Monday, November 3, 2014

Saputara hill station

About Saputara

SAPUTARA, situated in a densely forested plateau in the Sahyadri range, holds the distinction of being the only hill station in the Dang district of South Gujarat State.
The Gujarat State is situated on the west coast of India and boasts of a 1,600 km long coastline. The Arabian Sea sweeps off the western and south western frontiers of the state. It is situated between 20o 1' and 24o 7' north latitudes and 68o 4' and 74o 4' east longitudes. Gujarat stretches from Kutch in the West to Daman in the South. In the East, lies the hilly region of the Aravallis, whereas lush green woods, hills, plains and rivers are found in the west. Rajasthan lies towards the northeast of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh to the east and Maharashtra to the southeast.
The tranquil small town of Saputara is situated at an altitude of around 1,000 m, and has a climate that is consistently pleasant, although leaning towards chilly, throughout the year.
The place is rich in its bio-diversity and natural relics. It includes in itself many panoramic natural landscape views and rich heritage of its folklore and tradition of the native 'Dangi'.
It has been developed as a planned hill resort with all necessary amenities such as hotels, parks, swimming pool, boat club, theatres and a museum to ensure an enjoyable holiday in the cool of the hills.
Saputara History
The name Saputara literally stands for 'abode of serpents,' a fact that is highlighted by the presence of an image of a snake on the shores of the Sarpagana river, which flows through the town.

This image is worshipped by the region's tribal folk, especially during major festivals such as Holi. Adding to Saputara's mystique is the legend that Lord Rama spent 11 years of his exile in these very forests.

Anthropological museum at Saputara is located at a walking distance from theSwagat Circle. The museum gives an introduction to the lifestyle, costumes, heritage and ecology of the tribal Dangs. Established in 1970, the museum exhibits Dangi tribal art, culture, clothes, musical instruments, ornaments, paintings, agriculture implements, proto-typehouses, grass ornaments, stuffed birds, masks used in dance-dramas and objects of day-to-day use by the native Dangis. The famous snake sculpture of Saputara is housed in the museum campus. A small and beautiful aquarium is located near the museum within the same campus.


Sunrise Point

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

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.

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