If you want to be alone to be with nature, it is an ideal spot. But if you enjoy crowds with your group this is an equally important place to visit.42 km from Bilimora on Vansda Road, we reached Janki Van in less than an hour. Dr Nayana Patel, Dr Bhavana Desai (my wife) and I visited the place impromptu on a weekday.
The name Janki is related to Sita Mata of Ramayana and it is believed that at a certain point in the history, Sita Mata did stay here. The garden, a great picnic spot (16 hectors big), is situated 5 km away from Vansda, 6 km from Unai and 42 km from Bilimora. It is developed by the Gujarat Forestry Department under social forestry action and was inaugurated on 02-Aug-2015 while celebrating the Forest Day. Please, keep in mind it remains closed on Monday and visiting hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The place is situated at Bhinar village of Vansda Tehsil, in Navsari District. Forest Department has taken great pains in making it picturesque and entertaining as well. At the entrance, they have prepared three-room interpretation centre describing the people of Dang, animals’ and birds’ world. They have also made a big mural depicting the women empowerment.
The Lakshman Jhula, a bridge on ropes with water flowing underneath will certainly stop you from photography. The step-garden and decorative lake are special attractions. There are amusement rides for kids, Valmiki Ashram, Tribal Bazar and Van Kutir to name a few. If you are at the leisure of time, you can study each and every corner of this campus - Ashok Van, Chandan Van, Rashi-Nakshatra Van, Navgraha Van, Amravan and many others.
To appreciate this spot, all that you need is a desire to be with nature - the birds, the animals, the Dangi people and all the varieties of trees. You should not be in a hurry to go home and if you have any company, it should add your pleasure and should not disturb you.
So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip to Janki Van and be with Sita Mata, Rishi Valmiki and Patanjali Yoga teacher. Certainly, pleasure is yours in abundance.
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