Chatisgarh, a country of waterfalls, forests and rich cultural heritage, has many gifts for travelers. Far from the hustle and bustle that is destroying the monotonous lifestyle of modern man, it offers much more than the wildest expectations of an escapist. Chatisgarh remains a mystery awaiting exploration, and entices the traveler with its natural charm and biodiversity.
established in 2000, this state was cut from Madhya Pradesh. There are a total of sixteen districts, many of which were former princely states. Three national parks and eleven wildlife sanctuaries scatter the state, which in itself speaks volumes about the vast forest cover. This state has been blessed with rivers and waterfalls. Mahanadi, Indravati, Shivnat, Hansdea, Arpa, Pairi, Harun, Maniari Jonk, Shabri, Dunkini-Shankini, Mand, Tandula, Ib and Kotri. important rivers. The main waterfalls are Chitrakote, Tyratgarh, Kanger, Gupteshwar, Malaykundam, Saat Dara, Ranida, Rajpuri, Kendai, Tata-Pani, Damera Tamda-Humar, Mendri-Humar. Chitrakote Falls is a fascinating spectacle that compares it to Niagra’s horseshoe-shaped falls. Wildlife includes tigers, leopards, wild boars, langurs, rhesus monkeys, etc. Rice, sugar cane, legumes, bananas and wheat are the main crops.
Hatsisgarh, although only seven years old, is an ancient land, which in ancient texts, inscriptions and in the travels of foreign travelers is called Dakshin Kosala. It has a significant tribal population (32.5%) compared to 7.8% in the rest of India. Extremely rich in natural resources, Chatisgarh boasts of having 12% of India’s forests. The Vindhyachal mountain ranges dominate the state. Spectacular waterfalls add wild colorful beauty, and together with hills – a holiday for eyes. In addition, there are a number of ancient caves containing strange formations of stalactites and stalagmites that needed to grow.
The languages spoken are Hindi and local dialects. There are also a number of festivals such as Polo, Navajo, Dusehra, Deepavali, Holi, Howardhan Puja that are celebrated fun and festively. The main mode of transport is road, which is extremely well maintained. The distance of 400 km can be easily covered in less than 6 hours. The main religions are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and tribal.
Places to visit
Bastar is one of the largest areas of India, which has a predominantly tribal population and remains a mystery to many travelers. This place is a powerful combination of antiquity and modernity with lots of natural beauty and cultural diversity. More than 60% of the land is under forest cover, which largely indicates the importance of the tribal population. The government’s policy is to develop this sensitive area through sustainable tourism.
An area of maiden forest, diverse flora and fauna, ancient caves, waterfalls and rivers in the Kanger Valley – a place for botanists, adventurers and artists dream. Danteshwari, the guardian deity of the royal house of Bastar, is said to have brought the fleeing king to safety from invaders on these forest hills.
Tribal people make up nearly three-quarters of Bastar’s population, each with their own culture of spirits, deities, dialects, customs and eating habits. One notable aspect of this indigenous population is how they transfer themselves, whether to a local home (weekly market) or for other purposes. I am sure that men and women, balancing huge loads, walk in one file with baskets on their heads and children on their hips. The farmer Muria from North Bastar is more settled and best known for his goth. This is a special place for young unmarried boys and girls who meet farther from adults, where they pursue their own unique system of social education, which also includes music, dances, stories, etc.
Bastar is also famous for simple and complex crafts, which are a wonderful combination of antique and modern. The taste of Bastar’s craft in the Harapan and Indus Valley increases their appeal among connoisseurs. Kandagaon, Narayanpur and Jagdalpur are famous for their terracotta products such as elephants with bells and a selection of decorative pots and countertops. Jagdalpur is also known for weaving silk braid.
Products made of bells and wrought iron are part of the artwork of Kandahaon and Jagdalpur. Some of the best works of bustard crafts are on display in many five-star hotel lobbies and city shops in India.
It would be a great omission not to mention the waterfalls, rivers, flora and fauna of this region. Wide tracts of rice fields, endless space of untouched forest and a dazzling range of flora, fauna and ancient caves make this place one of the best biodiversity options on our planet.
Trees such as teak, salt, syrsa, tamarind, amla and mahua form a major part of this diverse landscape. The forest is home to a number of endangered species, and the bastard hill of Myna is at the top of the list. This is a unique bird, perhaps the only one that can mimic a human voice to get a real-time effect. Campsites are provided, especially in the camp at Chitrakote Falls, which offers an experience that can be cherished.
Bilaspur is better known for its Kosa silk and its quality. It is the second largest city in the state. The city is about 400 years old, and the name comes from Bhilas, meaning little fish. The town of Bilaspur can be used by the gates of the almost undiscovered northern Chatisgarh.
Sirpur is a small town about 84 km from Raipur, the capital of Chatisgarh. It is well known for its archaeological sites. This city is located on the banks of the Mahanadi River and has a rich heritage of cultural heritage and architecture. In ancient times Sirpur was a well-known center of study and art due to its political stability and religious tolerance.
Laxman Temple in Sirpur
This brick temple is one of the best brick temples in the country. Its original pattern, exquisite carving and precise design with stunning symmetry are unique. In this temple of the panhrata type there is Mandap (Asylum), Antral (Passage) and Garbh Grich (main house). On either side of the entrance are many incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the decorative symbols of Krishna Lila, erogenous images and Vaishnava Dwarpala, which gives the temple a purely historical look. It is believed that the temple was built by Emperor Magad Suryavaman in 650 AD.
This festival is celebrated in Amavasiya from the month of the Hindu calendar Bhadrapad, which mainly falls in August. As an agricultural state, Polo in Chatsigarh is of particular importance as it celebrates the veneration of oxen during the year they render.
It is celebrated at the Bhadrapad Skula Punchami with a Hindu calender that falls mostly in August. As the name implies, the celebration of the new harvest begins. People wear new clothes, pray in temples and share a variety of recipes made on this day.
Dushara in Chhattisgarh is of particular importance because of the different ways of celebrating it. Although Dusehara is celebrated as the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after his victory over Ravana throughout India, in Bastar it is celebrated for other reasons. It is about the importance of Danteshwari Davy in the lives of the people there.
Located 18 km from Kawarda on the Raipur-Jabalpur road, on the banks of the Sankara River, among the hills of Satpur and their picturesque valleys, the temples of Baramdea have a special appeal to lovers of history and archeology. The temples were built by the famous King Ramachandra of the Nag dynasty. These temples are magnificent examples of modern architecture and have sculptures similar to the Khajuraha temples.
How to get there
The capital of Raipur Hatisgarh is connected with other cities of the country by air and rail.
There are two national highways connecting Chatisgarh with the rest of India:
* NH 6, which runs west-east from Nagpur in Maharashtra to Orissa, where it branches off into Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.
* NH43 (one of India’s most well-laid national highways) runs from north to south from Kawarda through Raipur to Jagdalpur and to Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
Summers can be uncomfortably hot, with temperatures rising above 40 degrees. The monsoon, which runs from mid-June to October, is a great time to visit with rains that provide respite from the heat, and the entire state is engulfed in greenery. This season the waterfalls create spectacular views. Winter, which runs from November to January, is also convenient to visit, with temperatures dropping and the air becoming less humid.
If at all you get the opportunity to visit Chhattisgarh, believe me, it will be a unique experience. So grab it with both hands!