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Harnav Dam Vanaj – Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

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January 16, 2016

Harnav Dam, aka Vanaj Dam, is a gated dam built on upstream of Harnav river. Few meters from the Dam site, forest depart has built Vanaj Forest Rest house. Harnav Dam and Vanaj Forest Rest House serve as an excellent a-la-carte package to your trip to Polo Forest, Vijaynagar.

I visited Harnav Dam last year, in April. Laziness surmounted me that time and I didn’t publish post of Vanaj Dam all this time.

Well, better late than never! So here I am!

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Story of Two Names – Information of Dam and Surrounding Area

Dam is known by two names,
A. Harnav Dam
B. Vanaj Dam

Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

Harnav Dam as it’s built to harness power of Harnav river.

Vanaj Dam as the place where it’s built is known as Vanaj village.

Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

Located near Vanaj village, in Vijaynagar taluka, Sabarkantha district and Harnav Dam has dual purpose of irrigation and flood control. I approximate the height of the structure between 40-50 m.

[Romantic place to hold a conversation, isn’t it? :P]Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

I heard stories of previous occupants, the adivasis, who were unfortunately relocated for this project. The project completed in 1990 and has catchment area of 116 sq km.

[I’ve always been fan of burst mode photos!]Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

Don’t Go In Summer – Which Is Best Time To Visit

If you’ve read intro of this post, I stated that I went Polo Forest and Vanaj Forest Rest House in April, in summer! Summer is undoubtedly the worst time to visit this place. Period.

[Though, summer has its own flora..]Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

What’s the best time then?

Monsoon / Winter.

Monsoon, as the place will be covered by lush green jungles.

Winter because of the breezing atmosphere of the Polo forest area.

I read somewhere that 34 species of bird can be found during winter, elevating Harnav dam as bird watching site too.

Food – Dingo!

No food nearby Vanaj Dam or the Forest Rest House : Now, I may be horribly wrong in assuming that there’s zero chance of food nearby. Wrong, as I visited the place in off season, during summer.

In case of monsoon and winter, you may see shacks by locals selling biscuits and snacks. But why take risk? I suggest you to make food arrangements prior to visiting Polo Monument and Vijayanagar Forest area.

If you don’t, you might end up eating biscuits like we did!

Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

Restricted Area

You can’t,
A. Go and walk over Harnav Dam without permission.
B. No photography/No videography of Dam.
C. Boat.
D. Swim.

As the photography is restricted, I’m not publishing any photos of the Dam structure hereby. They have set up rules for security enforcements.

Vanaj Forest Rest House

Few meters from Harnav Dam, Forest department of Himmatnagar has ramped up a forest rest house. From Polo forest campsite, this rest house is 5 km away.

Regretfully, I don’t have additional information regarding this forest guest house. I will update this post if I get contact number or booking information.

[Boundary of Vanaj Forest Rest House]Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

However, you may try following contact numbers of Himmatnagar Forest Department.

Contact Number 1: 02772243090
Contact Number 2: 02772247279

Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

Our Gang

We were 5. 20 year old kids. 🙂

Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

In 6th semester of my B. Tech, it had became regular schedule to plan an excursion on every long weekend (Or after exams.) Polo Forest and Idar trips were one of the excursions.

From left to right: Pramod, Bhavya, Darpan, Rahul, Smit

Harnav Dam Vanaj - Dam Near Vijaynagar Polo Forest Rest House, Idar Gujarat

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2 Comments
  1. Reply

    S.Kalpesh

    January 27, 2016

    hello dear
    can you give the details for the accommodation facility in POLO FOREST ?

    i want to visit it in the next month

    S.Kalpesh
    Lecturer in English
    Veraval
    Somnath

    • Reply

      Vimal Joshi

      January 27, 2016

      You can Stay at POLO Retreat – Abhapur (Contact No – 094260 64448
      or at
      Kadoli Farm ( Contact No – 9375523795)

      Both are Giving Accommodation as well as Meals as per your requirement with Guide and Nigh Safari Arrangement at your costs

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