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Places to Visit in Saputara Hill Station – Saputara Sightseeing

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March 27, 2016

If you live in Gujarat and if you love traveling, you must have come across Saputara Hill Station. It’s THE most famous hill station in Gujarat. If you’re in Saputara, this post will help you find places to visit during your sightseeing tour.

I’ve been to Saputara multiple of times. It’s 2 hour drive from my hometown. Without doubt, Saputara is really a good vacation or weekend trip destination from Surat/Mumbai/Ahmedabad.

I never get bored of Saputara.

And I also never get bored of making lists! 😛

Some of my recent lists:

…and time to add one more! List of places to visit in Saputara.

The Sightseeing List

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The order is, “must-see” to “huh”. 😛

Saputara Lake – Photos & Information 3

Saputara lake is USP of Saputara hill station. The lake offers boating facilities and lakeside recreational activities.

No matter where you go in Saputara, eventually you’ll visit this place at least once. It’s hub of tourists.

You can hire boats from the boat-house between 8:30am and 6:30pm. For half an hour, a pedal boat costs Rs. 20/- per person and a rowboat Rs. 5/-. With that price tag, boating in Saputara lake is probably the cheapest in country.

Saputara Lake - Photos & Information 3
Photo: Tripadvisor

Ticket Charges:
Pedal boat: Rs. 20 per person
Rowboat: Rs. 5 per person

Time:  
08.30 AM to 06.30 PM

Tourist Rush:
Average waiting time is 20 minutes.
Place is mostly crowded.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Saputara Lake

Ropeway at Saputara Hill Station 1

Running between Governors’ hill and Sunset point, ropeway is must do activity when hanging around in Saputara.

As far as I know, Saputara is one the few places in Gujarat where ropeway service is present. Others are,

  1. Pavagadh
  2. Ambaji (Gabbar Hills)
  3. Saputara Ropeway

The view of valley that you get from such height is mind boggling.

Ropeway at Saputara Hill Station 1
Photo: Gujarat Tourism

Ticket Charges:
Rs. 50 per person

Time:  
Starts in morning when there are enough people for ferry.

Last car departs at 07.00 PM from Sunset point.

Tourist Rush:
Usual waiting time during weekend is 20-30 minutes.

Normal days, no waiting.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Saputara Ropeway

3 – Sunset Point Saputara tripadvisor Jenish Parmar

If you’re planning to stay back till evening in Saputara, you shouldn’t miss view of Sunset point.

This place can be best enjoyed when there’s no crowd around, so better to go off season time. Avoid weekends, holidays and festivals and you shall find this place serene.

You can’t take your car all the way to top. You either need to walk for a kilometer -or- you can take ropeway ride from Table Top point and reach here.

3 - Sunset Point Saputara tripadvisor Jenish Parmar
Photo: Tripadvisor Jenish Parmar

Ticket Charges:
No charges.

Time:  
Anytime. Of course, evening time is the best.

Tourist Rush:
Average.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Sunset Point Saputara

Governors Hill View Point Saputara 1's Hill

Don’t be confused, all three names point to same area.

Townview point offers what it stands for. Standing here, you can view of entire Saputara Hill Station.

The name table top comes because of flat table like surface on top of hill called Governor’s Hill. After Saputara lake, this hill is the most frequented place by tourists.

It’s also hub of many adventure sports and recreational activities.

  1. Bike riding (It’s polluting the environment however)
  2. Horse riding
  3. Camel riding
  4. Ziplining
  5. Valley crossing

Note that the activities may not be offered during off season.

Governors Hill View Point Saputara 1
Photo: Tripadvisor Vishal Bihani

Ticket Charges:
No charges for entry. Parking fee is mandatory however.

Time:
Anytime, any season during year.  

Tourist Rush:
High.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Governor’s Hill Saputara

Step Garden Saputara 4

Step garden is one of finest maintained place in Saputara. It’s a small garden, consisting from 20-25 steps. On each step, you’d see wide range of flower beds.

From the top of Step garden, view of valley is mesmerizing. You can also get a town view of Saputara turning 180 degree.

For photography, this place is heaven.

Step Garden Saputara 4
Photo: Tripadvisor IamSangram

Ticket Charges:
Free.

Time:
Morning 10 to evening 6

Tourist Rush:
Moderate.  

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Step Garden Saputara

Sunrise Point Saputara 1

A place for early birds!

This point matches with Sunset point of Saputara hill station. You need to park your car around 1 km from the peak point and then trek to the point. For aged ones, this trek in the morning might be difficult. [This was true one year ago. Now road to the top could possibly be there. Yet to verify it.]

This place is underdeveloped so you won’t find any tourism activity here. Carry water/food with you.

Sunrise Point Saputara 1
Photo: Tripadvisor wayne2709

Ticket Charges:
None.

Time:
Sunrise time. Morning 05.30 – 06.30 AM.  

Tourist Rush:
Low.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Sunrise Point Saputara

Tribal (Adivasi) Museum Saputara Dangs 1

Tribal museum displays Adivasi (People of Dang area) history of the Dang region. It gives an idea about culture of local people and their lifestyle.

Saputara museum craves renovation and maintenance.

The entire museum can be completed within an hour. Most of the artifacts displayed are self explanatory and don’t need any extra knowledge.

Needless to say, this place is only for the interested ones. If you had struggled in Social Science subject in school days, museum is not for you! 😛

Tribal (Adivasi) Museum Saputara Dangs 1
Photo: Tripadvisor Shashikant2014

Ticket Charges:
Rs. 5

Time:
Morning 10 AM to Evening 5 PM 

Tourist Rush:
Moderate. 

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Saputara Tribal Museum

8 – Saputara Lake Garden tripadvisor KhatriRocks

Lake garden is located exactly next to Saputara lake.

Garden is lush green and maintained pretty well. It has nice benches to seat/relax and walking trails. Evening would be best time to spend time here with family.

Also a good place for photography.

8 - Saputara Lake Garden tripadvisor KhatriRocks
Photo: Tripadvisor KhatriRocks

Ticket Charges:
Free.

Time:
Morning 10.00 AM to Evening 06.00 PM

Tourist Rush:
High during weekends. Average otherwise.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Saputara Lake Garden

9 – Hatgadh Fort near Saputara

A place for the trekker inside you!

The ancient fort is stationed in Mulher village, Nasik district, Maharashtra. As Hatgad is 3 km from Saputara, many tourists visit this fort as a short excursion.

It’s flatten hill-top is around 200 m from ground. Sky touching height and breezing atmosphere makes Hatgad an all season trekking place as well as local weekend trip destination. Though, Hatgadh fort looks best in monsoon season.

9 - Hatgadh Fort near Saputara
Photo: Ashwin Bardoliwala

Ticket Charges:
None.

Time:
Monsoon is the best season. 

Tourist Rush:
Low.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Hatgadh For Salher

10 – Rose Garden Saputara

Rose Garden, as the name depicts, should have lots of roses right?

Partially, it has roses but nothing that makes you say “Wow!”

Notified Area of Saputara used an innovative approach for this rose garden. They started a scheme named, “Smriti Gulab” in which visitors can plant a rose in garden with their name.

10 - Rose Garden Saputara

Ticket Charges:
Free entry.

Time:
Morning 10 AM to Evening 6 PM.

Tourist Rush:
Low.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Rose Garden Saputara

Honey Bees Centre Saputara 3

The center is small and gives information about how honey is harvested.

This place is near to Saputara lake. It’s opposite of parking of notified area. As far as I can remember, there’s no entry fee whatsoever.

Along with the education tour, they also see honey commercially.

Honey Bees Centre Saputara 3

Ticket Charges:
None.

Time:
Place is open during day time. However, you might find no one in the center sometimes.   

Tourist Rush:
Low.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Honey Bees Center

Nageshwar Mahadev Temple Saputara 1

Nageshwar Mahadev Temple is a calm, peaceful and clean place. Overlooking Saputara lake, this place is a good spiritual place.

The temple is small, it has no entry fees and even though it is old, it is maintained very well. Surroundings are clean too.

Saputara Lake garden is just besides temple.

Nageshwar Mahadev Temple Saputara 1
Photo: Tripadvisor KhatriRocks

Ticket Charges:
None.

Time:
Morning 8.00 AM to Evening 06.30 PM 

Tourist Rush:
Low.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Nageshwar Mahadev Temple

13 – Echo Point Saputara nivalink

Echo point offers one the best views of valley. It’s a natural amphitheatre, geographical location of two hills resonates your audio waves.

To reach here, one need to trek for one and a half kilometer, so not many people visit this point.

If you like peace and want to stay away from crowd, go to Echo Point. (Couples! :D)

A track runs up to Sunrise Point, and then the same road twirls up to the Echo Point.

13 - Echo Point Saputara nivalink
Photo: nivalink.com

Ticket Charges:
None.

Time:
Anytime.

Tourist Rush:
None.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Echo Point Saputara

Gandharvapur Artist Village Saputara 2

Artist village, also known as Gandharva Pure artist is an artistic place to see and buy tribal artifacts.

People who live in Dang area are known as “Dangi”. They have their own language and own vibrant culture. One skill these Dangi culture inherently teaches to its people is painting and crafting.

Gandharvapur Artist Village Saputara 2
Photo: Gujarat Tourism

Ticket Charges:
None.

Time:
Morning to evening. (No fixed timings, depends on tourist rush.)

Tourist Rush:
Less.

My Rating:
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More photos, information and tips: Artist Village Saputara

 

Happy Stay!

Go ahead and enjoy Saputara to the fullest!

I assure you, you’ll have one of the best holidays of your life.

You can find list and book hotels in Saputara via:

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This list is intact and is best to my knowledge. If I have missed something or anything is incorrect, do point it out via comment below.

 

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17 Comments
  1. Reply

    Sandip

    April 1, 2018

    Very useful
    If u can mention best time to go and temperature related details. Also about the local transportation, famous things for shopping, food and not to miss list.

    Your views would be view more than any other professional website

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      April 1, 2018

      Thank you Mr Sandeep. Noted your suggestions. 🙂

  2. Reply

    Pratik Parekh

    June 10, 2017

    Hi,
    I don’t have any vehicle to travel.. Is there any government vehicle or bike ride (like in Goa) options are available in saputara to visit various places. Please do reply.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      June 11, 2017

      Yes there are old-school type Jeeps available to visit various places in Saputara.

      I haven’t heard about any bike rental services so far.

      Please note that you’ll have no problems roaming around Saputara. However, if you’re planning a an excursion to inner Dangs then you will have hard time navigating around.

  3. Reply

    Nilufar Haque

    December 8, 2016

    Do you have contact number for forest log hut?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      December 9, 2016

      No.

      It is run by forest department, you may try contacting them.

  4. Reply

    Poornima

    December 5, 2016

    Hi what are the options available innsaputara for stay we are a group of 8 adult s n 8 children .
    Poornima

  5. Reply

    Dinesh Shah

    November 24, 2016

    Darpan.
    Need some guidance. Planning to visit Saputara on a 3 nights trip – 2nd weekend of Dec.
    Hope this will be a good time to visit. Hope there will also be other crowd. [being a tourist place without company of other tourists is boring! had a worst experience on my previous trip]
    How are the roads to Saputara. I am travelling from Pune via Nashik. I have been told there are ghats on the way. Are they too dangerous to drive? I have good driving experience on ghats as well but just to be cautious. Tried 3d Earth in google maps and did not find it to be too challenging. Want your views on the road conditions…
    How are the roads from Saputara to Gira waterfalls?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      November 25, 2016

      Hello,

      Time is decent.

      There was sudden downfall in tourist numbers after the demonetization drive. So you might not see many people there.

      Roads are all right. (Speaking from my experience of May 2016, Pune to Surat) At some places, new roads are being laid. Ghat driving is nothing to worry about. You’re good to go!

      Recent monsoon has introduced some path holes and cracks on Saputara – Gira falls route. So the road is not at par compared to standard Gujarat roads, nevertheless road is motorable. Nothing to worry about.

      • Reply

        Dinesh Shah

        November 25, 2016

        Excellent! thanks for the reply…
        Looking forward to the trip. One last thing please – Saputara – Gira road I hope is safe to drive, given that it goes through dense forest?
        Also, are the road atleast 2 lanes? (1 lane for each side). Recently visit a waterfall in Maharashtra area (near Bhimashankar) and the road was a single one…

        You have created an excellent information site. Already book marked this page for guidance on my trip 🙂 Thanks again..

        • Reply

          Darpan Dodiya

          November 25, 2016

          The forest ain’t so dense, there’s absolutely nothing to worry about. I’ve been to that road plenty of times, sometimes as late as (Or as early as!) 3 AM, it’s all cool.

          Yes, road is 2 lane. In fact, Saputara – Gira Road is the main road connecting Gujarat to Maharashtra. Its gotta be wide.

          Thank you for nice words. Helps me stay motivated and write more and more.

          Wish you happy journey, please share your experience if possible! 🙂

          • Dinesh Shah

            November 25, 2016

            thanks for the prompt replies…

  6. Reply

    thecaraabiner

    September 7, 2016

    Will be travelling from 8 to 10 sep. from mumbai via trimbakeshwar to saputara satying at jain dharamshala in saputara.
    Will be surely visiting all these 14 places along with gira falls and waghai botanical gardens and janki van and will be taking ahmedabad mumbai highway while returning .
    Wanted suggestions for any other places i should consider for visiting .
    Please reply as soon as possible. Great work brother keep the good work going .
    Also subscribed your youtube channel , keep posting videos.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      September 8, 2016

      Thank you :).

      Gira Falls, Janki Van and Botanical Gardens are perfect choice. No need to add/remove any other place.

      If you’d like to try traditional Dangi food, goto Nahri Hotel at Gangpur Village.

      It is 7km from Vansda.

  7. Reply

    Rakesh L.

    July 2, 2016

    Very helpful list! Keep it up!

    R. L.

  8. Reply

    Sauras Patel

    June 2, 2016

    Good Article On Saputara And Place to visit in saputara

  9. Reply

    Aman Mehta

    April 21, 2016

    Commendable work!

    I’ve recently visited Saputara following your blog.

    It was awesome experience!

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Darpan Dodiya
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Hi! I'm Darpan. 23 yr old ex-Software Engineer, now pursuing Master's in Computer Science at NC State, USA. This is my personal blog to share my interests in travelling, photography, programming and life. Glad to see you here, have a look around the website, you'll enjoy. Drop a comment or reach out to me or get connected via links below. Have a good day! :)

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