Saputara, the only hill station in Gujarat state is around 260 km from Mumbai. We planned a road trip and as many people have not heard or know about the place, we decided to venture out. By the way, Saputara is widely promoted by Gujarat Tourism and is termed as Gujarat ki ankho ka tara hai Saputara :-p in one of the videos of Big B.
When we spoke to our friends and family members about the place, no one got the name right. Got to hear really funny things from them….they called it “Sabudana”, “no-do-gyaraah” , “Paputara” and what not…lol
Saputara is first destination of Gujarat when you enter from Nashik Maharastra. Maharashtra continues for almost 60 km and hilly road starts after 45 Kms which means you have to cover around 35 Kms on hills. Road was not very good as it was single road and traffic was coming from both sides. We clicked again few beautiful snaps.
We checked in to Lakeview Resort which is just opposite to Saputara lake and booked Maharaja Suites which is their best premium room. We will review resort in next post 😀
After getting relaxed with a cup of tea, we thought to visit local market around 6.45 PM and headed to main Saputara market. As weather was awesome, we fall in love with nature and reached lake side. Cold breeze was refreshing us from the tiredness of entire day trip. Fog intensity were very high and visibility was very less around 7 PM. We enjoyed boiled corn and egg-bhurji at local stalls. Egg-bhurji was very yummy :-D. We headed back to our resort at 8.00 PM and went straight to their restaurant for dinner.
Next day we decided to explore other part of this town. We visited Saputara Museum which was not very maintained and seems like to be placed in a museum itself….lol. After that we spent some time listening to the local music which was very unique. Local people use an instrument called “Pauri” which is a combination of flute and been and they play it very well. There are also few handicraft shops in the vicinity.
Then we thought to enjoy boating in Saputara lake which was phenomenal experience though lake was just normal. It was phenomenal because of lovely foggy weather. We also explored fish aquarium and it was just opposite to our expectation. Entrance was very bad though but fish collection was very good inside. As there are too many pictures of different fishes, I will put a youtube link of the pictures of fishes. Further we went to ropeway point but because of high intensity of fog, ropeway was not functional. We also explored Echo point and table point which were just ok….got the feeling of Lonavala :-p. I think all hill stations look alike in Maharashtra :-p
Finally we enjoyed local food at stalls near by and got to taste lemon grass tea. The chai walas crush lemon grass into our desi chai during preparation and the flavor of served chai is so amazing…loved it 😀
Though location is very nice but it is not well maintained. It could have been better experience if the museum and other local structures were well maintained. With keeping good memories, we continued our return journey to Mumbai at around 4.30 PM.