Don Hill Station, Gujarat [Updated]

View from the top of Don hill station

The Don hill station is a scenic landscape located near Saputara and is perched on the border of Gujarat of Maharashtra and around 30km from Ahwa, the headquarter of the Dangs. I experienced its natural beauty few days back. (16th August, 2014). It’s still hidden from most of the tourists’ focus, mouth publicity is the only thing helping it to attract avid travelers. (Don is now gaining fair attention of tourists.)

Accommodation:

There’s no overnight stay facility at Don. Alternative is to stay at Ahwa / Saputara Hotels. Have a look at this article for list of all the places to stay in Dang: Where To Stay In Dang – Accommodation Options in Dang, Ahwa, Saputara

Road from Ahwa town to Don villageDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

Don Mahotsav – A fortnight long tourism festival – From February 7, 2015

With a view to popularize Don hill station, Gujarat government and tourism administration plans to organize a fortnight long ‘Don Mahotsav’ from February 7. The two week festival will feature the pristine beauty of the hill station. Professional paragliders and other adventure sports’ organizers are invited for the Don Mahotsav.

Tourists will experience the tribal cuisine, their traditional songs and dance. Not to forget the adventure sports.

3 Claps for the Dang district administration for such an active interest. Truly, Vibrant Gujarat!

Updated on: 11th January, 2015

Green fields enroute to Don Hill StationDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

More Updates:

Dang to spend 16.6 crore to boost tourism infrastructure – Article in Times of India
“Major thrust has been given on beautification and infrastructural development at Gujarat’s only hill station, Saputara and Don hill station bordering Maharashtra.” The report says. A welcoming move by the government! Sensing their enthusiasm, we’ll shortly see activities like trekking, campfire, rock climbing etc. at Don and Saputara hills.

11th January, 2015

Last stretch of road to reach to topDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

Don hill station is announced as Gujarat’s highest point


The department of Roads and Building (R & B) of the Dang district administration has carried out a survey and officially declared Don village as the peak point of Gujarat state. The measured height is: ~1000 meter. I tend to agree with them as in my trip, I also measured the height by a GPS application on my phone and the result was approx. 3210 ft. (978 m).

This came out just after the Don Mahotsav, a fort-night long festival was announced by the administration to leverage Don as a great tourism destination. Previously the place was occupied by the Saputara hill station, which is stationed at 900 m above the sea level.

05th February, 2015

Don Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

Geography & Etymology of Don Hill Station

Don is situated on a plateau in the forest vicinity of the Sahyadri mountain range in the Dangs district at an altitude of about 1070 meters. Hill station’s altitude is round about 100m higher than the Saputara, the planned hill resort by Government of Gujarat. The Maharashtra state border is only 3 km away from Don.

Interaction with locals revealed that Don hill has a hillock named after Mahabharata character Dronacharya. Also, there’s a village named Pandav which has old caves blessed with water falls.

View of village from the top hillDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

People of Dangs & Don Village

Don has a population of around 1200 tribals. They are popularly termed as ‘Adivasi’. The word ‘Adivasi’ has developed a connotation of past autonomy, which was disrupted during the British colonial period in India and has not been restored. The tribe is rich in its bio-diversity and natural relics and has a rich ‘Dangi’ heritage.

Recently, after some farmers offered their farm lands for the construction of 8km long road on the hilly terrain. If you visit this hill station in monsoon, you’ll get to see these farmers in action.

Most locals possess a shy nature. Nevertheless, if you approach them they’ll talk pleasantly. They also show some resistance while capturing them in smartphones, they usually turn their heads away. Again, this may not be always the case. On weekends you would find school kids waving hands to you frequently.

A local carrying fire woods near forest department crossingDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

What to See?

Unlike Saputara, the government has not put enough efforts to develop Don Village. However, lately the government has sanctioned 39 Cr. to promote it as Gujarat’s second hill station. The point is, you won’t find any planned infrastructure like Saputara. But who cares? We could find ultra-modern infra in any major city. So come here and enjoy the world of greenery..

  • Nature. Hills. Greenery.
  • Saler Fort, Maharashtra. (Ask locals to find your way.)
  • Farmers sowing ‘Nagli’. (Popular grain used as an alternative to rice in south Gujarat.)
  • Brooks originating from the hill top. (Try to find its source. It’ll be fun!)

BeginningDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

Best Time

Monsoon season. Mid June to September end.

Do not dare visit the place after the mid January to mid June

However, Don has a climate that is consistently pleasant, leaning towards chilly, fresh throughout the year. At a decent altitude of 1100 meters, you could literally touch the dark clouds with your fingertips. It hints that this place has potential to become the next hill station in Gujarat.

Don Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

What to Do?

  • Breathe tonic oxygen. 🙂
  • Meet and interact with Adivasis. Their stories about ‘Dangi’ heritage are fascinating.
  • Take photographs. A lot of them. I bet you, each of them can serve as your desktop wallpaper if taken artistically.
  • Climb to the peak of one of the hills. Sit on top and do experience the feel of being at peak of something.
  • Carry food along with you. Enjoy the ingredients of your ever tasty food.
  • Buy a dozen of chocolates and distribute them to kids on the way. Their honest smile will make up your day.

Watery stonesDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

How to Reach?


The first thing I would like to tell you is, forget Air and Rail (plus public transportation) mode of transportation. Plan your trip if and only if you have your own vehicle.

Distance from nearby cities:

From To Distance / Time
Ahwa Don Hill Station 33 km / 45 mins
Saputara Don Hill Station 50 km / 1.5 hr
Ahmedabad Don Hill Station 405 km / 7 hr
Vansda Don Hill Station 82 km / 2 hr
Surat Don Hill Station 173 km / 4 hr
Mumbai Don Hill Station 275 km / 5 hr
Navsari Don Hill Station 140 km / 3.5 hr
Valsad Don Hill Station 150 km / 3.5 hr
Bilimora Don Hill Station 126 km / 3 hr

Refer to the following map to get exact route details. For convenience, I have selected Vansda town of Navsari as my base station.

or view custom Google Map at:  https://mapsengine.google.com/map/viewer?mid=zDQhGIGzQiRo.kZQPWPDjMz-k

From Vansda, the journey would take about 2 hours. (Vansda to Waghai: 25 minutes, Waghai to Ahwa: 45 minutes, Ahwa to Don: 50 minutes) But I assure you that it won’t be boring at any stretch. If you’re an enthusiastic driver then you gotta love curvy and steep roads of the Dangs.

The CNG Filling Station is situated in Vansda.
Petrol, Diesel pumps are present in Ahwa.

Ahwa is the last major town en route to Don. You will have a hard time finding even a tiny shop after Ahwa.

Accommodation

As I mentioned in 2nd paragraph of this post, there’s no overnight facility present at Don hill station. Next best option is Saputara.

You can find list and book hotels in Saputara via:

Food

Sadly, no luck in food section.
There’s no hotels or chances of food after Ahwa. Even a small food stall ain’t available in Don village.

Nearby Attractions

Money Can Buy Happiness Part

I was heading to Ahwa after being overwhelmed by Don. I saw 3 students walking side the road and decided to interact with them. I soon sensed that they are returning to their home from school (which is 3 km away from their place). It was showering, then and one of them was trying to cover his head by a leaf.
Incidentally though, I had bought one umbrella that morning.

Without thinking for a moment, I handed over umbrella to him. Seemed he was both stunned and ever happy at the same time. I was also enthralled to see his broad, intuitive smile.

And that was the moment, when I learnt one more life lesson. Money can buy happiness. If you know how and when to use.

School kid saving him from rainDon Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

Gujarat Model of Development

Are you one of those classes, which believes that Gujarat model is overhyped? That Gujarat hasn’t been developed?

Then visit this place once. It will prove you wrong. In my opinion, Don Village is an excellent example of Gujarat transformation.

Even though Don is hidden in a remote area, on the border of Gujarat – Maharashtra all roads are magnificent. (I was in Mumbai couple of weeks before and compared to Mumbai roads, these are just fabulous.)

Don Hill Station Ahwa Dang Gujarat

You would find tiny dams built at every 500 meters to harness the water of Purna river. Water is not a problem at all.

Electricity is available for flat 24 hours! This had blown my mind. People will mention the name ‘Modi’ if you start a conversation about above mentioned facilities! So, Gujarat model is effective. #HenceProved.

 

A Humble Request

Please, please do not litter at any hill station or any other tourist place. Carry an extra bag and keep empty wrappers of food articles and other garbage in it. Empty it in garbage bins available en-route. – By Anil Sharma (Comments)

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Last updated: 24th May, 2017


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Pinakin Desai
Pinakin Desai

thanks for such a good informative web site.
We are 02 family planning to visit Shabri dham & DON hill station,
It is OK if we stay one day at sabri bham

We 02 couple planning to visit Shabri dham & DON hill station from surat.
Is it OK if we satyed one day at Sabri dham & next day visit to DON and back to sabri dham in the evening.

Any stay accomodation at DON hill station at present ?
We are planning to go on 1st October,2015,

Pl.reply

Jastin Chauhan
Jastin Chauhan

Hi! Darpan Very glad to go through your blog. i have visited Saputrara many times but was unaware about Don hill. Thanks for the information. As soon as i read this article, my wife and I have made a plan to visit this beautiful place. Really it will be very refreshing as the life here in a city as you know how it is! By the way, the no. you mentioned here is wrong it is of nine digit but the other no. is ok. keep writing about if you explore any worth seeing places so that the people like us can have memorable experiences. After visiting I shall surely share the pictures as well as experience. i will be planning to visit on 1st of october as there is a mini vacation.

prashant
prashant

Please provide detail &contact no

Kamlesh Adhiya

Hello Dear DD,

Thanks for sharing detailed information about lovely DON!

Could you email/text me your contact number please?

Cheers!
Kamlesh Adhiya
+91 98243 26111

Dipak Patel
Dipak Patel

Hi Darpan,

I read your blog and it is very useful for every one who want to visit this type of places. I am planning to visit don on coming saturday 15th August 2015 with 4 family.
Can you please suggest where to stay because I am going to visit Shiradi on 15th August 2015 and living it on 3:00 PM. Then I confuse for net one day plan. I have one day to visit in saputara and near places. Can you suggest which places need to visit near don which become life time memory. In group we have 6 ladies and 4 children. So please suggest according. So, we can make out trip enjoyable.
My whats up number is 9998095039.

Thanks again for wonderful blog.

Madhubhai Patel
Madhubhai Patel

I have visited this lovely place on 2nd Aug 2015. Lovely place with zero pollution. I request every one who visit this place, pl take care for keep this place clean. This is really HIDDEN GEM. One more thing that every one should carry with them all eatables & water also as nothing is available. My humble request to every one to take with them at least 50 pkts of Biscuits & 100 chocolates to distribute among local children and get their smiles. If some one should take Umbrella,Slippers, Clothes then it will be really MANAV SEVA.

Dr Ashish Patel
Dr Ashish Patel

Thanks for creating such a informative website. Thanks a lot.

Sapan Patel
Sapan Patel

Is there contact no of any authorised person for the trekking in don or tent facelity..?

Khozem Rangooni
Khozem Rangooni

Hi,
First of all congratulates on creating this very nice blog with lots of information, Simply Great Sir….
Basically I’m from Ahmedabad & have small group of 25 in our office and each monsoon we planned some unexplored place. This time we have planned Ajmalgadh & Don Village to visit. Your blog is very much informative and hope it would be very much helpful in our dream-trip. I Just want one favour from your side, if it is possible. Can you guide or give some tips to cover the maximum places connecting Ajmalgadh & Don Village in two days (Saturday-Sunday). I would be very much thank full to you. Thanks again for your article…

Warm Regards,
Khozem Rangooni
krangooni@gmail.com
9879430552

Tanmay
Tanmay

Planning to visit don tomorrow……….will the weather be good ? greenry would be there ? any waterfalls ?

Dinesh A Parekh
Dinesh A Parekh

My self Dinesh A Parekh, Income tax inspector, I want to know about Don Village, tent per day rate for stay and place.

Hans Mehta
Hans Mehta

I just want to mention I am all new to blogging and honestly enjoyed you’re web-site. You definitely come with fabulous well written articles. Cheers for sharing your website.

Arpan

Thanks for the info!! I will visit there this month and see if they need help with developing adventure activities.

Arti Patel
Arti Patel

Hi.. I want to visit there in may last week.. How will be the weather there???.. Actually i have kid 4 years old.. So wanted to know if weather is too hot or not????

bhavesh patel
bhavesh patel

Hi I want find a stay please anybody help me

vipul soni
vipul soni

I am intresh for develop there my tant biasness I try go there possible to stay there

Tanmay Shah
Tanmay Shah

Hi! Very nice info!!

I am planning to visit DON VILLAGE on 5 april 2015. How will be the weather. Will the place be still green or dried up??

yogesh patel
yogesh patel

i want to stay in this week, so i need contract no for tent.
please provide details for tent.
yogesh patel
9099201858

mohal banker
mohal banker

Hi, darpan, your article is very informative. Do u have any contact number for “don utsav” , as i came to know that they have created few tented accomodation.

mohal banker

hi, i have recently visited don & stayed in tent resort over there. U can give reference & contact details to anybody who want to stay there…website

Anil Sharma
Anil Sharma

Very good and informative article, Darpan ! My query, is there any water body (lake) in or around Don ?
(Earnest request to all tourists: Please, please do not litter at any hill station or any other tourist place. Carry an extra bag and keep empty wrappers of food articles and other garbage in it. Empty it in garbage bins available en-route.)
Regards,
Anil Sharma

JAMIN
JAMIN

Now we provide tent for stay and food at don hill start from 25dec.2014

Prashant Somani
Prashant Somani

Very nicely composed article. Keep it up. It clears all doubt and question about don

Viral Patel
Viral Patel

Mast

Sagun Parekh
Sagun Parekh

Very nice & good place to enjoy with family.

Shailesh Gandhi
Shailesh Gandhi

Can we find a hotel or some place for food and stay there??

pankaj shah
pankaj shah

What about night stay for group?

Rohan Kapadia

Very very nice.

Ashish Mantri
Ashish Mantri

Thans for sharing all the info.
As you mentioned that there are no facilities to stay at Don can we take our own tents with us and stay for one night in mountains of Don?

Tushar Desai
Tushar Desai

Very Useful & Nice Info!

michael
michael

good info, will surely visit

Naimesh Shah
Naimesh Shah

Wow! Never knew about this hidden gem. Would definitely try it out next weekends!

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