Polo Forest is one of the best tourist spot near Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and himmatnagar specially in Monsoon and Winter seasons (August to Feb). It is located north side of Gujarat near Rajasthan border in the south most mountain range of Aravalli. Forest is located near vijaynagar. Its around 168km from Ahmedabad towards Idar town.
The river harnav passing through the forest and it is considered that the habitat lived many years in ancient time.
Things to do in polo forest
- Ancient Shiva temple, Jain Temples
- Bath in river/checkdam near polo camp
- Hiranya/Harnav dam
- Adventure activities like Trekking, Rock climbing, Cycling/bike rides
- If you stay in night you can enjoy Jugnu (In Gujarati : aagiya) and lots of stars including galaxy (akash ganga)
- Visit farms and houses of villagers
- Big spiders when you look forward sky under trees
- In January month, Gujarat tourism organize bicycle races
In the map below you can see the things to do in forest.
What to do in Polo Forest
Request: its really green forest with clean river our duty to not make it dirty by throwing plastic/paper waste. Please avoid plastic and paper.
It is good for 1 day if you want to visit all the places. But if you want to enjoy natural relaxation + Full of oxygen and dense forest. You should stay here at least for 1 night. If you are planning for 1 day trip, here is the way how you can spend day.
If you are coming from Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar or near by places. Start journey in between 6 to 7 AM in morning. Reach here and start exploring places which I have shown above.
Trekking & Rock Climbing at Polo Forest
Forest is best for the trekking. It has safe route and for the trekking . If you are lover of the Rock climbing, its also right place. If you have enough time you can do activities like rock climbing and rope climbing.
Enjoy the Nature, Village and Lifestyle
Jungle area was the part of the Vijaynagar state before the independence of India (1947). The state has heritage values. Villages are untouched with modern amenities and lifestyle. So you can really enjoy the beautiful Village life in natural environment which you can’t experience in the city or town now a days.
River and Check Dam
All attractions are located in shore of the river. There are various check dams available too. Clean, small and shallow river is best for taking bath. Take bath in river (Do not use soap), spend some time for relaxation. Enjoy flowing water on the checkdam and cross it to reach Ruined sun temple.
Experience the Rich Heritage Arts and Structure
King of Vijaynagar and people had created stunning Temple (15th Century) with full of arts and structure. Its now ruined, but you will love the beauty of the arts when you see with interest. If you are heritage lover then also its best place to go back in 15th Century era. Shiv Mandir, Sun Temple & Jain Temples are famous places for Heritage.
Explore Flora and Fauna of Polo forest
The jungle is dense and its away from the commercialization. Due to that, natural atmosphere is still there. If you are looking for Bird watching and wildlife experience go on Weekdays instead of Weekend. You can explore
- Giant trees
Vanaj Dam is the beautiful dam on the Harnav river. Its last point of the Forest to explore. Visit it after 5 pm to see beautiful view of the catchment area of the dam. Road towards the dam is adventurous and fun to pass through forest.
Food, Accommodation & Other activities
Now a days various options/packages available to get food and stay. Many resorts, hotels and farms provides One day Package and Night packages with Tent, room etc . If you really love the nature, I suggest to stay 1 night in Tent and enjoy the beautiful morning walk in the nature.
Here is the one of the package which we preferred to stay in tent
Day Package :
(Polo to Polo)
(9 AM to 9 PM)
(5 to 15 Years)
– Bath, Toilet, Cloth Changing
– 100% Veg Food
Night Package (Tent):
(Polo to Polo)
(5 to 15 Years)
Day 1 – Checkin 12 PM
– Tent Stay (Max 4 sharing)
– High Tea
– Checkout 10 AM
Advanced booking is must because they have to prepare food and other arrangement in advanced as its far from the city and town.
Paid Activities provided by the hotels
Guide Service ₹ 500
Jeep Safari ₹ 1,000
Trekking ₹ 500
Horse Riding ₹ 200
If you do not prefer to go with the packages mentioned above, Still you can reach to normal restaurants for the Foods.
Forest is far from the city and town so public transport is not available. Its advisable to reach there by own vehicle or hire taxi to reach there.
For Traveling and packages details & Booking, please click on below link.
Nice Video by Aditi Raval about Polo Forest
Polo Tent City and Events
Goverment owns the Tent City in the middle of the Forest. Also they organize cycle race during the winter (January) You can explore more about it using this link – Click Here
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