This is an informative travel guide for Polo Forest in Gujarat for Camping & Adventure Activities like Bouldering & Rappelling. Polo Forest is a lush green stretch of hilly forest in Northern Gujarat, among the Aravali Mountain Range. The forest has 600 year old ruins of ancient Temples that are a must visit. There are many short treks & hikes and other activities like bird watching that you can enjoy in Polo Forest.
Nearby spots like Idar Fort and Boulders near Sapawada and Idar are worth visiting for Rappelling and Trekking.
We had gone with an organisation called Invincible NGO which takes a 2 day camp for youth with camping and rappelling activities. There are many other organisation like Junoon and few others who offer similar budget youth adventure camps.
There are many established businesses and resorts offering retreats, stays and packages as well on individual basis.
Read this travel guide to Polo Forest get all the details for visiting Polo Forest with your friends and family either for going camping or to relax in the greenery. Here are the details of from our Itinerary that you may refer to to get more details.
POLO FOREST TRAVEL GUIDE IN BRIEF
Arrive at Idar at 6AM
Have Breakfast, reach Invincible Camp Site/Accomodation
Set up your tents
Enjoy some activities till lunch
Go site seeing to Harnav Dam
Spend time near the stream on the way to dam
Campfire at night
Go for Polo Forest Trek with a guide
See the ruins
Go for Rappelling & Bouldering at Sapawada
HOW TO REACH
Driving your vehicle to Polo Forest is convenient.
State Road Transport Buses (GSRTC) take you to Idar or Vijaynagar/Abhapur (Inside Polo Forest). Local transport can take you from Idar to Polo Forest.
Private buses also run to Idar.
Invincible Tour started from Ahmedabad in their own bus.
Not well connected. Nearest Big Junctions will be Ahmedabad or Himmatnagar.
Nearest Airport will be Ahmedabad.
WHAT & WHEN TO DO
Here are all the details about we did when we went to Polo Forest, with Invincible NGO. You can take some inspiration from this Polo Forest travel guide and choose to visit spots as we did or refer to what schedule we followed.
- Depart from Ahmedabad at 1:30 AM.
- Reach Idar at 6 AM
- Trek the Fort/ Idariyo Gadh
- Have breakfast
- Reach Invincible Campsite
- Tent Allocation & Set up of Camps till noon
- Activities/Free Time
- Have Lunch at Camp
- Head to Harnav Dam
- Enjoy the ride and views
- Stop by the streams to have some fun
- Enjoy sunset & Reach Campsite
- Freshen up and dinner
- Camp Fire with activities
- Breakfast & Freshen up at 6AM
- Trek in the forest with the guide
- Visit the ruins
- Enjoy till lunch
- Have lunch at camp & head to Sapawada
- Rappelling, Bouldering and other activities till sunset
- Depart after sunset
WHERE TO STAY
One recommended option is the government campsite, right inside the forest next to the river. It is an A/C campsite set that needs to be booked online.
As we went with an operator, they had their own campsite set up near the forest.
There are numerous other stay options from budget to luxury in Polo Forest.
A quick google search will also give you many other options you have to choose from camps. Campsites in Polo Forest
The Fern resort has opened up at Polo Forest in 2019. They offer luxury accommodation that you can choose from.
WHERE TO EAT
Our Food was all at the campsite or provided by our organisers. There are not many options of restaurants easily available in the region. Each of the accommodation provider will provide you with food at the stay.
There are a few restaurants near the entry of the forest that do provide food so nothing to worry much.
HOW TO TRAVEL AROUND
It is difficult to find public transport options to commute in Polo Forest. The places are walking distance from each other in Polo Forest so you can definitely go walking.
However no autos or taxis are available. Few buses pass through that you can ride to reach Idar or inside the forest.
There is a cycle rental kiosk of government at the entry however it was closed when we visited.
Having your own vehicle will be convenient or you can rent the bicycles from the kiosk to have a nice time in the forest!
- Visit in Monsoon & Winters only. The summers will be extremely hot and will not be fun.
- Carry water with you if you go on treks or site seeing.
- Carry appropriate rain protection during monsoons.
- Adventure activities are available only via the organisers, no individual operator of the activities are present.
- Going with Invincible or Junoon is a good option only if you want to experience the feeling of a camp. It involves a lot of discipline, volunteering and may be tiresome for some if you are looking for a picnic or some leisure time.
PICTURES FROM THIS TRIP
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