Tribal Wonder in Chhattisgarh





TRIBAL TOUR OF CHHATTISGARH

Tour Code no: DT-202 A -/  CGTW- 2019-20

Tour highlight- Tribal wonder in Chhattisgarh  (This programme has special designed for special interest guests who interest to excursion the tribal culture of  Chhattisgarh. Including the ethnic group  Gond, Muria, Dandami Maria, Maria and Baiga tribal of central India. Also pre-historic rock art site, rajim group of ancient temple, Bharamdeo (Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh-)- , different tribal markets  and their villages  , They are very vibrant and colorful and their main source of entertainment is their own folk songs and dance.  In this below given itinerary you may enjoy the two tribal dance ( Bison horn dance and Gotul dance)- it is optional but to enjoy their traditional dance in their own village ambiance is upgrade their culture) .

The tribal of Chhattisgarh celebrate various festivals throughout the year. Navakhana, Mati Puja, Goncha and Bastar Dusshera  are some of the festival they celebrate.

Duration of Tour: 8 days/7 nights

Destination cover: Raipur- Kanker- Kondagaon- Jagdalpur and many different isolated tribal villages and weekly markets  in Chhattisgarh

Suggested Itinerary:

D1-(sat)- Raipur- Rajim-Kanker (170km-4hr drive+ visit)

Upon arrival morning flight at Raipur airport/ (morning train from raipur Railway station)  meet our representative and drive towards to Kanker. If time permit visit the Rajim Group of temple-7th c AD ( In the mingling point of three river). Upon arrival Kanker check in a nice heritage Palace and relax with royal hospitality.(for deluxe category guest)

Overnight- Kanker

D2-(sun)- Kanker- Muria tribal village/ Weekly market-Kondagaon-  (180km-4hr drive+ visit)

Meet the dokra craft artisan at their village at Kondagaon, then explore the life style of Muria tribes at their Narayanpur weekly market, then drive towards isolated village of Muria tribes in Muria ghat jungle zone- visit their  Gotul house (unmarried young girls dormitory) animist worship place etc.

Overnight- Kondagaon

D3-(Mon)- Dandami Maria village / Bison Horn Dance / Weekly market-  Jagdalpur (200km-5hr drive+visit)

Meet the most colorful Dandami Maria tribes at their very isolated village in Gidam Jungle zone. And if possible enjoy their Bison Horn Group dance with proper cosume and traditional music.

Visit their colorful weekly market also and enjoy the age old cook fighting organize by the ethnic group.

Overnight- Jagdalpur

D4-(Tue)- Kangarghati national park/ Chitrakoot waterfall-Jagdalpur(150km- 4hr drive+ visit)

Morning meet the colorful Maria  Tribe at their village/ their worship place,  in Kangarghati National park area and enjoy the packet lunch near Tirathgarh waterfall.

Pm- visit the gorgeous Chitrakoot waterfall at the time of sun set back to resort

Overnight- Jagdalpur

D5-(Wed)-Jagdalpur- Keskal – Kanker (160 km- 3hr drive+visit)

Morning jungle walk . after breakfast departure towards kanker  visit the unique Gond tribal village at Keshkal region. Also visit the cremation place of Gond community / very special

Overnight- kanker

D6-(Thu)-Kanker- pre-historic rock art site-Chilipi (320km-6hr drive+ visit)

Visit the pre-historic rock art site near Gotitolla. Drive towards Baiga village ( in deep forest area). Upon arrival warm welcome by the Baiga Tribes.

Overnight- Chilipi

D7-(Fri)-Baiga village- Bhoramdeo – Raipur ( 180 km-4hr drive+ visit)

Morning after early breakfast explore the life style of Baiga tribe while hiking. Also visit the their colorful weekly market in deep forest area. Then drive towards Bhoramdeo and excursion the Grand Bhoramdeo shiva temple-11th c AD. Then drive towards Raipur. Upon arrival check in a nice hotel .

Overnight-Raipur

D8-(Sat)-Departure

Departure to airport for your onward journey.

Note- IF guest interest to extent their duration to add Ramnami tribe we can add that also .

Tour concludes:

Note:- For Chhattisgarh and Orissa ( combine) tribal tour program visit our special India tour pages.
we can  organize the tribal group dance such as (Bison horn dance, Gotul dance and Baiga Dance at their village ambiance ). and it upgrade their culture.

 

Tour conclusion:



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Tribal Wonder in Chhattisgarh





 

Chhattisgarh (Bastar) & Orissa Tribal Wonder

Code nr: DT-404/ CGBO
Tour Highlight :  In this special interest tribal tour itinerary we focus the isolated ethnic villages and the colorful weekly markets of Chhattisgarh and Orissa . Which naturally keep interest to our common guest to professional photographer tour and research scholar too.

This combo  tribal tour package in Chhattisgarh and Orissa (Odisha) we  focus the wonderful tribal culture of Gond, Ramnami, Maria, Dandami Maria (famous for their bison horn dance) and overall Most colorful “Baiga” Tribes in Chhattisgarh (central part of India ).

similarly Dhuruba, Batra, Mali, Dongaria, Gadhava , Boraparaja , Rana, Kuvi Kondh and overall most colorful Bonda tribe in Orissa part (Eastern part of India)

which one can distingue with different culture, physical ethnicity,   costume , settlement , tribal group dance style , musical instruments, language and life style .

 

Duration of Tour: 15 Days/14 Night (week end to week end).- but we prepare to instant itinerary too at your choice.

 

Suggested itinerary

 

Day1-( Sat)-Connecting flight from All metro City to Raipur-
upon arrival Raipur airport/ railway station meet our representative and transfer to hotel / if time permit the old city of Raipur.

Overnight- Raipur

 

 Day2-(sun)-Halwa / Batra tribal village- Souri Narayan (4hr drive+ visit)

Meet the Halwa  tribal community at the Barnawapara jungle zone. Also meet the Batra tribal community.

Overnight- Souri Narayan

 

Day3-(mon)-Ramnami Tribal village- Souri Narayan (2hr drive+ visit)

Early standup and drive to meet the most colorful Ramnami Tribes at their very isolated village.

Ramnami tribes They tattoo their entire bodies in Sanskrit literature  “ Ram Ram”

Overnight- Bilaspur

 

Day4-(Tue)- Gond tribal village- Chilipi (4.30hr drive+ visit)

Meet the Gond tribes at their isolated village in Maikal hill range.

Overnight-Chilipi eco resort

 

Day5-(Wed)-Biga tribal village & Weekly market- Chilipi (2hr drive+ visit)

Meet the most colorful Baiga tribes at their isolated villages of Kanha jungle range

Pm- excursion their culture at their weekly market in Chilipi jungle zone.

Overnight- Chilipi eco resort

 

Day6-(Thu)- Gotitula/ Udkuda- Yadav village-Kanker (6hr drive+ visit)
Excursion the pri- historic rock art place in the deep forest near of Gotitula and Udkuda. Meet the friendly yadav people nearby village and explore their lifestyle at there.

Overnight – Kanker

 

Day7-(Fri)- Kanker- Muria Tribe village- Kondagaon (3hr drive+ visit)

Meet the most colorful Muria tribal community at their very isolated village in the core jungle zone of Keshkal jungle . while hiking at their village visit their Gotul house (female dormitory for unmarried young girls) – if possible enjoy their gotul group dance (subject to available the drum men)

Pm- Dokra craft village and iron cast village

Overnight- Kondagaon

 

Day8-(Sat)-Dokra casting village- Maria village & weekly market- Chitrakoot waterfall-Jagdalpur (4.30 hr drive+ visit)
Raj Maria at their village and weekly market, their worship place and nice temple-11th c AD near by. Afternoon visit the gorgeous waterfall at Chitrakoot.

Overnight – Jagdalpur

 

Day9-(Sun)-Maria village/ Weekly market- Tirathgarh waterfall- Jagdalpur (3hr drive+ visit)

Morning make permit for Raj maria village from Govt. office and Visit the very friendly Raj Maria village and also their weekly market. Visit the Tirathgarh waterfall also.

Overnight- Jagdalpur

 

Day10-(Mon)-Dandami Maria Village (Bison Horn Dance) / Weekly market- Jagdalpur (2.30hr drive+ visit)

Early stand up and drive towards Dandami Maria village meet the Dandami Maria tribes at their village / excursion their life style and enjoy their Bison horn group dance at their village ambiance (subject to available the drum men).

visit the age old traditional game cook fighting at their afternoon weekly market

overnight- Jagdalpur

 

Day11-(Tue)-BATRA / Dhuruba tribal village (ODISHA)- Boraparaja tribal village- Rayagada (5hr drive+ visit)

Meet the colorful Batra and Dhuruba tribes at their village inside of the core of Kotpad jungle(Odisha).

Pm- also meet the Boraparaja tribes in Koraput jungle range /

Overnight- Rayagada

 

Day12-(Wed)-Dunguria Tribe market- Kuvi Kondh village-Paraja tribe market- Jeypore (5hr drive+visit)
Meet the colorful Dunguria Kondh Tribe at their market at Chatikona, then drive towards Jeypore enroute visit the Kuvi Kondh tribe at their village and paraja tribal market near Koraput area.

Overnight- Jeypore

 

Day13-(Thu)- Jeypore- Bonda Tribe Market- Gadhava Tribe village-Jeypore (4hr drive+visit)
Meet the most colorful Bonda tribe at their weekly market- Onkadelly, visit also Gadhava tribe village and explore their life style. Return back to Jeypore ( city tour of Jeypore).

 

Day14-(Fri)-Jeypore- Koraput- famous pottery making village- Kunduli market- Visakhapatnam ( 5hr drive+visit)
Morning after refreshment drive towards to Visakhapatnam, ( the nearest airport and main railway junction). Enroute visit the Jagannath temple at Koraput ( allow all religious people and camera). Then meet the potter making people at their village. The grand Kunduli Market – famous for paraja, Mali, Rana tirbe. Check in a nice hotel on beach in Visakhapatnam.

 

Day15-(Sat)- Departure
After breakfast checkout and departure towards airport for your onward destination.

 

Tour concludes:

 

What ever you want out of your trip we can tailor make an itinerary for you!!!!!

 



Tribal Wonder in Chhattisgarh





BEST OF CHHATTISGARH

Code nr: 201/ CGCL

Tour Destination:

In this very special interest tour we offer you the most cultural part of chhattisgarh such :Champaner, Rajim, Raipur, Bharamdeo, Bilaspur, Malhar, Pali, the sakti pitha- Ratanpur( one out of 52), Tala etc. with rich Tribal culture of Bastar Region.

During isolated tribal villages tour you most feel the different India and explore the wonderful Tribal heritage of Bastar region and the real ancient history & culture of Chhattisgarh escorted with our experts and local support and priority to Responsible Tourism.

Duration of Tour:14 Night/ 15 Days ( Weekend to weekend)

Baiga Tribe of Chhattisgarh at the weekly market

Baiga Tribes of Chhattisgarh at the weekly market

D1-( sat)-Raipur- Champaner- Raipur (2hr drive+visit)

Upon arrival Raipur airport/ railway station meet our representative and transfer to hotel then drive towards Champaner, visit the nice temple at champaner- the birth place of saint Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the founder of Vallaba sect). return back to hotel and relax.

D2-(sun)-Raipur-Bharamdeo (4hr drive+visit)

Morning departure for Bharamdeo, ( Bharamdeo has the famous shiva temple of 11century AD, of Naga dynasty king, the erotic temple art of love and Bharamdeo Temple prosperty, popularly known as the Khajuraho of Chhatishgarh). afternoon visit the famous temple and then excursion the cherki Mahal , mandua mahal also. Check in the nice resort at there.

D3- (mon)-Bharamdeo- Baiga Tribal Village-Bharamdeo

Morning meet the colorful Baiga Tribe at their village return back to Bharamdeo Jungle eco resort.

D4-(tue)-Bharamdeo-Bilaspur-Malhar- Pali-Ratanpur-Bilashpur(6hr drive+visit)

Early departure for Bilashpur( the second largest city of chhatishgarh), check in the hotel and then visit the Pali shiva temple ( made by Banna dynasty king- Vikramaditya on 870 BC, and 11th c AD king Jajawalydeo repaired to it., His name carved on the temple. Near the temple has great pond and the entrance of the temple has nine corner. Then visit Malhar , the ancient town of Chhattisgarh. Bharamdeo TempleVisit there the famous Pataleswar temple ( the sanctum is below the ground floor(lord of the netherworld). Then visit one of the famous Sakti pitha of the state- Ratanpur( goddess sati’s shoulder drop at there). Return back to Bilaspur , relax at the hotel.

D5-(wed)-Bilaspur- Tala- Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Morning departure for Barnawapara Wildlife sanctuary entourte visit the major attraction of three ruin temple ( Deorani, Jethani and Jagmohan temple) but still active by the local due to its mysterious shiva statue – Rudrashiva (it is made of a number of animal and human put together brilliantly in a collage) of Tala.
Check in the nice resort in side of the sanctuary. Enjoy the dinner near campfire.

D6- (thu)-Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary- Safari

Early standup for open jeep safari and meet the wild leopard and bear ( chances of sighting 90% on nature) . lunch at the resort. Afternoon again jeep safari in the sanctuary. Overnight stay in that nice resort.

D7-(fri)-Barnawapara- Siripur- Kanker Palace

Morning enjoy the breakfast at the riverside and meet many wild birds on nature.
Enroute visit the famous Siripur ( ancient capital of dakhin kosal) , visit the Laxman brick temple-6th AD, group of ruin buddhist monasteries etc.
Then drive towards to Kanker, check in a nice heritage palace, enjoy the royal food the royal dinning hall with nice hospitality. ( by the present royal family).

D8-(sat)-Kanker- Gotitola- Udkuda-Kanker

Morning excursion the pre-historic rock shelter and rock art painting (10,000- 15,000 year old) at Gotitola and Udkuda area. Visit the bidi patta village, afternoon return back to Kanker palace.

D9-(sun)-Kanker-Muria Tribe Village- Tent ( camping near Gotul house/ evening Gotul dance)

Dongaira Kandha
After breakfast at royal dinning hall check out and departure for Muria Tribal village, visit the Narayanpur Grand Market, Overnight stay in the basic tent near the Gotul House ( female dormitory) at the Muria village and evening enjoy the Gotul Dance , enjoy the mouth watering hygienic organic food cooked by our driver and guide.

overnight- Muria village – camping (provide by us)

D10-(mon)-Muria village-Maria Tribe Market- Kurendi/ Jagdalpur

Morning while hiking the village excursion the life style of colorful Muria tribe.
Proceed towards Maria Village and famous weekly market excursion the life style at the colorful market. Check in a nice jungle resort at Kurendi near Jagdalpur.

D11- (tue)-Dandami Maria village/ Bison Horn Dance-Tirathgarh waterfall- Jagdalpur

Morning meet the most colorful Dandami Maria Tribe at their village, enjoy their Bison Horn Dance in their centre of village ambiance. Then after visit Tirathgarh waterfall and then back to resort.

D12-(wed)-Batra/ Dhurvaa tribal village- chirtrakoot waterfall- Maria village- Jagdalpur

Meet the Batra and Dhurvaa tribes at their village afternoon visit the Gargious Chitrakoot waterfall and also Raj Maria village- their unique worship place , typical house style etc then return back to jagdalpur – Kurendi jungle resort.

D13-(thu)-Bastar Market-Keskal- camping at Gond Tribal village in lush green forest

Meet the Maria and Gond communities at Bastar weekly market , then visit the Keskal area and overnight stay in basic tent ( camping) typical Gond tribal village surrounding in lush green forest, nearby beautiful streams and ancient shiva temple etc.

D14-(fri)-Rajim Group of Temple- Raipur

Morning after camp breakfast drive towards Raipur, enroute visit the Rajim Group of ancient temples if time permit visit the “ Kankali” temple at Raipur and relax at Budha talab. Overnight at Raipur.

D15-(sat)-Departure

Departure to Airport / Railway station for your onward journey.

 

Note- Here we mentioned some night camping with different tribal villages. Instead of that if guest want to stay in near by hotel we can revised that also.

Tour concludes:

Hot spot of Chhattisgarh

Sirpur

Sirpur is a small village located on the right bank of Mahanadi 83 km to the north-east if Raipur. The Chinese travelller Hiuen Tsang visited Sirpur in 635 AD. Sirpur has archaeological remains associated with Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddist and Jain Faiths. Excavations at Sirpur have yielded extensive ruins of ancient structures scattered over a vast area. Among the numerious temples and Buddhsit monasteries ( Viharas), the most natable are the Lakshman temple(7th c AD), Gandheswar temple , Anandaprabhu Kutir Vihar and Swastika Vihara and Surang Tila.Every year the chhattishgarh tourism board has been organizing the sirpur dance and Music festival at here.

Arang

Known as one of the famous temple towns of Chhattishgarh state (30 km from Raipur). Bhand Deul temple which is dedicated to the Jain sect is the prime attraction of Arang.
The appealing traits of Bhand Deul temple in Arang involve outstanding sculptures of Jain tirthankars made up of black stone. Apart from the idols, the entire structure of the temple speaks of sophisticated grandeur of its makers. This shrine is believed to be one of those rare places where all the 24 thirthankars of Jainism can be found engraved in one single stone. Another unique toursm attraction of Arang lies in the Sahaiva temple of Bhag Deul built in the Khajuraho style.

Champaran

Champaran, formerly known as Champajhar ( 60 km from Raipur). The village is identified with Champaranya and therefore has religious significance as the birthplace of the Saint Mahapradbhu Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh sect. also known as Pushtimarg. A temple has been constructed in his honour. Near this is a temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva.

Bhoramdeo

Bhoramdeo temple is a very old hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at a distance of 18km from Kawardha town. The Bhoramdeo temple is carved on the rocky stones in the Nagara style. This temple was built in the period of 7th to 11th c AD. The shivalinga in the temple is beautifully carved and the artistic appeal beckons the visitors. The Bhoramdeo temple has a resemblance with the sun temple of Konark and The Khajuraho temple, and that is why it is also called the Kajuraho of Chhattisgarh. The ‘ Madwa Mahal” near the Bhoramdeo temple is another beautiful historic monument, worth seeing . just one km away from Bhoramdeo.
Other attractions include visiting nearby native village of Baiga tribe, and enjoy their dance in their village ambiance.

Ratnapur

Ratnapur (25km north of Bilaspur) is a sacred palace mainly due to Mahamaya Devi temple . this is one of the three Shaktipeeth of Chhattishgarh. It is believed that shoulder of Sati fell at Ratanpur and the area became a shaktipeeth. Ratnadev-1 constructed Mahamaya temple in around 1050 AD. The temple has deal idol of Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati in garbhagriha. The idol-duo is unique. A small idol of Mahakali is installed at the back of the temple completing the sacred trio of goddesses. The temple has been a place of tantric practices from ancient time. Rise of the temple has been decorated with symbol of human skull.

Mainpat

Mainpat, (178km from Raigarh) popularly known as shimla of Surguja. Mainpat is the only hilly retreat in Chhattishgarh. Abounding in waterfalls, streams, dense sal forests, medicinal plants and a variety of fauna.After Chinese annexation in 1959 when the Dalai Lama and his followers moved to India, a large population of migrant Tibetans settled here. The Buddhist temple in Mainpat, (the 3rd monastery – Nyingma, which is now the biggest of them) the only one of its kind is one of the area’s major tourist.

Pali

(50km from Bilaspur), it is believed that Pali was the worship place of Raja Vikramaditya of Banna Dynasty. There is an ancient Shiv Temple, which is situated at the side of large pond. This temple is faced towards east and its entrance is octagonal. Plinth of this temple is upon five platforms. The architecture of the sculptures carved on this temple is very much similar to the Jain Mandirs of Abu hills and temples of Sohagpur. And it is also very similar to the world famous temple of Khajuraho. Vikramaditya also known as “ Jayameyu”, who was the son of Mahamandaleswar Malldeo, built it nearly in 870 BC. In 11th and 12th century the king Jajwalyadeo repaired it. His name has been carved on the temple.

Tala

(85km from Raipur; 30km from Bilaspur), the major attractions at Tala are the ruins fo the three temples- the Deorani, Jethani and Jagmohan temples. The entire three temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.
A unique sculpture was unearthed from around Deorani temple which resemble to the Rudra and the Aghora forms of Shiva called as Rudrashiva. This is a bulky statue which measure 2.54mt in height and is 1m wide. It is made up of number of human and animal figures put together brilliantly in a collage.

 

Note: we can well organize the seating and refreshment program with the help of local during different festival time.

 

What ever you want out of your trip we can tailor make an itinerary for you!!!!!



TRIBAL WONDER OF MADHYAPRADESH, CHHATTISHGARH & ORISSA





Code no: DT- 404/SMCO- 2019-20

Tour destination:

 

Beyond the most cultural part of India /( Delhi – Agra – Jeypore )there are some more and special part of India which we would like to present one special suggested itinerary here .

Which cover the most colorful part of Central India and the tour start from Bhopal , then the holy city of Yotirlingam Omkareswar and Mahakaleshwar, historical city of Joy- Mandu , Unique Yogini temple at Bedhagat- Enjoy the boat trip in River Narmada,

Then excursion the Tribal villages of Madhyapradesh , Chhattisgarh Gond- Baiga- Muria- Dandami Maria of Central India with the conclusion of the isolated non touristic Tribal villages and weekly markets of Dhuruba- Batra -Bhumiya-Mali- Gadaba-Paraja and most colourful – Bonda  of Eastern India.

And overall the most experience the tribal life to accommodate by eco tent (optional) during your tribal village tour in this special sector.

 

Duration of Tour: 14 Night / 15 Days (Weekend to Week end which save the time

 

D1-(sat)-Indore- Jhabua (2.30hr drive)

Upon arrival Indore  airport meet our representative and transfer to Jhabua by road. Check in a clean comfort hotel and relax.

Note- indore airport is well connecting with Major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal etc….

Overnight- Jhabua

 

D2-(sun)-Jhabua – Tribal villages

Meet the colorful Bhil tribes at their isolated village near Jhabua and alirajpur area and back to hotel.

Overnight- Jhabua

 

Day3-(mon)-Jhabua- Indore- Night train

Moring visit the Harijan village near Mandu and visit the city of joy – Mandu , then proceed to Indore and take a night train for Jabalpur.

Note- the train has nice aircon sleeping coach with clean matteress provide by railway authority. And proper guard by railway police authority.

 

D4-(tue)-Jabalpur- Gond / Baiga Tribes- Dhindori

upon early arrival at Jabalpur , proceed to Dhindori (2hr drive)  check in a clean comfort hotel and after refreshment drive towards Gond tribal very isolated villages and excursion their lifestyle at there.

Overnight-Dindori

 

D5-(wed)-Dhindori- Amarkantak (2hr drive+ visit)

Morning meet the Gondi people near Amarkantak , enjoy their Gondi Group dance at their village with natural ambiance ( subject to available of drum men). Visit the beginning spring of river “Narmada” and excursion the tribal worship at there.

Overnight clean –comfort hotel at Amarkantak.

 

D6-(Thu)-Amarkantak- Bharamdeo (3hr drive+ visit)

After breakfast drive to Bharamdeo ( chhatishgarh state), enroute visit one of the colourful tribe of chhatishgarh- Baiga at their isolated  village. Then check in a nice resort at Bharmdeo and relax.

Bharamdeo: one of the nice cultural heritage place of chhatishgarh on the velly of Maikal hill, famous for its Bharamdeo temple-11th c AD ( famously known as the Khajuraho of chhatishgarh).

 

D7-(fri)- Bharamdeo-Yadav village- Rajim-Kanker (6hr drive+visit)

Morning departure for Kanker enroute visit the colorful Yadav village ( very special for their mural painting)  and the  group of temple at Rajim-8th c AD. Check in a nice palace at Kanker and relax.

Note- Here we suggest the Kanker heritage palace but for budget guest the alternative  is clean comfort hotel for night accommodation

 

D8-(sat)-Kanker- Udkuda- Gotitolla- Kanker

Morning excursion the pre- historic rock selter and rock art site in Chhattisgarh at Udkuda and Gotitolla , after full day excursion  return back to Kanker palace and relax.

Overnight-Kanker

D9-(sun)-Kanker-Kondagaon- Muria tribal village- camping (4hr drive+visit)

Meet the great matel casting craftmen at their village at Kondgaon. Then after drive towards Muria Tribe market at Narayanpur then return to their village and camping near at the Gotul Dormitory house. (evening enjoy their gotul dance arranged by us; the tented accommodation with mattresses and all food is including during camping).

 Note- Here we suggested the tented accommodation which provide by us but it is optional / if guest interest to accommodate in hotel the alternative is there is near by clean comfort aircon room hotel in Kondagaon in Chhattisgarh.

 

Day10-(mon)-Muria village- Chitrakoot waterfall-Maria Weekly market- (Kurendi)Jagdalpur (4hr drive+visit)

Morning after early breakfast excursion and explore their lifestyle and then drive towards Jagdalpur enroute visit chirtrakoot waterfall , the Great Maria weekly market . Check in a nice royal resort in side of jungle at Kurendi ( Jagdalpur).

Note- For budget guest there is nice clean comfort hotel in Jagdalpur too

 

Day11-(tue)-Jagdalpur-Dandami Maria village- Tirathgarh- (3hr drive+visit)

Meet one of the most colorful tribe of Chhattisgarh- BISON HORN MARIA ( Dandami Mari)at their village. Their house made by stone plate (enjoy their dance, arranged by us). Then drive to kanger ghati national park – visit the famous waterfall – Tirathgarh. Visit the friendly RAJ MARIA village nearby..

Overnight- Jagdalpur

 

D12-(wed)-Jagdalpur-Batra tribe village- Bhumiya tribe village- Mali village (Odisha)- camping(tent accommodation)

Drive towards Batra tribe village and excursion their life style at there. Then meet the Bhumiya tribe ( indigenous tribe of orissa) at their village in lust green forest area. Then drive towards Mali village tent accommodation at there . (evening enjoy their Dhemsa dance arranged by us; the tented accommodation with mattresses and all food is including during camping).

Note- Here we suggested the tented accommodation which provide by us but it is optional / if guest interest to accommodate in hotel the alternative is there is near by clean comfort aircon room hotel in Koraput in Odisha (Orissa).

 

D13-(Thur)-Bonda tribe weekly market-Gadaba tribe village- waterfall-Jeypore (3hr drive+visit)

Meet the most colourful Bonda tribe at there Thursday market, excursion the Dadaba tribe village and enjoy the nature’s beauty at Duduma waterfall. Return back to the nearest town Jeypore. Check in a clean and comfort hotel and relax.

Overnight- Jeypore

 

Day14-(Fri)-Jeypore- Koraput- famous pottery making village- Kunduli market- Visakhapatnam ( 5hr drive+visit)

Morning after refreshment drive towards to Visakhapatnam, ( the nearest airport and main railway junction). Enroute visit the Jagannath temple at Koraput ( allow all religious people and camera). Then meet the potter making people at their village. The grand Kunduli Market – famous for paraja, Mali, Rana tirbe. Check in a nice hotel on beach in Visakhapatnam.

Overnight-Visakhapatnam

 

Day15-(Sat)- Departure

After breakfast checkout and departure towards airport for your onward destination.

 

Tour concludes:

 

Note1:  During camping we provide the basic tent with mattresses and hygienic organic cooked  food to you.  But it is optional  , if you interest to stay in hotel instead of tent we can do that also. So please confirm it before finalization.

 

Note2-

3rd -10th March 2020 there are Bhagoria Festival in Bhil / Bhilala tribe where the young unmarried tribal couple choose their life partner to offering sweet betel leaf and gift , which is very colorful to see this festival in the region of Jhabua and Alirajpur area.

 

And from 3rd – 9th Oct 2019  there is Bastar Dusshera festival in Southern Chhattisgarh (bastar region)



Tribal Wonder in Chhattisgarh





RAJIM KUMBHA MELA: 2020

Date of Celebration: 9th February – 21st Feb. 2020

Rajim kumbha is the grand festival, which has been celebrated at Rajim (three holy rivers the Mahanadi, the son and the pairy mingling point, popularly known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh) with thousands of devotees lots of saints and Naga sadhus participate the holy deep of the festival.

Location : Rajim is cultural capital of Chhattisgarh,

Rajim Kumbha Mela

Rajim Kumbha Mela

Nearest airport– Raipur ( 40km)

Code no: 206-A /CGFT

Festival Highlight:- “Naga Sadhus” (Holi Men)

Naga means complete nude and cover the fire ass of their entire body. No irritation at any circumstances and group of Naga sadhu worship at that place , Conclusion day the Parikrama- means after holy heritage walk they holi deep into the sangam (the mingling point of three rivers)

During heritage walk they process their different traditional martial arts in public.

Photography– Allowed (in the permission of Naga Sadhus)

Entry fees: Free (But special request of Police authority to the Naga Barrack

We suggest this festival tour with tribal wonder around 2 week program but as your choice we prepare the instant itinerary more or less days .

 

Just you drop a mail on your arrival and departure date rest you leave on us.

We can combine this Rajim Kumbha Mela fair in Chhattisgarh with Joranda sadhu festival which celebrate on 7th & 8th Feb. 2020 in Orissa, for more detail please feel free to contact with us.

For more detail description & best price please feel free to contact : travel@dulcimertours.com ,  jituguideorissa@gmail.com ,  or phone to us +91-9439050039

 

RAJIM KUMBHA MELA

Just you drop a mail on your arrival and departure date rest you leave on us.

We can combine this Rajim Kumbha Mela fair in Chhattisgarh with Joranda sadhu festival (7th & 8th Feb. 2020) in Orissa, for more detail please feel free to contact with us.

 

 

 

For more detail description & best price please feel free to contact : travel@dulcimertours.com ,  jituguideorissa@gmail.com ,  or phone to us +91-9439050039  

BASTAR DUSSHERA:

Date of Celebration: 3rd Oct.- 9th Oct. 2019

The main festival of Bastar is Dusshera which spans over 75 days. It starts it Haryali Amavasya and involves participation of almost all people of the society. It has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Unlike the rest of India, where Raavan is burnt to mark the victory of good over evil, Bastar ( Jagdalpur)Dusshera involves Functions like Kaachan Gaadi, Jogi Bithai, Maavli Parghav, Bhitar Raini, Baahar Raini, Chariot Procession, and Maiji’s Vidai.

Location : Bastar region now the headquarter is at Jagdalpur .

Nearest airport:  Raipur ( 300 km, 6hr drive), connect with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal etc; Visakhapatnam – 320km (6hr drive) which connect Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore etc…

Nearest railway station Jagdalpur (5km). And it connect all weather motareble road .

Code no: 206-B /CGFT

Highlight of Festival:  chariot Procession is the main highlight of this festival and also the different ethnic groups of Bastar region , such as Dandami Maria (Bison Horn) , Muria, Batra, Dhuruba, Gond, Kuhmar , Lohar etc present their real cultural activity beginning from Royal Femily of Bastar palace to the procession ground.

Photography– Allowed

Entry fees: Free

We suggest this festival tour with tribal wonder around 2 week program but as your choice we prepare the instant itinerary more or less days .

 

Duration of suggested Tour:- 2 week each  / or as your choice

GONNCHA:

Gonncha is yet another festival of Bastar. There is chariot procession in the city. Tupki’s made by Tribals and pengs acquired by them for the same can be heard everywhere in the city (Jagdalpur). Locals and tribals get together to celebrate the festival.

HOLI ( 10th March, 2020 )

The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated with a zest. At midnight, the main priest of goddess Dnateshwari and the present king – Maharaja of Bastar along with his procession dressed up in the royal attire leave for Madpal for “Holika Dahan”. It is only after Maharaja lits the Holika Dahan at Madpal . A sight to witness where in the Maharaja sits on the wooden chariot made by the tribes and pulled by them. Dry colours are played, sweets are distributed and people go to each others houses to wish them.

MANDAI

Mandai’s are yet another colourful festivals of the tribals celebrated on different days in different villages. Bastar King is invited to offer prayers to the village deity.

For instant tailor made itinerary please feel free to contact with us.

Tribal Fair & Festival in Chhattisgarh

2019

2020

Rajim Kumbha Mela (Naga Sadhu fair)

9th Feb. – 21st  Feb.

Gonnchha Festival

4th July- 13th July

Bastar Dussehra Festival

3rd Oct- 9th Oct

19th Oct.-26th Oct.

Kanker Dussehra

7th Oct.

24th Oct.

Chanwar Mandai

13th & 14TH Oct.

Kanker Mandai

5th Jan.

Gobrahin Mella

21st Feb.

Tirathgarh Mella

21st February

 



Tribal Wonder in Chhattisgarh





RAJIM KUMBHA MELA: 2020

Date of Celebration: 9th February – 21st Feb. 2020

Rajim kumbha is the grand festival, which has been celebrated at Rajim (three holy rivers the Mahanadi, the son and the pairy mingling point, popularly known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh) with thousands of devotees lots of saints and Naga sadhus participate the holy deep of the festival.

 RAJIM KUMBHA MELA: (31st January- 14th Feb 2018)

RAJIM KUMBHA MELA

 

Location : Rajim is cultural capital of Chhattisgarh,

Nearest airport– Raipur ( 40km)

Nearest  railway station– Raipur ( 44km). And it connect all weather motor able road . from Abhanpur 19 km.

Code no: 206-A /CGFT

Festival Highlight:- “Naga Sadhus” (Holi Men)

Naga means complete nude and cover the fire ass of their entire body. No irritation at any circumstances and group of Naga sadhu worship at that place ,

Conclusion day the Parikrama- means after holy heritage walk they holi deep into the sangam (the mingling point of three rivers)

During heritage walk they process their different traditional martial arts in public.

Photography– Allowed (in the permission of Naga Sadhus)

Entry fees: Free (But special request of Police authority to the Naga Barrack

We suggest this festival tour with tribal wonder around 2 week program but as your choice we prepare the instant itinerary more or less days .

Just you please drop a mail on your arrival and departure date rest you leave on us.

We May combine this Rajim Kumbha Mela fair in Chhattisgarh with Joranda sadhu festival in Orissa, for more detail please feel free to contact with us.

Tribal Fair & Festival in Chhattisgarh

2019

2020

Rajim Kumbha Mela (Naga Sadhu fair)

9th Feb. – 21st  Feb.

Gonnchha Festival

4th July- 13th July

Bastar Dussehra Festival

3rd Oct- 9th Oct

19th Oct.-26th Oct.

Kanker Dussehra

7th Oct.

24th Oct.

Chanwar Mandai

13th & 14TH Oct.

Kanker Mandai

5th Jan.

Gobrahin Mella

21st Feb.

Tirathgarh Mella

21st February



Festival Special Chhattisgarh





BASTAR DUSSHERA:

Date of Celebration:  3rd Oct.- 9th Oct. 2019

The main festival of Bastar is Dusshera which spans over 75 days. It starts it Haryali Amavasya and involves participation of almost all people of the society. It has been celebrated for hundreds of years. Unlike the rest of India, where Raavan is burnt to mark the victory of good over evil, Bastar ( Jagdalpur)Dusshera involves Functions like Kaachan Gaadi, Jogi Bithai, Maavli Parghav, Bhitar Raini, Baahar Raini, Chariot Procession, and Maiji’s Vidai.

Location : Bastar region now the headquarter is at Jagdalpur .

Nearest airport:  Raipur ( 300 km, 6hr drive), connect with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal etc; Visakhapatnam – 320km (6hr drive) which connect Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore etc…

Nearest railway station Jagdalpur (5km). And it connect all weather motareble road .

 

Code no: 206-B /CGFT

 

Highlight of Festival:  chariot Procession is the main highlight of this festival and also the different ethnic groups of Bastar region , such as Dandami Maria (Bison Horn) , Muria, Batra, Dhuruba, Gond, Kuhmar , Lohar etc present their real cultural activity beginning from Royal Femily of Bastar palace to the procession ground.

Photography– Allowed

Entry fees: Free

We suggest this festival tour with tribal wonder around 2 week program but as your choice we prepare the instant itinerary more or less days .

Just Please send your arrival and departure date rest you leave on us:

 

 

 

 

Our suggested Tour itinerary / duration: 2 week  or as your choice

Tribal Fair & Festival in Chhattisgarh

2019

2020

Rajim Kumbha Mela (Naga Sadhu fair)

9th Feb. – 21st  Feb.

Gonnchha Festival

4th July- 13th July

Bastar Dussehra Festival

3rd Oct- 9th Oct

19th Oct.-26th Oct.

Kanker Dussehra

7th Oct.

24th Oct.

Chanwar Mandai

13th & 14TH Oct.

Kanker Mandai

5th Jan.

Gobrahin Mella

21st Feb.

Tirathgarh Mella

21st February



Chhattisgarh Wildlife Adventure







Wildlife Tour of Chhattisgarh





Code no: 204 /CGWL

Destination of Tour: Chhattisgarh located in central India is among the states which has the maximum land under forest area (44%) . Chhattisgarh is blessed with some of the most endangered and rare wildlife species are found here. For wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers Chhattisgarh is a perfect destination.

Here we focus the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary because it is nearer to the capital city Raipur (100 km from Raipur; 15km from Siripur) is known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife.

Duration of Tour: 2 Night/ 3 Days

D1-Raipur- Barnawapara-(2hr drive)

Upon arrival Raipur meets our representative and transfer to Barnawapara wild life sanctuary. Check in a nice resort in the buffer zone.

D2-Barnawapara Wild life Sanctuary

– Very early morning rumbling around the sanctuary by open jeep to meet the wild animal and birds on nature. After noon also one jeep safari.

D3-Barnawapara wild life Sanctuary – Raipur

Morning breakfast at the river site to meet different birds on nature. Then drive towards Raipur airport for onwards journey

Note: This year we have introduced Tadoba National Park (sighting of wild tiger on nature 95%) in our program. For more about Tadoba National Park please visit our The Tiger’s Heaven page in special India tour tag.

Whatever to want out of your trip we can tailor make an itinerary for you!!!!!!

Barnawapara Wildlife sanctuary

Located in the northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh. The sanctuary is relatively a small one covering an area of only 245 sq kms. The topography of the region comprises flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 260-400 mts. The major wildlife of the Barnawapara Sanctuary include Leopard, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrels, jackals, four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, wild Boar, cobra, Pythons to name few.
The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Bulbul, Parrots, white-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons.
The flora of Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary chiefly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, sal , Bamboo being the prominent trees.

Nearest Airport: Raipur-100km- (is connect with Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and other metro cities of india)

Nearest Railway Station– Mahasamund- 65km-1.30hr ; Raipur-105km-2hr drive

Best time to visit: Oct-April

Closing  of the National Park:- July- sept.

Entry Point -Barnawapara gate

Booking of safari: open jeep safari booking in advance.

Safari By: open hued maruti jeep with jungle guide ( Mandatory; provide by forest department at the entrance gate- chargeable)// maximum no. of Guests per safari jeep-6 pax ( excluding driver and Jungle guide)

Accommodation: eco resorts and eco cottage accommodation near Barnawapara gate.

Due to limited accommodation to avoid the rush please book in advance.

*-The state animal of Chhattisgarh is Wild Buffalo and state bird is Hill Myna.
Accommodation: eco resorts and eco tented accommodation near Mukki Gate and Kathia gate

Due to limited accommodation to avoid the rush please book in advance.

 

Sitanadi Sanctuary

Located in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh is one of the most famous and important wildlife sanctuaries in central India. The sanctuary is covering an area of 556 sq kms, comprising of highly undulating and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 325-735 mts. The major wildlife of the Sitanadi Sanctuary include Leopard, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrels, jackals, four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, wild Boar, cobra, Pythons among many others. The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, peafowl, pheasant, crimson Breasted Barbet, Teetar, Tree Pie, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few.The flora in Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises moist peninsular Sal, Teak and Bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Harra, Ber and Tendu.

 

Udanti Sanctuary

Udanti Wildlife sanctuary is a small but an important wildlife sanctuary in the region covers an area of approximately 232 sq km. the topography of the sanctuary comprises broken mass of land traversed by innumerable hill ranges intercepted by stripes of plains. The beautiful sanctuary derives its name from the Udanti river flowing from the west to east covering major part of the sanctuary. it also famous for its population of the endangered Wild Buffalos. The wildlife found in Udanti Sanctuary include Wild Buffalos , Panthers, Tigers, Chital, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Sambar, Nilgail, Jungle cat, Barking Deer, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Porcupine, Monkey, Jackals, Bison, striped Hyena, Fox, Cobras, Pythons etc. The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, peafowl, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, Heron, Magpie Robin, Lesser Whistling Teal, Pintail, Rollers and Herons to name few.The flora in Udanti wildlife sanctuary chiefly comprises to Tropical Dry Peninsular Sal forests and Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Mixed Forests. Sal , salai, Bamboo, Mahua, Aonwla, Harra among other.

The state animal of Chhattisgarh is Wild Buffalo and state bird is Hill Myna. Each sanctuary has clean accommodation for tourist but should be booked in advance.

Caution: Try to obey the jungle rule accordingly in order. Respect the nature and enjoy the nature.

Do

Don’t

Keep mineral water while hiking Walk or drive night time in core area
Keep mosquito repellent Take any arms and weapons
Keep silence Take Crackles and music system
use green or grey color cloth and cap while hiking. Feed the wild animal, birds and reptile
Keep binocular and camera Disturb the animal, birds and reptile
Keep proper permit and entry document Use plastic polythin
During morning safari in winter carry blanket Dive or Swim in the water body

 

For more detail description, package tour & best price please feel free to contact : travel@dulcimertours.com , jituguideorissa@gmail.com , or phone to us +91-9439050039



Heritage Tour in Chhattisgarh





Code nr: 201/ CGCL

Tour destination: This tour cover the classic part of Chhatishgarh which cover the ancient temple and cultural part of the state such as: Champaner, Rajim, Raipur, Bharamdeo, Bilaspur, Malhar, Pali, the sakti pitha- Ratanpur( one out of 52), Tala etc. We try to display the real ancient history and culture of the state with our experts.

Duration of Tour: 4 Night/ 5 Days

Suggested itinerary follows

D1-Raipur- Champaner- Rajim-Raipur(4hr drive+visit)

Upon arrival Raipur airport/ railway station meet our representative and transfer to hotel then drive towards Champaner, visit the nice temple at champaner- the birth place of saint Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the founder of Vallaba sect). Pm- visit the Rajiv Lochan group of temple (8th century) at Rajim. Kumbha mela has been celebrated every years during Shiv artry( feb- march) and thousands of people participate the holy deep in the mingling of three river- Mahanadi- son- pairi( popularly called the Prayag of Chhatishgarh).

D2-Raipur-Bharamdeo(4hr drive+visit)

Morning departure for Bharamdeo, ( Bharamdeo has the famous shiva temple of 11century AD, of Naga dynasty king, the erotic temple art of love and prosperty, popularly known as the Khajuraho of Chhatishgarh). afternoon visit the famous temple and then excursion the cherki Mahal , mandua mahal also. Check in the nice resort at there.

D3-Bharamdeo-Bilaspur-Malhar- Pali-Ratanpur-Bilashpur(6hr drive+visit)

Early departure for Bilashpur( the second largest city of chhatishgarh), check in the hotel and then visit the Pali shiva temple ( made by Banna dynasty king- Vikramaditya on 870 BC, and 11th c AD king Jajawalydeo repaired to it., His name carved on the temple. Near the temple has great pond and the entrance of the temple has nine corner. Then visit Malhar , the ancient town of chhatisharh. Visit there the famous Pataleswar temple ( the sanctum is below the ground floor(lord of the netherworld). Then visit one of the famous Sakti pitha of the state- Ratanpur( goddess sati’s shoulder drop at there). Return back to Bilaspur , relax at the hotel.

D4-Bilaspur- Tala- Raipur

Morning departure for Raipur entourte visit the major attraction of three ruin temple ( Deorani, Jethani and Jagmohan temple) but still active by the local due to its mysterious shiva statue – Rudrashiva (it is made of a number of animal and human put together brilliantly in a collage) of Tala. If time permit visit the “ Kankali” temple at Raipur and relax at Budha talab. Overnight at Raipur.

D5-Departure Departure to Airport / Railway station for your onward journey.

Tour concludes:

Hot spot of Chhattisgarh

Duration of Tour:  6Days/ 5 Night

Sirpur

Sirpur is a small village located on the right bank of Mahanadi 83 km to the north-east if Raipur. The Chinese travelller Hiuen Tsang visited Sirpur in 635 AD. Sirpur has archaeological remains associated with Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddist and Jain Faiths. Excavations at Sirpur have yielded extensive ruins of ancient structures scattered over a vast area. Among the numerious temples and Buddhsit monasteries ( Viharas), the most natable are the Lakshman temple(7th c AD), Gandheswar temple , Anandaprabhu Kutir Vihar and Swastika Vihara and Surang Tila.Every year the chhattishgarh tourism board has been organizing the sirpur dance and Music festival at here.

Arang

Known as one of the famous temple towns of Chhattishgarh state (30 km from Raipur). Bhand Deul temple which is dedicated to the Jain sect is the prime attraction of Arang. The appealing traits of Bhand Deul temple in Arang involve outstanding sculptures of Jain tirthankars made up of black stone. Apart from the idols, the entire structure of the temple speaks of sophisticated grandeur of its makers. This shrine is believed to be one of those rare places where all the 24 thirthankars of Jainism can be found engraved in one single stone. Another unique toursm attraction of Arang lies in the Sahaiva temple of Bhag Deul built in the Khajuraho style.

Champaran

Champaran, formerly known as Champajhar ( 60 km from Raipur). The village is identified with Champaranya and therefore has religious significance as the birthplace of the Saint Mahapradbhu Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh sect. also known as Pushtimarg. A temple has been constructed in his honour. Near this is a temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva.

Bhoramdeo

Bhoramdeo temple is a very old hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located at a distance of 18km from Kawardha town. The Bhoramdeo temple is carved on the rocky stones in the Nagara style. This temple was built in the period of 7th to 11th c AD. The shivalinga in the temple is beautifully carved and the artistic appeal beckons the visitors. The Bhoramdeo temple has a resemblance with the sun temple of Konark and The Khajuraho temple, and that is why it is also called the Kajuraho of Chhattisgarh. The ‘ Madwa Mahal” near the Bhoramdeo temple is another beautiful historic monument, worth seeing . just one km away from Bhoramdeo. Other attractions include visiting nearby native village of Baiga tribe, and enjoy their dance in their village ambiance.

Ratnapur
Ratnapur (25km north of Bilaspur) is a sacred palace mainly due to Mahamaya Devi temple . this is one of the three Shaktipeeth of Chhattishgarh. It is believed that shoulder of Sati fell at Ratanpur and the area became a shaktipeeth. Ratnadev-1 constructed Mahamaya temple in around 1050 AD. The temple has deal idol of Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati in garbhagriha. The idol-duo is unique. A small idol of Mahakali is installed at the back of the temple completing the sacred trio of goddesses. The temple has been a place of tantric practices from ancient time. Rise of the temple has been decorated with symbol of human skull.

Mainpat
Mainpat, (178km from Raigarh) popularly known as shimla of Surguja. Mainpat is the only hilly retreat in Chhattishgarh. Abounding in waterfalls, streams, dense sal forests, medicinal plants and a variety of fauna.After Chinese annexation in 1959 when the Dalai Lama and his followers moved to India, a large population of migrant Tibetans settled here. The Buddhist temple in Mainpat, (the 3rd monastery – Nyingma, which is now the biggest of them) the only one of its kind is one of the area’s major tourist.

Pali
(50km from Bilaspur), it is believed that Pali was the worship place of Raja Vikramaditya of Banna Dynasty. There is an ancient Shiv Temple, which is situated at the side of large pond. This temple is faced towards east and its entrance is octagonal. Plinth of this temple is upon five platforms. The architecture of the sculptures carved on this temple is very much similar to the Jain Mandirs of Abu hills and temples of Sohagpur. And it is also very similar to the world famous temple of Khajuraho. Vikramaditya also known as “ Jayameyu”, who was the son of Mahamandaleswar Malldeo, built it nearly in 870 BC. In 11th and 12th century the king Jajwalyadeo repaired it. His name has been carved on the temple.

Tala
(85km from Raipur; 30km from Bilaspur), the major attractions at Tala are the ruins fo the three temples- the Deorani, Jethani and Jagmohan temples. The entire three temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. A unique sculpture was unearthed from around Deorani temple which resemble to the Rudra and the Aghora forms of Shiva called as Rudrashiva. This is a bulky statue which measure 2.54mt in height and is 1m wide. It is made up of number of human and animal figures put together brilliantly in a collage.

Note: including above all colorful tribal heritage of Bastar area in Chhattisgarh is more interesting for more detail please visit our Tribal Tour tag.