Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest

Tripoto
2nd Jul 2016

Targol Eco Tourism Centre - Main Entrance

Photo of Targol, Gujarat, India by Gautam Ravaliya

Targol Eco Tourism Centre

Photo of Targol, Gujarat, India by Gautam Ravaliya

Targol Eco Tourism Centre

Photo of Targol, Gujarat, India by Gautam Ravaliya

Bird at the campsite

Photo of Targol, Gujarat, India by Gautam Ravaliya

Bird at the campsite

Photo of Targol, Gujarat, India by Gautam Ravaliya

The monsoon season is the best season to go on trekking or see the wonderful wildlife of the forests.

We had been planning for a long time to visit the Targol Eco Tourism centre in Jambugodha, Gujarat. And we finally found some time in the starting of monsoon. We drove from Vadodara to Targol via GJ SH 158 and stayed a night at the Targol Eco Tourism Centre.

Turgol is a well-stocked forest ecotourism site situated inside the Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary, inside the Panchmahal District of Central Gujarat. The campsite is surrounded by this magnificient forest which is home to a variety of flora an fauna. The plant species inlude teak, bamboo & other plant species. The leopard is the top predator here and other animal species include the sloth bears, blue bulls, jackals, wild boars, four horned antelopes and a variety of reptiles.

On the way of Targol

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Raining jungle of Jambughoda

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Enjoying sweetcorn in the jungle on the way Targol

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

On the way of Targol

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Raining jungle of Jambughoda

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Enjoying sweetcorn in the jungle on the way Targol

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Targol Dam

The area has a water reservoirs called Targol Dam. The campsite is near the Targol Dam and its a beautiful site to visit with a picturesque location. Targol Dam was constructed between 1969 to 1971. This is a part of the Jambughoda Wild life Sanctuary. An Eco-tourism camp has been established. The dense forest at the bottom of the dam is now a home to hundreds of flying foxes.

Targol Dam

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Enjoying the silence of wild nature

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Watching tower for spotting the birds and wild animals in the jungle at the Targol Dam

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Fisher men in the Targol Dam at evening

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Kids enjoying and learning the mobile photography with our forest guide Mr. Maharaj

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Hundreds of flying foxes at the bottom of the dam

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Tasty and hygienic pure desi gujarati dish prepared by Mr Mahendra at the Campsite

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya
Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Jund Hauman Temple

Other sightseeing options is the Jund Hanuman Temple which is 10 kms away from the campsite. Jund Hanuman temple is situated right in the middle of the forest with many range of trees and silence all around, and situated about 12 km from the main forest. The main attraction of this temple is to see the big idol of Lord Hanuman, which is about 18 ft.

Jund Hanuman Temple

Photo of Hidden Beauty of the Gujarat Forest by Gautam Ravaliya

Facilities:

• Orientation Centre

• 6 Normal Cottages with attached bath & toilet facilities

• Separate Kitchen & Dining places

• Veg and Non-Veg available with the help of ETC (Eco Tourism Committee)

• The campsite has a beautiful Walking Nature Trail

• Watching Tower at Targol Dam for landscape & wildlife viewing

• Well developed campsite managed by ETC

How to get there

By road: Champaner is 45 km from Vadodara, accessible by bus or private vehicles. Cars can be hired in Vadodara to drive to Champaner-Pavagadh, which is the best option if you want to combine the journey with other sites like Jambughoda.

Route: Vadodara – Halol – Pavagadh – Jambughoda

Booking Contact:

Chief Conservator of Forest

Vadodara Division

Kothi Building, Behind Raopura Police Station

Raopura, Vadodara – 390001

Phone (0265) 2425136

Contact Person at the Campsite:

Mr.Mahendra Baria 09979761250

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