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Saputara Monsoon Festival 2016
On The Fly
Saputara Monsoon Festival is a month-long event, organized and promoted by tourism department. The monsoon festival begins in August month every year.
The festival features plentiful events, activities and cultural programs in 30 days. Local Dangi food items and spectacular cultural shows portraying lifestyle of Adivasis are most exiciting events of the festival. From 10-year-old kids to 90-year-old grandma, the festival guarantees good time for everyone.
Exact dates for 2016 edition of Saputara Monsoon Festival are yet to be announced, I expect it to start from either 1st or 8th August. Tourism department also holds special tour packages during monsoon festival.
[[Update: Festival Dates
I came across one tender of Gujarat Tourism in which they mentioned period of contract from 13th August to 12th September. ]]
Normally if you visit Saputara, you’ll find it calm, quiet and pleasant. However, if you visit during this monsoon festival, be ready to see crowds. No surprise, many people come to enjoy the monsoon festival.
Where to Stay – Accommodation
Saputara has many hotels. Though, prices will be skyrocketed during monsoon festival and you may have hard time getting overnight stay.
You can find list and book hotels in Saputara via:
Little History of Monsoon Festival
From what I remember Gujarat Tourism (TGCL – Tourism Corporation Gujarat Limited) organized the first ever monsoon festival in year 2011. It was a massive hit.
Year after year, they kept adding more events and activities. Visitors too kept increasing in folds.
This year, 2016 will be the 6th edition of the Saputara Monsoon Festival.
[Official dates are yet to be announced. I’ll update this section as soon as they release information of the same.]
Festival & Event Dates For Saputara Monsoon Festival
Though it is not official yet, event dates are mostly going to be:
13th August 2016 to 12th September 2016
31 Days / 30 Night Event
Source: I came across a tender by Gujarat Tourism Department which goes like:
Government of Gujarat through Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd. (TCGL) has planned to organize Monsoon festival at leisure destinations in the State of Gujarat. During this year the TCGL has decided to organize SAPUTARA MONSOON FESTIVAL from 13th Aug to 12th Sept, 2016 (Tentative Dates) at Saputara, Gujarat.
TCGL is inviting agency for organising monsoon festival, 2016 at Saputara, Gujarat. The work includes demarking the site at venue near Saputara, Conceptualizing, Designing, Execution and Supervision of temporary structures & related infrastructure, including
exterior and interior decoration, development of site, infrastructure service, general ambience etc. and related Event management work including arranging sports/adventure activities on turnkey basis from 13th Aug to 12th Sept, 2016 at Saputara, Gujarat. The cost of works underthe scope is estimated at Rs. 77.00 Lakhs.
Events, Activities and Programs
A lot happens during the monsoon festival. Some are,
- Cultural Programmes in Evening
- Boat Race
- Varli Drawing Competition
- Photography Exhibition
- Handicrafts Exhibition
- Archery Practice
- Adventure Sports
- Paper Craft Workshops
- Zipline & Aerial Adventure
- Rock Climbing
- Food Park
- Craft Village
- Varli Arts Display
Places to Visit In Saputara
For a list of places with rich information, visit: Saputara Sightseeing List
- Saputara Lake
- Sunset Point
- Table Top/Governor’s Hill/Townview Point
- Step Garden
- Sunrise Point
- Saputara Tribal Museum
- Lake Garden
- Hatgadh Fort
- Rose Garden
- Honeybees Center
- Nageshwar Mahadev Temple
- Echo Point
- Artists Village
During time of monsoon festival, Saputara Lake and Table Top point are most crowded.
Sunrise point and echo point attract less people.
Places to Visit Near Saputara
Saputara falls under Dang district. Dangs has dozens of tourist places. During monsoon season, Dang area scenes have God level awesomeness.
Detailed list of places at: My Journey Of Dang Forests
- Don Hill Station
- Shabari Dham
- Mahal Campsite
- Gira Falls
- Waghai Botanical Garden
- Girmal Falls
- Vansda National Park
- Purna Wildlife Sanctuary
- Hatgad Fort
- Saptashrungi Gadh
- Kilad Campsite
- Janki Van
- Ajmal Gadh
Don’t just limit your sightseeing to Saputara only. Make best of your trip to Saputara Monsoon Festival and cover as many places as possible.
How to Reach Saputara
Unlike other places in Dang, Saputara has excellent public transportation facilities. You can hire jeep in Saputara for local sightseeing.
State run buses are frequently available from Surat, Valsad and Bilimora bus station.
Nearest railway station is Bilimora.
|From||To||Distance in km / Time in hr|
|Surat||Saputara||160 km / 3.30 hr|
|Mumbai||Saputara||300 km / 6 hr|
|Ahmedabad||Saputara||400 km / 7 hr|
|Vadodara||Saputara||300 km / 5.30 hr|
|Valsad||Saputara||130 km / 3 hr|
|Nasik||Saputara||80 km / 2 hr|
Monsoon is the best time to visit Saputara and Dangs area. Nevertheless, if you’re the kind of person who likes placidness — don’t visit Saputara during monsoon festival.
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