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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.

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.

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