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, 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 ?
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.
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.
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.
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.