- Vautha is a village in Gujarat where two rivers, Sabarmati and Vatrak, meet. It is located at 23 meters above sea level.
- Vautha is also known as Saptsangam because of the merging of seven rivers in one place. The river Vartak meets with Meshwo, Hathmati, Shedhi, Majum and Khari before it meets the Sabarmati.
- Vautha fair is the largest and only animal fair of Gujarat.
- The livestock exchanged here are donkeys and camels bought by the banjara community, also known as nomads.
- Gypsies bring around 10,000 donkeys and 4,000 camels for sale every year.
- The Vautha Mela is celebrated in a large area of 3 square miles (7.8 km2). The fair is attended by farmers, laborers and other prominent caste groups of Rajasthan.
- The Vautha Fair is attended by nearly 5,00,000 pilgrims every year. The fair is graced by the members of the Jath Banjara, Bhal and Nilkantha community.
- Villagers from Ahmedabad and Kheda district are also seen in large numbers. Earlier, the fair was mostly visited by the Hindus; now, even Muslims visit this festival in large numbers.
- According to mythological stories, Lord Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva, visited this holy site at a meeting point of seven rivers.
- Because of this place’s association with Lord Kartikeya, Vautha Mela starts on Kartikeya Purnima (full moon night) and is celebrated for five days. Kartikey Purnima usually falls in November.
- Natives regard this place as divine and holy as the Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj, and for many communities, this fair holds more importance than the festival of Diwali.
- Attendees of the mela firstly take a holy dip in the waters of river Vatrak and visit the famous Siddhanath temple of Lord Shiva.
- It is widely believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of Saptsangam on Kartikey Purnima releases people free from their previously committed sins.
Now that you know about the historical beliefs and people’s sentiments about the famous Vautha Mela of Gujarat, we know you are all excited to go there. Let’s look at the ways we can reach the holy place.
- Vautha city is 26kms away from Dholka, a city in Ahmedabad. You need to reach the town of Dholka first to arrive at Vautha finally.
- Many buses are run on the route of Ahmedabad to Dholka. From sleeper, volvo, gurjarnagri to express. You can choose what comes in your budget and provides the utmost comfort.
- You can deport a bus to Dholka from Ahmedabad at the following bus stands; Ahmedabad Central Bus Station, New Geeta Mandir St Bus Stand, GSRTC Bus Stand.
- There is no railway station near Vautha in less than 10 km.
- The nearest railway station to Vautha is Dholka Junction that is 13kms away.
- Ahmedabad’s central railway station, namely Ahmedabad Junction, is 44 kms away from The Vautha city.
- You can book a train to following nearby rai stops to reach Vautha; Godhaneshwar,
- Dabhau, Koth Gangad.
- There is no airport in Vautha or the connecting town, Dholka.
- The nearest airport to Vautha is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport that is 46.63 kms away.
- This is an international airport and connects flights from the major countries and cities.
- Tourists can easily choose a flight to Ahmedabad and then book a cab to Vautha from the airport itself.
- Other nearby airports are; Vadodara Airport, Bhavnagar and Surat airports.
Gujarat is a city of food and foodies. Gujarat is the place where mouth-watering snacks take birth. So there is no doubt that their festival food wouldn’t be the tastiest and unique. We can see all you guys dreaming about the delicious delicacies of Vautha Mela; let’s explore them together.
The food stalls of any fair are one of the major attractions. They are like the centerpiece of the tiara. Local food artists and chefs traditionally making th authentic dishes. Sounds interesting! When traveling in Vautha Mela lookout for the following Gujarati dishes which are prepared by the locals:
- Khichu: Khichu is a dough for making papad. Its main ingredients are rice flour, cumin and papad khar. It is served hot with oil and chili powder. It is also known as Khichiya Papad. You can get this dish for ₹30-50 at various food stalls in the mela.
- Kachariyu Pak: Kachariyu is the famous Gujarati recipe. It is made using sesame seeds, grated coconut and jaggery, dates, dried ginger powder, ganthoda, etc. All the ingredients are ground together and spread as fudge and topped with cashews and pistachios. This dish is a great immunity booster and mostly consumed in the winter season. At Vautha Mela, you can get this delightful taste under ₹150.
- Churma Laddu: Gujarat has borrowed this dish from Rajasthan. Churma laddu is prepared with 5 ingredients; coarse wheat flour, jaggery, sesame seeds, clarified butter (ghee) and fenugreek seeds. These laddus are extremely rich in nutrition and boost immunity. They are quite popular in the fair among locals.
Vautha is a small town of 2000 residents, so there are not many food stores or restaurants. There are many local shops where you can taste the delicious and authentic Gujarati snacks like:
- Sev-Tamatar ka saag
If you want to eat specifically in food stores and restaurants, you will need to visit the Dholka district. Here are some popular food stores from Dholka:
- Vishwa Restaurant
Address: By-Pass, Kalikund, Dholka, Ahmedabad - 382225.
Famous Dish: Undhiyo
Budget: ₹400-500 for two people
Timings: 11 A.M. to 11 P.M.
- Jal Bhoomi Restaurant & Banquet
Address: Bavla Road, Dholka, Ahmedabad - 382225, Kalikund
Famous Dish: Patra, Dal Dhokli
Budget: Below ₹500 for two people
Timings: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
- Jalaram Dining Hall
Address: Radhanpuri, Dholka, Ahmedabad - 382225, Near Purani Bus Stand
Famous Dish: Sheera
Budget: ₹400-500 for two people
Timings: 6:00 pm - 3:00 am
The government of Gujarat and the Vautha city administration makes arrangements for people to live in tents. The tent city can accommodate up to 25,000 people in 5,000 tents. Even the locals leave their homes and live in tents for these 5 days of the fair. There are no classifications of the tents. All tents are of the same kind and can be booked one month prior.
Though, Vautha city does not engage many tourists after or before the mela. If you still happen to visit the town out of curiosity or just take a dip in holy waters, you can rent out guest houses or hotels. You can check out the following places:
Address: S1, Ganesh Plaza, Kheda Kalikund Road, Dholka, Ahmedabad - 382225
Price Range: ₹500-1000 per night
Address: Dholka Kheda Highway, Dholka, Ahmedabad - 382225
Price Range: ₹1001- 2000 per night
Address: F 1 Parshwanath Complex, Kalikund Bavla Road, Dholka, Ahmedabad - 382225
Price Range: ₹2000-2300 per night
Certain things are just unique to a particular city and without trying those fun things, your trip is termed as incomplete. Therefore, we have curated a list of must-try things to do during Vautha Mela that can double the joy of your journey.
- Gujarati Samosa
- Bardoli Ki Khichdi
- Puppet Show
- Handcrafted Jewellery
- Garba Dance by pilgrims