Saputara is a picturesque hill station located in the Dang district of Gujarat. Known as the 'womb of nature', Saputara is wrapped in greenery and boasts of untouched beauty. Perhaps the most famous hill station in the region, it offers a respite from mundane city life. Similar to most hill stations, Saputara has tons of places for you to explore. Do visit the pristine Saputara Lake, the Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, the sunrise point and the sunset point, which offers panoramic views of the entire region and are a photographer's delight! The hill station, situated on a plateau of the Western Ghats, has an interesting tribal culture with an 'Artist Village' that offers a peek into tribal culture and way of life. Saputara is natively known as the 'abode of serpents', and the beautiful Sarpagana river that flows by it has sacred relevance for the tribals. Saputara is also home to several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, including the Purna Wildlife Sanctuary. The Gira Falls located in the periphery is another must-visit and so are the myriad gardens surrounding the falls.
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Taking an off from office on a Monday is the best thing you can ever do. Browsing thru Google Maps and the list of places I wanted to go (I have an excel file for the same :P) I found about Saputara which was just on the Maharashtra - Gujarat border. 220Kms one side, doable, I thought. I cleaned and lubed my bike and started preparing. Helmets - CheckGloves - CheckRiding Jacket - CheckKnee Guards - CheckDebit card and cash - Check Previous night excitement still exists. 2 years of travelling and it still lives, I love it!The thoughts were flowing, and I don’t know when I fell asleep. The alarm woke me up, it was 4am. It was time. Performed my morning chores and I was on the road at 5am. Filled fuel tank full and by 5.30 was on the NH3. Long straight highways without potholes, a blessing for a biker like me :)After about 180 kms, just after Nasik, I had to take a left turn. The board said "Saputara - 60 kms"And the pathetic roads began. After much of a struggle, reached Saputara. The place was nice and green. Few adventure games here and there. Roamed around on my bike for couple of hours and then hunted for a restaurant.Saw one which had the board “Unlimited Lunch @ 250 Rs”, bingo, hit a jackpot.Ate authentic Gujarat food and desert, i.e., Gulab Jamun :DThen dozed off on the sofa outside for about an hour and then started my return journey! Was home by 9pm. Day well spent.