(Last Updated on : 26/07/2014)
Hill Stations of Gujarat
present one with thick forests, hills, rocky landforms and the Hindu and Jain temples. These Jain and Hindu temples have their historic and archaeological importance.
The magnificent hill stations of Gujarat are popular not only among the Indian tourists, but the world over. Their charming plea attracts thousands of national and international visitors every year. The wondrous treats in Gujarat offer a tranquil and homely retreat right in the lap of nature. These fantastic getaway destinations also offer alpine sports during winter months; whereas the mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling, and trekking facilities are available all the year round regardless of the season.
Like the hill stations of South India and north India, Gujarat is also composed of hill stations where one can find the religious and historic monuments of early era and medieval eras. Gujarat boasts of a strategic location, making it one of the most sought-after destinations among the national and international tourists. Some of the most famous hill stations of Gujarat are Saputara Hill station, Udwada, Mahal Hill Station and Waghai Hill Station, Chorvad in Junagadh district
, Tithal, Surat, Bulsar, and Ubhrat and Pavagadh
Saputara Hill Station
Saputara is a city and a hill station, located in Dang district
of Gujarat. This picturesque hill station of India is perched on a plateau in the Dang forest area of the Sahyadri range (Western Ghat Regions
). Perched on the second highest plateau of the Sahyadri range, Saputara boasts of a cool climate which does not exceed 28 degrees Celsius maximum temperature. The hill station provides fantastic vistas of the lush valley. According to legends, Lord Rama
spent 11 years of his exile in these forests.
This hill station of scenic beauty is located at an altitude of about 1000 meters from sea level. The word "Saputara" means the "Abode of Serpents". There is a statue of snake in Saputara hill station, who is worshipped on banks of the river Sarpagana. This serpent is worshipped by the Adivasis on Holi from the very early times. Saputara hill station has been developed as a planned hill resort with all the necessary amenities like hotels, parks, swimming pools, boat club, theatres, ropeways and a museum. Saputara becomes a place of landscape beauty which allures the tourists of both national and international arena.
is a municipality in Gujarat. This place is a renowned religious place for Zoroastrian Atash Behram. This place of worship is the oldest example of its kind. Now, Udvada acts as a pilgrimage centre for Zoroastrians in world. Reminiscent of the curious culture and heritage, the visiting places around Udvada speak an entirely different language, just like the history and customs of this hugely minority community. The spots carries a separate breathe of their own, which were also admired by legendary mighty rulers and kings from significant dynasties. They have however, regrettably been reduced down to banality, with the dazzle and sparkle of the community almost gone forever. This international hub of peace and harmony is a rage among tourists.
Waghai Hill Station
Waghai Hill Station is a popular hill in the Dang District, located in the southern part of Gujarat. This popular Hill station-Waghai is about 32 km north from the district headquarters of Ahwa, and about 52 km south of the hill station of Saputara. It is linked by state highway to the town of Chikhli, where the road meets National highway 8. It is guarded by a narrow gauge to the town of Bilimora. At Waghai, there are many tourist attractions. These are Gira Falls, botanical garden, Unnai Mata temple and Vansda National Park
Mahal Hill Station
Mahal Hill Station is located at about 60 km from Saputara. This hill station is the beautiful region of Mahal. Located very close to the Purna Sanctuary
, Mahal Hill Station is a slightly long drive from Saputara, another hill station of mythological importance. The drive passes through the most beautiful parts of Dang district with high wooded slopes of bamboo. Mahal Hill station is endowed with rivers and bamboo
glades. This region serves as the picnic spot, walks and trekking spot. Mahal hill station offers the tourists some of the natural beauty like Purna Sanctuary and Girmal Falls.