Those Jain temples are mainly related to Jain Tirthankaras like Rishabhnath, Neminath and Parswanath. All the temples have attractive statuettes, design and style and have been declared as protected monument by Gujarat government. Apart from temples and dam, one can enjoy hill climbing, trekking and horse riding as well. The trekking level is a very easy one and can be taken up by a beginner as well. Polo forest has become a popular weekend destination in Gujarat in recent times. Full day outing and picnics can also be enjoyed here with family and friends.
Exploring the jungle for over three hours made us weary and a cup of masala chai was the only option to revitalize us. Finishing off our day in Polo, we started for our return journey with the fond memories of this north Gujarat forest.
#1 Entry to Polo is absolutely free and no prior permission is required. There are no particular timings to visit the woods and it remains open for 365 days. Leaving the place before evening is desired for ones’ own safety.
#2 Guides are available for the forest exploration at a rate of Rs. 200 or 300. But they are not required as proper indentation and road marks are there inside the forest. Forest officials and security are also there to help the visitors with the attractions. Some literature survey regarding its whereabouts before visiting Polo is endorsed.
Best time to visit:
Avoiding summers and winters of Gujarat, monsoons and post monsoons are the perfect time for Polo.
How to reach:
Rented cars are available from Ahmedabad for visiting Polo. Better to explore Polo in a private/ rented car as the attractions in the forest are located quite a distance apart and cannot be covered by walking. Buses are also available but it will be a frenetic journey and hence, I won’t recommend that.
Eat right, sleep tight:
#1 Quite a number of resorts are available outside the Polo forest for fooding and lodging. Tariff will vary according to ones’ own choice. One can also stay in the Polo camp site maintained by Gujarat government with prior bookings.
#2 Carrying own food and water is the best option in Polo. There are restaurants outside the green area but once you get in only limited stalls are there that sell only basic stuffs like tea and maggi.
Our Polo, our RESPONSIBILITY:
Since it is an open green land with exposed boundaries, we as visitors should be concerned about its preservation. Being a more responsible tourist and minimizing pollution should be our key role and responsibility towards the forest.
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