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Mahal Eco Tourism Campsite Dangs, Gujarat

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November 27, 2015

Mahal Eco Tourism campsite is one of the four eco-tourism centers in the Dangs, Gujarat. Located on the banks of Purna river, Mahal campsite offers excellent trekking and walking options. Surrounded by rich Purna Wildlife Sanctuary forests (touted as thickest bamboo forest in Gujarat), and no modern technological facilities (no mobile networks), this is the place if you want to rest from noisy-hasty city life.

Mahal eco tourism center, Ahwa is part of North Dang forest division of Gujarat. North Dang forest division also handles Girli lodges, near Girmal falls. The campsite falls in the boundary of Mahal village, which is on Ahwa – Songadh road, about 40 minutes drive from Ahwa.

Mahal campsite was one of last 3 places in Dang I hadn’t visited. We finally planned a trip there on 14th November, 2015 (which was my 21st birthday!).

Currently I’m putting up only basic information and photos in this article as I’ve exams and tight schedule for some time being. I will update and detail this post as soon as I’ll get some free moments. Contact me or drop a comment down the page for any queries, I’ll reply soon.

Photos by: Kunj Dodiya

Location

Mahal campsite is located on Ahwa-Songadh road, 30 km from Ahwa.

40 minutes breezing drive amongst dense jungles of North Dang and Purna Wildlife Sanctuary. Just drive straight, no need to take any turns.

Accommodation & Food

Mahal Campsite has 4 cottages and 10 tents. You need to book them via forest department.

Prices are around Rs. 500 per night. (Not sure about this figure, but it’s far reasonable than hotel rates for sure.)

No, food is not available inside the campsite. No commercial activity is allowed by forest department inside the campus so you won’t find anything to eat or drink. Not even a tea.

You’ll need to either make food on your own or go out to Mahal Village and eat. (Food quality is mediocre though.)

Booking Information and Contact Details

Mahal Eco Tourism Campsite Contact Number Details

(Contacts are latest and are best to my knowledge. I, however, do not offer any surety.)

Phone: No working number. If you get to know about any, please comment below.

Email: mahalecotourism@gmail.com

If it doesn’t work out, try this:

 

Deputy Conservator Of Forests, North Dangs Division

Phone: 02631-220203

Email: dcfdangnorth16@gmail.com

Address: Forest Office North Dang Division, Near Petrol Pump, Ahwa, Dang.

If you’ve correct contact details with you, please share here with me. It will greatly help fellow travellers.

Signing Off

As I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t be able to able to write a complete detailed blog post as I do normally. I will update this as soon as I can.

All photos by young brother, Kunj Dodiya. Many thanks to him!

Till then, enjoy the photos!

Mahal Campsite in Photos

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  1. Reply

    Mihirkumar nutanbhai naik

    November 9, 2018

    Hi mahal phone number

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      November 9, 2018

      Hello,

      You can find it in article above, try emailing them.

  2. Reply

    Pritesh Chaudhari

    October 29, 2018

    Hi team, I am pritesh Chaudhari..mare mahal camp ma room booking karavo che but koi call rcv nathi kartu . Mane 1 nov ni night ma room joye che as a tourist..plz cantect me ASAP.

  3. Reply

    Israr parmar

    September 9, 2018

    How to book mahal camp site please give me any contact number for booking so contact please my phone number 9909678266 and give information

  4. Reply

    Israr parmar

    September 9, 2018

    How to book mahal camp site please give me any contact number for booking so contact please my phone number 9909678266

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      September 9, 2018

      Hello,

      Please read through comments and articles.

  5. Reply

    Dr Vilas Patel

    May 16, 2018

    Hello Darpanbhai.. v r going to plan dang tour during this moonson but v hv no idea about any tour person who can plan our tour for 3 days. Can you guide us plz…

  6. Reply

    Supriya Bhardwaj

    March 21, 2018

    Hi Darpan,
    It is a really helpful post. I was wondering if you have any info regarding prior permission to Purna Sanctuary (Mahal Forest)? I mean from where and when to get permission as we are planning to visit this place at the end of March. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 26, 2018

      Hi Supriya,

      Thanks.

      You’ll need to get in touch with North Dang Forest Department.

      As far as I know, you don’t require any permission to visit the Mahal Campsite.

      Forest department landline number is mentioned up in the article..please have a look.

  7. Reply

    Narendra

    February 23, 2018

    Darpan ji
    i am impressed the way you are guiding and helping people to plan their holidays in this region. I am glad to see when someone helps and expect nothing……..Thanks a lot and i wish happiness and prosperity in your life forever

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      February 23, 2018

      Hello Narendra bhai,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Wish you a happy journey!

    • Reply

      Pradip Budheliya

      February 24, 2018

      We are 8 person in night out 1/3/2018 to 2/3/2018
      please contact me my mobile number 7405305206

      • Reply

        Darpan Dodiya

        February 27, 2018

        Sorry, I do not book for anyone.

  8. Reply

    Ashwin Khadtare

    September 5, 2017

    Anyone looking for coming here for 30th Sept – 2nd Oct 2017 from Mumbai can join us…
    for more details please visit

  9. Reply

    NIKUNJ

    August 11, 2017

    I AM 10 PERSON AT NIGHT MAHEL DATE OF 20/08/2017 HOTEL HE?

  10. Reply

    Parag

    August 4, 2017

    Hii Darpanji,
    I am planning to go to Mahal Campsite for One day with family so Is there any need to book..? and I want to know that Is there any place for bath under falls or river with family..??
    Kindly revert on it as soon as possible..

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      August 4, 2017

      Hello Paragji,

      You need booking etc only for overnight stay at Mahal Campsite. For one day, there’s no need of booking or permission.

      Mahal Campsite is located on the bank of Purna River. You’ll find places to bath in river. Water will be brownish and little dirty due to monsoon rains though.

      • Reply

        Parag

        August 5, 2017

        Thanks for the revert..
        One more thing I want to ask that Can we do any trekking activities for the day..? If yes then How much they charge for it and Is there need of advance booking..?

        • Reply

          Darpan Dodiya

          August 5, 2017

          Sorry, I’m afraid I do not have correct answer for that. Have never been for trekking there so can’t provide you firm answer.

          The best way to know that is to call their landline number listed above. If they pick up, they might be able to help you.

  11. Reply

    dhruvv

    July 12, 2017

    hello mr. darpan hwo do i book for my dang trip?? plzz help me out

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 12, 2017

      Hi Dhruv,

      The only way to book campsite is to call forest department officials and then (maybe) send email.

      Contact numbers given above in the article are latest and best to my knowledge.

      If the land line number is not working then I don’t see any other way. Sadly. 🙁

      (Above all is applicable to general civilians like you and me though. Contacts in forest/government departments can give you direct bookings to the campsites.)

  12. Reply

    VATSAL GHEEWALA

    January 30, 2017

    Hello Everyone,

    I am Vatsal Gheewala and would like to share my most recent experience which will help others to plan a better trip to Mahal Eco Campsite, a kind of Dos and Don’ts.

    Firstly I had visited the place on 28/01/2017 and writing this on 30/01/2017, and I had failed to get a camp there for a night stay.

    Secondly, contact details given above seems to be partly correct.
    The landline number is 100% correct as it was confirmed by me on the entrance of campsite, whereas can’t say about the first mobile number and two E-mail IDs as the same was never answered. The Second mobile number was answered after so many efforts and was replied to be a WRONG NUMBER. So I would advise not to try that one.

    Anyone planning to go there should contact them (through Emails or First Mobile Number or Landline Number given or all) in advance of 2-3 weeks, to be on a safer side. As on 28/01/2017, the camps were booked up to the 15/02/2017.

    From the above information we also had Emailed them on 27/01/2017, to be in advance, but out of luck, this much advance period was not sufficient, and we had to miss an awesome night. And also we were clueless regarding what could be our next step for staying in night.

    Next if you get failed to obtain a place there, keep in mind nearest place to have a night stay is Shabridham Mandir, which is approximately 18 KMs away from campsite. You can stay at Shabri Resort which is 2-3 KMs away from the temple.

    We had planned to travel through Public Transport.

    But I would recommend you not to rely on it as we had made mistake.

    The Public Transport is not so frequent. After 14:00 Hrs you won’t find any state buses from campsite. Without night stay anyone can roam in the campsite till 18:00 Hrs. After that it is almost impossible to find any kind of public or private transport. Although till 16:30-17:00 you might find private autos from nearest cross-roads from Mahal Eco Campsite to Shabridham.

    If anyone has properly planned and booked camp can reach there from Ahwa. I guess the last bus to Mahal was at 12:00 Hrs.

    Although a trip to such place is also possible with public transport, trip in own vehicle is more preferred.

    The purpose of this post is just to give the idea to face the situation which we had to face.

    Go Ahead, Plan well, Enjoy the trip and have an amazing experience.

    • Reply

      A Patel

      July 8, 2017

      Darpanbhai,,,, please remove both mobile numbers. I also tried and both said Wrong Number.

      • Reply

        Darpan Dodiya

        July 8, 2017

        Done. Removed them. If you find any working contacts, please drop a comment. I will update the post.

        • Reply

          A Patel

          July 8, 2017

          I call Gujarat Tourism booking helpline toll free number they gave 9427174037. When I called the guy said Wrong Number. Landline phone number seems correct but there is no one to respond.

          • Darpan Dodiya

            July 8, 2017

            Ah, that’s bad.

            A fun fact about Gujarat Tourism helpline though: Often when you call their helpline number, they just do a Google search and tell you the number found on Google. (Mostly, they give you numbers published on this site 😀 )

            Try your luck with one more number: Mr Dineshbhai +91 98245 11561. If this doesn’t work out then calling the landline number seems to be the only option to me.

          • dhruvv

            July 12, 2017

            yes he said same to me

          • Darpan Dodiya

            July 12, 2017

            Were you able to get any lead on this Mr Patel?

            If yes, please share how did you get in touch with them..

          • A Patel

            July 12, 2017

            Alas, not. I visited Mahal last Sunday. There was no waterfall at that place because of no rain. There is no much to do there but it’s good feeling to visit new place at least once. All cottages were given to forest police staff as they had some kind of official meeting there. At the entry gate, gatekeeper (in khakhi uniform) in generous mood warned us “before paying Rs.200 keep in mind that there not much to do inside, there is no guarantee of parking availability” 🙂

          • Darpan Dodiya

            July 12, 2017

            Oh, snap.

            Yes, so far I have heard that only Gira Falls near Waghai has some running water. Most others waterfalls are still dead.

            Good guy gatekeeper. 🙂

            He was right, unless you plan to stay at Mahal overnight, there’s nothing much to do standalone, especially in monsoon season.

            Thanks for your prompt response.

  13. Reply

    Dr. Jay Bhatt

    January 5, 2017

    Hi Mr. Darpan I am planning to go dang on14,15,16 and 17 January.
    Kindly let me know that is that right time to go. Also provide me itinerary for that if possible. I am interested for staying in campsite.

    Thanks for your kind help.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      January 7, 2017

      Hello Dr.Bhatt!

      The best time to visit Dang is monsoon season and a month after monsoon. You’d miss out cherishing the greenary, nevertheless, Dang won’t be absolutely disappointing in mid-January days. So you can visit it still.

      I’m assuming 3 nights and 4 days trip as per the date you’ve mentioned. Based on that and your interest in staying in campsite, I suggest you following itinerary:

      14th Jan: Janki Van, Vansda National Park
      14th Jan Night: Kilad Campsite

      15th Jan: Take help of guide at Kilad and trek to Girafalls, Ahwa (It’s Dang district headquarters, you can buy stuff from here)
      15th Jan Night: Mahal Campsite

      16th Jan: Girmal Waterfall, Shabari Dham, Pampa Sarovar (These days, this place would be deserted though)
      16th Jan Night: Saputara

      17th Jan: Full day at Saputara

      Let me know if I can help you in any other regards.

      Happy Journey!

  14. Reply

    Vineet

    December 13, 2016

    Hi Mr. Darian,
    I am planing tuition picnic for 1 night 2 days for about 40 people. Is naval good option.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      December 13, 2016

      Hi Mr. Vineet,

      Yes, Mahal is great option for such picnics. I advise you to call the forest department and check for availability of 40 people however. As for the upcoming Christmas festival, there will be tourist rush.

  15. Reply

    MAYUR RANA

    November 24, 2016

    My group is 20 person please deatil to mahal my planing to saturday nd sunday .give mee information .call mee my mobile no-9662221031

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      November 25, 2016

      Sorry, I don’t book for anyone.

  16. Reply

    Rajendra Soyantar

    November 4, 2016

    Hi Darpan,
    You are doing great volunteer work giving all information about Dang travelling. I also need your help in some information.
    I am from Ahmedabad. Me and my family planning for 3 day and 2 nights.and I have no idea about stay, transportation in Dang District. I will be visit first time there so my questions is

    At which center place we should to stay so we can explore all major sites?
    Is there any tourist transport facility from private or government agencies?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      November 5, 2016

      Hi Rajendra,

      1. At which center place we should to stay so we can explore all major sites?
      >> You can stay one night at Saputara. Then one night at Mahal Campsite.

      Check out this article for list of all possible stay options in Dang: Where to stay in Dang?

      Staying in Saputara hotels is heavy on pockets, you can try to get booking in one of the campsites.

      2. Is there any tourist transport facility from private or government agencies?
      >> Unfortunately, no.

      I highly recommend to get your private vehicle.

      Let me know if you need to know anything else.

      Cheers!

  17. Reply

    Nilesh shah

    October 13, 2016

    Hello darpanji
    Thanks for shareing this place. I want to visit in mid November. Dag, ahwa, don,mahal, etc,pls help me how to arrange this place. First where will I go? I plan for 5/6 days. Is it sufficient? I come from AHMEDABAD.this is only for your knowledge.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Reply

      Vaishali

      October 14, 2016

      Darpanji,
      Thanks for shareing this place. I want to visit in mid November. Dag, ahwa, don,mahal, etc,pls help me how to arrange this place. First where will I go? I plan for 5/6 days. Is it sufficient? I come from AHMEDABAD.this is only for your knowledge.
      Thanks in advance

      • Reply

        Darpan Dodiya

        October 17, 2016

        Thanks for commenting. I have answered your query in as a reply to other thread.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      October 17, 2016

      Hello,

      Planning is something I refrain to suggest to anyone.

      Mr. Jinesh Mehta from Jamnagar had followed below itinerary. Please have a look at it:

      25 Thursday સાપુતારાથી -અંજની પર્વત, દેવીનામાળ (કેમ્પ સાઇડ) આહવા થઇ ડોન સાંજે સાપુતારા

      26 Friday સાપુતારાથી – સબરી ઘામ, પંપા સરોવર, ગીરા ઘોઘ રીટર્ન સુબીર થઇ મહાલ કેમ્પ સાંજે સાપુતારા

      27 Saturday સાપુતારાથી- વઘઇ ગીરા ઘોઘ, બોટાનીકલ ગાર્ડન, કીલ્લાદ કેમ્પ સાઇટ સાંજે સાપુતારા

      28 Sunday સાપુતારાથી- આહવા થઇ પીંપરી થી કાલીબેલ થઇ માયાદેવી અને ત્યાંથી વ્યારા થઇ રાજપીપળા થઇ અમદાવાદ.

      So now you can see that 3-4 days are pretty much enough to explore Dang area. So 5/6 days are definitely sufficient.

      Find the article for: Places to visit in Dang

      Find the article for: Places to Stay in Dang

      Find the article for: Places to visit in Saputara

      I hope I have cleared your doubts.

      Sorry for a little late reply. I always try to reply within 24 hours however since I was on trip for last few days, couldn’t.

      • Reply

        vaishali

        October 18, 2016

        thanks darpanji

        • Reply

          Darpan Dodiya

          October 19, 2016

          You’re welcome! 🙂

  18. Reply

    Sanjay Raut

    October 1, 2016

    Verry nice

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      October 1, 2016

      Thank you! 🙂

  19. Reply

    jalpa koyani

    September 5, 2016

    we will plan to go there for single day. no night stay, still we need booking?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      September 5, 2016

      No you don’t. Just pay the entry fee for car and number of people and you’re in.

      • Reply

        jalpa koyani

        September 5, 2016

        thank you

  20. Reply

    Manish Vyas

    August 25, 2016

    Dear Darpan,

    Thanks for this information. We visited this place recently and it is amazing. However stay is not allowed during monsoon and hence we have to go to SUBIR (16-20 km away) for night stay where only one resort is available.

    Please share this for benefits to others who want to visit.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      August 25, 2016

      Thanks a lot Mr. Manish!

      I will update the article to include your information. It will definitely help other travelers.

      Please keep sharing such useful bits!

  21. Reply

    Hitesh

    August 25, 2016

    Mahal eco campsite I want to go tomorrow. The roads are good from bardoli ?? What about food and river there ?? Shall we enjoy simple swimming in river there ?? Any waterfall nearby..

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      August 25, 2016

      Roads are decent.

      Food is not available.

      Stay is not available during monsoon.

      No idea about swimming in river.

      There’s Girmal Waterfall nearby, which is touted as highest waterfall of Gujarat.

  22. Reply

    Omesh Sonar

    July 28, 2016

    Hi Mr. Darpan,
    Nice info you’ve given.
    We 3 couples are planning to go there. Is rainy season fine to go there? Plz suggest us regarding our trip. Thanks in advance.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 28, 2016

      Yes, of course it is fine. In fact, monsoon and post monsoon seasons are the best!

      Go ahead, have an awesome trip!

      • Reply

        Omesh Sonar

        July 29, 2016

        One more query Sir,

        What about food & safety.?

        • Reply

          Darpan Dodiya

          July 29, 2016

          Campsite is safe.

          Food – Either prepare on your own or go to nearby village hotel. Campsite doesn’t provide food.

  23. Reply

    AJAY MAKWANA

    July 17, 2016

    THANK YOU DARPAN & MADHVI FOR A HELP ,,,

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 18, 2016

      Wishing you best journey Ajay! 🙂

  24. Reply

    sandip

    April 2, 2016

    Help to book cottage in mahal dang for 4 persons

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      April 4, 2016

      Hi Sandip.

      I’ve already expressed my concerns in reply to Ankit’s comment below.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      April 4, 2016

      Please read comment of Madhavi. She has confirmed that the booking details of Mahal Campsite, Dangs, I’ve written about are correct and are the only way to book campsite.

  25. Reply

    Ankit Nakrani

    March 11, 2016

    15 person. Pls help 4 book cottage.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 11, 2016

      I can’t stress more on this: I’m NOT a travel agent or a booking agent who does booking for various campsites.

      I travel to places and write about them so that it can be helpful to fellow travellers, like you.

      For booking and contact details, please re-read the article. Contact numbers are there, contact them, not me.

  26. Reply

    Madhavi Oza Vyas

    February 10, 2016

    Thanks Darpan for contact numbers. Mobiles are working & first one was answered by one Mr. Venilalbhai & for booking cottage or tents e-mail on given id is mandatory. Landline number was not answered even after repeated attempts.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      February 10, 2016

      Alright. Thanks for sharing this!

  27. Reply

    Ashish Parekh

    February 2, 2016

    Apart from Mahal, are there any good campsites to stay in Dang?

  28. Reply

    Darpan Dodiya

    January 12, 2016

    Contact number of Kalibel Range forest department: 02631-293256

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