People like me in Mumbai are always looking for excuses and opportunities to just pack the bags and rush into the lap of nature where one can find peace. Of course, after a week of hectic lifestyle, horrible local train commuting experiences and pathetic treatment from a nagging boss or senior employee what else do you really need? This time I decided to head in a different direction towards Gujarat where you will find some really good monsoon destinations. Saputara is not too far from Mumbai, it’s around 250 kilometers, so if you take off early morning you have entire day to explore the beauty of nature that is offers.
How to Reach Saputara from Mumbai
Saputara is accessible from many locations so you can use any of the options that fit your schedule. If you are coming from Mumbai you can take the trains that head towards Surat and you can get down at Vapi or Billimora station and get some taxis or jeeps that can take you to Saputara which is another more than 2 hours drive. From Nashik you can take a bus and it will take you around 90 minutes to reach Saputara. If you are driving all the way from Mumbai, you can take the National Highway 3 that will lead you faster here or if you want you can take National Highway 8 and then National Highway 360 that will take you an hour longer to reach here.
Accommodation here is easily available as there are many budget hotels and resorts that you can find on the internet. During the monsoon season, Saputara transforms itself into a heavenly place that offers great peace of mind and comfort. Located in the Dang forest at an altitude of 1000 meters it is going to be quite cold out here during the rainy season so pack some warm clothes if cold weather does not suit you.
When you have finally reached Saputara its time to take catch some breath and then watch out for some cool places here that can offer you so much more during the rainy season.
You cannot miss out Gira Falls especially when you are here during the rainy season which is located just 3 kilometers away from Waghai Town close to Saputara. The waterfall looks really beautiful during the rainy season and it is the ideal place to get soaked in the water. During the weekends especially in the monsoon you will find lot of people here that all come here to enjoy the rain. The location around the waterfall is scenic so photographers and nature lovers will love this place for sure.
If you like to enjoy some boating activity you can do that here at Saputara Lake. The lake is surrounded by lush green landscapes and it offers a perfect setting for couples and even families to be here and enjoy boating experience very much like most travelers do at the Vienna Lake in Mahabaleshwar.
You cannot really call this a sunset point because you get to see more than just a regular sunset. However, when the day is about to end rush to Sunset point that offers you a panoramic view of the Dang forest.
If you can wake up early, head towards Sunrise Point that is towards Malegaon that offers the best sunrise that you can enjoy early morning. However, if you are a lazy bird and if you don’t want to get out of your bed there is no need to hurry. Take your time and head towards Sunrise Point whenever you wake up and you will still find some great view that will take your breath away.
If you like to take a bird’s eye view of Saputara head towards the Ropeway and you will find a better way to enjoy the rain this year. The Ropeway is just towards the Sunset Point so ask anybody for directions and you will find it.
If you like to explore the flora and fauna of Saputara Rose Garden is the best place to be. The garden offers wide range of flowers and plants that are set up here in systematic step order so it looks really great when you are in the garden with your family and friends enjoying some quality time.
On the way back to home, it would be nice to visit Artist Village that offers an insight into the culture and tradition of the locals. If you want to find some accommodation here you will find some great accommodation here.
While Saputara also offers a great wildlife experience to the visitors with Vansda National Park and Purna Sanctuary that are ideal for trekkers and nature lovers, but it won’t be the right time to venture in during rainy season and plus you will need prior permission to enter it which means you really do not have enough time on your side if you are here only for weekend holidays.