Just as we crossed Vireshwar, the air attained that sweet moisture, the mud emitted the earthy aroma and there was that smile on our faces. We knew and felt that we were stepping into something special. The dry deciduous forest gave way to the kind of greenery that one associates to the Western Ghats.
Mountains clad in green overlooking an equally verdant valley bisected by an idyllic river. A few wooden huts sprinkled through the valley. Smoke coming out of their chimneys. It was as if primary school paintings were coming to life. We were truly in the grasps of the Polo Forest. We drove around absorbing all its unbelievable beauty which seemed like a mix of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats.
Polo Forest doesn't have dedicated tourist attractions. It is more like a road trip where you absorb the beauty of nature by driving around. A lonely boatman on a peaceful lake, a hand-pump drawing water from a nearby river, few fishermen with their rods aimlessly yo-yoing in the water and a host of trees exuberating life-giving substances. Drive around, discover blissful pleasures, bath in the rivers, spot birds or just sit quietly on the banks of a lake wondering how nature creates such masterstrokes.
The silence of the forest, the music of the still lake and the aroma of the jungle will rejuvenate your tired and wired minds.
When to go
The best time to visit Polo Forest is during the monsoon from July to September. The temperature during this time ranges from 25 to 35 Celsius.
By air: The nearest airports are Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur (154km) and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad (147km). You will have to hire a private taxi from the airport to get to Polo Forest.
By train: Nearest train station from where you can get a taxi to Polo Forest is Abu Road (102km).
By road: Polo Forest is around 150km from both Udaipur and Ahmedabad and makes for a great road trip or weekend getaway from both the cities. There are no buses to Polo Forest from any major city.
There is no public transportation within the forest. Therefore, it is best to either hire a private taxi from Ahmedabad, Udaipur or Abu Road or bring your own car.
Polo Retreat Cottage (₹1,500 family room), Polo Tent Resort (₹4,999 double).
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