Polo Forest, well-known jungle located near village Abhapur, Vijaynagar, Gujarat (North Gujarat). It is a dry mixed deciduous forest. It is placed at the foothills of Aravalli Range. Forest has river “Harnav” which is passing between the Jungle and make it green. It is spread over the area of 400 sq. km.
In the 10th century, there was a town established by the Parihar kings of Idar, around the Harnav River. It came under Idar state in the 15th Century, when Rathores of Marwar conquered it. The town is located between two high and toll hills, which blocks sunlights for most of the days. Kalaliyo and Mamrechchi are the name of the hills.
“Polo” name came from the word “Pol” a Marwari word. The meaning behind the word “Pol” is one type of Marwari gate.
In Polo Forest, there are many monuments and Ruins are still available. Old monuments were builds in the 15th century. Hindu and Jain temple are still present there. Also, Sharneswar Shiva Temple, Sadevant Savlinga na Dera, Surya Mandir, and Lakheda na Dera are present in Polo Forest.
With Ruins, Natural Beauty is also discoverable. It will give you peace of mind. In this jungle, there are more than 450 species of Medicinal plants, more than 275 different types of birds, 30 plus mammals and more than 32 types of reptiles. With Nature, there are also wildlife is living, like bears, leopards, hyenas, waterfowl, raptors, passerines, and flying squirrels.
During winter forest attracts migratory birds and wetland birds during monsoon. The forest has also endangered Grey Hornbill and Brown-headed Barbet birds.