Explore Ahwa, Dang, Gujarat, India

Nirali Patel News April 17, 2014


Dang is located high in the Saputara Hills, connecting the borders of Maharashtra and Gujarat States. Dang is the home of adivasis who have been long established in the forest and highlands of the Dang region. In 2006, the tribal-dominated Dangs were named among India’s 250 most backward districts. The entire district is severely lacking in healthcare resources, employment opportunities, and good education.


According to the 2011 census, the Dang district has a population of 226,769, which is expected to surpass 350,000 by the 2021 census. The district has a population density of 129 people per square kilometer. Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 21.44%. The Dangs has a sex ratio of 1007 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 76.8%, according to government statistics.


The economy of Dang district mainly depends on agricultural crops. The larger part of the population relies on agriculture for survival. Animal farming and bamboo cutting are the other profitable undertakings in the region. Firewood accounts for fuel requirement of 91% of the households, which is by and large collected from the forests. Rice, tubers, groundnuts, ragi, mangoes, kharsani, and custard apples are among the most vital crops and fruits produced in the district. In 2006, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named the Dang District as an economically distressed district.

Girmal Falls

Girmal waterfall is located 8 km from Nishana on Ahwa-Nawapur Road near Girmal Village of Dang District in Gujarat. This waterfall is the highest in the Gujarat area, reaching 100 feet. Due to its scenic exquisiteness, this is among one of the most popular areas that tourists and people of the region come to visit. Since the water rapidly falls from 100 feet, it creates a beautiful fog that catches the eye.

Shabari Dham

The Shabari Dham temple is known to have been where Lord Rama met Shabari while searching for his wife Sita and ate the berries she offered him. Due to this captivating legend, the temple is well-known for its mythology. There are also three stones where Lord Rama, his brother Lakshman, and Shabari allegedly sat. The stones are still worshiped.

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