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Welcome to CHHATTISGARH

There are a variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh most of which lies 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.

 

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PLACES OF INTEREST

Bastar

is covered by high mountains, valleys, streams, waterfalls, natural caves, and natural parks, and forests, dense jungles full of bamboo, sal, teak, wood, sheesam and bija.

Bastar is a tribal district. The district headquarters are at Jagdalpur. Bastar district was divided into three districts Bastar, Kanker and Dantewada in the year 1999.

The district of Bastar is located in the southern part of Chhattisgarh and situated at a height of 2000 ft above sea level .The borders of Bastar district are Kanker district in the north, Maharashtra in the west, Dantewada district in the south and Orissa in the east. The District head quarter Jagdalpur is situated approximately at a distance of 300 km from Raipur, which is the capital of Chhattisgarh state.

Jagdalpur
Jagdalpur, the district headquarters of Bastar,It is a small town, easily explore able on foot. It is green and beautiful. One can walk through the streets of Jagdalpur and can reach the 70 year old palace of Bastar. Many wonderful waterfalls and lakes are located nearby.

Lakes

The Ganga Munda and Dalpat Sagar lakes are on the river Indravati

Dalpat Sagar is the largest artificial lake in Chhattisgarh. It was created over 400 years ago by Raja Dalpat Deo Kakatiya to harvest rain water. Today, it is a major source of fish.

One can shop for tribal handicrafts during Dassera and Diwali at the night Gole Bazar and at the Kumhara Para area. As one drives on National Highway (NH) 16 to the west of Jagdalpur, one can see the Maria Menhirs, monumental stones erected for the dead. It is customary to drop a pinch of chewing tobacco at the foot of the menhir, as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

Chitrakot Waterfall

Chitrakot Waterfall is the largest waterfall in India, linked to the Niagara Falls. About 38 km to the west of Jagdalpur - a one hour drive on an excellent road - this spectacular fall is formed when the river Indravati abruptly collapses into a 100 feet deep cavern. The mouth of the fall, when in full excess, is over 1,000 feet wide.

Chitrakot is a horse-shoe shaped waterfall, best seen during and after the monsoon, between July and October.

Tiratgarh Waterfall

Tiratgarh Waterfall is 300 ft high waterfall situated in the Kanger Valley National Park about 35 km south of Jagdalpur. The Tiratgarh fall splits into multiple falls, creating a stunning view. While the Tiratgarh falls are not as wide as Chitrakot, you may stand almost under them, or walk across the top to sit on a rock rising up out of the middle. Well maintained steps lead down to the bottom. There is a small temple on a large rock opposite the falls. All around are the ruins of a 1,000 year old, advanced, Hindu civilization. Tiratgarh is a lovely picnic spot for tourists.

The best time to visit is from October to February.

Mandawa Waterfall

Mandawa waterfall is about 12 km from Tokapal of Jagdalpur.

Chitrashara Waterfall

Chitrashara waterfall is about 19 km from Jagdalpur, in Potanar village.

Religious place

Barsoor

Barsoor is located on the banks of the Indrawati, and is about 75 km from Jagdalpur. The place is situated to the south west of Jagdalpur. Barsoor was once an epicentre of Hindu civilization. It is believed that there were 147 temples and an equal number of ponds here. The ruins of these temples, dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries can be seen even today. Some beautiful images of Lord Vishnu can also be seen.

Wildlife and Parks

Wildlife Bastar has a fair variety of avifauna, both resident and migratory. Most of the migratory birds visit during winter, to glean the paddy fields after the kharif crop has been harvested.

Kanger Valley NationalPark

The park is at a distance of about 35 km from Jagdalpur. There are wild animals and some beautiful birds like the state bird, the Bastar Myna.

Other species of avifauna include partridges (which nest in shrubs outside villages and run almost as fast as they fly), cattle egret, pond heron, babblers, parrots and parakeets, blue jay, wagtails, quails (both black and grey varieties), bulbul , koel , fly catchers, woodpeckers, sun bird and weaver bird.

Major wildlife species include blue bull, Chinkara, black buck, Sambhar, Barking Deer, wild dog, wild boar, jackals, hyena, crocodiles, Tigers and Indian sloth.