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Fortuitous Visit To Wilson Hills

It was a Thursday, otherwise a working day at my hospital, but I chose to declare it a holiday because my friend Sanjay Mahant and I asked each other to go for an event at Kanya Chhatralaya, Vagavad (near Dharampur, Gujarat). In turn, surprise visit to this hill-station materialised on 15-June-2016.

One of the less visited hill-stations and waiting to be developed for tourist needs, this is one of the best hilly places I have ever seen. If you want to share nature in a less crowded, say lonely place, Wilson Hills is for you. This 2500 feet high place is 25 km away from Dharampur and 130 km from Surat. We can easily reach here by very good roads in the scenic Western Ghats.

What nobody knows about this hill-station is, this is the only place 2500 feet high showing glimpse of the sea!




We passed 12:00 to 3:30 pm there, enjoying the nature as it is with the wind and nearly a very few people around to disturb the pleasure. Marble Chhatri (an umbrella-like sitting arrangement) with an incessant view of the steep valley, sunrise, and sunset. Shankar waterfalls and Bilpudi twin waterfalls are the sightseeing points you should not miss when you come this rainy season.

If you are curious about the history around the name, here it is. The ruler of Dharampur state (then known as Ramnagar) Shri Vijay Devji (the last king of the state) wanted to honour his friend Lord Wilson, Governor of Bombay (now, Mumbai) during 1923-1928, and so his name. There is a monument seen in this photograph, once having a statue of Lord Wilson. The statue has now been shifted to Lady Wilson museum at Dharampur. King Vijay Devji had a dream to develop this tourist place to his best, but alas, all you desire do not happen.

By chance, if you have happened to visit this nature’s delight, do not miss visiting Nahari Hotel for lunch and do also visit Kanya Chhatralaya at Vaghval nearby.

Photo Album: Wilson Hill

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