Saputara Tourism
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Saputara Tourism

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Saputara is a quaint old holiday area or should I say new because it really isn't that old. In the middle of nowhere, it is a one-horse town that won't suit the adventurous but is a haven for the peace-seekers.

Where to stay: Lots of hotels in Saputara, all of them around the lake. Occupancy seemed low even in May which is supposed to be high season. But I understood from my hotel manager that occupancy is generally high in the peak season, so booking in advance is a good idea.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Saputara is in the Dang district of Gujarat. It used to be the village of the Dang adivasis, who were re-located to another area (quite close by actually) and an artificial lake created in that area. The lake is the hotspot in Saputara. A huge lake, it nestles next to a lovely garden, all enclosed by a fence. Next to one end of the lake is a small 'market' consisting of a number of roadside stalls selling strawberries, nimbu pani and snacks. That's it. That's Saputara. Nothing to do except boating or wandering around the quasi market, no real sights to see and no activity of any kind. But I believe I had one of the most peaceful holidays in Saputara. If you like to sit around doing nothing, watching the lake and wandering around in beautiful greenery when the temperature goes down, then do visit this place. But definitely not for the adventurous-minded.

Shopping: The only thing I could see worth shopping for was dried raisins which are cheaper here than elsewhere. There is a 'shopping' area in the main market area which sells brick-bracks that one might want to waste one's money on.

Advice: The jeep drivers will offer to show you the 'sights' of Saputara. Don't go unless you are thoroughly bored with the day. Or the Rs.300 you earned illegally is burning a hole in your pocket.

Another advice: Carry plenty of cash. There are no ATMs in Saputara nor are credit cards accepted, so cash is necessary. Additionally, the jeep drivers charge you Rs.50 for a minute's ride from your hotel to the bus stand and an exorbitant Rs.1000 for travel from Saputara to Nashik.

Activities & things to do: Sunset point: Lovely. You will need transport as it is up an incline. This is one of the 'sights' included in the sight-seeing tour that cost us Rs.300 (per jeep not per person thank goodness!).

Ropeway: Not for the weak-hearted. There was a throng when we went there and we skipped it but as it is close to Sunset point, you could do both together.

Boating: Great fun although you do nothing but get rowed around a lake that looks rather similar whichever way the boat turns. Rs.20 per person for half an hour I think.

Temples: There are a few around there which are included in the sight-seeing tour.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: We went from Nashik - a two hour taxi journey. Taxi journey costs around Rs.800 to Rs.1200 depending on your negotiating skills and the other opportunities on the taxi drivers' horizon at that point of time. The taxi stand is near the bus stand. If you are going to go to Nashik by train, ensure you let the rikshaw-driver know that you want to go to the taxi stand near the bus-stop - CBD it is called I think. There are three taxi-stands in Nashik, so make sure you identify the right one. You can also go to Saputara by road from Surat. There's a bus stand from Saputara from where you can get a bus to different places including Nashik.

Tip: Although there are a number of buses from Saputara to whatever destination you want to get to, the buses are jam-packed and additionally, get delayed like nobody's business. So, go well in advance if you have a connecting bus/train to catch and if you have some spare dough, share a cab with other passengers to get to your destination.
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Jai Patel
  • Jai Patel
  • Lives in Surat
  • 2 Reviews

"Saputara is a must visit destination."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A very good destination. The nearby places are also very nice. You can visit during weekends. With good food, climate and sightseeing locations, the place is sought-after by many tourists. Besides, here you can enjoy paragliding, rock....... More
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Taher abiali
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  • 4 Reviews

"An average experience"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Saputara is a nice place for weekend getaways. You can enjoy boat rides, horse rides, ropeways. Besides there are some points like echo point, sunset point which offer great views. Saputara is a place where you can enjoy the adventure sports....... More
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Uday Sonawane
  • Uday Sonawane
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  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 14 Reviews

"Saputara is a must go destination."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Saputara is a place where you can enjoy the adventure sports. Here you can enjoy paragliding, rock climbing, boating, horse riding, rope way etc. so many activities to do. You can say it is a masti pack. I energized myself and had an awesome....... More
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Pratik
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  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Saputara...Cool & Romantic"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A very good & nearby place to visit during weekends. Good food, climate and sightseeing locations. This is a nearby place from Mumbai that can be visited at any time in the year. But the best time is in the winter. Going by Car is always....... More
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Ashish Jain
  • Ashish Jain
  • 2 Reviews

"Saputara Masti"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Saputara is a place where you enjoy the adventure sports. Here you can enjoy paragliding, rock climbing, boating, horse riding, rope way etc so many activities to do. You can say it is masti pack but again remember new year celebration is the....... More
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Saputara Info

  • State: Gujarat
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Saputara is a popular hill station municipality and city located in the Dang District in the southern part of Gujarat. It is located in a plateau in the Dang forest area of the Sahyadri range, at an altitude of 1,000 m. This well-planned hill station lies around 170 km from Surat, 80 km from Nashik and 5 km from the border of Maharashtra.

The meaning of Saputara is ‘Abode of Serpents’ and because of this there are several images of snakes present on shores of the River Sarpagana that flows through the town. The tribal folks here worship these images of snakes on special occasions like Holi.

Saputara is popular for the several gardens present here like Lake Garden, Step Garden and Rose Garden. One of the most popular gardens in Saputara is the Step Garden. The unique features of the Step Garden are the design and layout of the steps. Plants and flowerpots with wooden work around it support the steps. There are facilities for visitors to stay here in the numerous Forest Huts.

One of the popular attractions here is the Saputara Lake that abode several boat clubs, offering facilities for boating. Other than sailing, the Sunset Point in the Lake offers a clear view of the Saputara region. Just 52 km from Saputara is the Gira waterfalls, which is a popular tourist destination.         

Some of the popular places here include Nageshwar Mahadev Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The museum of Saputara is ideal for gathering knowledge on the Dang tribe. One of the popular events celebrated here is the Dangs Darbar, which is a tribal festival celebrated before Holi.   

Once a private forest of the Maharaja of Vansda, the Vansda National Park covers an area of 24 square km. The national park consists of animals like tigers, leopards, python, four horned antelope, pangolin, rusty spotted cats and even giant squirrels.

Located in the regions of Mahal, 60 km to the north of Dangs, is the Purna Sanctuary. It covers a total land area of 160 square km and consists of wide varieties of wild animals. This wildlife sanctuary belongs to the region of dense forest covers, located in the regions of the Western Ghats.   

The climatic conditions of Saputara are uniform all round the year and during the summers the average temperature is 28o Celsius. The best time to visit this destination is between the months of March and November.

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