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Kanger Valley National Park, Chhattisgarh – This beautiful park is a haven for the wildlife enthusiasts

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Located amidst the 34 km long and scenic Kanger Valley, a Biosphere Reserve, Kanger Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful and picturesque national parks of India. The beautiful park is located on the banks of Kholaba River at a distance of about 27 km from Jagdalpur (headquarter of Bastar). The park spreads over an area of approximately 200 sq km comprising mainly of hilly terrain, and derives its name from the Kanger River, which flows throughout its length. Known for its scenic beauty and the unique and rich biodiversity, Kanger Valley attained the status of a National Park in 1982. The Park also has a good amount of tribal population. It is an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, researchers, anthropologists and for anyone who wants to discover the very best of Chhattisgarh wildlife and unique tribes of the region.

Flora and Fauna – Kanger Valley National Park

The flora in the park chiefly comprises of mixed moist deciduous type of forests with predominance of Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees. In fact, the Kanger Valley is the only region in the Peninsular India where one of the last pockets of virgin and untouched forests still left. Major Wildlife of the Kanger Valley National Park are the Tigers, Leopards, Mouse Deer, Wild Cat, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Jackals, Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena, Rabbits, Pythons, Cobra, Crocodiles, Monitor Lizards and Snakes to name a few. The avian fauna at the Park includes Hill Myna, Spotted Owlet, Red Jungle Fowls, Racket-tailed Drongos, Peacocks, Parrots, Steppe Eagles, Red Spur Fall, Phakta, Bhura Teeter, Tree Pie and Heron among many others.

Places to see in Kanger Valley National Park: Apart from the avid wildlife, the park also has some mesmerizing sight seeing spots. These include:

Tirathgarh Waterfalls

Tirathgarh Waterfalls can be termed as “Milky Fall” because of the white colour of the water as it descends down the rocky slope giving an impression as if milk is falling. The scenic Tirathgarh Falls is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Chhattisgarh. It is located just opposite to Tirathgarh Waterfalls. Water cascading from the beautiful hills surrounding the falls provides splendid views. Splashing streams of water comes down at an incredible speed from a height of more than 100 feet on the river Mugabahar which originates in a lake not very far away from this point. The area surrounding the fall features lush green forests that enhance the beauty of the falls.

Kailash Caves

Kailash Caves are located in the Kanger Valley National Park area near Mikulwada. Discovered recently in 1993, the caves are around 250 meters long and are situated at an altitude of 40 meters above the ground level. It features stalactite and stalagmite formations that offer stunning sight. Access to the cave is through a narrow opening and at the end of the cave is a huge stalagmite formation in the shape of Shivlinga. The hollow walls of the cave, when struck by hand, make incredible musical sounds.

Kanger Dhara

Kanger Dhara is located inside the Kanger Valley National Park. It is a very good picnic spot where individuals and families alike can spend time and have lot of fun. Nice small cascading falls, give one enough space to take a bath and enjoy. The location also presents a beautiful scene of Kanger River going through the forest.

Things to do in Kanger Valley National Park: Sight seeing is one of the best activities here worth enjoying.

Best time to Visit – Kanger Valley National Park: The best season to visit the Kanger Valley is November – June.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest Domestic Airport from Kanger valley national park is Swami Vivekananda Airport, located in Raipur, roughly five and a half hrs drive from the location. It is very well connected to major cities of country like Delhi, Mumbai, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

By Train

The nearest Railway Station is Jagdalpur Railway Station. It is well connected with the cities like Raipur, Bilaspur, Delhi, Puri and Visakhapatnam. There are no direct trains between Kolkata and Jagdalpur. You have to halt at any of the three places: Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar or capital city Raipur. Cars are available on hire from Jagdalpur to national park.

By Road

You have to reach Jagdalpur first so as to reach the national park. There are many ways to reach Jagdalpur. It is 15 Kms from Madpal, 21 Kms from Dhanpunji, 36 Kms from Kotpad, 62 Kms from Boriguma, 114 Kms from Dabugaon, 129 Kms from Ambapani, 133 Kms from Raighar and 290 Kms from Raipur. Chhattisgarh State Road Transport Corporation (CSRTC) and some private bus operators provide good bus service between these areas.

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Where to stay ?

There are as such no hotels or resorts near the national park. You have to stay at Jagdalpur, located at a distance of 19km from the location.

Tourist Rest House (Chhattisgarh Tourism) : www.chhattisgarhtourism.net
Royal Bastar Farm: 91 9406358172, 9406356302 Website:www.royalbastarfarm.com
Hotel Akanksha: +91- 7782 225335, 225336, 222349 Website: www.hotelakanksha.com
Chetak Hotel: +91-099935 09500

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Dantewada

Dantewada, Chhattisgarh – Apart from the scenic beauty there are different sight seeing locations which are worth visiting

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Dantewada is a beautiful district in the south of Bastar region of the Chhattisgarh state. The place derives its name from its presiding deity, Devi Danteshwari, which is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Sati, the epitome of Shakti (strength). It is believed to be one of the 52 sacred shakti peethas (seat of shakti , female power) of Hindu mythology. The hero of epic Ramayana, i.e Lord Rama is believed to have been taken shelter here for sometimes during his 14 years of exile. This region has also been ruled by the Nags, Satwahanas, Nalas and Chalukyas at different periods of history. You may also find traces of Buddhism and Jainism dating back to the 3 rd century AD can be seen here.  Dantewada is blessed with spectacular natural beauty having tall and long series of hills and profuse greenery of the sal and teak forests. The meandering rivers, Indravati, Godavari & Shabhari flowing through out the district enhances the natural beauty of the place. The perennial rivers like Shankhini and Dankiny creates panoramic water falls at different sites of the district. The forest of the region is a home to several wildlife species of which 2 are native to the area – the Pahadi Maina and the Wild Buffalo. Several tribal groups, like Maria, Muria, Dhurwa, Halba, Bhatra, and Gonds inhibit the region. They are renowned for their artistic excellence and produce outstanding terracotta, bell metal and bamboo-craft artisans. Dantewada is also a mineral rich area having minerals like Iron Ore, Uranium, corundum, granite, graphite, limestone and marble. Dantewada shares borders with three states – Maharashtra to the west, Orissa to the East and Andhra Pradesh to the south – each with a very different culture. As such, Dantewada’s culture is a rare and unique blend of all of these, with its own tribal traditions.

Places to see in Dantewada: Apart from the scenic beauty there are also different sight seeing locations which are also worth visiting. These include:

Bailadila

Mountain range, famous in the world for the enormous & top quality deposits of Iron ore. Total 14 reserves have been discovered in this range out of which the mining activities are going on in 3 deposits. As this range of mountain contains peaks that look like the humps of the ox at different places, this range of mountains is called as “Baila Dila”, meaning the hump of ox, in the local language. Bailadila has been established as an Industrial area that has been divided into two towns, namely Bacheli (29 KMs from Dantewada) & Kirandul (41 KMs from Dantewada). The Iron Ore mines are situated at the top most peak of this mountain range known as “Aakash Nagar”, which can be visited with prior permission from NMDC (National Mineral Development Corporation). A 22 KMs lengthy Ghat Road, that leads the visitors from Bacheli to Aakash Nagar thrills them with serpentine twists and offers a bird eye view of the entire region through out the journey.  Apart from understanding the mining activities of NMDC, one can enjoy the pleasant locality of Aakash Nagar, which is stretched into the blue sky, offering the visitors a panoramic view of the green forests and beautiful landscapes. Similarly 12 Kms Ghat Road from Kirandul takes the visitors to Kailash Nagar, yet another peak of Bailadila range. Kailash Nagar is equally beautiful as Aakash Nagar. One can find the rare and wonderful deposits of “Blue Dust” the sand like blue colored Iron Ore, which satisfies one’s quest to come in encounter with the wonders of Mother Nature.

Danteshwari Temple

This ancient temple is at the confluence of the Dankini and Shankini rivers, about one and a half hours from Jagdalpur. It was built by the Chalukya kings of Bastar in honour of their family Goddess, Devi Danteshwari, who is venerated by both Hindus and tribals in the entire Bastar region (Danteshwari is believed to be the new name of Manikeshwari, the family Goddess of the Naga Dynasty who preceeded the Chalukyas). The temple is divided into four parts – Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The first two are constructed using stone. The temple itself has been constructed at various times, but the sanctum sanctorum is believed to be more than 800 years old. A Garud Pillar has been erected in front of the temple entrance.The Danteshwari Temple really comes to life during the Bustar Dassera festival season. Men have to wear a lungi to enter the temple.

Memory Pillars of Gama-wada

14 km from Dantewada, on the way to Bacheli, the small village of Gama Wada has giant stone pillars, erected centuries ago by the local tribes in memory of their deceased relatives.

Nearby attractions around Dantewada: You may also enjoy short trips to places like:

Barsoor

Located on the banks of the Indrawati river, about 32km (a one and a half to two hour drive)from Dantewada, Barsoor was once an epicentre of Hindu civilization. It is believed that there were once 147 temples and an equal number of ponds here. The ruins of these temples, dating back to the 10 th and 11 th centuries (i.e. over 1,000 years old) can be seen even today. Some beautiful images of Lord Vishnu can also be seen.One Shiva temple, with 12 carved stone pillars, has nude figures on the outside. Another Shiva temple has 32 carved stone pillars, a black granite Nandi (Shiva’s carrier) bull, and two sanctum sanctorum, with a common court. The ruins of this temple have been recently restored. A 50 foot high temple, known locally as Mama-bhanja-ka-mandir (temple of the maternal uncle and nephew), is in good condition, but lacks an idol. It is not clear to which deity the temple was consecrated, or even if it was ever consecrated. The biggest attraction though, is the Ganesha Temple. While the temple itself is in ruins, two sandstone images of Ganesh, both in the aspect of Maha-Ganapati, are amazingly intact. The larger of these, and the more impressive, is about 8 feet high and over 17 feet wide.

Bodhghat Sath Dhar

6 KMs from Barsur, river Indravati divides into 7 parts to form one small waterfall.  This spot, fully covered with dense green forests stands to explain the beauty of the combination of the river, water and the mountains. With all its beauty and peaceful locality Sath Dhar is an idle picnic spot.

Things to do in Dantewada: Sightseeing to different places and shopping local handicrafts goods from the tribal villages.

Best Time to Visit Dantewada: October to February are the best months to visit Dantewada.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest Airport is Raipur having regular flights from all major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Indore etc. A drive of 5hrs will take you to Dantewada.

By Rail

Direct trains (South East Railway) are available only from Vishakhapatnam to Bailadila which stops for a while at Dantewada. The nearest railway station is Raipur which is connected with almost all major railheads in India. A drive of 5hrs will take you to Dantewada. It is better to stay overnight at Raipur after a long journey and then head for Dantewada next day.

By Road

Dantewada is connected with Jagadalpur, the nearest town, by State Highway 9.Private Luxury Bus runs regular bus services from all the big cities of Chatthisgarh – Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Rajnandgaon – to Bailadila, and these go via Dantewada. .Dantewada is also connected by road with Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, the neighboring state. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs a regular bus service on this route.

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Where to stay ?

The place of Dantewada has very few accommodation options. These include:

Hotel Madhuban: +91-0756-299006
Regal Lodge (Dantewara Road, Bacheli): +91-07857-230010

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Raipur

Raipur, Chattisgarh – The capital city of Chattisgarh is of great historical significance and an important industrial and commercial destination

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The capital city of Chattisgarh, Raipur is located at the centre of a large plain also referred to as the “rice bowl of India”. Raipur district is important from the historical and archaeological point of view. This district was once part of southern Kosal and considered to be under Maurya Kingdom. Raipur city had been the capital of the Haihaya Dynasty Kalchuri kings, controlling the traditional forts of the Chhattisgarh for a long time. King Ramachandra’s son Brahmdeo Rai had established Raipur and hence it was named as Raipur using his surname. The Mahanadi River flows to the east of the city of Raipur, and the southern side is covered with dense forests. Located centrally in Chhattisgarh, the traditional city has evolved to become an important regional industrial and commercial destination.

Places to see in Raipur: There are a number of sight seeing location in Raipur. These include:

Doodhadhari Temple

Located in the southern region of Raipur near Burha Talab, an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Ram, built by King Jait Singh in 17th century stands with its elaborate carvings. An ancient River Maharaj bandh flows by this landmark. There is also a monastery, named after Swami Balbhadra Das who survived only on ‘Doodh’ (milk) as his food.

Mahamaya Temple

Located in the old fort area of Raipur on the banks of the River Kharoon, a temple dedicated to Devi Mahamaya, another name of Hindu Goddess Durga or Mahishasurmardini, attracts tourists and devotees from all over the Chhattisgarh region.

Ramakrishna Mission

The Ramakrishna Mission Raipur was established in the year 1957. Inside the premise you will find a Ramakrishna Mandir, Math, library, and also different offices of Ramakrishna Mission. The evening arati in Ramakrishna Mission is worth.

Burha Talab

Burha Talab is the largest lake in Raipur city. The beauty of the lake lies in its island situated in the middle of the lake, laced with green trees and gardens.

Gandhi Udhyan

One of the oldest parks of Raipur, Gandhi Udhyan is situated next to the Chief Minister’s residence. This park has recently been renovated.

Shadani Darwar

Located about 10 km from Raipur railway station and only 4 km from the Airport, on the Dhamtari road, Shadani Darbar has beautiful engraved images of gods and avatars (incarnations) that can be seen on the either side of the wall.

Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum

A large collection of ancient inscriptions, images, coins, sculptures of historical importance are displayed in this museum.

Shaheed Smarak Complex

An exceptionally conceptualized architectural marvel – a memorial to freedom fighters, comprises of a huge auditorium, library, museum and an art gallery, located in the heart of the Raipur city.

Maha Kaushal Art Gallery

One of the most important tourist attractions in Raipur is an octagonal shaped art gallery situated near D.K. Hospital exhibiting grabbing art works of the locals.

Budhapara Lake

One of the prime tourist attractions in Raipur built by the Kalchuri emperor King Brahmadeo, Budhapara Lake is a magnificent lake and a beautiful picnic spot.

Vivekanand Ashram

Vivekanand Asram is a place of spiritual enlightenment and a branch of Swami Vivekananda mission inaugurated in 1897.

Nearby attractions around Chattisgarh: From Raipur you can make excursions to places like:

Rajim

It is a religious place situating at 48 km. from Raipur. Rajim is known as the “Prayag” of the Chhattisgarh because it is situated at the meeting point of the Mahanadi, Pairi and Sondur rivers. An ancient temple of Lord Kuleshwar of 14-15 th century is also here. Other famous temples are Temple of Rajivlochan and Rajeshwar temple . Rajivlochan temple , having idol of four handed Lord Vishnu has two ‘Shilalekhs’ which are of 8-9 th century.

Sirpur

It is a historical place situating at 84 km. from Raipur. It was the capital of ‘South Kosal’ from 5th to 8th century. It was an important centre of Bauddha religion from 6th to 10th century. In the 7th century, Whensang from China has came here. Main attractive places are Lakshman temple made of bricks and Anand Prabhu Kutir Vihar.

Arang

Situating on Sambalpur road, at 36 km from Raipur. Arang is an old city. It is also developing as a tourist place due to it’s ancient temples. Some famous temples are Bhandadeval temple, Baghdeval temple and Mahamaya temple. Bhandadeval temple, which is of 11-12th century, is a beautiful example of architecture. This temple has three huge idols made of black stone of Jain Tirthankars. Mahamaya temple has also three huge idols of Jain Tirthankars and a huge stone having all 24 Tirthankars. Other visitable places are Danteshwari temple, Chandi Maheshwari temple, Panchamukhi Mahadev and Panchamukhi hanumman temple.

Things to do in Raipur: Sight seeing is the best thing you can do in Raipur. Make a visit to the temples in the vicinity, or the old fort which stands like a sentinel guarding the town. In the evenings take a stroll along the lovely lakes that dot the town and then head out for shopping of hand crafted arte-facts and textiles to take back home.

Best time to visit Raipur: The best time for a visit Raipur is during the winter season between the months of October to February/March when the climate is pleasant.

How to go ?

By Air

Flights to Raipur will be available regularly, and the city houses one of the most important airports in the state – the Raipur airport. This airport has frequent flights to many destinations (locally) including Delhi, Kolkata, Indore and Bhopal. Flights will also be available to Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar and Hyderabad.

By Train

Trains to the city of Raipur can be taken from Delhi, Nagpur, Mumbai and other cities like Chennai and Bhubaneshwar. From Kolkata, trains like Mumbai mail, Azad Hind Express, Ahmedabad Express etc. halts at Raipur.

By Road

Raipur is well connected to all cities of Chattisgarh and also other major cities in the country via regular buses.

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Where to stay ?

You can find a no. of nice hotels and resorts in Raipur. Some options are:

Hotel Grand Arjun: +91-0771-2224301, 02, 03, 04, 4280301 Website:www.hotelgrandarjun.com
Hotel Radhika: +91-077122 33806
Hotel Chattisgarh: www.chhattisgarhtourism.net
Hotel Celebration: +91-0771-4092990,91,92,93,94,95 Website: www.celebrationworld.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Bhoramodeo

Bhoramodeo, Chattisgarh – With spectacular and intricately carved temples, this place is ideally named as the Khajuraho of Chattisgarh

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Situated in Kawardha , the north-western Chhattisgarh district Bhoramodeo is often called the “Khajuraho of Chattisgarh”. The picturesque Maikal hills and dense forests make an immensely beautiful blend of nature. The location is famous for the spectacular temple of Lord Shiva. The magnificent sculpture of the temple is breath-takingly beautiful. The intricately carved walls and pillars of the temple are cause of wonder. The idols of elephants and lions are queued up on the top, enhances the decorative look of the temple. The temple has idols mainly those of Uma-Maheswar, Natraj, Narsimha, Vaman, Krishna, Surya, Kaal, Bhairava, Nritya Ganesh, Kartikeya, Tandul, Shivgang, Chamunda, Ambika, Sapta-Matrika and Laxmi-Narayan. You can find traces of ‘Ram-Katha’ engraved in stones. Amidst a variety of idols the erotic sculptures of the temple are known worldwide for their beautiful carving. The different sensual poses,  reflects the lifestyle of those historic periods.

Places to see in Bhoramodeo: Apart from the mesmerizing Shiva temple, there are also some other visiting spots in Bhoramodeo. These include:

Madwa Mahal

The “Madwa Mahal” near the Bhoramdeo temple is another beautiful  historic monument, worth seeing. Just one km. away from Bhoramdeo , Madwa Mahal is known as the memorial of the marriage of Nagwanshi king and Haihawanshi Queen. ‘Madwa’ is a word from the local dialect synonymous to marriage pandal. Madwa Mahal was originally a Shiv temple but due its shape, like a marriage shamiyana, it is known as “Madwa Mahal”. Madwa Mahal was originally a Shiv temple but due its shape, like a marriage shamiyana, it is known as “Madwa Mahal”. It is also called Dullhadeo. Nagwanshi emperor Ramchandra Deo has built it in 1349 A.D. The Shiva Linga is inside the ‘Garbha Grih’ and the ‘Mandap rests upon 16 pillars’. The erogenous idols of this temple are also extremely beautiful. On the outer walls there are as many as 54 erotic sculptures in different poses. They are artistically significant.

Chherki Mahal

This temple is also situated in Shankari-Cherki basin at village Chaura (ancient Chawarapur) near the Mandawa Mahal. The temple is made of brick with plaster. The Cherki Mahal is smaller in size incomparison to those of Bhoramdeo temple and Madwa Mahal. The brick structured temple is 0.5 km away from Madwa Mahal having the main entrance in the east. Nagwamshi emperor had built this Mahal or temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the 14th century.

Banjari Mata Mandir

Banjari Mata Mandir is a very popular temple of Raipur. It is believed that the temple was established by Shree Harish Joshi. According to folklore Shree Harish Joshi found a stone looking like an idol of Banjari Mata. After discovering the idol he started to worship and hence got the attention of the local people. Since then that particular spot has been converted into a temple.

Nearby attractions around Bhoramodeo: Located at a distance of 16.7 km from Bhoramodeo temple, Kawardha now named as Kabirdham is a peaceful and attractive place located on the Southern bank of river Sakri. Due to the advent of Kabir Sahib and the establishment of the seat of descendants of his disciple Dharmdas, it was named as Kabirdham. It is a treasure trove of breathtaking scenery & fascinating reminders of India’s rich cultural heritage. The site houses a wonderful palace. This lovely property was build in the 1930s by Maharaj Dharamraj Singh using the best Italian marble and stone, stands out in the 11 acres of lush green garden.

Things to do at Bhoramodeo: Sight seeing is all you can enjoy in Bhoramodeo.

Best time to visit Bhoramodeo: The best time for a visit Raipur is during the winter season between the months of October to February/March when the climate is pleasant.

How to go ?

By Air

Chhattisgarh has a domestic airport in state capital, Raipur, which is connected to almost all the important airports of the country. Indian Airlines operate frequent flights to Raipur from various destinations of India. From Raipur buses and taxis are available for different parts of the state.

By Rail

Raipur and Bilaspur are two major railway heads of Chhattisgarh. These railway stations are served by a number of express trains from all over the country.

By Road

Good network of roads criss-cross the state of Chhattisgarh. National Highway No. 6, 16 and 43 connect all the important cities and towns of Chhattisgarh with each other and also with other parts of the country.

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Where to stay ?

Bhoramodeo offers very few accommodation options. Some of these are:

Bhoramodeo Jungle Retreat: www.bhoramdeojungleretreat.com
Tourist Rest House (Chattisgarh): +91-0771-4224600, 4224611, 4224622, 18001026415
Website: www.chhattisgarhtourism.net

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur, Chattisgarh – With lush green mountains, frivolous streams and waterfalls, Jagdalpur is a perfect retreat for the nature lovers

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Jagdalpur is the city located in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh. It is the administrative headquarter of the Bastar district and was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Bastar.The history of Jagdalpur dates back to the ages of Valmiki’s Ramayana. It was the famous Dandakaranya from where Lord Rama is supposed to have passed. With the evergreen mountains, the deep valleys, dense forests, streams, waterfalls, caves, national parks, the marvellous monuments, rich natural resources, the magic herbs, enthusiastic festivity and the serene solitude, Jagdalpur is a magical tourists spot. The site also boasts of its royal past. The beautiful Bastar Palace is an example of this.

Places to see in Jagdalpur: Jagdalpur is a mixed bag, with varied sightseeing spots. These include:

Bastar Palace

Bastar Palace, also known as Jagdalpur Palace, is a famous monument in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, built by the rulers of Bastar kingdom when they shifted their headquarters from Barsur to Jagdalpur. The palace is steeped in legends of heroism and chivalry of these kings, and has a rich wealth of art and architectural work that illustrates their refined aesthetic sensibility.

Indravati National Park

Indravati National Park, established in 1975, spans an area of 2,273 sq km on the south-east of river Indravati. Rich in natural beauty, it comprises a series of hill ranges and tropical mixed deciduous forests that are home to wild buffaloes and hill mynah, the most important species in this national park. Other fauna of the park are tiger, sloth bear, panther, gaur, bluebull (nilgai), chital, sambhar, chousinga, barking deer, wild boar, chinkara, wild dogs, jungle cat, langoor, black buck, jackals, hyena, fox, python, monitor lizards, steppe eagle, phakta, bhura teetar, kala teetar, tree pie and drongo. The park is a favorite haunt of photographers, adventure seekers, nature lovers and also ordinary holiday makers.

Zonal Anthropological Museum

Located at Jagdalpur, Zonal Anthropological Museum exhibits the ethnographic objects of the tribes of Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Library facilities are available.

Nearby attractions around Jagdalpur: Chitrakot Waterfalls, about 38 km to the west of Jagdalpur, is a beautiful cataract on the river Indravati. Chitrakot, with an awesome height of 100 ft, is also considered a mini-Niagara because of its horse-shoe shape. The main attraction for travelers is the play of rainbow hues on the falls. To enjoy the beauty of this milky cascade amidst the dark of the night, you may stay at hotels and resorts available around Chitrakoot.

Things to do in Jagdalpur: Sightseeing in Jagdalpur is really a delightful experience. Apart from

Best time to visit Jagdalpur: The best season to visit Jagdalpur is the winter season in the months of October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest Domestic Airport from Jagdalpur is Swami Vivekananda Airport, located in Raipur, roughly four hour drive from the city. It is very well connected to major cities of country like Delhi, Mumbai, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Chandigarh, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

By Train

It has its own Railway Station named as Jagdalpur Railway Station. It is well connected with the cities like Raipur, Bilaspur, Delhi, Puri and Visakhapatnam. There are no direct trains between Kolkata and Jagdalpur. You have to halt at any of the three places: Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneshwar or capital city Raipur.

By Road

There are many ways to reach Jagdalpur. It is 15 Kms from Madpal, 21 Kms from Dhanpunji, 36 Kms from Kotpad, 62 Kms from Boriguma, 114 Kms from Dabugaon, 129 Kms from Ambapani, 133 Kms from Raighar and 290 Kms from Raipur. Chhattisgarh State Road Transport Corporation (CSRTC) and some private bus operators provide good bus service between these areas.

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Where to stay ?

Jagdalpur has an array of accommodation options. Some informations are given below:

Tourist Rest House (Chattisgarh Tourism): www.chhattisgarhtourism.net
Royal Bastar Farm: 91 9406358172, 9406356302 Website: www.royalbastarfarm.com
Hotel Akanksha: +91- 7782 225335, 225336, 222349 Website: www.hotelakanksha.com
Chetak Hotel: +91-099935 09500

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Baranawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Baranawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Chattisgarh – A true delight for the wildlife lovers

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Baranawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh. This is one of the finest and important wildlife sanctuaries in the region. This sanctuary was established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. It is relatively a small one covering an area of only 245 sq km. The sanctuary rests over a flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 mts. The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife.

Wildlife attractions in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

The varieties of wildlife available in Barnawapara Sanctuary include mostly Tigers, Sloth bear, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python to name a few. The sanctuary also has a good no. of bird population of which the prominent are Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons. The sanctuary is really a paradise for the wild life enthusiasts.

Flora diversity in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

The flora of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary mainly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Terminalia being the prominent trees. Other major plants found in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Ber and Tendu. The rich and lush vegetation cover supports a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary.

Things to do in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary: Explore the wildlife sanctuary properly. The diverse wildlife species and the floras will astonish you.

Best time to visit Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary: The best time to visit the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is from November to June.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest Airport is Swami Vivekananda Airport, located in Raipur from Barnawapara, roughly 100 Kms from the place. It is connected to various cities of India.

By Train

The nearest Railway station is Mahasamund Railway Station from Barnawapara, roughly 60 Kms from the town. There is also an availability of direct trains from different parts of the country to Mahasamund.

By Road

You have to reach Raipur (the capital city) first which is 103km from Baranawapara. Barnawapara is well connected with Raipur and is just three hour drive from the town. It is also linked with the PWD forest road, which links Barnawapara to Raipur through Patewa and Pithora on National Highway 6.

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Where to stay ?

You may stay at Muba Resorts located near the sanctuary.
For further information please contact: +91-9770623046, 9303037453, 9301977677
Website:www.mubaresorts.com

There are also a number of+91-0771-4224600, 4224611,4224622, 18001026415.
www.chhattisgarhtourism.net

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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chandrapur pul

Chandrapur, Chhattisgarh – A picturesque village in the Champa district

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The mighty river Mahanadi, miles of green paddy fields with hillocks on the horizon and a temple dating back to the 14th century greet us at Chandrapur, a picturesque village in the Champa district of Chhattisgarh. A perfect getaway for an extended weekend.

Chandrapur is 31km from Raigarh and 588km from Howrah. The journey by road from Raigarh to Chandrapur is refreshing: There is lush green beauty on both sides. Clusters of hillocks dotting the paddy fields add to the attraction.

Giant mango and babool trees line the road. Chandrapur is famous for its Shiva temple. The main temple was built by the king of Vidarva in the 14th century and reconstructed early in the 19th century. Vibrant motifs and compositions adorn the walls of the temple complex. The main entrance is a mix of bright green and red. Right on top sits Lord Ganesha, blessing devotees as they enter. Tableaux depicting episodes from The Mahabharata are displayed all along the way from the entrance to the temple.

Small shops, selling items of worship, plastic toys, handicrafts and soapstone artefacts, are scattered around the temple premises. Small eateries sell snacks and tea. A trustee board manages the temple. People from across the country, particularly Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and different parts of Chhattisgarh, come here to pray. Tribals from across the state also come to the temple.

Chandrapur temple is situated by the river Mahanadi and a dip before offering puja is considered holy. You get a panoramic view of the river from the temple balcony. Fishing boats can be seen bobbing in the waters. The view is even more enchanting on a moonlit night, as the opposite bank dotted with hillocks forms a silhouette against a silvery sky.

How to go ?

Gitanjali Express and Mumbai Mail via Nagpur pass through Raigarh, from where we can take an autorickshaw or a car to reach Chandrapur.

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Where to stay ?

The trustee board runs a guesthouse within the temple complex. Raigarh also has a number of hotels. For further information you can visit CHHATTISGARH TOURISM BOARD website www.cgtourism.choice.gov.in. Nearby places of interest are Amargufa and Ecopark at Ram Jharna.

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