Polo Forest Ahmedabad – A Trip To North Gujarat Forests

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Polo Monument and Vijaynagar forests is a scenic weekend destination from Ahmedabad. The lush green forests, ancient structures and quiet ambience all adds up for a relaxing trip.

Polo Forest, Abhapur was part of our 2 day trip to Idar.

Throughout 6th semester of B. Tech, Computer Engineering, DDIT, Nadiad, I never missed a chance to go on trip. Most of the trips were, however, of 1 day. Depart in morning and return by night.

After end of 3rd internal exam, I had a window of 2 days. Why not Polo Forest & Idar then? And there we were…


Update:

As this article is so loooong, listing down links to navigate quickly:

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

 

The Squad

We were five. All travel freaks. Adaptable to any condition.

Bhavya Gandhi: Real follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s principles 🙂

Pramod Mali: From the great land of Kutch

Rahul Thakor: (Unknown) Writer ;). Here’s exploring “I” within me.

Smit Patel: (Nature) Lover 😉 and photographer.

Me: I’d tag myself as Batman. 😉

Pramod – Rahul – Darpan – Smit – BhavyaPolo Forest Idar Vijayanagar - 4

 

The Plan

There was no plan as such!

As I mentioned earlier, We didn’t plan for anything.

“Chalo, Polo Forest baaju farta aviye! Raat pade e pahela paccha avta rahisu..”

Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

Starting Off

We stayed night at Idar and decided to leave for Polo forests in morning. Upon asking locals, we were informed that jeeps are available from Idar to Vijaynagar.

Polo campsite is few km before Vijaynagar.

As we didn’t make any plans, this is what we had as breakfast.

Polo Forest Idar Vijayanagar - 1

Yeah, Amul Ice cream as breakfast. We had no choice. It was tasty though. 🙂

We jumped into one of those jeeps leading to Vijaynagar. Journey from Idar to Polo forest takes around an hour.
The road to Vijaynagar was quite scenic.

Jeep will drop you herePolo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

What Shall We Do

Driver halted jeep and informed us that Polo campsite has arrived.

We spent few minutes getting acquainted to area. Then we looked into each other’s blank faces, with the same burning question in mind: “Okay, so we are here at Polo forest. What next?”

No one of us had any answer.

No one was there nearby. We looked around Polo campsite, we failed to find any human being inside the campsite.

Though, a dog was there to welcome us!

Polo Forest Idar Vijayanagar - 5

 

Avoid Summer & Take Guide

We visited Polo forest and Idar in April. When Sun gets in full mood to burn everything on earth.

However, surprisingly, compared to Idar area, temperature of Polo forest area was bearable. Around 28-30 degree
Celsius. The atmosphere was pleasant too.

Personally, I suggest you to visit these forests in monsoon or post monsoon season.

See how the place changes between seasons.

During monsoon. Photo – Gujarat Tourism
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Doctors recommend eating carrot to improve eye sight. I recommend observing greenery of Polo forest during monsoon to improve the same! 🙂

Talking about guide, it’s always a good idea to take one along with you. I heard good words about guide known as, Dalsukh. Catch him!

During summer it’s all yellowish brownPolo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

Moving Ahead: Trekking

After wandering here and there for a while, we found a trail leading to hill. All we needed was something to start upon. We started trekking…

The trek wasn’t difficult. It needs no heroic physical fitness.

Trekking
Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

Trek is picturesque. You’ll climb hill. Descend to base again. You’ll cross a stream.

Stream, it had no water when we visitedPolo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort
And if you go in off season, you’ll be the only person doing all these! There’ll be no one around you.

Crossing the river, we saw an ancient temple from distance. Moving ahead…

 

Jain Temples at Polo Forest

The Jain Temples are believed to be built in 15th Century. Along with Jain Temples, one Shiva temple and one step well is also present nearby.

The monument is said to be protected by government, though, personally I feel that government should put more efforts for maintenance.

Jain temple
Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

One thing that freaks me when I see such historical places is, names carved on monument by visitors. You know, the typical, Sanjay Loves Lila, kind of writings.

If you’re reading this, please don’t do it at any historical site! If we, the visitors show respect to the place, then we could certainly blame government for its negligence.

Shiva temple
Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

Photography

Polo forest has many scenes to offer for photography. Along with forest and hills, it also has Harnav river in its offerings. Not to forget ancient temples and Harnav Dam site.

Scenes…
Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

I mean, everything a photographer needs!

We called it a day with more than 3000 photos in our gallery! (No DSLRs 😀 , just phones)

The power pose
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 To Harnav Dam Site

We spent a couple of hours at temple. Next stop we chose was Harnav dam site.

One can walk for an hour and reach to Harnav site from the Jain monuments.

You can follow: Our journey of Harnav here

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

 

About Polo Monument and Vijaynagar Forest

Sounds fascinating till now? I’d list down details that can help you if you’re planning to visit Polo Forest, Idar / Vijaynagar area.

Polo, was once a gateway to Rajasthan. It was a hiding place for rulers, concealed from enemies, citizens and angry wives.

The name, Polo, is derived from pol, the Marwari word for “gate,” signifying its status as a gateway between Gujarat and Rajasthan.

View of surroundings from Jain monumentPolo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

Officially, there are more than 450 species of medicinal plants, around 275 of birds, 30 of mammals, and 32 of reptiles.

During winter, all manner of migratory birds occupy the forest; during the rainy season there are wetland birds. Good site for bird watching!

Harnav river
Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

Where To Stay – Polo Retreat

There’s an excellent resort, Polo Retreat in the Polo Forest area. It’s set up in 15 year old renovated Darbari Cottage to give that retro feeling.

They offer various packages which include food, sightseeing, trekking, dam visit etc.

A great option to rejuvenate from city life.

Polo Retreat Phone: +91 81414 11913

Website: http://www.poloresort.in

Email: help@poloresort.in

Tent at Polo RetreatPolo Retreat Photo 2

Cottages at Polo Retreat ResortPolo Retreat Photo 1

Polo Forest Campsite

Forest department has set up a nature education camp site in the forests.

The Polo Camp site is located in Vijayanagar taluka of Sabarkantha districts and is near to Vanaj Forest area, Harnav River and Damsite.

A point to note, as it’s government entity, you may face hard time arranging accommodation and food. Go for Polo Resort option mentioned above.

Polo eco campsite
Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

 

Food

Apart from the places I mentioned above, there’s no hotel or restaurant in the Polo forest area. And that’s good in my opinion. Any tourist place is best enjoyable as long as it remains free from commercialization.

Polo campsite serves food, if you tell them in advance.

If I talk about us, we had this. We thought that we would get something to eat at Polo…but life isn’t fair always!

Amul to save us again..Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

Location & How to Reach

If you’re coming from private vehicle, then there’s nothing better than Google Maps.

Distance Matrix

FromToDistance in km / Approx. time in hr
AhmedabadPolo Forest150 km / 3 hr
IdarPolo Forest35 km / 45 min
HimmatnagarPolo Forest60 km / 1 hr 30 mins
VadodaraPolo Forest250 km / 4 hr 30 mins
RajkotPolo Forest370 km / 6 hr 30 mins
SuratPolo Forest400 km / 7 hr
MumbaiPolo Forest670 km / 11 hr

Public Transportation:

Reach to Idar via bus. State transport has many buses.

From Idar to Vijaynagar, jeeps are frequent. Polo forest falls on the way to Vijaynagar.

Be sure to leave Polo forest before late evening, as you might not get any jeeps.

Via Train:

Not at all viable option.

Via Air:

Great option! I heard rumors that Mukesh Ambani’s son (Yes! The big one that we often see during IPL) once visited Polo forest in helicopter. You might want to try it out! 😀 😀

A view from window inside Jain templePolo Forest Idar Vijayanagar - 6

 

Extra Events

I recently came across these event on Internet.

The Impossible Race at Polo Forest: 17th – 20th March, 2016
Polo Forest MTB &
Polo Forest Road Biking

Very exciting!

Website: http://www.theimpossiblerace.com

The End

For us, unplanned trip to Polo forest turned out to an awesome adventure!

Special mention to last part of our journey, return to Idar from Polo, during which we sat on top of jeep! I still remember those mesmerising winds!

On the top
Polo Forest Vijaynagar, Idar Near Ahmedabad Gujarat - Hotel, Photography, Photos, Accommodation, Resort

 

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61 Comments on "Polo Forest Ahmedabad – A Trip To North Gujarat Forests"

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A User
A User

Thanks for this post! it was truly amazing i love the pics and the clicks! they were exceptional!! Fab photography skills!

Vivekkumar Parmar

We are in group of 3. Should we go their by public transport or through any travel agency?

Towelroot Apk

Thanks for this post! it was truly amazing i love the pics and the clicks! they were exceptional!! Fab photography skills! This place is lovely would like to visit it once definitely!

Polo Retreat Resort

hello Darpan,
i am here to inform you that Polo Retreat is now having its two main branchs in polo forest.
One with Cottages and one with Tents. So you are requested to make sure you make change in hotel section.
1) Polo Retreat Cottage
2) Polo Retreat Tents

For more info call 09558812369

Kalpit Bhatt
Kalpit Bhatt

Tea is available or not? Tea and Parle-G is heavenly intake. Bau thayu 🙂

Harry Patel

Thank you Darpan for this fantastic well detail article about Polo Forest.

SAURABH MODI
SAURABH MODI

Dear Darpan,
Thank you for all information but I am little bit confused for stay @polo forest campsite.

contact Nos. what you have provided they are transferring to tent city(may be governed by pvt. officials as rates are quite high). On other places I read that you can book from himmatnagar forest dept.

Kindly suggest something to book this forest campsite.

Thank you

So, what to do for booking?

Naveen Somani
Naveen Somani

Very insightful and well articulated Darpan

Sid
Sid

Dear Darpan (Batman),

Thanks for the information. 🙂

Can you provide me contact no. of Dalsukh or any other local guide who can guide us for trekking in for forest?

Ravi
Ravi

Is there any scope of spotting a wild animal? Probably leopard or a sloth bear ?

S R Vaishnav
S R Vaishnav

Dear Darpan,

I have come across from one of my friend who happen to go near polo forest. I am planning to visit polo forest. I would like to know from you whether it is advisable to go one or two persons to this forest? Is there any fear or anticipated problem if go alone or two?
Can you advise me?

Meera Voralia
Meera Voralia

Thanks Darpan for your detailed information. I am planning to visit with my 15 Colleagues.

Nisha
Nisha

Thanks darpan ,
Specialy for each of equip information which need i., so finally i am not feeling stranger , being i all know from you .
Thanks really

Maulik Patel
Maulik Patel

very helpful post..

Hardik Gajera
Hardik Gajera

Thanks Darpan your information being very useful to me we’ll going on next 25th at this place and we book ambica exotica hope this picnic will be gorgeous for us. Thank u because this place is totally unknown for our Saurashtra region and u guide us for great holidays.

Sanket Patel
Sanket Patel

Hey darpanbhai excelent information given by u about polo forest…i am planning next month…september…total 16 family…which campsite at polo sutable for night stay…our rasoia with us…so pls guide me…and contact no of all place where we stay…pls give me all detail with all planing

Ruchita Patel
Ruchita Patel

This is helping me a lot.btw you are an awesome writer.

BH'RT KOROT
BH'RT KOROT

Very nice post bro. In this Monsoon I wish go there… Thnx for all information of this track..

Raj
Raj

whats contact number of polo forest.

how to book?

tkannar
tkannar

Great post bro, If we are visiting polo forest with family, what are the stay options available there??

Vijayanand
Vijayanand

Hi Darpan your review was very good about the places. can u please suggest me some places in gujarat around 200kms from ahmedabad which can be visited during month of june.

NIRAJ THAKER
NIRAJ THAKER

Hi Darpan,

Nice update on POLO JUNGLE.

KEEP IT UP.
Guide us.
We want to have a picnic sort of program from Gandhinagar.
Family with kids from age 8 to 20 years.

What preparations on food and safety we need to make and what to be careful about?

Please revert.
Regards
NIRAJ THAKER

R. R.
R. R.

Excellent post man!

Did not think anyone would have written so detailed post when I searched for Polo Forest. Your Vanaj Dam post is cool too. Keep it up!

Sachin Nayi

Well, I am planning to visit Polo Forest and search on Google I find you on the first page excellent post. Thank you very much for written this post

Polo Forest Homestay
Polo Forest Homestay

We are starting homestay in Polo forest. Call on +91 94295 64808 for bookings and information.

keyur patel
keyur patel

thanks DD.

as you said, you also visited idar and vanaj dam along with polo forest. how many days are required to cover all places?

i’m coming from ahmedabad.

Sahil Raj
Sahil Raj

Hey Darpan!

I want to plan a trip to Polo Forest in next month. What do you suggest, public or private transportation?

Manan
Manan

The most detailed article of Polo Forest I found on internet. This would surely help me plan my trip to Idar & Polo Forest Vijaynagar in next monsoon!

Thanks Darpan!

Darpan Dodiya

Since this Polo Forest post started getting a lot of traction, I received few emails asking whether to go Polo Forest now in summer or not.

My take is:
Beauty of Polo Forest is best enjoyed in monsoon and post monsoon. So the BEST time to visit is monsoon.

Same time, it ain’t like you absolutely shouldn’t go in summer.

Yes, if you’re tired of hotshot city life and want to have serenity and fun — go ahead visit Polo!

Yes, if you want to take a break — go ahead visit Polo!

Yes, you’ve bought new phone, new DSLR and want to take photo that could be your next profile picture — go ahead visit Polo!

Piyush
Piyush

Nice DD.expect
Few more.

Prafull
Prafull

Nice Darpan

Prafull
Prafull

Next trip inform me

Darpan Dodiya

Sure Praful!

misal chandra
misal chandra

Thank you bat man….i really liked the way you portrayed everything.this has helped me to get prepared in advance. i m planning to visit this place on bike tommorow (13-02-2016)
Keep your spirit high and keep blogging.

Rajeev
Rajeev

Hey, Darpan!

The photos are decent as always. Could you please share detailed travel information of Polo Forest, like you do in your other travelogues?

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