Saputara

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Saputara
સાપુતારા
abode of serpents
Hill station
View of Saputara from the table top
View of Saputara from the table top
Saputara is located in Gujarat
Saputara
Saputara
Coordinates: 20°34′47″N 73°44′48″E / 20.57972°N 73.74667°E / 20.57972; 73.74667Coordinates: 20°34′47″N 73°44′48″E / 20.57972°N 73.74667°E / 20.57972; 73.74667
State Gujarat
District Dang District
Elevation 1,000 m (3,000 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 6,301
 • Density 3,151/km2 (8,160/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Gujarati
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 394720
Telephone code +02631
Vehicle registration GJ
Website http://www.saputara.net/

Saputara is a hill station municipality in the Dang district of Gujarat state in India.

Geography[edit]

This hill station is on a plateau in the Dang forest area of the Western Ghats (Sahyadri) range at an altitude of about 1,000 metres.

Saputara means the 'Abode of Serpents' and a snake image on the banks of the river Sarpagana is worshiped by the Adivasis on Holi.

Saputara has been developed as a planned hill resort with amenities like hotels, parks, swimming pools, boat club, theaters, ropeways and a museum. It is 172 kilometres (km) from Surat and 250 km from Mumbai. The Maharashtra state border is 4 km from Saputara. Excursions from Saputara can be made to the wild life sanctuary in the Mahal Bardipara forest, 60 km. and to Gira Waterfalls 52 km away.

Sight-seeing[edit]

Valley view from sunset point.
  • Artist Village: See tribal artefacts on display. Simple accommodation is also available[1]
  • Vansda National Park: Prior permission from the Chief Wildlife Warden, or Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) is needed before visiting the park
  • Purna Wildlife Sanctuary: Situated at Mahal, 60 km north of Dangs
  • Boating: on the Saputara Lake
  • Sunrise Point: Offers the best view of Saputara and adjoining Malegoan. It is a walk of 1.5 km in the direction of Waghai. The name implies the point should only be visited at sunrise, but at any time of the day there is a panoramic view.
  • Sunset Point : Has a scenic view of a of Dang Forest. The forest around Saputara is dotted with Adivasi (tribal) villages.
  • The Ropeway: A ten minute ride across the valley to Sunset Point .
Gira falls
  • Gira Falls: Is an excursion option 52 km from Saputara. Best during the months of June to November.[2]
  • Gardens
    • Rose Garden, a garden with many varieties of roses.
    • Step Garden, a garden set up in steps. On the steps are laid plants and flower pots
    • Lake Garden, on the banks of Saputara Lake

Travel information[edit]

Saputara is 46 km from Saptashrungi (a site of Hindu pilgrimage), 172 km from Surat, 80 km from Nashik, 280 km from Mumbai, 112 km from Bilimora 420 km from Ahmedabad, 300  km from Vadodara, 589 km from Bhavnagar, 603 km from Rajkot.

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