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Saputara Travel Guide

Saputara ─ The Dangs

Gujarat’s solo hill station, Saputara got a line post-independence. So, it exudes desi-charm sans any English bungalows and history. Saputara, which originally means the ‘abode of serpents’, is all tinged in rustic entrance of tribal populace that has more of Maharashtra influence. A not-first-choice of visitors, Saputara perfects as a base that allow sneak-peaking into other western charms lined up in the vicinage. Notwithstanding, Saputara has a sublime bio-diversity wealth and is charted out as thriving wildlife zones of Western Ghats. Saputara, Gujarat is without any urban attraction and best way to essay it to lose oneself in the thickets and jungles. Saputara is blessed with cool and moderate climate with a level of comfort. Cool and leisurely Saputara proffers a whole lot of scope to discover itself. Saputara Travel Guide serves you with the purpose of seeking Saputara’s secrets. Check out how to reach, shopping, attractions, getaways and must dos with Saputara Travel Guide here and now.

How to Reach

How to Reach Saputara

Saputara is situated at the southern point of Gujarat, abutting the border of Maharashtra just 5 km from Saputara. In actual, Saputara (Dangs) is perched atop the Sahyadri Hills in the state of Gujarat. The hill station of Saputara is not directly connected with any means of transport except the state highways that play an important part in linking Saputara with other vital cities of Gujarat. Nashik serves to be the closest city and thus the nearest rail head to Saputara. Although reaching Saputara through means of air is a time consuming process, the nearest airport with efficient to Saputara is Surat. Saputara is well-connected by the means of roads through State Highways which are also the crucial link to Saputara connecting Nashik, Mumbai and Waghai. Given below are the details on means of transport to Saputara. 

How to Reach Saputara by Airways: Saputara’s twin air connectivity is provided by Surat and Mumbai. Surat Airport is located at a distance of 205 km from Saputara and Mumbai is 248 km from Saputara. Ideally, passengers can take flights to Surat airport due to its closer distance to Saputara comparatively. In accession to Surat, Mumbai Airport has excellent networks with other cities.

How to Reach Saputara by Railways: Nasik Railway Station is the nearest located rail strip to Saputara. Based 79 km from the hill station of Saputara, Nasik is well tied in with other Indian and Gujarat cities. The Railway Station of Nasik is considerably facilitated with modern facilities.

How to Reach Saputara by Road: Roads provide crucial link in Saputara. State Highways 14, 174 and 80 link Saputara with other important destinations in Gujarat.

Local Transportation: There is nothing called as ‘Local Transportation’ in Saputara. The best way to discover the valley is on foot and by walking.

Driving Directions

Driving Directions Saputara

The Saputara is situated in the Dangs district of the Gujarat region bandied by lush green hills, lakes and the temples. The serpent temple of the region is worshipped by the local tribals of the region. October to March are the best months of the region when the travelers can make a visit to this emerging hill station of the Western India. It is a picturesque hill station located 1000 meters above the Sea level. Mumbai Chatrapati airport is the nearest airport located 360 Km from Saputara. This airport can be reached by boarding taxi or bus. Gnadhinagar airport(89Km), Diu airport(101Km), Chatrapati Shivaji airport(207Km) and Lohegaon airport( 243 Km). The Waghai railway station is about 50 Km from Saputara City Center. The station is directly connected with Mumbai and the regular train services are available from here to many other cities in India. The Kikakui rail head is another railway station from where the travelers can go take a train to Saputara. This railway station is 46Km away from Saputara. Saputara is well connected to all the neighboring cities by the state owned government and private buses.

Attractions

Saputara Attractions & Tourist Places

Saputara Lake

Location: in the centre of Saputara Valley
Timings: 8:30 am to 6:30 pm

Saputara Lake lays placid and unruffled right in the centre of the bush country, guarded circularly by the Sahyadri Hills. Chilled water, green envelope and availability of convert the whole area into a choicest of picnic spot of Saputara. Go on any day and you will find leisurely families lazing in the sun and kids taking up boat ride in the lake; the sign tells you are not in prohibition of the country. Though for many the Lake is a single enticement but boating in the Lake gets you on the other side of scenic story. The lake is 21 m in depth and abuzz with activities ... continued 

Saputara Gardens

Alongside the greenery and lake-strewn vistas, Saputara has a few gardens for people to take the breather in between long walks. To make a choice from a boutique of gardens: Lake Garden, Step Garden and Rose Gardens welcome its guests. Visiting Millennium Garden and Forest Nursery is a fun to keep your eyes locked with the mountain magic ... continued 

Saputara Museum

Location: In the heart of the Saputara in the adjacency of main market
Entry Fee
Students: Rs 1
Adult: Rs 2
Foreigner: Rs 50

Saputara Museum is an age old house of vitrines displaying life, culture and art of tribal populace those residing in the Dang region of Gujarat. The museum is also the venue for work shop conduction where it is taught to design a traditional Dang item. A spectacular exhibition of bamboo handiworks ─ pens, stands, key chains, jewellery and masks ─ are displayed inside the museum. Works of Bhils, Gamits, Warlis as well as Kothewalis potters are spread out impart knowledge on ecology and culture of the tribes. Other items on presentation are tribal kitchen things, sarangis, dholkis, munitions and paintings. Saputara Museum divulges a lot of focus on the Dang Tribe besides a thin brochure of Gujarat Tourism that mentions the tribe and its history in details. 

Nageshwar Mahadev Temple

Location: Close to Saputara Lake, on the coast of Saurashtra; 12 km from Dwarka

On the coast of Saurathra and southern bank of Saputara Lake is placed one of the twelve Jyotirlingas: Nageshwar Mahadev Temple. An antediluvian temple, Nageshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, whose statue is built in an underground sanctorum. The temple architecture reflects Dravidian fashion of temple construction with several gopurams and embossed intricate carvings. Shivalingam at Nageshwar Mahadev faces south while the Gomugam is east facing here.Each year the temple is thronged by huge flocks of Shaivites and pilgrims during Mahashivartri festival in February ...continued 

Forest Loghuts

Forest Log huts recognized to be a world popular site laid out with wooden log huts, sui generis to the Saputara Log Huts. An architectural brilliancy, Forest Log huts narrate the epitome of pastoral living. These are managed by the Forest Department and allow stays in the wilderness. Built in a location that pleases eyes and gives balmy anointment to our weariness, Forest Log Huts are a means to feel the pleasant weather of Saputara at close quarters. 

The Ropeway

Ticket: Rs 40

Suspended above the lake is a cable that connects Vaity Hotel to Sunset Point, situated across the valley. Between 1730 and 1800, jeeps take passengers 2 km from the main roundabout up to the boarding point. The cable circuit takes 15 minutes to cross and offers a majestic view of the city of Saputara and the valley below. A word of caution though – the cable car will not operate without at least 12 passengers. This could sometimes mean entire day’s wait. 

Echo Point

The name reminds of the Bollywood scenes where the lady protagonist calls her lover’s name aloud on the ridges of valley just to hear the name ringing in the air for some minutes. As suggested by the name, Echo Point is the valley place where the sound reverberates. Interestingly, the place is located in Matheran near Saputara and not in the Dang. Echo Point has a heart-warming beauty of waterfall, intoxicating weather and exotic scenery. 

Hatgadh Fort

Location: 6 m from Saputara on Gujarat-Maharashtra border

Hathgadh Fort is based on Hathgad Hills commanding spectacular views of surrounding areas. An antiquated fort of Mulher area in the Nasik district, this fort enriches the beauty of Sahyadri Hills. It is believed to be constructed by the great warrior and King of Marathas Chattrapati Shiva ji way back during his reign. At the top point is located a beautiful idol of lord Ganesha. The best way to sample out this archaic architecture is to walk down with a guide.
Note: The fort can be reached by jeep or bus for Rs 10. 

Artist Village

Location: On the main road from Saputara opposite to bee rearing centre
A colourful village set for artists, the Artist Village is crammed with local handicraft items of local timber and bamboo. An interactive village, travellers can pick up jewellery, pen stands, key chains, paintings, pottery, vases, and maid from bamboo and other local materials. An added advantage for children is that they can learn the knack of handicraft making at the centre. One might interact at length with the tribal flock engaged in the art making. 

The Snake Sculpture

A huge snake sculpture near the Saputara Lake on a high pedestal is the reason behind Saputara’s moniker. This statue is called as Snake of Saputara and revered by the Dangis or the Dang tribe every year on the occasion of Holi. 

Townview Point

Built out on an imposing height, Townview Point lets you hog a bird’s eye view of Saputara town. Stand tall on this altar during the sunset hours and catch an illuminated view of multi-coloured Saputara 

Valley View Point

This is in succession to the Town View Point in Saputara. As the name suggests, Valley View Point is the point from where tourists can have an areal view of the whole valley and Sahyadari range. The point can also be reached by trekking and there is a velvety lawn where you can rest.

Excursions

Saputara Excursions & Getaways

Waghai

Distance: 79 km
Waghai is the second largest town of the Dangs. Although it does not have the infrastructure for tourism, Waghai is near several places of interest and has some accommodation possibilities. It is worth considering it as a base to explore Saputara and near by towns. The town itself is a two-street town with shops and markets engaged in selling, hawking, bright sarees, small items and handicrafts. Most importantly, Waghai has petrol pump where you can get your tank filled. Besides, the town has nothing to attract rather the main attractions are off Waghai ... continued 

Ahwa

Distance: 42 km
The district headquarter of the Dangs, Ahwa has nothing much to see apart its villages and driveways. Travelling through the road to Ahwa gets you along a calmer and quaint roadside with all the more wilderness and forest. The villages and countryside are tiny with too less of stoppages. Ahwa hosts an annual fair know as Dang Darbar. Every year in the month of March and April, the place swells with crowd and fair visitors. 

Gira Falls

Though this site is under development, Gira Falls is 3 km off Waghai. Maintained under the surveillance of Forest Department, the Falls can be approached from the Waghai-Saputara route, just 1 km descend from main road. Water cascades from 30 m above into Ambica River, and offers great place to relax. Steps are being constructed near the falls in order to make it more approachable. 

Vansda National Park

Distance: 60 km from Saputara; 64 km from Waghai and 28 km from Ahwa

Spanning vast on 24 sq km, Vansda National Park extends to the border into Navsari district of the Dangs. Until 1975, this was the property of King of Vansda after which it was taken over by the Gujarat State Forest Department. Ambica River cuts and demarcates the National Park into two. Vansda National Park is still replete with leopard, hyena, Jungle Cat, macaques and barking deer and Great Indian Squirrel. With over 115 species of winged species, it also offers a great delight to the bird watchers. This park is host to a rich number of verdure and avifauna species than wild animals.

Note: No camping is allowed at Vansda National Park. Tourists must get the information in advance at Range Forest Officer: Tel: - 02630-230057. 

Shabari Dham

Shabari Dham is situated on Ahwa Road toward Navapura. It is a Hindu temple which was given final touches in 2006 with its complete construction is dedicated to Shabari, a woman belonging to the Bhil tribes who has a mention as Lord Rama’s ardent devotee in Ramayana ─ the Hindu Holy book. As said and believed by the local tribes men, Shabari Dham is the spot where Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Shabari sat together to feast on berries offered to them by Shabari. Near by the temple is Pampa Lake — the new freshwater lake and resource associated with Rama’s bathing. 

Purna Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance: 40 km from Saputara

Teak and Bamboo thickets envelope Purna wildlife sanctuary — the densest forest in the Dangs. A copious flora and fauna variety fill the place to the riches of nature on 160 sq km plateaus, valleys and idyllic charms. The rainfall Purna Wildlife Sanctuary receives, 2500 mm, is awarded highest in the region of Gujarat. Moreover, Purna is characterized as tropical moist and deciduous forest. Tribes of Bhils, Warli, Konkona, Dubla and Kolcha reside inside the sanctuary and enrich the area with their clothing, jewellery, musical instruments and folk dances. 

Mahal

Distance: 50 km from Saputara

Call on 02631-220203 for bookings and information.

The name is synonymous to that of a ‘Fort’ but Mahal is actually the name of the largest village on the boundary of Purna Forest Bungalow picturesquely situated on the Purna River fold. Best is to relax and enjoy the ambience of nature in its two spacious suites. Cook and caretaker doubles up but the eating ingredients have to be brought by the suite resident himself.

Kiomoi TIP: Forest has trekking opportunities. Seek these with a help of a guide. 

Girmal Falls

The trek up to Girmal Falls are rewarding as it is the ever-most scenic sight to behold! Located 1 km off the Mahal-Singana Road running parallely along the Gira River, Girmal Falls wear a pretty look during rains against the hill with rare flora and fauna.

Kiomoi Must Dos

Saputara - Kiomoi Must Dos

  • You can call it a version of Naini Lake. Boating in Saputara Lake is evergreen catch of this hill destination
  • Learn to differentiate between pure and adulterated honey worth your money at Honey Bee Centre.
  • Pay a visit to Nageshwar Mahadev Temple—one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
  • Slide above valleys and dense forests in the ropeway for 15 minutes.
  • Living in the Forest Loghuts is a lifetime experience to some of the ecstatic locus.
  • The secret behind Saputara is its soothing, balmy climate. It is also a major reason to check out this countryside seclusion.
  • Aside climate, the green appeal salves the weariness of soul as the valley is layred with jungles and greens.
  • Eating is not-so-attractive part but Gujarati Thalis steals the limelight for sure. Taste and sample lip-smacking scrummy here.
  • Amazingly, there are no shops rather an Artist Village to buy local handicrafts items.
  • There are loads of Gardens to stopover and enjoy holidays.
  • Last and not least, Saputara is quietest hillock to spend quiet evenings and leisurely days.
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The Abode of Serpents

Saputara ─ The Abode of Serpents

Saputara, the word implies to as the ‘abode of serpents’, hills are located on a plateau of the Sahyadari range in the Dang district of Gujarat. Guarded from man’s gaze for quiet a sometime, the Dang city is a newfangled hilly delight of Gujarat catching with the fancy of contemporary travellers’ at 3, 196 ft above the sea level. Saputara roosts beautifully, 80 km from Nashik and 170 km from Mumbai. Its approbation of being the only hill station in Gujarat has to do with its climate – the secret behind Saputara’s beatitude. Climate of Saputara maintains a consistency at 27° C even on the hottest day of the year. In point of fact, Saputara got its snaky moniker from its Dang denizens who inhabited the place over a longer period of history. The Dang tribes visit Saputara during the months of Holi and Vash Darash to offer prayer to snake like sculpture at the Sarpganga River.

Saputara, in its entirety, comprising the Dangs, is inhabited by tribes suchlike Kunbis, Gamits and Bhils who are well popularised for their bamboo dances. Many believe that an eerie Saputara has some links with Indian mythology for in this hinterland of Gujarat did Lord Rama (Ramayana epic) spend 11 years of his exile. The Dangs are equally instilled with urban and rustic enticements. To gauge, tourists must sample out lakes, forests, museums, clubs, ropeways, theatres alike. Away from the flurry of activities, travellers go there to unwind and drink in peace.

Accommodation

Saputara Accommodation

Saputara has a flock of decent hotels inside the city which needs to be booked much in advance, especially if you are looking for a government accommodation. Facilities of accommodation in Saputara make up for lodges, budget hotels, deluxe and four star properties and guesthouses as well. Saputara hotels are nestled on the hill and offer a great value for money with satisfying stay experience. All stay facilities and hotels in Saputara offer their guests and visitors with flawless services and peerless hospitality.
Guests get to select from a range of selection, starting from the whole range of budget to lodges to four stars to luxury hotels. Hotels in Saputara have elegantly furnished rooms and cottages plush with latest designs and equipments. Availability of bars and pubs is not that big a problem as one can find ample of drinking facilities inside the hotels where guests and habitués can go for a drink or two.
Many hotels in Saputara arrange sightseeing tours, recreational services, bonfire parties and cultural tours on customers demand besides beside cultural and other business activity. Some of best hotels with excellent services and views are as follows: Shilpi Hill Resort, Savshanti Lake Resort, Toran Hill Resort, Vaiti Ropeway Resort. 

Kiomoi TIP: There are galore of dormitories and road side rent out rooms for a short stay or if choosing Saputara as a base.

Eat n Dine

Saputara Eat and Dine

Saputara has not many restaurants and varied eateries to treat its lodgers. The town specializes purely in vegetarian Gujarati thalis, which is a staple fare in every Saputara restaurants and eateries. A galore of restaurants available in Saputara offer standard Punjabi and Chinese fare and thali option all over Saputara. Almost all kinds of restaurants and eating joints serve unlimited, unlike anywhere else. Gujarati thalis and the way of servings at Saputara makes you feel at home and eating “Ghar Ka Khana”. Here are some of the best eateries in town. 

Hotel Patang: One of the best hotels in town, Hotel Patang is most expensive hotel in Saputara. Waiters are efficient and hospitable here. Hotel Patang’s Pasand Restaurant provides service from 6 in the morning till midnight. This restaurant also serves Gujju. 

Vaishali: The hotel serves excellent Gujarati, Indian, Chinese and vegetarian cuisines. Anando: The Hotel is located near Saputara Lake. Anando too is an excellent option to try hands at yummy Gujarati dishes. 

Gujarat Tourism Corporation: This is a good place with lots of choices for eaters. 

Hotel Chitrakoot: A famous name, the hotel is located in the centre of Saputara. Here you can order meals in advance.

Festivals and Events

Saputara - Festival and Events

Dangs Darbar

Dangs Darbar is a yearly festival celebrated in the Dang district, located in the Saputara Hills of India. A conspicuous festival of Dang tribe, inhabitants of wooded region Saputara, the Dang Darbar is celebrated just few days before Holi. The exact venue of this festival is Ahwa near Saputara but the festival has drawn its name from the Ahwa Darbar, a one–time venue assembly (Darbar) venue for English ministers and mandarins during the Raj era. Now, the name has been changed to Jamabandi Durbar. 

During the Dangs Durbar Ahwa turns into a populous place with a large number of tribal inhabitants and visitors coming to attend one of the most colourful and attractive festivals of the Dangs. The sight transforms to bright and gung ho from dry and serene. A galore of men and women attired in riots of colour are seen agog with festivities during the Darbar. Nomad tribes carry a shehnai (woodwind instrument) and other musical instruments with them. All men wear lion clothes which are complimented with a waistcoat and coloured turban. Women are robed in saree and blouses with heavy silver jewellery. The carnival ground can be seen abuzz with activities and merchants who come to mint money. Dang Darbar, a three day festival, witnesses many activities like folk dances, Raas, Garba programs, songs and dramas.

Local City Expert

Saputara Local City Expert

PP JAIN, Expert for Lonavala

Chintan Dixit

The reason why Chintan got hooked up with Kiomoi as a local expert for Saputara,  in his own words “  I feel that Kiomoi is the best travel advisor website.” Chintan has been a travel adviser for the last 2 years. Having worked with a few reputed travel and tour operators he has now decided to venture on his own. He is well versed with Saputara as well as with the rest of Gujarat and can advise tourists with all they want to know.    



 

Saputara Monsoon Festival

Saputara Monsoon Festival 2011

Date: July 30th 2011 to 30th August 2011

Duration : 1 month

Destination: Saputara, Gujarat

The tourism corporation of Gujarat has announced month long festival in a state to promote Saputara as a monsoon destination. Seeing the great potential of Gujarat’s little known destination, this decision to celebrate the festival came as the result of the road show held in Mumbai. The tourism corporation of Gujarat Limited recently completed its shows in Nagpur, Nashik and Mumbai. The TCGL will organize more shows in Pune, Vapi, Surat and Vadodara in next two weeks to promote its services, tour packages and services. The road shows are destined to be organized in alliance with the 9 hoteliers. Supported by the Federation of Indian Chambers and Industry (FICCI), the  Saputara Monsoon Festival is also getting immense support from Gujarat government. The initiatives taken by the Gujarat tourism shows its urge to promote Saputara as the only hill station in the region receiving large numbers of vacationers during the monsoon season. The festival will be held from July 30 to August 30, 2011.

As the first of its kind step taken by Gujarat government, Rs 60 crore has been pumped by the tourism authorities to give a complete make over to the whole region. The regional planners are thinking to develop the hotels in the budget, mid segment and luxury hotels. Today Saputara hosts around 530 rooms in its complete radius. The TCGL is also encouraging tour operators to sell special tailor made packages to the travelers looking to mellow in the lush green precincts of hill station.

The project to promote Saputara as the hill station has been promulgated with the name Gujarat Ki Khushbo. Perched at the height of 873 meters above the sea level, the government has thought of promoting it as the rain destination in Western India. In the coming days with the improvement in the infrastructure, it is expected that millions of travelers will flock to this destination in search of sanctity and seclusion. It has been supposed to act as the best emerging travel destination in the state. The vacationers of all ages are going to throng this hill station after their hectic weekend. An endeavor to make it amongst the well known weekend tourist magnet has popped up the need to give this destination a complete make shift.

The most beneficial part about this destination is that it falls on the route to Shridi, and travelers while on the journey have an option to make Saputara as the temporary halt to rejuvenate their senses to complete remaining part of the ordeal. The tourism authorities are focusing on the pilgrim tourists who are going to different parts of Maharashtra.

The arrangements have already been made by the hotels and resorts. The regional hotels in Saputara have developed there infrastructure in such a way, that travelers will be imparted with all the basic amenities before hand. Seeing it as the vast pool to propel the local economy, the Hotels in Saputara have augmented brisk infrastructure to cater millions of travelers during the Saputara Monsoon  Festival  going to held  in the months of July and August.

Events like photography, paragliding, adventure activities, water sports, exhibitions, mega food festivals, tandem flying festivals, and other contests will brace as the unmatchable nexus of this month long monsoon fiesta. A week-long Tandem Flying Festival is scheduled for December 19 – 25, 2011 and is planned to be hosted every year on the same dates. The other paragliding event, the National Open Cross Country Competition will be a four-day event in May 2012, dates for which are yet to be finalized.

The tour packages to exotic Dang tribal tour, monsoon Dang tour packages, Saputara Tour Packages have also been insinuated to promote this emerging travel destination in India.

Useful Facts

Useful Facts in Saputara

State: Gujarat

STD Code: 02631

Pin Code: 394720

Location: On the Southern tip of Gujarat close to the border of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Altitude: 3,196 ft

Official Websites: www.gujaratourism.com

Popular For: base for excursions, Dang Tribes and Holi Festival.

Best time to visit: It is best to take a trip during post monsoon when temperature is cooler in the region and the Dangs at their greenest.

Word of caution: Winter can be too cold at the park, so better stuff your luggage with lots of woolens and warm clothes.

Local Languages: Gujarati

Communication: Mobile networks do not work in Saputara.

Clothing: According to the season. Winters are cold and thus woolens are a prerequisite.

Distances: From Mumbai 250 km; From Surat 164 km; From Nasik 76km

Nearest Hospital: Ahwa Nearest Petrol Pump: Saputara

Cyber Cafe: No Cyber Café is there in immediate vicinity.

Tourist Office

Saputara Tourist offices

Toran Hotel – Reception,
Saputara, District Dangs,
Tel:- 02631-237226-27 

GTDC,
Nigam Bhavan,Sector 16, Gandhinagar.
Tel:- 079-3222029

Bank ATMs

Bank and ATMs in Saputara

No Bank and its ATM is available in Saputara.

Weather

Weather in Saputara

Winters: Max 20°C; Min 31°C

Summer: Max31°C; Min 27°C

Saputara is well-known for its soothing climatic conditions that have contributed in drawing tourists to a larger extent. The weather remains cool and cosy during all months of the year. Saputara does not experience any rough climatic patches or varied temperatures shoot up irrespective of month and season. By and large, the temperature is observed between 9 degrees to 31degree Celsius in all seasons.

Like other cities, Saputara receives four tier seasons of summer, winter, monsoon and spring. Summer season from March to June brings has a very narrow temperature score of 28 to 38 degrees with cool evening and even cooler nights. Soon after summer months monsoon envelopes the valley in green and brings in right time to visit valley. Monsoon sets foot in the month of June and stays up to October. Winters begin from December and lasts till February with extremely good weather.

Local Holidays

Saputara Local Holidays

Saputara Public Holidays in 2009
Occasions Holiday
Makar Sankranti Wednesday, 14 January
Republic Day Monday, 26 January
Maha Shivratri Monday, 23 February
Holi (2nd day) Wednesday, 11 March
Annual closing of Accounts Wednesday, 1 April
Shree Ram Navmi Friday, 3 April
Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s Birthday Tuesday, 14 April
Raksha Bandhan Wednesday, 5 August
Independence Day Saturday, 15 August
Ramzan-Id (Id-ul-Fitar) (Shawaal 1) Monday, 21 September
Dasshera Monday, 28 September
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday Friday, 2 October
Diwali Saturday, 17 October
(1) Vikram Samvant New Year Day(2) Bhai Bij Monday, 19 October
Bakri Id (Idd Ul Aza) Saturday, 28 November
Christmas Friday, 25 December
Holiday Checklist

Saputara Holiday Checklist

Those Beaches, Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos, Temples, Palaces, Forts send tempting vibes!!! While you have zeroed down on the holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a good look at the things-you-must- do before your scheduled departure date. Here is a check. 

Must Dos before Leaving

  • Empty your letter box
  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
  • Clear out the fridge.
  • Switch off the electric appliances
  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
  • Lock doors and windows
  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
  • Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
  • Pay all due bills
  • Turn off gas/water tap
  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice

Loading your Suitcase

  • Woollen/cotton clothing
  • Extra towels
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night wears
  • Raincoats
  • Wrappers
  • Bath robes
  • Jumper and track suits 

Must Have Equipment

  • Battery Charger
  • Camera
  • Mobile and Mobile Charger
  • Torch/Emergency Light
  • Headphones 

Sundries

  • Brochures or holiday book
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
  • Film rolls and digital chargers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Watch
  • Umbrellas
  • Address Book
  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant
  • Few non perishable eatables
  • Medicines
  • Books / magazines to read
  • Binocular 

Crucial Documents

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Diving License
  • Maps/ directions(when in car)
  • Itinerary/Directions
  • Photocopies of documents
  • Traveller’s Cheque
  • Passport/Visas (For travelling abroad)
  • Identity Cards 

Hygiene/Health

  • Small First Aid kit
  • Sickness Pill
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Vitamin and medications
  • Pain Killers/Balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Anti-infection lotion
  • Toiletries