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

Art City of Chhattisgarh

Kondagaon

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.

KESHKAL GHAT

Keshkal Ghati

Keshkal Ghati

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.

CHITRAKOOT

Chitrakote Falls

The Spectacular View of Chitrakote Falls

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

KANGER VALLEY PARK

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

Zonal Anthropological Museum

The Zonal Anthropological Museum in 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.

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Chhattisgarh came into existence as a state on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 south-eastern districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh. It shares its border with six states, namely Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the north-east, Madhya Pradesh in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes its varied crafts, folk dance, food and theatre, and attractive natural diversity. It is also home to some of India’s ancient caves, finest waterfalls, picturesque palaces, temples, Buddhist sites, rock paintings, hill plateaus and rare wildlife. While the northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, the central part is fertile plain. Mountains, plateaus and plains constitute roughly a third each of the state’s physiography. Major rivers of the state include Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari, Narmada, Hasdo, Shivnath and Arpa. Identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in the country, Chhattisgarh has one of the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, several species of exotic flora and fauna and abundant non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition. Following its formation as a state, the nine original districts were further bifurcated, and as a result, the state now has 27 district administrative units. In the last phase of reorganization of districts, nine new districts were created and notified on 26 January 2012 to bring administration and governance closer to people, and also to address the spatial and other challenges that the state faces. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the state’s land surface. Last but not the least important to mention is the lure of exotic tribal life of Chhattisgarh that acts as a magnet to attract tourist to the city of Chhattisgarh. *Copyright of Pictures and Information in this page might belong to someone else as all the data in this page are taken from different sources.

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