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Hill Stations in and around Gujarat

Saputara, Wilson Hills, Pavagadh, Matheran, Mount Abu, Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Suryamal, Jawhar, Toranmal and many more.

There are numerous picturesque
hill stations in Gujarat which are perfect for a short vacation with your friends and family. Gujarat has always been a favourite tourist destination for its unique culture, remnants of ancient civilisation, historical monuments and geographical versatility. Amongst all the natural wonders, the hill stations in Gujarat especially sought after for their beauty and serenity and they make for the perfect getaway for families and couples.

The most popular Hill Stations near Gujarat are Satpura, the Wilson Hills, the Don Hill Stations, Matheran, Mount Abu, Lonavala, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar and Jawhar. Each of these places has its own unique geographical attractions and offer mind-blowing panoramic views of nature, including forests, waterfalls, mountains and lakes. You can also enjoy a multitude of activities in these hill stations including camping, trekking, hiking, jeep safaris, ATV bike rides, rock climbing and much more to satiate your adventurous soul.

Here are some of the best hill stations in Gujarat:

Hill Stations In Gujarat

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Saputara

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Saputara is a tourist destination situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. It offers a spectacular view of the Western Ghats residing amid the undulating mountains at a distance of 250 km from Mumbai, and 4 km from the Mumbai border. Being the only hill station in Gujarat, it is located at a height of 1,000 meters and attracts tourists, especially during the summers. 

In recent days, it has become a pioneered tourist destination. The tribal community residing here, known as Adivasis, evacuated the area at the request of the government and settled in the nearby Nawanagar, thus making the place an exclusive tourist destination.

Saputara is a haven for art and nature lovers alike. Artist Village, a place only a few kilometers from Saputara, is a benevolent place of artwork by various national and international artists. It displays handicrafts and craftsmanship of various artisans in the area around. There are local traditional stores, and stalls selling Bamboo artifacts that work as thoughtful souvenirs. The Hatgadh Fort is an admirable site of historical significance built by Shivaji during his reign. You can find the statue of Lord Shiva resting on the top of this fort which exudes the aura of sanctity

For those who are wanderers of wilderness, Saputara has an oasis of exotic wildlife at the Vansda National Park inhabiting carnivores, herbivores, avian fauna and reptiles like python and crocodiles. Purna Sanctuary is another such site of exploration. One can seek the remnants of the city’s rich heritage trekking through the forts and hillocks surrounding the place. 

The maximum temperature of Saputara is an astounding 30 degrees Celsius, even during summers. This acts to the benefit of many, who seek escape from the otherwise imposing heat of the sun. During winter the temperature drops down over here to a very low level due to which people do not resort to visiting this place during winters.

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Wilson Hills

Wilson Hills

Located in the Dharampur district, Wilson Hills is a small and yet one of the spectacular Hill Stations in Gujarat. The town has an elevation of 2,500 feet above the sea level and is about 123 km from Surat. This beautiful town offers panoramic views and diverse flora and fauna and you can enjoy the clouds floating in.  One can view the sea from the hill top and there’s plenty of spots to harness your photography skills. An added bonus is that the area is surrounded by lush forests and usually has a pleasant climate through the year. 

Best time to visit: Ccool Arabian breeze makes it just right for a visit from October through April. 

Highlights: The places to see here include:

-Pangarbari Wildlife Sanctuary 
-Marble Chatri Point 
-Sunrise Point
-Steep Valley Point
-Ozone Valley Point
-Shankar Waterfalls Point

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Don Hill Station

Don Hill Station

Don Hill Stations is one of the most beautiful Hill Stations in Gujarat. It is located in the Dang district of Gujarat and has an altitude of 1000 meters. One can easily take a day trip to Don Hill and enjoy the biodiversity. The weather here is usually pleasant through the year, though summer months are slightly warm.

Best time to visit: The best time to visit would be from September to April.

Highlights: 

-Don Hill is named after mythical warrior and guru Dronacharya. 
-The tribal population strength here is about 1200. 
-There are also small heritage sites around like the nearby Salher and Salota fort in the village of Waghambe.

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Pavagadh

Pavagadh

The town of Pavagadh is one of the smaller hill stations in Gujarat. It ranks in popular Hill Stations near Gujarat. It is situated about 46 km away from Vadodara and has a height of about 822 meters. It is situated on a plateau known as Machi Haveli. The town offers good scenery and is an ideal break for people in Gujarat and bordering states. Legend has that Mahakali took the form of a woman participating in the Navratri garba. So, they have a festival to mark this occasion too.

Best time to visit: The hill station is usually warm in summers but from July onwards till April, it is an ideal break from the Gujarat heat.

Highlights: 

-Trekking or following trails or simply enjoying the waterfalls in the monsoon are fun activities.
-There is also a ropeway service available.
-Nearby attractions include Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park.

Hill Stations Near Gujarat

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Matheran

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Known as the” cutest little hill station of India”, the Matheran hill station is the best place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view along with some mind blowing sceneries to keep you fresh and up front. This extraordinary hill station offers the best tourist places in Matheran which are untouched and undisturbed by the rustling city life that surrounds the town. The place is actually located on the Western Ghats that ranges in an elevation of around 800 meter above the sea level. The place always has a pleasant weather to enjoy during any time of the year, but its beauty gets added up during the season of rain and thunderstorm.

 Another thing about the beautiful hill station is that it is eco friendly and has no rush of cars and buses honking on the street. The major was taken by the government of Maharashtra in order to protect Matheran. The best thing about this place is that it is like a quiet and relaxing place with no buzzing of horns and pollution and along with that it contains some mesmerizing places and views of the extraordinary nature that will leave you bewitched of its beauty and make you feel relax and stress free.

 Just not only trekker, Matheran is a treat for the photographers also to explore and capture the best of the beauty of the beautiful hill station. The beauty of Western Ghats, Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. Travellers and tourists who visit the place love exploring the place by walking on foot. By which it becomes more exciting to get lost in the scenic beauty of the town while finding your way. Plan your trip to Matheran and indulge yourself in various activities that Matheran provides like camping, trekking, rappelling etc.

Matheran town is the best option for a person who loves getting lost in the nature and also for those who wants to take a break from their busy city life. The tourist places in Matheran are absolutely breathtaking.

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Mount Abu

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Taking pride of being the only hill station of the state, Mount Abu is a very beautiful place located in Rajasthan, India. Located on a high rocky plateau, this city experiences colder climates and offers pretty amazing sceneries. Well connected to other parts of the country, this city has been a popular tourist destination for various adventures and sightseeing.

Located on the beautiful Aravali Plateau, the city of Mount Abu is adorned by lush green forests and loaded with pristine beauty of lakes, architecture of temples and heritage of ancient forts and havelis. Exhibiting the best royalty of bygone times, this city is home to numerous marvels loaded with artistic features and picture worthy craftsmanship. Amidst this enchanting surroundings, the life here is very calm and the locals are friendly as well.

Home to various entrincing landmarks, the Mount Abu city has been exciting its visitors and tourists since ages. Be it the reflection of the starry sky on the Nakki Lake or the flawless ornamental carvings of Dilwara Jain Temple, here you will find some of the best sceneries which will soothe our eyes as well as souls. Here, you will find various serene spots like the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Peace Park, Guru Shikhar Peak, Sunset Point, Abu Road, Trevour’s Tank Toad Rock and many more.

Haven for the adrenaline junkies, the city of Mount Abu has been blessed with beautiful surroundings as well as a plethora of adventures. Attracting flocks of tourists, one can try their hands on a number of adventures here. From camping below the starry nights to rowing the boat in Nakki Lake, Mount Abu is bestowed with some of the best adrenaline rushing activities.

The climate of Mount Abu remains comparatively colder than the other parts of the state. Being a state of Rajasthan, Mount Abu also experiences some hot days even after being a hill station. The average annual temperature here stays around 20 degree celsius and can fluctuate with change in the seasons.

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Lonavala

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Lonavala is a hill station near Pune district of Maharashtra. At the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 kilometer square of land, Lonavala is an escapist city from the fast-paced and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat to the city dwellers through its serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include vivid and picturesque lakes, cliff-tops, eluding caves, and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneer attraction during and immediately after the monsoon. Some of these places are Rajmachi Point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Della Adventure Park, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

If you dive into the history of Lonavala, you will find that it was a part of the Yadava dynasty. Khandala is another hill adjacent to Lonavala, both of which were discovered by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone. The Maratha and Peshwa empires played a prominent historical role with its Malva warriors. But its history is not the only reason to visit Lonavala.

Lonavala is 96 km away from the city of Mumbai and only 64 km from the modern city of Pune. It falls in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, thus making commute all the easier. And if you can’t find a rental car, then you have buses and trains to rely on.

Train journeys are comfortable and filled with lush green passages, especially during the monsoon. If this has aroused you enough to visit the hill-station once, then here is a detailed guide on how and when to go about.

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Khandala

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Made popular around the world all thanks to Bollywood, the city of Khandala is tucked amidst the Western Ghats. Located near Mumbai, Pune as well as Lonavala, this hilly city serves as a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city limits. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country.

Khandala is also home to several picturesque peaks, age-old caves as well as pristine and crystal-clear lakes. It has many different viewpoints, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, in addition to a few peaks which resemble a pointed nose and a leaping tiger. The Buddhist Caves at Karla and Bhaja in Khandala are also very famous. They are the preludes and interludes to the Ajanta and Ellora caves and tend to attract a lot of tourists. Khandala is also home to the Bedse Caves, which date back to 60 B.C. and are amongst the oldest caves in the country.

Along with this, Khandala boasts of many other beautiful attractions, such as the Kune Waterfalls, which is the 14th highest waterfall in India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with an overall height of 200 metres. Other such places include the Lion’s Point, a cliff between Aamby Valley and the Bhushi Dam which gives scintillating views of the Tungarli Lake.

One of the best things about this city is that it caters to all kinds of tourists, from adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers or even those who simply wish to have a relaxing holiday. One of the most common activities one can enjoy in Khandala is hiking and tourists from all over India come here to partake in this activity. One can also arrange for picnics at the several vantage points or swim in the many waterfalls here.

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Mahabaleshwar

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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Amid your visit to Mahabaleshwar witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

 

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Jawhar

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Nestled in the lap of nature, Jawhar is a popular tourist station laced with numerous waterfalls and scenic beauty. Popularly known as the town of waterfalls, the unexplored hill station is an ideal gateway for people residing in major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. 

While the hill station is popular for waterfalls, it is also dotted with several temples and heritage structures which will interest history buffs. Explore the grand Jai Vilas Palace constructed in 1940, which tells tales of the erstwhile Mukane king and gives a peek insight into their royal tribal culture. Immerse yourself in the unprecedented views of the setting Sun at the Sunset Point, or simply indulge in adventurous activities like trekking, mountaineering, and camping to excite your adrenaline levels. 

Jawhar is also popular for its cashew nut plantation and thick forests, which make the climate pleasant throughout the year for visitors. Unwind in nature as the rustic charm of Jawhar enthrals your body, mind and soul with its enchanting landscape and interesting culture. 

Jawhar offers a range of accommodation options with amenities without burning a hole in your pocket. Visit the quaint hill station and munch on some local delicacies for a memorable sojourn in the mountains, not far from the hustle-bustle of your city. 

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  1. How far is Saputara from Ahmedabad?

    By Road: Saputara is about 400.5 kms by road from Ahmedabad. It takes about 7.15 hours to reach the city via road.

    By Train: Saputara can be reached by train too. The nearest station is the Waghai railway station which is about 50 kilometres away and has trains to Ahmedabad. From here buses and taxis are available.
  2. What is the temperature of Saputara hill station?

    Saputara hill station is located at a height of 1000 meters above sea level. As a result of this, the weather here is rather pleasant even during the summer months. The maximum temperatures here go to about 30 degrees and the minimum temperatures recorded is about 10°C respectively.

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