Devinamal Campsite is an Eco-tourism site located 5 km off from the Dang district headquarter, Ahwa. Placed amidst the dense jungles of the Dangs, Devinamal has been emerged as fresh Eco-tourism center after Kilad and Mahal. Nature enthusiasts can stay in the tent like domes built by the forest department. The department also conducts educational sessions & camps for students after monsoon season.
Our visit to Devinamal was unplanned. It so happened that we (brother, mom, dad) saw a sign board of the campsite while driving on the Ahwa-Saputara state highway. We were headed for Anjani Kund, but a wandering a new place could never be less exciting. Turned the steering clockwise and there we were...
Amul, The Taste of India! Based at Anand in Gujarat, Amul is the largest food brand in India. It was Amul that spurred India's White Revolution, which made the country the world's largest producer of milk and milk products.
As Anand is just 20 minutes from where I study, DDIT, Nadiad, a visit to the dairy is no surprisal. :) The neat campus of the dairy, informative museum, cutting edge technology and sophisticated machineries left our eyes wide open. Dive in to have a look of the vista:
Saputara is the most popular hill station in Gujarat. To promote Saputara as a tourism hub, Gujarat Tourism department often organizes various festivals throughout the year. The Saputara Paragliding Festival is one of the carnivals. The paragliding activities in Saputara are managed by Dang Jilla Paragliding Adventure Association and are supported by the tourism department.
To quote the Adventure Club's description:
Saptashrungi Gadh is a Hindu pilgrimage site near Nashik, Maharashtra. The name 'Sapta' stands for 'Seven' and 'Shrunga' for 'Peaks'. Thus, the temple is surrounded by seven hills. Saptashrungi temple is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. A large number of devotees visit the place every day.
On one bright Sunday morning, mom pinned a one-day-trip plan to Saputara and Saptashrungi. Within a couple of hours, I was driving our Alto 800 on the hilly terrains. As there's decent travel information about Saptashrungi Devi is already available on the web, I'd not reiterate. Instead, let me share some photos I and Kunj (My 14 yr. old brother) took during the trip...
Galteshwar, situated on the confluence of the rivers Mahi and Galti hosts a Shiva temple from the Solanki era. About 16 km from temple town of Dakor, the place is declared as ancient and cultural heritage site by the ASI. Thus, elevating Galteshwar as a picnic cum pilgrimage destination near Anand, Nadiad or Vadodara.
We set out for Galteshwar on one scorching afternoon after finishing one of the many internal exams of DDU. Those 3 hours of the mini trip were full-of-fun. Want to know why? Go ahead. :)