- Wilson Hill, Dharampur
Wilson Hills may not be as popular among Amdavadis as it is among Suratis. For them, it’s the go-to-first-place for weekend getaways, especially during Summers when the mercury easily crosses 40 C.
Also, during monsoons when nearby Shankar Waterfall is in its full form and surrounding Pangarbari Wildlife Sanctuary looks like as if wearing a fresh tint of green—and watching raindrops over leaves, glittering in sunlight, is an experience of a lifetime for those who live in a concrete jungle like Ahmedabad.
Wilson Hill is not very accessible from Ahmedabad though. However, if you depart early in the morning, you can arrive here before at afternoon and will have a whole day to explore this beautiful hill station in the Dang district, Gujarat.
Tens of homestays, hotels and hillside resorts to stay in. Arrive by road and enjoy scenic beauty on the way. Saputara is, beyond a doubt, the most developed hill station in Gujarat. So much that it not only attracts people from Gujarat but also from nearby cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai. It attracts hundreds of tourists every day no matter the season although monsoon are especially welcoming. Post precipitation, this place glows in its full glory. You can see the meadows glowing bright in glare and revealing the underlying beauty of the valley from the Tabletop.
Saputara Lake in midst of the town is famous for boating at twilight and surrounded by three lakeside gardens. One can make excursions to the wild life sanctuary in the Mahal Bardipara forest and to Gira Waterfalls, which are 60 km and 52 km away from the city centre respectively.
- Don Hills
If you live in Ahmedabad but haven’t heard of this hill station yet, then you’re not alone. Don Hill is a newly emerging hill station in Gujarat, and only a few people from nearby towns and avid travels from Ahmedabad know of its existence yet. The mountainous hill station lies in the same region in Gujarat that houses two of its most prominent hill stations: the mountainous Dang District.
Don Hills attracts people from all over Gujarat for its pristine beauty and an untouched surrounding. In fact, there are not even proper hotels and resorts here yet although the hill station is developing at a fast pace. There are a few homestays though; but they won’t suit the requirements of a visiting family. Families and large groups that visit this place usually spend their nights at Saputara, which is 50km from here. Sunset Point is accessible thanks to this overhead cable car leading directly there.
“The place is very calm and peaceful. The morning cool breeze is superb. So I will advise to go in morning and yes, don’t forget to see the sunrise,” said one of the reviewers on Trip Advisor.
- Mount Abu
At 1200m above sea level, Mount Abu is indeed the highest hill station in Gujarat and Rajasthan and if we consider Guru Shikhar (15km from Mt. Abu at 1,722m above sea level) then the highest hill station in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. Mt. Abu (in the west) closely resembles hill stations that were developed during British India and is in not very far from the likes of Shimla (in the north), Munnar (in the south) and Darjeeling (in the east). The hill station is well developed with hundreds of accommodation in every budget category to choose from.
For the shopper inside you, there are many markets selling both indigenous and western stuff. Mount Abu is famous for jewellery: metal crafts, knick-knacks in marble, sandalwood and sandstone, as well as Kota saris, bangles and linen with Sanganeri prints, light weight Jaipury quilt etc. Tie and Dye fabrics popularly known as bandhani and lahariya can be bought while shopping in Mount Abu.
Matheran is a lush, green hill station in Western Ghat in Raigad District, Maharashtra and the farthest from Ahmedabad among all the hill stations mentioned above. At 10 hours from Ahmedabad, Matheran is quite a drive. However, if you consider the beauty of the hill station, you won’t regret a minute of your time, arriving here. If you’re a first-time traveller, you’re going to fall in love with it.
Matheran holds two distinctions: “Asia’s only automobile-free hill station” and “the smallest hill station in India”. Not that you can get there on wheels, but once you are at the gates, you may have park your vehicle in a government-designated parking lot for the time of your stay at the hill station.
Matheran was developed during British era and thus retains much of the colonial beauties, including a narrow gauge heritage railway track that closely resembles the Toy Train of Darjeeling and Shimla and connects Neral to Matheran. Neral Railway Station is well connected to Ahmedabad.
You won’t notice a single vehicle on the road except for an ambulance. Horses and hand pulled rickshaws are available if you’re unable to walk. The most exciting viewpoint is Panorama Point that offers panoramic view of neighbouring Neral town. There are plenty of hotels to stay. Choose the one near to Lake Charlotte.