Bhadreshwar, Kutch

Lets again walk through our Kachchh, a mythological place which also mentioned in the ‘Mahabharata’.

As per the Mahabharata it was known as ‘Bhadravati’ in ancient time, at present the village known as Bhadreshwar.

A nice temple of Lord Shiva called ‘Chokhanda’ is placed here which was built by ‘Pandvas’ as per myth, though current temple seems modern and its rebuilt and renovated after earthquake of 2001. There is a well also here in vicinity of temple known as ‘Pandava Kund’. This temple is located on a bit higher landscape, so sunrise and sunset are scenic here. Also bit far from village, so it makes place peaceful.

The village has ancient ‘Haveli’ of famous businessman Jagdusha. Most of Gujaratis are aware of this name as very rich businessman as this very rich businessman helped with all his wealth in days of draughts. He sent grains to many states during draughts. He also built many temples, schools and hospitals.

Unfortunately the above mentioned haveli has hardly anything left to show! As there was no proper care taken by archeologically department to save such a treasure.

A friend of Jagdusha ‘Duda Maheshwari’ was also a philanthropist who made a step well called ‘Duda ni vaav which is still found in village though not in a good condition. . vaav was constructed by arranging huge stones on one above the other. It is worth visit this Vaav.

Any way, we wouldn’t insist you to visit Bhadreshwar to watch these much places only, there is one more interesting place here.

Bhadreshwar jain temple or Vasai jain temple is a huge temple of ‘Lord Parshwanath’. As per our knowledge it was originally built approx. 2600 years back! It was broken and rebuilt many a times. In 2001 earthquake it was collapsed and built again. Infect we cannot say that construction work is over as whenever we visit this place, we find men busy carving beautiful sculptures! To see them working live is opportunity in itself It shows people are continuously trying to make this temple magnificent.

There are more than 150 clean and clear rooms available here for people who stay here for religious purpose. Facility of breakfast, lunch and dinner at token rate is also available No one can object arrangements and maintenance of Jain temples. Here also cleanliness and discipline seen in really inspiring. You people must be aware of ‘Choviyar’ system of Jains (i.e. not to eat after sunset).The canteen is scheduled as per their religious beliefs. People wishing for having dinner must follow the schedule as no other better option available nearby. Whenever we visit any religious place, the rules and beliefs must not be over looked. Here we are supposed to aintain timings of meal and wear full outfits and avoid shorts.

System of choviyar is also interesting, Jain dharma believes in ‘Shinas’ (Non-violence), Not only towards humans but also towards animals and microbes. After sunset the microbes increase so they avod eating. Temple here is huge although many people visit it every day, place is well maintained. Carvings on pillars and walls also on ceilings is attractive. Stories of Jainsism are carved everywhere. Behind the temple there is a lone row road towards ‘Duda ni Vaav’ to walk on that road itlself is an experience.

Bhadreshwar is a small village on the way from Gandhidham to Mundra, It is situated on Main road and one can visit Mandi also if interested from here. Being a sculpturally rich, historically important and well maintained place you should visit Bhadreshwar once.

Saputara, Dang-Gujarat

We Gujaratis are fond of almost everything related to fun including outing ! To come out of routine schedule and get recharged, outing is necessary as well. Every year we can’t manage a foreign tour, also in recent era of inflation it’s not possible to manage a long distance tour frequently in a vast country like India.

So the only option remains for Gujaratis like us is to have a tour in Gujarat itself. Gujarat suffers a very hot summer. That’s why hill is preferred during vacation and only hill station that Gujarat possesses is ‘Saputara’.

monsoon season view

This place is situated in Southern Gujarat, in district of Dang located near border of Maharashtra in mountain range of ‘Sahyadri’. It is located about 1000M from sea level, so during extreme summer also we find cool weather here. Basic tribal language spoken is ‘Kukna’. Their basic occupations are agriculture and animal husbandry. Some residents work as farm labors and some sell herbs to earn.

Distance of Saputara from Ahmedabad is 420Km. One can reach there by road from Surat or Valsad. If we go by road from Valsad, we find lovely greenery around, different birds and also hardship of tribals !

Gujarat is developing in tourism from last few years. In Saputara also decent options for stay are available. Gujarat Tourism Department also owns a hotel there. For ‘tea’ lovers Saputara proves to be a heaven. May be china grass or other local herbs makes tea testier. On roads you find many small tea stalls and small lorries carrying tea and snacks. Well for snacks you get very limited options, most of them offer ‘Poha’ !

For understanding culture of any place visit of a local museum is must. Many of us find it boring to visit a museum but museum preserves a total history of the place. Here in Saputara tribal art and culture is preserve in Museum. The exhibition inside is divided in k tufour parts : Adivasi musical instruments, their garments, ornaments and instruments used by them in ancient times.

The land here is very fertile, that makes many beautiful flowers blossom here. Two beautiful gaden are found here, out of which one is ‘Rose garden’ where many species of roses are found and other is ‘Step Garden’ where many colorful flowers have bloomed. Both gardens are pleasant paces to visit and cleanliness is also well maintained.

bonsai at step garden
Rose Garden

‘Table Point’ is main tourist attraction of Saputara. Where we can have ‘Town view’. Once you reach here you will get uneven mobile reception! Some times you will get message welcome to Maharashtra and within next minute you will find message written welcome to Gujarat 🙂 The place is named Table point because of table like flat surface on ‘Governer’s hill’. There are many fun activities on table point like bike ride, horse ride, camel ride, zip lining or valley crossing. In certain seasons rope ways also are available which is a good experience itself.

table point

The USP of Saputara is Saputara lake. You can have a romantic boat ride with your partner here. Food outlets, gaming zones and tatoo centers are also available around the lake premises.

One more worth visiting place is a place used for bee keeping. It is located at a distance of only two minutes from Saputara lake. Because of vast varieties of plenty of flowers bee keeping is a good business in Saputara. Artificial beehives are kept here. During day time we won’t find any hard working bees lazying around ! After sunset they come back and give away so much of honey. Fresh and pure honey is also sold here.

Common site scenes spotted on any hill station like sunrise point, sunset point or echo points are obviously present here also, so no need to get into detailed discussion regarding them. Sunrise point in saputara is a peaceful place.

Ganesh temple is another interesting spot here. At the boundary of temple there are couple of white stones of big size which shows end of Gujarat state border and start of Maharashtra state. many houses also are constructed on border line. It was fun sitting there and and watch some chicks crossing boundaries easily here and there. Popular hindi song “Panchi nadiya Pavan ke zonke, koi sarhad na inhe roke..” must be inspired from this place.

Saputara is quite small hill station, which also could be visited in one day, but if you want to enjoy relaxing time better spend two night and three days. If you like to walk, you can cover almost all points of Saputara on your feet! except table point and Gira water fall and botanical garden. So friends ‘Kuch din to guzariya Saputara main’.