5 PLACES TO VISIT IN BASTAR
Bastar is surreal pleasure, the moment you set foot in the island of Saal and Sagon, from the foothills of the Narayanpur, the gateway of Bastar; to the very heart of Bastar, you are in for a blissful venture of life in the bosom of Mother Nature.
Shortlisting 5 places for your first visit or revisit to Bastar is a perplexing task as there are many more worth the list but we will just flip 5 for your travel diary.
Kondagaon lies in the NH 43 about 5 hours journey by road from Raipur the capital of Chhattisgarh.
Clinks and clunks of bell metal will welcome you as you enter the SHILP (ART) CITY OF CHHATTISGARH world renowned for its Bell metal craft and artisan.
Although there are plenty of places to camp around in Kondagaon itself but the sheer artistry you would find in the artisan hoods and emporiums scattered in the town would take your breath away and you would crave to stay more than you scheduled, to Immerse in the culture and lore of the not so sleepy town.
A word of advice: carry a bit more cash if you want to get that beautiful bell-metal or bamboo gift for your beloved one.
As you dust of the heat and sweat of the Chhattisgarh plateaus yonder the Kanker district on the way to Kondagaon, you will be greeted by one of the most beautiful Ghats/Valley you would have ever seen! The Keshkal Ghats. The Ghats of Keshkal are breathtaking topsy-turvy entrance to what was formerly known as Bastar Riasat (kingdom). Surrounded by steep misty hillocks that trails through the range of Bastar hills, as you climb up, you are greeted by patriarchs of yore; centurions of Bastar- the famous Saal trees and a variety of plants that were planted by the local tribes and British road engineers pre-independence. A word of advice: carry avomine if a bus ride uphill cause you nausea and vomiting.
Also known as the MINI NIAGRA FALLS of INDIA, the CHITRAKOOT waterfalls, the widest in India, is a cascading spire of a billion gallon of waters of river Indravati. The falls forms a horseshoe shaped gorge, making the waterfalls a splendid showcase especially in the month of July and August, when the Indrāvati brims with the monsoon bliss.
A word of advice: keep your cam`s battery charged, to capture that rainbow splashed selfie with the waterfalls .
KANGER VALLEY PARK
Enlisted in the LONLEY PLANET`s, KANGER VALLEY is a reserved sanctuary, skirting by the river Kanger, spread around in about 200 Sq. km.
The moist deciduous woods, filled with critters and many endangered flora and fauna would refresh your lungs and soul. Tigers, Leopards, Barking Deer, Jackals, Langurs, Rhesus Macaque, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrel, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena, red-listed Hill Myna, Spotted Owlet, are but a few of the bio-diversified heartthrobs of the park your DSLR would lust for. Apart from the wildlife, this exotic reserve hosts many marvels of nature like the Teerathgarh waterfalls, the stalagmite and stalactite Kutumsar caves etc.
A word of advice: Bring a diary. Jot down your adventure through the reserve. Memories for a lifetime .
ZONAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL MUSEUM JAGDALPUR
The zonal anthropological museum located in Jagdalpur is a portal of the heart and history of the Bastar and the Bastaria.
The museum is about 2 kms from the city of Jagdalpur. It hosts archeological findings, tribal props from bygone eras, historic contributions of the region of Bastar In the quest for India`s independence.The knowledgeable staff and the terracotta themed deco of the museum will mesmerize you.
A word of advice: don’t touch the props.