Waghai

Waghai is a town in the Dang District of the southern part of Gujarat state in India. And also Taluka of dang district. Waghai is about 32 km north from the district headquarters of Ahwa, and about 52 km south of the hill station of Saputara. It is linked by state highway to the town of Chikhli (where the road meets National highway 8), and by a narrow gauge to the town of Bilimora. Also with Saputara a NG passenger train named. Waghai Passenger link these towns of south Gujarat.[1]

Waghai
town
Waghai is located in Gujarat
Waghai
Waghai
Location in Gujarat, India
Coordinates: 20°46′N 73°29′E / 20.767°N 73.483°ECoordinates: 20°46′N 73°29′E / 20.767°N 73.483°E
Country  India
State Gujarat
District Dang
Government
 • Type Taluka. Panchayat
 • Body Waghai Taluka Panchayat
Population
 • Total 10,000[approx]
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN 394730
Vehicle registration GJ
Nearest city Navsari
Legislative Constituency 173-Dang
Parliamentary constituency valsad

Demographics

The population is about 1,75,000, of which 92% are local tribal people called "Dangi". Others are mixed people of India like Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, South Indian etc.

Economy

Waghai is the business place for the whole district; it is the main Gateway to enter Dang District.[1]

Attractions

Gira Falls

Gira Falls A km. off the Saputara-Waghai Road leads to a vast clearing where the picturesque Gira Falls emerging from the Kapri tributary can be viewed. An absolute must from June to November. Visitors can get refreshments from a small tea and snack stall. Picnic Huts make it an ideal spot for relaxing and picnicking.

Botanical Garden

It is a large (24-hectare) garden with 1,400 varieties of plants from all over India. The amateur nature lover can marvel at different varieties of bamboo like the Chinese Bamboo, Golden Bamboo, Beer Bottle Bamboo, etc. and enjoy strolling along the beautiful walkways each lined with different species of tree. Visitors can also pick up cactus plants and enjoy a picnic at the picnic spot in the garden. Permission is required to enter. Drinking water and toilet facilities are available.

Shopping

A small private outlet selling locally crafted items fashioned out of Bamboo roots and chips. Unique items like the big sized bamboo lamps, kangaroos, deer are available only here and not elsewhere in the region.

Unai Mata temple and Hot Springs

A drive of about 19 km. from Waghai brings one to the Unai Mata temple. Visitors can bathe in the hot spring attached to this famous temple of considerable historical significance.

Vanil Udyog

A sprawling sawmill and woodworking unit, which also sells furniture that tourists can book and get delivered by paying an advance. The visitor can enjoy a guided tour and watch the transformation of logs of wood into tasteful furniture. Permission is required to enter. Vanil Udyog provides employees to assist as tour guides. Drinking water facilities are available.

Vansda National Park

A rich and old forest predominantly covered by very tall teak trees, mango groves and gigantic creepers. The forest is extremely dense and some parts are dark even during normal daytime. The forest is a habitat of monkeys, deer, a few leopards and a wide species of birds. Permission is required to enter the Park.

Education

Schools

  • Govt. Secondary and higher secondary school.
  • Aadarsh Nivashi School.
  • Taluka School.
  • Eklavya English medium School.
  • Sardar School.
  • Gyanmandir School.

Colleges

  • Govt.Pollytechnic College.
  • College of Agriculture, NAU.
  • Govt. PTC college.
  • Agriculture Cooperation, Banking & Marketing Polytechnic.

Gallery

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Vikas Path, Waghai

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Waghai Main road

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Bilimora-Waghai narrow gauge Train

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Ambika River Bridge Between Nani-Waghai(Kilad) and Waghai

Gira Water Fall saputara

Gira Water Fall on Waghai-Saputara road

Locomotive boiler

Locomotive boiler at waghai garden

References

  1. ^ a b G. D. Patel, ed. (1971). Gazetteer of India: Dangs District. Ahmedabad: Directorate of Government Print., Stationery and Publications. pp. 504–505.

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