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Waghai Botanical Garden, Dang: Largest Garden In Gujarat

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December 27, 2015

Waghai Botanical Garden, Dang, spread over 24 hectares is the largest garden in Gujarat. Waghai Botanical Garden is on the Waghai – Saputara road, 2 km from Waghai town.

Nearly one lac tourists visit Waghai Botanical Garden every year. Though, a point to be considered is, most of the visitors visit Waghai Botanical Garden as their ‘rest point’ for tour to/from Saputara.

Related: Places to Visit on Saputara Trip

Personally, I like these gardens. Being a Mathematics student, biology isn’t much of interest. Though, not for the sake of biology but for peace, serenity and nature, I love this place.

Front garden. Image: Sangram MWaghai Botanical Garden, Dang Largest Garden In Gujarat - 3

Facts and Figures of Waghai Botanical Garden

  • Established in 1966, it’s been maintained decently
  • It has 1400 plant species and 1077 genera representing 100 families
  • 8000 Herbarium sheets of 1000 species
  • It has varieties of bamboos. Some of them have interesting names too,
    Beer Bottle Bamboo
    Golden Bamboo
    Chinese Bamboo
  • It has a vintage coal steam engine. The engine is placed nearby entrance to the garden.

All the plants are equipped with detailed descriptor plate. The details include, normal name, scientific name and additional data describing the specimen.

Image: KhatriRocks

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Canvas of Waghai Botanical Garden

  • Waghai Garden is divided by roads and united by avenues 🙂
  • Avenues are named after the plants present in there. e.g. Ashok Road, Neem Road
  • The Garden is divided into several plots representing different forest types such as evergreen, moist deciduous, dry deciduous, scrub and thorn, arid zone
  • It has separate plots like taxonomy plot, medicinal plot, bamboo plot, palm plot, Dangs plot, orchid plot and rose plot

Entrance

Waghai Botanical Garden In Dangs, Gujarat - Location, How To Reach, Distance From Surat, Saputara

Source: http://pandyadhaval.blogspot.in

If you’re a biology student, you must visit Waghai Botanical Garden.

Rest hut. Image: Gujarat Tourism

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Facilities at Waghai Botanical Garden

  • Ample parking space
  • Drinking water
  • Sanitation
  • Library (Open on request)
  • Interpretation center (Open on request)
  • Meeting hall
  • Canteen (Tea and snacks)
  • Research center
  • Rest house
  • Rest huts
  • And a lot of gardens…
  • And a lot of greenery…
  • And generally less crowded…
  • And a lot of walkways… (Yeah, romantic ones! 🙂 )

It’s a great place for photography too. A lot of pre wedding shootings happen here.

Old steam engineWaghai Botanical Garden In Dangs, Gujarat - Location, How To Reach, Distance From Surat, Saputara

Timings and Entry Fees

Waghai Botanical Garden is open all days a week.

Entry – Exit Time: 8 AM – 6 PM

Entry Fee: None. Free entry. No parking fees when I visited last. (December 2015)

Waghai Botanical Garden In Dangs, Gujarat - Location, How To Reach, Distance From Surat, Saputara

How to Reach

Waghai Botanical Garden is accessible via public transportation. Most of the tourist places in Dangs doesn’t have public transportation facility.

Catch a bus to Saputara and drop down at Waghai Botanical Garden. GSRTC buses are frequent and even local jeeps are frequent.

One more mode of travel you can try out is: Bilimora Waghai Narrow Gauge train. The train is like a toy train, with 4 coaches and top speed of 40 kmph! See photo.

The train departs from Bilimora at 10 AM and reaches Waghai around 1.30 PM. Slow but fun!

Waghai Botanical Garden In Dangs, Gujarat - Location, How To Reach, Distance From Surat, Saputara

Distance Matrix

From To Distance in km / Time in hr
Surat Waghai Botanical Garden 110 km / 2 hr
Ahmedabad Waghai Botanical Garden 350 km / 6 hr
Mumbai Waghai Botanical Garden 300 km / 5 hr
Saputara Waghai Botanical Garden 50 km / 1 hr
Nasik Waghai Botanical Garden 130 km / 3 hr

Nearby Places

Waghai Botanical Garden as exclusive one day tour destination is a bit of odd combination. It’s best enjoyable when clubbed with other places in Dang or Vansda.


Planning Dang tour? Check out: List of Tourism Spots in Dang

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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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