in Chhattisgarh, India
(Jagdalpur – district headquarter) is a vital component of Chhattisgarh
tourism and is popular with tourists due to its beauty, folk
culture and historical remains. Bastar is blessed with plenty of
mineral resources and rich natural beauty which comprises of beautiful
green valleys, resplendent rivers, cascading waterfalls and dense
forests. From wildlife to greenery, history and heritage, you can
find it all here at Bastar. The majority of population found here
comprises of tribals.
Where is Bastar Located? Bastar is located in the southern
region of the state of Chhattisgarh and is flanked by Kanker district
in the North, Dantewada in the South, Orissa in the East and Maharashtra
in the West. Bastar is well connected by roadways and the Indian
Railways. Rivers in Bastar include Indravati, Mahanadi, Sabari
and Sankahni, etc.
There is a lot you can see and experience while in Bastar. This
Valley National Park: If you have an inherent love for
nature, you will thoroughly enjoy your visit to the Kanger
Valley National Park which is home to diverse fauna &
amazing wilderness. Named after the Kanger River and stretching
across almost 34kms, the valley is abundant with both sal
and teak forests. You are sure to spot tigers, panthers, wild
pigs, jackals, sambhars, hyenas, rabbits, snakes, water birds,
pheasants and dragonflies etc here.
2. Indravati National Park: Named after the river Indravati,
the Indravati National Park is home to green forests and fauna
which include tigers, squirrels, wild buffalos and nilgai.
If you are looking for peace and serenity, you should definitely
experience this beautiful National Park.
Cascading Waterfalls in Bastar
1. Tirathgarh Falls: These falls of the Kanker River can
be found around 39 kms south west of Jagdalpur and are a must-see
when in Bastar.
2. Chitrakote Falls / Chitrakot Waterfalls: If you are in
Bastar, especially between July and October, you’ve got to
visit the picturesque Chitrakot waterfalls on the river Indravati.
Just about 38 kms from Jagdalpur, the dynamic Chitrakote falls are
approx 96 ft high and have an interesting horse-shoe shape. Once
you have a look at these majestic falls, you will understand why
the Chitrakot are compared with the great Niagra falls.
waterfalls in Bastar include Mandra Falls, Lankapalli, Chitradhara
and Tamra Ghomar, etc.
Caves in Bastar
& Kailash Gupha: A visit to Bastar is incomplete without
visiting the mesmerising caves of Kutumsar and Kailash gupha
which are located in the Kanger Valley National Park, about
35 - 40 kms south-west of Jagdalpur. An interesting feature
that you can enjoy watching is the natural stalactites and
stalagmites within the caves. The Kutumsar caves are believed
to be the second largest caves in the world. The common belief
is that you can see a beautiful shiva linga at the end of
the Kailash cave which is considered holy by the tribals.
in Bastar include the Dandak Cave and other smaller caves
such as Kanger, Karpan and Devgiri. There are forest guides
available who will assist you in finding your way around.
& Heritage of Bastar
The most famous museum
in Bastar is the Tribal Museum by the Anthropological Society of
India, located in Jagdalpur. On display are a number of interesting
items that can attract the attention and interest in tourists. These
include Tribal handicraft items such as terracotta, bamboo and wood
craft, bell metal and wrought iron, etc. Cotton fabrics are also
is the most famous festival here in Chhattisgarh and is devoted
to the Goddess Devi Danteshwari. Members of all the different tribes
celebrate this festival with a lot of fanfare and high spirits.
Other festivals include the Chariot procession, the Bhagoriya Festival
and the Madai festival which involves the sacrifice of a goat to
Staying in Chhattisgarh
In addition to hotels located in Jagdalpur, you can also stay at
Government run Rest Houses during your stay in Bastar, Chhattisgarh.
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