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Polo Forest Ahmedabad – A Trip To North Gujarat Forests

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July 15, 2017

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
Polo Forest Idar Vijayanagar - 2

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
Polo Forest Idar Vijayanagar - 3

 

 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

 

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.

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

From To Distance in km / Approx. time in hr
Ahmedabad Polo Forest 150 km / 3 hr
Idar Polo Forest 35 km / 45 min
Himmatnagar Polo Forest 60 km / 1 hr 30 mins
Vadodara Polo Forest 250 km / 4 hr 30 mins
Rajkot Polo Forest 370 km / 6 hr 30 mins
Surat Polo Forest 400 km / 7 hr
Mumbai Polo Forest 670 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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75 Comments
  1. Reply

    Gurdeep

    July 25, 2018

    We visited Polo Forrest last Sunday, And you will not believe me in this rainy season it was full crowded place.
    So much crowd was there even we had to face the parking problem.
    Some local there advised to not visit polo Forrest on week ends.
    Its okay if you are visiting there on normal days.
    But Saturday Sunday OMG…..!
    BTW nice post Buddy 🙂

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      July 26, 2018

      Hey Gurdeep,

      Thanks for dropping a note.

      Indeed surprising to hear your experience. But then again, to think of it, there are like two possible places for weekend gateaway close to Ahmedabad –
      1. Polo Forest
      2. Mount Abu

      Since Polo Forest is closer, people tend to get attracted.. 🤔

  2. Reply

    Tushar

    May 31, 2018

    dear sir,
    send me your contact details…

    thanks for best regard…

  3. Reply

    Rajesh

    March 31, 2018

    very nice and detail review. This is my favorite location. Even I have made a video of this Polo Forest. friends you can find my video link below.

    https://youtu.be/2TaTYh3LlFA

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      March 31, 2018

      Thanks for sharing..best luck for your travel channel!

  4. Reply

    Arpita

    February 12, 2018

    We group of 7 people are planning for similar one day trip to polo forest from ahmedabad , ? please kindly let me know how much does local guide charge for a day? and how to book one?

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      February 13, 2018

      Hello, the guide charge is season and availability dependent. It could range anywhere from 200-500.

      Unfortunately, I don’t happen to have contact number.

  5. Reply

    Nithin

    December 21, 2017

    Well done bro…

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      December 21, 2017

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Reply

    Bhavik Pandya

    October 21, 2017

    Well, I really appreciate your idea to visit polo forest #byAIR 😉

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      October 21, 2017

      Haha 😀

      If you plan via chopper, do hook me up. Would love to join your adventure. 🙂

      • Reply

        Bhavik Pandya

        October 21, 2017

        I’d love to do that but I’m avid road traveller.. !! 😁✌

  7. Reply

    Chirag

    October 6, 2017

    Traveling is my hobby and I love to visit new places. Thanks for your blog I found new place to visit in this summer.

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      October 9, 2017

      Cheers!

  8. Reply

    A User

    September 10, 2017

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

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      September 10, 2017

      Hi, thanks for the comment.

      Since your name and the linked URL was NSFW, I’ve removed it.

  9. Reply

    Vivekkumar Parmar

    September 4, 2017

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

    • Reply

      Darpan Dodiya

      September 5, 2017

      1. Are you fine with walking?
      2. Do you like adventures?
      3. Do you have time?

      If your answer to above questions is yes, then go by public transport.

      Else choose travel agency.

  10. Reply

    Towelroot Apk

    August 26, 2017

    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!

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Darpan Dodiya
Raleigh, NC, USA

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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