Dang Darbar Fair
Mahal Eco Campsite
Purna Wildlife Sanctuary
Welcome to Dang(Ahwa),
Dang(also known as The Dangs) is a district in the state of Gujarat in India. The administrative headquarters of the district are located in Ahwa. Located high in the Saputara hills, adjoining the borders of Maharashtra State, Dangs is the home of adivasis who have lived in the forest and highlands of the Dangs region from time immemorial. Shri Hanumanji(Hindu Lord) is believed to have been born at Anjani Kund in Southern Gujarat's Dang district.
This city is famous for its fair which is known as "dang darbar fair". It is also famous for the Saputara Hill Station which is quite pleasent. You will feel real calm and pleasure here.
The Dangs Darbar is the name of the annual fair held in Ahwa every year, a few days before Holi. The name 'Darbar' dates back to the time of the British, when a Darbar of Rajas and Naiks of neighbouring areas used to assemble there. Today it is also called the Jamabandi Darbar, and the District Collector officiates at it. Thousands of tribal people flock to Ahwa from all over the district gaily dressed in lively colours, sounding the shehnai and beating their drums.
The Darbar also attracts merchants from as far away as Nasik, Surat and West Khandesh. Folk dances enliven the fair during the few days it lasts. The Education Department organises folk dances, ras and garba programmes, songs and dramas. The tribal people make up three-fourth of the population. The men wear a loincloth, a waistcoat and a colourful cloth wrapped around the head. Women wear a sari and a blouse, embellished with numerous silver ornaments of which they are very fond. The resident adivasis derive their livelihood from the forests, which are rich in timber, honey, wax and lac. Many wild animals live in the forests including tigers, chital, bears, pigs, and deer. There are numerous snakes in the district, including cobras and pythons.
This seasonal waterfall is bigger than Gira. It is open to the public, and accessible by jeeps for hire.
The Mahal Eco Campsite is bestowed with rivers and bamboo glides, with excellent walking and trekking options. It is located on the banks of the Purna River, in the middle of the Purna Wildlife Sanctuary and is a part of the Dang Forest Division North. It is surrounded by a vast and rich forest laced with the Purna and Gira rivers. For an eco-tourist wanting to enjoy birds of moist deciduous forest mixed with bamboo, this is the best place to visit. Its also near the Girmal Falls which offer a breath taking view. Best time to visit the campsite is from October to March.
Purna has the thickest forest cover in the state, and the highest average rainfall, at 2500 mm. At sunset, the 160 square km of lush rolling hills, teak, and bamboo, fill with the music and drums of the Dangi tribes that also populate Vansda. The main village of Mahal is at the center of the sanctuary on the banks of the Purna river, with a forest rest house. Purna and Vansda together are the only protected forest areas in South Gujarat.
Purna is a Sanctuary, where luxuriant dense forests with thick bamboo brakes enchant visitors. People get surprised to see such pristine forests in the area, which happens to be an extension of the Western Ghats. For an eco-tourist wanting to enjoy birds of moist deciduous forest mixed with bamboo, this is the best place to visit. The Sanctuary is a part of forests in northern part of the Dangs district in South Gujarat. The area covering 160.8 sq. km is a reserved forest, which has been notified as Sanctuary in July 1990.
Different types of forests that constitute varied habitats are moist mixed deciduous forest, moist teak forest and bamboo brakes. Bamboo forms thick middle storey in large area with tree cover having moderately dense canopy. 'Mahal' forest in the Protected Area is one of the best forests in the State.
Filled with fascinating mythology, this serene temple is supposed to have been where Lord Rama met Shabari while searching for his wife Sita and ate the berries she offered him, after tasting each one to make sure it was good. Three stones on which Lord Rama, his brother Lakshman and Shabari are said to have sat are still worshipped. Pampa lake, about 6 km from Shabari Dham, is a water source associated with a story of Lord Rama's bathing.
- Anjani Kund and Anjani Parvat(hill), Sita Van, Ram Sarovar, Shabari Dham(Subir) etc.