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Gujarat’s Only Hill Station – SAPUTARA

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Gujarat’s Only Hill Station – SAPUTARA

Saputara means the ABODE OF SERPENTS …  સાપ નું ઘર , You also find snake sculptures on the banks of the river Sarpagana, is worshiped by the Adivasis [tribes] on festivals. Tribes like Kunbis, Warlis, Bhils and Gamits inhabit Dangs. They are known for their traditional dances, which are performed wearing Bamboo and Wooden masks. The dangs district constitute of an area of 1,752 km. having population of 1.5 lacks with a tribal population density of 94% .

Saputar – “Only seen in pictures” like hill station is located in the forest of Dang area of the Sahyadri Range. Saputara town is situated around 1,000 m above sea level with a climate that is pleasant although bit cold, throughout the year.

The climate of Saputara is very cozy with a summer temperature of around 27degree Celsius to 31 °C where the winter temperature varies from 9°C to 20 °C. The variation of average temperature ranges from 9.2 °C (Min.) to 30.4 °C (Max.). The monsoon reaches to Saputara in around middle of June and stays up to end of October.

Saputara Sightseeing

  • Saputara Tribal Museum

Saputara Tribal Museum is a small museum with a tribal theme, displaying the lifestyle, ornaments, musical instruments, agricultural implements, house objects of day-to-day use of native Dangis. It provides an insight into the tribes of Dang. Timings: 10.30am to 05.00pm. Entry fees: for students – Re 1, adults – Rs 2 and for foreigners Rs 50.

  • Artist Village

Artist Village  is a place to not only see and buy the tribal artifacts on display, but also to get your hands to work. You will feel welcomed and inspired to try out warli painting or craft tribal objects. Run by Chandrakant Parmar and Surya Goswami, it is a good place to learn about the culture of this region, especially for school groups. The community also provides simple accommodation for a very reasonable cost

  • Gandhi Shikhar , Sardar Shikhar

Gandhi Shikhar (peak), a walkable distance from circle of Saputara, you can see the sun setting amidst the hilltops. It can be approached by only ropeway from Vaity Ropeway Resort.

Sardar Shikhar is also a worth seeing point. From there you can see the beautiful soft morning rays.

  • Paragliding

If you like adventures then you can also enjoy Paragliding Activities in Saputara.

  • Sunrise Point

The Sunrise Point, also known as the Valley View Point, offers a bird’s eye view of Saputara and its environs.

  • Honey Bees Centre

The Honey Bees Centre is a place where honeybees are reared and pure honey is collected. It is just opposite to the garden. It also provides information on honey industry and honeybee rearing.

  • Lake & Boating Club

The Lake & Boating Club, right in the heart of the valley, is the extremely calm Saputara Lake. It is 70 feet deep and spreads in the vast valley surrounded by the hills. Row and paddle boats are available for hire. Several types of amusement facilities for children are available near the lake.

  • Echo Point

The Echo Point is situated just ahead of Rutumbhara Vishwavidhalaya. It provides fun and activities under one roof.

  • Sitavan , Pandav Gufas, Pampa Sarovar
Sitavan – along with Anajani Kund – is among the landmarks of the days of Ramayan and Mahabharat.
The Pandav Gufas are believed to be the caves which Pandavas used during their vanavasa to offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
The Pampa Sarovar is believed to be the birthplace of Hanumandada which is 40 km away from Ahwa, the headquarters of Dang district in Gujarat.
  • Hatgad Fort

The Hatgad Fort is in the Nasik District which is just 8 km away from Saputara. The height of this fort is about 3600 feet and it lies near the Mulher village. On the top of the fort there are two reservoirs.

  • Religious Attractions

Religious Attractions, these include Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, Jain Temple, Swaminarayan Temple & Bhramha Kumari Art Gallery.

Acupressure for Life

reference from :http://www.geocities.com/jrh_iii/acupressure/acupoints.html
History of acupressure

Chinese medicine has developed acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies, diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and other remedies as part of its healing methods. Nearly all of the forms of Oriental medicine that are used in the West today, including acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, and Chinese herbal medicine, have their roots in Chinese medicine. Acupressure is the non-invasive form of acupuncture. The goal with Acupressure is to learn the points that will produce the Healing Response for the conditions we want to fix.

More ….

Acupuncture is based on the theory that there is an invisible force or energy in nature that the Chinese call qi. In a manner similar to blood circulation, qi flows to each cell via a complex network of pathways usually called `channels` or`meridians`. If qi gets stuck, it causes an imbalance as upstream cells are flooded with too much qi and downstream cells receive too little. Acupuncture points are those spots where qi has the greatest tendency to get stuck; hence stimulating them with needles (acupuncture) or finger pressure (acupressure) helps free stuck qi and restore normal circulation. Once normal qi circulation is restored, the cells eventually return to their normal, healthy state.

For most of us, troubled times are a crisis which we would like to get over with as soon as possible and move on. For some, however, they are the trigger to finding a much larger purpose in life.

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Warnings

Do not use acupressure to replace standard emergency procedures or licensed medical treatment. If you are seriously injured or have persistent symptoms seek urgent medical treatment

Acupressure should not be used:

  • As the only treatment for illness; if you are sick, see a doctor
  • If you have a heart condition
  • Just before or within 20 minutes after heavy exercise, a large meal, or bathing
  • If the point in question is under a mole, wart, varicose vein, abrasion, bruise, cut, or any other break in the skin
  • If you are pregnant, especially if more than 3 months

Note that symptoms marked (M) indicate that the need for medical attention is likely, and those marked (EM!) indicate that emergency medical attention may be needed if the condition is severe or life-threatening. For these symptoms, only use acupressure to supplement professional medical care, or when no professional medical care is available. Only try acupressure for these symptoms after seeking professional care and after using standard first aid and emergency techniques.

Directions for Using Acupressure

To stimulate an acupoint properly, you must apply deep probing pressure. Therefore, only apply pressure with:

Finger Tip Knuckle Pencil Eraser
Finger Tip Knuckle Pencil Eraser

Before beginning, try to accuratley classify your problem. For example, if you have a backache brought on by stress, you might be better off treating the stress rather than the backache itself.

The figures and text give the approximate location of a point. Explore the area with a deep probing pressure, until the exact point announces itself to you with a sharp twinge. It starts as a jolt, and after a moment becomes a numbing sensation, or a tingling radiating from the point. It can be quite a shock the first time, but sensitivity decreases with experience.

When you have found the point, apply pressure for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat using the same point on the other side of your body. You should feel immediate relief. You may feel a release of tension, sinus drainage or perspiration. Sometimes points on opposite sides of the body will have different effects. If symptoms increase, do not use that side or point.

If the first point doesn’t work, try the next point or points until you find one that does. There may be more than one approach to your symptoms, such as “kidneys” vs. “backache.” When you find a point that helps, use that point. If the relief is temporary, re-stimulate the point. Sometimes a pain will go away and return three or four times, lesser each time.

REMEMBER: IF YOU HAVE A SEVERE OR PERSISTENT
PROBLEM, SEE YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

You are trying to harmonize your inner environment, so isolate yourself from the external environment as much as possible. Find a quiet place, sit down, and try to relax. Avoid loud music, exercise, food, and any drugs, including alcohol, while stimulating your acupoints.

Once you are familiar with using acupressure on yourself you can try it on others, but be cautious. Most states have laws against the practice of remedial massage, or medicine of any kind, without a license. I suggest that you only attempt to use it on your family and friends.

When you do use it on others, be cautious of the warnings listed. Also, be sure to explain what you are doing and what they can expect. Remember that thumb widths and hand widths shown on the diagrams refer to the width of the thumb or hand of the person being treated. Ask for feed-back from them to be sure you’ve located the right spot, as exact locations of points vary from person to person.

AcuGuide

The Beginner’s Guide to Acupressure



Be sure to read the Warnings



Items marked (M) indicate likely need for medical attention.

Items marked (EM!) indicate potential need for emergency medical attention.

For these symptoms, only use acupressure to supplement professional
medical care, or when no professional medical care is available.
Only try acupressure for these symptoms after seeking professional
care and after using standard first aid and emergency techniques.


A

Abdomen— Lower: 9,5,6,2,20
— Upper: 5,6

Allergies: 8,14,24

Ankle: 4,5,6,1,30,18,20,21

Arm: 8,3,2,34,12,17,27

Armpit: 2,12

Anxiety:11,15,21

Asthma (M): 7,14,12

B

Backache— General:9,4,5,6,17,21,24,25,27

— Lower: 4,5,6,21

— Upper: 17,25,27,9,4

Bioenergy control

— Fear: 3,6,11,15,31,19,21

—Energy: 35,13,6

— Hunger: 5,6

— Memory: 7,2

— Sleep: 20

— Smoking: 5,6,2,14

— Warmth: 17,27

Bites: 33

Bladder: 9,28

Bleeding (EM!): 3,6,1,33,34

Blisters: 8,1

Breasts: 17

Breath control: 33

Breathing, labored (EM!): 12

Bronchitis: 7,14

Bruises: 34

Burns (EM!): 8,4,28

Bursitis: 14

C


“Charlie Horse” cramps:
4Chest (EM!): 3,2,1,7

Cholera (M): 8,3,13,6,30,16

Claustrophobia: 12

Colds and influenza: 8,3,6,1,7,16,21,23

Colitis: 7,5,6,28

Concussion (EM!): 7,1,12,33, followed in 10 minutes with34

Conjunctivitis: 7,1,12,23

Constipation: 13,5,20,36

Cough: 7,3,6,2,14,12,33,16,36

Cramps, menstrual: 13,5,2,15

Cramps, muscular: 30,31

Cystitis: 5,28,36

D

Dental work: 11,15

Depression (M): 6

Diabetes mellitus (M): 13,5,6,14,33

Diarrhea: 5,6,2,15

Dizziness: 2,36

Dysentery (M): 5,6,2,15

E


Ear:
3,1Edema: 5,6

Elbow: 8,3,2,14,1,27

Electric shock (EM!): 34

Epilepsy, epileptic seizure (EM!): 2,36

Exhaustion: 12,34

Eye: 23,8,1,7,30,26

F


Face:
8,3,4,1,7Fainting (EM!): 10,11

Fatigue: 6,34

Fear: 3,6,11,15,15,19,21

Fever: 3,10,15,26

Fingers: 10,3,2,1,12

Flatulence: 5,6,22

Foot: 4,5,6,1,30,18,20,21

Forearm: 8,2,10,1,12

G


Gall bladder:
7,5,6,1Gastrointestinal system: 5,6,1

Gingivitis: 1

Genitourinary: 13,30,31,20

H


Hand:
3,2,10,1,12Hangover: 5,6,18

Headaches

— Anxiety/tension: 11,15,21

— Base of skull/neck: 27,17,8,1,16

— General: 1,7,3,4,6,2,10,11,20,21,26

— Migraine: 7,1,26,12

— Severe: 26,21,1,3,7,4,6,2,10

— Sinus: 7,10,1,18,24,32

— Top of head: 21,1,3,7,4,6,2,10,11

Head, injury or pain (EM!): 7,8,3,6,2,10,1,11,34,21,27

Heart attack (EM!): 3,2,1,11,18,

Heartburn: 2,11

Heat rash: 8,6,1

Hemorrhoids: 4,36,25

Hernia: 5,6,20

Hiccough: 13,2,35

Hip: 4,5,6

Hives/Rash: 8,16

Hunger: 5,6

Hypertension (M): 9,3,13,15,21,25

Hyperventilation: 14

Hypotension (M): 15

Hysteria (M): 11

I


Impetego, eczema:
8,9,4,5Indigestion: 5,6,18

Insomnia: 13,2,11,12,31,18

J


Jaundice (M):
2,16Jaw, lower: 7,3,4,1

K


Kidneys (M):
21,33Knee: 9

L


Laryngitis:
7,14,10,1Leg: 9,4,5,6

Lightheadedness: 19

Lips: 1

Liver (M): 30

Lumbago: 7,9,4,5,6,14,1,28

Lungs: 7

M


Memory:
7,2Meningitis (M): 10

Menstruation: 13,5,2,15,31,20

Mental disturbance: 6,15,35

Motion sickness: 5,6,2

Mouth: 1,33,36

Mumps (M): 4,1

N


Nasal congestion:
7,10,1,19,32Nausea: 5,6,12

Neck: 7,8,1,34,16,17,31,24,27

Nervousness: 1,30,31

Neuralgia: 4

Nosebleed: 7,9,1,16,19,22

O

Ovaries and uterus: 8,13,5,6

P


Paralysis (EM!):
3,16,29Penis: 20,13,5,6

Pleurisy (EM!): 7,3,2,1,16

Pneumonia (EM!): 7,6,14,1

Poison ivy: 8,3

Poisoning by mouth (EM!): 1,12,28

Poisoning, carbon monoxide (EM!): 3,12

Poisoning, food (EM!): 12

Prostate: 13,5,6,33,28

R


Rectum:
4,28,36Respiratory system: 7,2,14,1

Restlessness: 11,15

S


Sciatica:
9,4,5,6,28,2,4,25Sea sickness: 2,6

Sedation, tranquilization: 1,30

Seizure (EM!): 2

Sex organs: 8,13,5,6,20

Shock (EM!): 2,11,12,34,27

Shortness of breath (EM!): 12

Shoulder: 7,8,3,2,14,1,34,17,31

Sinusitis: 7,10,1,18,24,32

Skin: 8,9,3

Sleep control: 20

Small intestine: 5,6

Smoking control: 5,6,2,14,35

Sneezing: 14,24

Spleen, pancreas: 6

Sprains: 4

Stings: 33 (right side only)

Stomach: 8,5,6,2

Strains, muscular: 4

Stricture of urine: 30,31,20,21

Stroke (EM!): 2,33,34

Sunstroke (EM!): 10

Sweating: 9,1

T


Tachycardia, racing heart (EM!):
6,11,19Temper: 11,31

Testicles: 4,5,6

Thigh: 9

Thirst: 12

Throat: 10,7,3,14,1,12,33,36

Tongue: 1

Tonsillitis: 9,3,10,1,18

Toothache: 4,1,18,22

U


Ulcers, intestinal:
3,5,6Ulcers, peptic: 5,6

Unconsciousness (EM!): 20,10,12,33 (left side only),34

Urinary control, temporary: 28

Uterus and ovaries: 8,13,5,6

V


Vertigo (M):
4,2,28,21,36Vomiting/retching (M): 5,6,13,2,15,12,16

W


Warmth control:
17,27Whiplash (M): 7,8,4,1

Wounds (EM!): 4,34,28,18,20

Wrist: 7,3,12

Y

Yawning control: 7

Acupoint # 1

Diagram 1

To find this point, squeeze the thumb and forefinger together, forming
a ridge just above the thumb. The point is in the middle of the
ridge, just above the end of the crease formed by the thumb and
forefinger. This point is good for most problems dealing with the
waist up.

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Acupoint # 2

Diagram 2

This point is located two thumb widths from the largest crease
on the inside wrist. The point is between the tendons in the
middle of the wrist.

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Acupoint # 3

Diagram 3

This point is found two thumb widths above the outside of the
wrist. It is lined up with the middle finger.

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Acupoint # 4

Diagram 4

This point is found in the depression just behind the outer anklebone.

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Acupoint # 5

Diagram 5

This point is located one palm width above the tip of the inner
anklebone on the back side of the shinbone.

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Acupoint # 6

Diagram 6

This point is located one palm width below the bottom edge of
the kneecap, on the outside. It lies in a depression between the
shinbone and the leg muscle. It is effective for most problems
involving the waist down.

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Acupoint # 7

Diagram 7

To find this point, clasp your hands together as in (A), touching
your upper wrist with your forefinger. The point is found on a line
with the thumb in a small depression (B). Remember the position of
the point, unclasp your hands, and apply pressure.

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Acupoint # 8

Diagram 8

To find this point, bend your arm and lay your hand on your
shoulder. Place your finger on the end of the crease of the
arm, open your arm, and stimulate the point.

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Acupoint # 9

Diagram 9

This point can be found between the two ligaments behind the knee.
It is on the crease formed when the leg is bent. Do not use
this point if you have varicose veins.

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Acupoint # 10

Diagram 10

This point is located just behind the thumbnail on the side opposite
the fingers.

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Acupoint # 11

Diagram 11

This point is located on the largest crease of the inner wrist.
It is on a line with the little finger.

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Acupoint # 12

Diagram 12

This point is located on the largest crease of the inner wrist.
It is on a line with the thumb.

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Acupoint # 13

Diagram 13

This point is located one palm width below the navel. Another
point with similar effects can be found two thumb widths below this
one.

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Acupoint # 14

Diagram 14

This point is located on the crease of the inside of the elbow
on the thumb side.

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Acupoint # 15

Diagram 15

This point is located on the middle finger just above the nail. It
is on the side closest to the thumb.

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Acupoint # 16

Diagram 16

This point can be found between the two most prominent bones of the
top of the spine.

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Acupoint # 17

Diagram 17

This point is found on top of the shoulder. It is located half way
between the neck and the outside of the shoulder.

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Acupoint # 18

Diagram 18

This point is located just behind the nail of the second toe
on the side opposite the big toe.

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Acupoint # 19

Diagram 19

This point can be found on either side of the location where
the spine meets the skull.

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Acupoint # 20

Diagram 20

This point is located on the big toe on the side closer to the
second toe. It is just behind and slightly to the side of the nail.

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Acupoint # 21

Diagram 21

This point is located in the middle of the sole of the foot,
just behind the ball.

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Acupoint # 22

Diagram 22

This point can be found just above the location where the second and
third toes separate.

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Acupoint # 23

Diagram 23

This point is located below the brow ridge at the corner of the eye
nearer the bridge of the nose. It is just below a notch in the skull.

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Acupoint # 24

Diagram 24

This point can be found just below or inside the eyebrow, near
the middle. Feel for a notch in the eyebrow ridge. The point
should be just slightly above this.

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Acupoint # 25

Diagram 25

This point is located on the back. It is on a line with the elbows
about two thumb widths on either side of the spine.

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Acupoint # 26

Diagram 26

To find this point, pinch the nostril on the side opposite the septum.
It is a good point for severe headaches.

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Acupoint # 27

Diagram 27

This point is located slightly to the back of the muscle which goes
from neck to shoulder. It is a little closer to the arm than to the
neck.

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Acupoint # 28

Diagram 28

This point can be found on the outside of the foot, slightly to the rear
of the last knucklebone on the smallest toe.

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Acupoint # 29

Diagram 29

This point is located on the back of the jawbone just below the ear.

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Acupoint # 30

Diagram 30

This point can be found two thumb widths above the location where
the big toe and the second toe separate. It is on the upper surface
of the foot.

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Acupoint # 31

Diagram 31

This point is located just above where the big toe and the second toe
separate. It is on the upper surface of the foot.

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Acupoint # 32

Diagram 32

This point is located on the cheek next to the outside of the nostril.

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Acupoint # 33

Diagram 33

This point can be found behind the inner anklebone. It is
on a line between the crown and the tip of the knee.

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Acupoint # 34

Diagram 34

This point is located on the tip of the shoulder. To locate it,
pick your arm up and look for a dimple towards the back of the
shoulder. Put your finger in the dimple, lower your arm, and
begin to stimulate the point.

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Acupoint # 35

Diagram 35

This point is located on the center of the chest just below the
bottom of the sternum (breast bone).

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Acupoint # 36

Diagram 36

This point can be found two palm widths plus one thumb width
above the outer ankle bone. It is just behind an imaginary
vertical line from the tip of the ankle bone.

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Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

banner1Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is the largest wetland bird sanctuary in Gujarat and one of the largest in India. Sanctuary is home to more than 250 species of migratory birds and resistant birds. Some of them are white storks, sarus crane, brahminy ducks, harriers. ducks, painted stork, white necked stork, flamingoes, rosy pelicans, herons, ibises, flamingoes, fishing eagles, swallows, spoonbill, geese, osprey, flamingos and pelicans.

A delightful haven of both migratory and common birds, Nal Sarovar a natural lake, situates 70 – 80 kilometers away from Ahmedabad is a perfect retreat to those who want to absorb themselves in absolute serenity. Spread across a rambling expanse of 116 sq km, this natural asylum of rare and exotic birds looks as if it were a fairyland. Avian flock from Siberia is the most precious visitors in this park.

Around 250 varieties of wet land birds, along with the winter and spring guests like Pelicans, White Storks, Rosy Flamingos, Brahminy Ducks and Herons gives a magnificent look to this sanctuary. Bird lovers should reach here at dawn since most of the avian flock is seen visible during that time. Country boats hired on rent would suffice you with the unique opportunity of viewing the bird flock in a close angle. Another important spectacle in this region is the vast number of atolls where you can spot nomadic populace.


The Nal Sarovar Lake also arranges for a boat ride which will cost you INR 50 per hour. But mind it, the entire ride would take around 3 hrs. The good thing is that they don’t charge anything per person. But then this ride is worth the price as its really beautiful in the interiors! There are also arrangements of a night stay or camping around the lake. O if you want to see the Nal Sarovar and be back in time the sane day then you have to began early in the morning at least at 5 a.m. . It takes around 5 hrs to reach Nal Sarovar from the main City of Ahmadabad. Don’t forget to take binoculars along and some snacks too. Lunch can be had in any of the nearby restaurants of Nal Sarovar.

Route :

Take left turn from Sanand (18 kms from ahmedabad) itself. This is a lovely route with moderate roads. This route goes through few very lovely villages where you can feel deeply immersed in the natural beauty.

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Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary Travel Information

Location : Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Area : 116 Sq. Kms.

Time to Visit : November to February

Established : 1969

Climate : Tropical

Nearest Town : Viramagam

How to Reach

By Air : Only 80 kms. Ahmedabad is the nearest Airport from Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.

By Train : Ahmedabad is also connected by direct train services from Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Goa , Kolkata and Chennai.

By Road : Ahmedabad which connects all the Gujarat Cities.

About Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad, the largest city of Gujarat and sixth largest city of india is located in the western region of India. Ahmedabad is situated at the bank of Sabarmati River. Formerly Ahmedabad was known as Manchester of India for its textile industries. Ahmedabad is also called Karnavati and Amdavad. Ahmedabad is famous for its diversified culture and various festivals such as Uttrayan (Festival of Kites), Navaratri (Festival of ras garba), Rathyatra (Festiavl of Lord Jagannath).

Ahmedabad offers the traveler various interesting and historical places. Ancient mosques, temples and forts are the main attraction for tourist. Visitors like to visit Jumma Masjud, Hutheesingh derasar and famous sabarmati ashram.

Ahmedabad at a glance
Area of Ahmedabad City 8,707sq.km
Population of Ahmedabad City 48,01,812
Temperature Summer : Min: 25°c, Max:45°c
Winter : Min: 15°c, Max:35°c
Attitude 53m
STD Code 079
State Gujarat
Best Season Months Of November And February
 
 
 
 

Pirotan Island

Marin National Park

Jamnagar has India’s first marine National park (Pirotan Island), since 1982

Coral Walking by Tourists

It is located 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the coast (Bedi Port), consists of mangroves and low-tide beaches, and has an area of 3 square kilometers. The center of the island is at 22°35′59.7″N 69°57′20.8″E / 22.599917°N 69.955778°E / 22.599917; 69.955778. Rozi island is located about 10 kilometers to the southeast.

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Of the 42 islands in the park, Pirotan Island is the most popular and is one of the two islands where visitors are normally permitted. Visitation is strictly limited, permission is required from the Forest Department, Customs Department and the Ports. The mangroves consist mainly of species of Rhizophora, Avicennia and Ceriops.

This is one of the rare places in the world where one can look at corals without having to dive down into the water. One just has to walk in the water, when the tide ebbs, in about 1 to 2 feet of water and watch this fascinating underwater world of corals.

The fascinating underwater world of the Marine Sanctuary & National Park.

162.89 Square Kilometers of Marine National Park and 457.92 Square Kilometers of Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Kutch at Jamnagar offers exotic sightings for people willing to go on an adventure trip in this area.

In the Gulf of Kutch, 42 islands sit like little gems in the Arabian Sea. Fringed by coral reefs, sandy beaches and mangrove swamps, these islands are a treasure-trove of marine species and a paradise for birdwatchers.

One can see, octopus, jelly fish, star fish, colourful corals, exotic marine flowering plants, puffer fish, sea horse, huge green sea turtles, lobsters, dolphins, etc.

And if one is very lucky then maybe a dugong which resembles seals.

Of the 42 islands, the most popular island is Pirotan (old name is “Pir jo thaan” meaning the place of the holy Saint Khwaja Khizer Alaihisalaam).

  • Excellent Coral Reefs
  • 37 species of Hard & Soft Corals
  • 70 species of Sponges
  • 27 species of Prawns
  • 30 species of Crabs
  • 200 species of Molluscs
  • Endangered Sea Turtles like the Green Sea, Oliver Riddley & Leather Back.
  • 3 Speices of Sea Mammals
  • 94 species of Water Birds
  • 78 species of terrestrial birds
  • 108 species of brown, green & red Algae
  • There are beautiful islands here where one can see pristine & non corrupted sandy beaches…

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Population

The only people there on the island are the Forest Guard, the Light House people & the Mujhavar (Server) at the Holy Saint Khwaja Khizer R.A. shrine (Durgah).

Most visitors come in the morning with the high tide and leave by evening. Weekends in winters may bring more than 200-300 visitors.

Visiting Pirotan

The island being protected marine park, several permissions are required for visiting. For Indian Nationals, permission from local forest office and Custom office is required. Foreign nationals additionally require permission for Police Office.

There are no routine ferry service to island. Local fishing boats can be hired from Bedi Jetty or Sikka Jetty. These boats take about 1.5 hours to reach the island. Since the beach is very shallow, the boats can only reach the island during high tide and leave the island during high tide.

Marine

Marine life-forms found include:

  • Various types of Crabs
  • Neptune
  • Wolf
  • King crab
  • Hermit crabs
  • Ghost crabs
  • Sea Scorpions
  • Wiper- Isosceles
  • Sea snakes
  • Sea slugs
  • Sea Horse
  • Squid
  • Sea Anemone
  • Octopus
  • Sea Worms
  • sabella
  • Mud Skipper
  • Sea Bonellia
  • Coaster Cather
  • Sea Urchin

Sea-birds

Flamingo, Cranes, Sea Gull, Harring Gull, Blackhead Gull, Crab Plover Gull, Puffin.

Part of Pirotan Island from the top of the lighthouse.

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Yellow Carpet sea Anemone at Pirotan Island

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Connectivity To Jamnagar

By Road: Jamnagar has a well-established road link to various cities of Gujarat like Rajkot, Porbundar, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat.

Bus : ST buses go hourly to Rajkot and every 30 minutes to Junagadh; other buses go to Dwarka, Porbandar, Bhuj and Ahemdabad and other places of Gujarat.

There are various private bus companies having modern buses in good condition and which are air conditioned; plying between Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Mumbai, etc

By Rail: Jamnagar Railway Station is well connected with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Calcutta and other important cities of India through regular trains.

The Saurashtra Mail and the Saurashtra Express are the popular trains that run between Jamnagar and Mumbai. Inter City Train Between Jamnagar and Ahmedabad leaves in the early morning. There are also trains to Dwarka.

By Air: Jamnagar Airport 10 km. The Jamnagar airport has daily flights connecting it with Mumbai.

There is no minibus service to the airport, which is a long way out. Hotel President has Courtesy Coach to the Airport.

Local Connectivity

Auto-rickshaws: Auto rickshaws are available in Jamnagar for covering shorter distances within the city.

Taxis: Taxis are widely used in Jamnagar for commuting outside the city, contact the Front office of the hotel where you stay, they will arrange, or you can go directly to the Taxi stand near S.T. Bus stand to hire them.

Anything in Jamnagar city is within 10 minutes traveling distance…

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Pirotan Island Connectivity

Presently one can charter 25/30 seater boats for visiting the Pirotan Island.
Pirotan Island is about 12 nautical miles from Bedi port. Its a 2 hours journey by the boats available.
Sailing in the marine national park by boat is also a wonderful experience…
You are sure to see lots of birds on the Islands and you also have a chance of spotting the playful dolphins.
Sailing of tourists in fishing boats, is not permitted.

For access to the Marine National Park, one has to take permissions from the Forest Department, The Customs Department & the Port. In case of foreign tourists additional permission from the Police Department is also needed.

The fact which makes it worth planning a trip beforehand is that, one has to confirm the tide timings, as the boat can reach the pirotan island only when its full tide, the tide has a 12 hours cycle…ie; if today morning the full tide is at 6AM then again at evening 6PM it will be full tide…
The tide timings keep changing everyday, so one should checkup the tide timings with organizers as to when the day will be favorable… As a rule of thumb, the lunar or the Gujarati dates of 5th, 6th & 7th are the most favorable, when the tide is there in the morning.
Please carry necessary beverage
NOTE: -“Alcohol is not permitted in Gujarat”

Island is so unexploited that no facilities have been developed yet… Not even drinking water is available on the island.
The only people there on the island are the Forest Guard, the Light House people & the Mujhavar (Server) at the Holy Saint Khwaja Khizer R.A. Dargah.

For doing the coral walk, its advised to wear thick soled shoes or sandals, because some of the places in the reefs are sharp.

For assistance with regards to tide timings & the booking of boats, you may contact Hotel President, Jamnagar

Hotel President, Teen Batti, Jamnagar – 361 001, Gujarat, India.
Phone: +91 288 2557491 Fax: +91 288 2558491
Email: info@hotelpresident.in

The favorable dates for
visiting Pirotan island in 2010 are
:

Date

Day

high Tide Time

Starting time from Port (approx.)

Return time to Port                 (approx.)

January  2010

6

Wednesday

6 AM

4 AM

7.30 PM

7

Thursday

6.40 AM

4.30 AM

8 PM

8

Friday

7.20 AM

5 AM

8.30 PM

9

Saturday

8.10 AM

6 AM

9.30 PM

10

Sunday

9.20 AM

7 AM

10.30 PM

23

Saturday

6.15 AM

4 AM

8.30 PM

24

Sunday

6.45 AM

4.30 AM

9.30 PM

25

Monday

7.30 AM

5 AM

10.45 PM

26

Tuesday

8.40 AM

6.30 AM

11.45 PM

February  2010

5

Friday

6 AM

4 AM

7.15 PM

6

Saturday

6.30 AM

4.30 AM

8.15 PM

7

Sunday

7.15 AM

5.15 AM

10 PM

8

Monday

8.10 AM

6.10 AM

11.30 PM

19

Friday

4.41 AM

3 AM

11.15 PM

20

Saturday

5.10 AM

3.15 AM

6.15 PM

21

Sunday

5.40 AM

4 AM

7.30 PM

22

Monday

6.10 AM

4.15 AM

8.15 PM

23

Tuesday

7 AM

5 AM

10.15 PM

24

Wednesday

8.20 AM

6.15 AM

11.30 PM

March 2010

6

Saturday

5.20 AM

3.15 AM

6.30 PM

7

Sunday

6 AM

4 AM

7.30 PM

8

Monday

6.30 AM

4.30 AM

9 AM

9

Tuesday

7.30 AM

5.15 AM

11.00 PM

21

Sunday

4.41 AM

3 AM

6 PM

22

Monday

5.15 AM

3.15 AM

6.45 PM

23

Tuesday

6 AM

4 AM

7.45 PM

24

Wednesday

7 AM

5 AM

9.30 PM

25

Thursday

8.30 AM

6.30 AM

10.45 PM