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Thursday, November 15, 2018

How To Reach Saputara Hill Station From Mumbai?

saputara lake

How To Reach Saputara Hill Station From Mumbai?

SAPUTARA HILL STATION
STATE- GUJARAT
ALTITUDE- 3000 FEET

ABOUT SAPUTARA


Saputara is small hill station located in Western Ghats. It is part of Dang district in Gujarat. It is one of the famous tourist destination from Gujarat state. Saputara has some mythological importance as it is said that Lord Rama spent 11 years or his exile here. It has some historical relevance. In 1960 when Bombay state was divided in to two state as Maharashtra and Gujarat, Saputara was conquered and became city in Gujarat region. It is the only hill station of Gujarat. Most of the tourist visits here to get rid of Saputara Lake and it’s amidst hills that covers you in 360 view of greenery. 

HOW TO REACH SAPUTARA

BY AIR

Nearest airport is Surat domestic airport which is 120 km away and International airport of Mumbai which is 250 km away.
One can take local bus from both the cities.  

BY TRAIN

Nearest railway station is Bilimora which is 50 km away from Saputara and it is further well connected from nearby major cities like Gujarat and Mumbai.
From Bilimora railway station buses and cars are available to reach Saputara.

BY ROAD

A national highway is well connected to Saputara from Gujarat and Mumbai. Drive is also so scenic. Further, there are state transport buses runs to Saputara from major cities like Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Pune.
Saputara is 400 km from Ahmedabad, 245 km from Mumbai and 290 km from Pune.
It is always preferable to travel on own vehicle.

MY EXPERIENCE OF BIKE RIDE TO SAPUTARA

Coming to my corner of the story it was random discussion started, and my friend was saying necessity to be far away in nature and that too on bike. We scrolled out some lists of hill station from Google that can be reached on bike and name appeared on top with Saputara amidst hill station at Maharashtra Gujarat border.

It was one of the place from Gujarat region which was in bucket list. We decided to give visit to Saputara hill station. It was 245 km drive for us, and we knew it was going to be one of the memorable experience for us. From Mumbai the road goes crossing through Kasara Ghat which itself is attractive. In monsoon one should never miss the chance to drive to Kasara with small waterfalls on one side and valley of other side of the road. It took us almost 4 hours to reach Saputara. Few km before you reach Saputara there is check point as you are entering in different state and it lies on the border of Maharashtra and Gujarat. When we had first glimpse of Saputara place it was complete net and cleanest hill station I ever seen. 
saputara lake, Maharashtra Gujarat border
MAHARASHTRA GUJARAT BORDER CHECK POST

saputara lake
SAPUTARA ENTRANCE

As we reached we headed to one of the famous spot as Saputara Lake. This magical Lake has got the heart of Saputara to stay forever, many tourist visits and relax here for some time. It gives you the panorama view of surrounding. It is one of the stunning place that attracts boat riders. One can experience the boating here with the view of crystal blue water.
BOATING CHARGES-25 TO 200 AS PER BOAT
saputara lake, boating at saputara
SAPUTARA LAKE BOATING POINT
It was short one day trip since we had less time to explore, So we decided to cover few main points. After involving ourselves in the beauty of Lake It was time to visit another remarkable place Table point.  It is small plateau where one can drive and it is just opposite to rope way station on sunset point road. Those we love horse riding, for them it is superb place to enjoy. At table point there are small huts that selling hot food for visitors in reasonable rate. Saputara exist with some range of waterfalls which you can witness in mid of monsoon. As it was start of monsoon season we could not view the waterfalls. 
saputara lake
SAPUTARA TABLE POINT

saputara lake

VISIT TO SAPTASHRINGI FROM SAPUTARA

With this memories of Saputara we left the place and started towards another destination Saptashringi. It was not in plan but, “sometimes Journey is better than the destination”. It was drive of 50 km on route from Saputara. Situated in the range of mountain and gives the perspective to visit is Saptashringi.

It is Hindu pilgrimage situated near to border of Maharashtra Gujarat and lies in the region of Nashik. It is located in Nanduri village of Kalwan taluka. The temple is known as “three and half Shakti peethas” of Maharashtra. It is located in hill range of sahyadri of Western Ghats. While driving from Saputara to Saptashringi, one has to take left, that leaves you near the village of Vani and Nanduri. Drive is through extreme curvey trail with lush greenery and ziz-zag road which takes you to Saptashringi. 

saputara lake, saptashringi temple
SAPTASHRINGI TEMPLE
To add some more glimpse in that it was raining there being June month where everyone eagerly await monsoon to arrive. We were so lucky enough to witness first rain of monsoon. As rain drop falling on the earth’s dry soil and creating new fragrance was majestic. There are 510 steps to reach the top of Saptashringi. It also has direct rope way to reach at top. The forest in this mountain range has some medicinal herbs. 

saputara lake, saptashringi
DRIVE ROUTE TO SAPTASHRINGI
After this astonishing bike ride we started return journey towards Mumbai via Nashik highway. This trip gave us one of the memorable experience for life time. Another 3 hours and we reached back to Mumbai with cherish memories.

PLACES TO VISIT AT SAPUTARA

SAPUTARA LAKE- Famous for boating experience.
SUNSET POINT- It provides the beautiful view of sunset, located near Saputara museum.
STEP GARDEN- 1.4 km from Saputara and developed completely on steps.
HATGAD FORT- It is ancient place located 9 km from Saputara in Hatgad village.
GIRA WATERFALL- One of the amazing waterfall situated 50 km from Saputara.
SAPUTARA MUSEUM- It is museum that describes the culture, habits and arts of region.
SAPTASHRINGI TEMPLE- Temple for Hindu pilgrimage.

WHICH IS IDEAL TIME TO VISIT SAPUTARA

Ideal time to visit Saputara is throughout the year as climate from this range is very pleasant and attractive.
In winter temperature falls down below 10 degree.
In monsoon one can experience the glance of waterfalls.

WHERE TO STAY

Being a hill station there are various stay options available ranging from Deluxe resorts to budget friendly hotel. Booking is also available at make my trip and go ibibo site.
In season time one can book in advance.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT


  • Spend at least 2 nights at Saputara.
  • Gira waterfall is seasonal.
  • Try to reach on own vehicle as drive is scenic
  • Do not litter the area. 

61 comments:

  1. Looks like a trip to remember. I hope to one day visit India.

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  2. Wow! Wonderful. These photos are great. I have always wanted to visit here. I am only inspired more so after reading your post. Perhaps next year. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  3. I have been to Saputara. You are absolutely right, Satapura is like heaven. It was 4 days trip. We came by train but the trip here was worth it. My mother loved more than me. Only temple trip made it little boring.

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  4. I love exploring new cities by train. It's a personal tour without having and annoying moderator.

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  5. Such a beautiful view and great information for visitors.

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  6. This sounds and looks like a beautiful area. I do hope to get here one day. It would be fun to explore.

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  7. Interesting that they do not allow footwear. I love all the beach and water at this place.

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  8. What a pleasant views, I'll try this trip for sure if I visited India one day

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  9. What a pleasant views!! I will try this trip if I visited india one day.

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  10. Definitely seems like a great place! So much info!

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  11. I love how detailed is this post! It's literally a travel guide to Saputara. Sounds like a magical place. I really enjoy countries and cities that have mystery and history.

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    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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  12. I Love the quote on sunsets! Such a great reminder of what is really important!

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  13. Looks beautiful and all natural. I would love an adventure here. And maybe we will bring the kids, too. :)

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  14. Sounds quite a wonderful trip! the photos are sure amazing! and the train ride must be so much fun!

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  15. Would love to visit that place. Looks really interesting

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  16. What an interesting place. Ghat road in rains reminds me of when I used to live in the Philippines travelling to a nearby city on a windy road up in the mountains.

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  17. Haven’t dreamt of visiting SAPUTARA until reading this amazing post. Now it it on my lists of places to visit. Keshia Richmond

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  18. I wish to have an opportunity to explore this place. It is gorgeous on its own way and very rich in nature.

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  19. I love the aerial view! All those greenery are refreshing. I hope they plant more trees.

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  20. I love the pale blue water featured in the first picture. I am just an ocean girl!

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  21. I have always dreamed of going to India. Look at those beautiful cityscapes and lovely scenery. It would be an experience and thrill of a lifetime to see these places one day soon. Thanks for this very detailed post, I sure will keep this in mind.

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  22. So much to see and do! This has always been on my bucket list for travel. I hope to tick this off next year :)

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  23. This looks like it was a fun trip. I've never been to this area before. I'd like checking out the temples.

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  24. Wow this makes me feel like a taking a trip over there! I love the pictures and the landscape in general.

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  25. I have DREAMt TO VISIT SAPUTARA
    and learn of its mythological importance. Keshia Richmond

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  26. HOw beautiful! Looks so peaceful, I have had India on my list for a long time - it is moving higher up now :)

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  27. Wow this looks like such a cool spot. It does sound like railway is definitely the easiest way to get there.

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  28. I've never been to Saputara, it looks so amazing!!! I can't wait to visit it. Thanks for the post.

    Chad
    www.mosaicslab.com

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  29. This does look like a nice place. I would love the challenge of those 510 steps to see the temple.

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  30. This looks amazing, I would love to visit one day.

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  31. Now this looks like such a beautiful place to go. I can definitely see that it is a bit of a slice of heaven that is reachable.

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  32. It looks beautiful here. I would love to visit one day.

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  33. This sounds amazing! I’m definitely adding this place to my bucket list

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  34. Looks like a magical place. I have never heard of it but the sunsets look beautiful.

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  35. There are so many things that one may learn from this extensive post. Great information you provided.

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  36. Is it bad that now I want to visit that place? I think it is super lovely!

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  37. What an amazing journey! Thank you for sharing.

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  38. Mumbai Andheri mein mera sasural h, but I have never heard of this place. Next time I'm in Mumbai I'll try and visit there.

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  39. I love that there is so much history there. It would be fascinating to travel there. Perhaps we will when my kids are older.

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  40. Sounds like an awesome place to visit.

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  41. This post is giving me serious wanderlust! I wanna travel there now! It looks so nice!

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  42. I would love to visit a place like Saputara. I enjoy learning about the history and the culture of other countries. So much to see and to do!!

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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  43. This looks incredible! Since returning from China, I definitely want to return to Asia and India is high on my list!

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  44. This place looks so neat! Especially the trolley ride!

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  45. Such interesting places to explore. I like to see more of the world.

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  46. It was quite a relaxing read. Your travel pictures and courageous to travel even more.

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  47. I have never heard of this place, the culture, nor the language. Thank you for educating me. This place looks beautiful.

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  48. There are so many great choices to see and do here. I love botanical gardens so I'd probably start there.

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  49. I wish my health allowed me to travel more. I'd love to see these spots. I love anywhere that had bodies of water nearby.

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  50. Looks beautiful. I love discovering new destinations! Saving this for the future!

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  51. Such beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  52. What an incredible travel experience you had! I wish I can have such opportunity to see this beautiful place as well.

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  53. What a beautiful place to visit. It has so much cultural history and looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  54. I love that - if you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride. Looks like an amazing pace to visit.

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  55. Saputara looks like a wonderful place to visit, so happy to hear locals speak English too, not only Gujarati and Hindi!

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  56. Beautiful photos. I would like to go these places one day. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. what beautiful scenery, I love to find out the history of the new places I visit

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  58. Once again, you have posted a fantastic travel guide with beautiful pictures! Thank you!

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  59. This looks like a fantastic place to visit! Stunning!

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