From the Archive – Part 2 (Chhattisgarh)

A Road Trip of the Lifetime.

A road trip that covered Chitrakoot and Tirathgarh Waterfalls, Kotumsar Caves, and Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.








All that this less explored state has to offer








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Chitrakote & Tirathgarh Waterfall

272 KILO METERS FROM BHILAI


Luckily, before I completed five years of my law school in Kolkata, I was able to make one of the most memorable road trips to the less explored pristine beauty of Chhattisgarh, with my closest friends.

Chitrakote Waterfall
Chitrakote Waterfall

The Chitrakote Falls on the Indravati River at a height of 90 feet, is the widest fall in India, and rightly considered to be Niagara Falls of India.

Thankfully, our stay at Dandami Resort made the experience truly amazing, with large windows overlooking the waterfalls and sonorous sound of falling water creating a musical spell all around. We also took a boat ride in the evening to catch sunset from the below and drench our face with refreshingly cool water.

Indravati River

Chitrakote Waterfall
Tirathgarh Waterfalls
Tirathgarh Waterfalls

Located on the river Munga bahar, this waterfall falls from 300 feet below the stilted hillside of natural structures. Thousands of years ago, the cliffs of downstream down the river were struck down by a lunar crater with an earthquake, and the staircase made by it, Numa Valley created this panoramic waterfall. If you are here, you should not miss Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa which are nearby attractions.


The sanctuary is home to the Bengal tiger, leopard, bison, flying squirrel, Indian giant squirrel, chinkara, wild dog, hyena, sambar, chital and over 150 species of birds.

See more photos here

 

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Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

215 KILO METERS FROM BHILAI


An arduous 215 km road trip from Bhilai to this tiger reserve surprised us with its mesmerizing open space in the middle of Maikal range, where we stayed.

Although, we could not spot any tiger in the forest, the unique location of the resort, offering a beautiful view of a large lake framed by mountains in the distant horizon and greenery to the other side, made it truly worthwhile.

Bhoramdeo Temple

On our way back, we also paid a quick visit to Bhoramdeo Temple, built in the period of 7th to 11th century AD dedicated to Lord Shiva.  The temples were built by King Ramchandra of the Naga Dynasty on the rocky stones in the Nagar style. It also has some resemblance with the Khajuraho temples. No wonder, it is also called the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh. 


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