Saputara Monsoon Festival 2016

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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.

Saputara Monsoon Festival 2
Photo: narendramodi.in

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.

Festival & Event Dates For Saputara Monsoon Festival

[Official dates are yet to be announced. I’ll update this section as soon as they release information of the same.]

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
  • Ropeway
  • 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.

Saputara Monsoon Festival
Photo: narendramodi.in

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’t just limit your sightseeing to Saputara only. Make best of your trip to Saputara Monsoon Festival and cover as many places as possible.

View from the top of Don hill station
Don Hill Station, Ahwa

 

 

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.

Distance Matrix:

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

Last Note

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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25 Comments on "Saputara Monsoon Festival 2016"

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Mahesh
Mahesh

Do you have any video of that? I’d love to find out more details.

Bilu R.
Bilu R.

Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next write ups thank you once again.

D.F.
D.F.

You’re so cool! I don’t think I’ve read through anything like this before. So wonderful to find another person with some unique thoughts on this. Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This site is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

Nupur
Nupur

Is the Monsoon festival at Kevadia Colony still on?

Jigar Chaudhari
Jigar Chaudhari

It’s really nice that someone is writing about this awesome places.
By the way I was here today.

Anant shah
Anant shah

With reference to your advice we will go saputara 20-8-16 and in way we will visite Gira fall, garden, sabri van we also want to know that can we visite don hill on our route otherwise from saputara

r jani
r jani

how to book my trip to saputara about accomodation & travelling

please suggest where to book my trip

Viral Shah
Viral Shah

Is there any event list available for monsoon festival.. Which programme on what date?

manoj Goradia
manoj Goradia

Nice and informative article in simple way about your neighbouring town and places.
i am amateur photographer and was looking for info about Dang waterfall and i think your info about Dang are best available on net..
Pl keep it up.
Just wondering are both Gira and Girmal both fall fully active now?

dharmin
dharmin

Hi, when will this monsoon festival start this year?

Jignesh
Jignesh

Dear

Any accommodation at DON area ..

Jignesh
Jignesh

Thanks for guidance…

Abbas a chhatariya-
Abbas a chhatariya-

Good web site to get an overview of the place and knowledge about the sights,hotel,points etc…..it’s make easy to visit the place

Kosha
Kosha

good information. liked top image of boats. its beautiful!

Rakesh L.
Rakesh L.

Hiii, when wil this monsoon festival start this year?

R. L.

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