of a tribal village. The place is run by Surya Goswami and Chandrakant Parmar. The tourists can also enjoy their hands-on crafting. This place is also famous as an art school where various workshops are organized for teaching their crafts. This is the best place to buy and see tribal products. Accommodation in the village is also available at a reasonable cost. 

Timing- 9:00 AM To 7:00 PM
Time Required- 2-3 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

6. Rose Garden

Rose Garden

A nature lover? Then this is the perfect place to look at different varieties of roses. There are roses of different colors, shapes, and sizes.  Rose garden is located near the lake garden and step garden. The garden is at a distance of 1 km from the Saputara bus station. Rose garden is also a famous picnic spot. The best time to explore the garden is during the season of spring as the flowers are at full bloom which makes the garden attractive and beautiful. The park is well planned and very perfectly crafted. An artificial pond is created with flamingo statues. This garden is also a good place for photography. The best time to visit this garden is in winter and in the early summer.

Timing- 8:00 AM To 7:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

7. Echo Point

Echo Point

Are you a photogenic person, then you will surely love this place. Located in the Matheran, near Saputara. As the name signifies, at this point tourists can hear their voices back from the beautiful environment which includes waterfalls, mountains. The echo point is surrounded by places like King George point, Louisa point and charlotte lake. There are also many waterfalls located near the echo point. This point is also considered as a picnic spot and a very famous picnic spot in Saputara.  The point is well connected to all the means of local transport. This point offers a beautiful view of greenery, mountains and a perfect place to explore nature away from the crowded cities.

Timing- 9:00 AM To 7:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

8. Sunrise Point

Sunrise Point

Also known as valley point, the point is famous for sightseeing in Saputara. At the time of sunrise, there is a beautiful view of the sky as the sky looks orange and the wind makes it a perfect view which tourists can remember. Tourists can either reach the point by trekking or through a ropeway. This is the best place to capture memories with your family and loved ones as this place offers wonderful views. Once you reach the top, the rising of the sun from the hill will leave an everlasting impression on your mind. If tourists are visiting during monsoon time, then tourists can also view the number of waterfalls.

Timing- 5:00 AM To 7:00 AM
Time Required- 30 Minutes
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

9. Hatgadh Fort

Want to do trekking? Then you must visit this beautiful fort. The fort is located in the Hatgadh village which is 6km from Saputara. The fort was built by Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji in 17th century AD. There is a statue of Lord Ganesha at the top of the fort. Earlier the fort was used as a watchtower by the forces of Shivaji. It is truly a paradise for trekkers and you can reach here only by trekking. It would take around an hour from the parking place to reach the fort by trekking. There are 200 stairs. However, the stairs could be slippery on rainy days. There is an idol of lord hanuman on the entrance gate. There are two rock-cut water chambers named Ganga and Yamuna on the fort which were sources of water for villages earlier.

Timing- 8:30 AM To 5:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- INR 10 Per Person

10. Sunset Point

The point is located near the Saputara lake and known as Gandhi peak. The sunset point offers a beautiful view of the Sahyadri mountains. Tourists can reach the point either through a ropeway or by climbing the hills. To climb the mountains it will take around 30 minutes while going through a ropeway will take only 10 minutes from table point. Tourists can have a wonderful view of the city through a ropeway. Tourists can also perform activities like camel riding, horse riding, bike ride for kids. The view from the peak of the forests and mountains will give tourists an everlasting impression on their souls.

Timing- 6:00 AM To 7:00 PM
Time Required- 30 Minutes
Ropeway timing- 9:00 AM To 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Ropeway Fee (both ways)- INR 62 Per Person

11. Vansda National Park

Vansda national park is established in  1979 and spread across an area of 24 square km. as the park was owned by the maharaja of Vansda, the park is named after that. If records are to believed there is not even a single tree that has been cut. The park has 110 species of trees, 199 herbs, 25 grass species. The park is home to animals like wild bears, jungle cats, reptiles like cobra, python, etc. different types of birds like woodpecker, sunbird, leaf bird are also found here. Vansda is located 52km from Saputara.

Timing- 8:00 AM To 5:00 PM (But closed from June To October)
Time Required- 2-3 Hours
Entry Fee- INR 20 Per Person and USD 5 for Foreigners
Vehicle Fee- INR 400 for car/jeep, INR 2000 for bus, INR 200 for the camera and INR 100 guide per hour, and INR 50 for every extra hour.

12. Gira Falls

The Gira falls are 75 ft waterfall that arises from Kapri tributary and fells into the Ambika river. The speed of water entering the river is so much that it creates a foggy look. This place is a soul soother and witnessing this great place of nature makes you forget all your worries. This place attracts lots of tourists and is a famous picnic spot. 8km from Sinhala, the waterfall is located on the river Gira near the Nirmal village. Tourists can also explore the botanical garden near the waterfalls which has different types of plants and trees. This beautiful place is 49km from Saputara and a must-visit when visiting Saputara. The best time to visit the waterfall is during and after the monsoon season. The waterfalls are within walking distance from the parking. 

Timing- 8:00 AM To 5:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee
Parking Fee- INR 50 per vehicle

13. Saputara Museum

The Saputara tribal museum depicts an insight into the life of the tribals. The tribal museum includes traditional clothes, utensils, ornaments, musical instruments, grass ornaments, wooden carvings, and weapons. The museum is located at Saputara-Nasik road and at a distance of 1km from the Saputara bus station. The museum was constructed in 1970 to show the history, heritage, costumes, and methods used by the dang tribe. The museum also includes paintings and wall hangings made by different tribes. Workshops and exhibitions are also organized in the museum every year. This is the best place to teach children about the lives of tribals. 

Timing- 10:00 AM To 5:30 PM
Time Required- 2-3 Hours
Parking Fee- INR 5 per person for Indians, INR 1 for students INR 50 for foreigners

14. Purna Wildlife Sanctuary

This is the best place to explore nature and have a view of wild animals. The place is located in the tribal districts of dangs and 60km away from Saputara. This place receives the highest rainfall in the state. The name of the sanctuary is derived from the Purna river which flows there. The forests support tribal culture and ‘mahal’  is the main village which is located near the Purna river. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1990 and covers a forest area of 160 sq km. the place is famous for its cover of thick forest. The sanctuary is home to wild animals like elephants, rhinoceroses, sloth bears, wild bulls, etc, and also has 700 variety of plant species. 

Timing- 9:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours
Entry Fee- INR 20 Per Person, INR 200 For Car, INR 1750 For Bus and INR 300 For Guide

15. Nageshwar Mahadev Temple

The temple is dedicated to lord shiva and is among one of the twelve jyotirlinga shrines. The temple is located on the southern banks of the Saputara Lake. Lord Shiva is worshipped as the god of snakes and known as Nageshwar. The temple is decorated beautifully and receives lakhs of devotees on the occasion of Shivratri. There is a beautiful black granite shiv linga and also a Nandi statue facing the lord shiva inside the temple. The best time to visit the temple is during morning time as one feels the holy vibe and for a moment you will forget all your worries. As the temple is located near the lake, it is also a good place to click photographs. 

Timing- 6:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

16. Town Viewpoint

This point is famous for its wonderful aerial view of the whole town. The point is situated at a higher altitude and offers a scenic view of the whole town. This point offers a view of all the points which tourists would have otherwise missed. Activities like horse riding and camel riding are also offered at this point at reasonable rates. This is the best place to capture some nice photographs. The point gives an entire view of Saputara with beautiful scenes. It is advisable to explore this point during night time as the view of the town during night time cant be expressed in words. This is also a great place to spend some quality time with your affectionate ones. 

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

17. Honey Bees Center

Tourists get an opportunity to learn about the beekeeping process from the beekeepers themselves. The apiculture center is famous for rearing and breeding honey bees. Tourists can see how the honey is collected from the bees. The tourists can have a look at how the honey industry works. The honey bees center is located near the lake garden. Tourists must visit this place with their families. Tourists can also buy the purest form of honey for their families and friends. The center is well connected to all means of transport. 

Timing- 8:00 AM To 8:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

18. Pandava Gufa

The caves are also known as Aravalem caves. The caves are among the top place to visit during the Saputara. The name of the caves is derived from the Mahabharata.  It is believed that Pandavas spent some of their time of exile in these caves. There is also shiv linga inside the cave where Pandavas were used to offer their prayers to lord shiva. The cave is 60 m long and 15 m wide. It is also believed that there are many chambers inside the cave and the longest chamber belongs to Bhima. Tourists can either reach Javtala or Pandava village and then trek around 2 to 3 km to reach the cave. The best time to visit the caves is before the monsoon season and in the evening time. 

Timing- 7:00 AM To 6:00 PM
Time Required- 1-2 Hours

Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

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