Friday, March 18, 2011



Once a princely state with diplomatic relations with various parties that kept the area relatively peaceful, this town on the banks of Swargavahini river at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountain range has a quaint colonial air and a pleasant climate throughout the year. You can visit, among other sites, the Japanese Gardens and the Lady Wilson Museum. From Vansda, you must go to Chikli, and from there to Dharampur. Ask about ST buses from Vansda.

This is near/around Vansda National Park

How to get here

By road: The park lies close to National Highway 8 and is bisected by the Waghai-Vansda State Highway. The nearest town is Waghai, 4km away. It is 28 km from Ahwa, 40 km from Billimora, and 60 km from Saputara. The area is easiest explored with a private vehicle, but public transport is available, though less convenient. There are buses from Surat, Billimora, and Valsad to Vansda village, and from there you can hire a jeep to the park for about Rs 50/- per person. There are no taxi operations close to Vansda, but you can also get a cab from Surat, Bilimora or Valsad.

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