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Part two of our Chhattisgarh Series : Stunning one & all with its beauty!

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While Chhattisgarh’s amazing temples provide tourists with a wonderful opportunity to get a feel of the rich history and tradition the state has to offer; and can easily convert any devotee into a tourist, there’s a lot more for those heading to the state!

Also mesmerizing are its virgin thick forests, hilly regions, palaces, museums and ancient caves! Home to some of India’s most astounding caves, a visit to the virgin Kanger Vakkey National Park opens up a whole new experience that tourists cannot afford to miss!

Some of the breathtaking caves that the Kanger Vakkey National Park is home to include the Kailash Gufa, hidden deep in the forest next to the Tiratgarh Falls. A spectacular sight dating back millions of years, it is known for its stunning huge natural pillar formed out of stalactite, some of the stalagmite formations even being worshipped here as Shivalingams.

The Kutumsar Cave near the Tiratgarh Falls is another marvel that one reaches after descending approx. 40 feet by a thin twisting staircase. Being patch dark, it is home to a special variety of genetically blind fish, a chance to view something out of the ordinary! But upon flashing a light around this stunning cave what actually takes your breath away are its awesome stalactites and stalagmite formations.

The Dandak Caves too known for their astonishing rock formations give the impression that the same has been carved. It is said that the stalactites hanging upside down in this giant caves gives an impression of chandeliers in a royal palace.

What makes these caves so interesting and amazing is the fact that it takes a few hundred years for just an inch of these stalagmite / stalactite formations to form, as they are formed drop by drop… the huge pillars here, can only have you wondering just how many millions of years these caved really are!

As numerous districts of Chhattisgarh were previous princely states, heritage sites here also include the many breathtaking palaces that the state is home to, the most prominent ones amongst them being the breathtaking Kawardha Palace that was built in 1930, by Maharaja Dharamraj Singh. Built out of Italian marble and stone in Corinthian style with its big dome, and set amidst the Maikal Hills the palace looks like a picture straight out of a fairytale book and is still the home of the ‘royal’ family. Today a part of this palace has been converted into a hotel.

Built in 1937, the Kanker Palace is a remarkably striking palace located in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, previously a mansion of the British. While part of it has been converted into a hotel, the other part belongs the descendants of the former royals of the state. A palace that stands out for its high ceilings, exquisitely decorated windows and ventilators, open verandas overlooking the beauty of the lush green lawns and more.

Last but not the least is the Bastar Palace, situated in Jagdalpur, the district headquarters of Bastar, the district being located amidst the Abujmarh Mountains the heart of tribal civilization in India. While a part has been converted into a medical college, part has been retained by the royal family. One of the state’s major heritage site the palace is known for legends of heroism and chivalry of its former rulers. It is also a store house of art and architecture.

Other interesting sites here include Ratanpur the former capital of the Kalchurian Kings and Marathas. While the place is important for historical & religious reasons, there are many places around it that are of importance here too such as the Badal Mahal, near the Ramtek Temple in Ratanpur.

Lafagarh that’s famously known as the “Chhittaurgarh of Chhattisgarh” is important as it was the maiden capital of the Calturian Kings; the fort here has been constructed on the tallest peak of the Mekaal Muntain.

There are many places here that can be traced back to the epic ‘Rayamana’, one such place is Shivrinarayan as according to legend this is the place Lord Ram ate the “Ber” of Shabri. Shivrinarayan also houses the ancient Narayan Temple & Chandrachudeshwar Temple.

Ram Jharna  located in Raigarh District of Chhattisgarh and named after Lord Ram, is of importance for it is home to a natural water spring, believed to be the place Lord Ram drank water whilst on his exile from Ayodhya

Being home to thick dense forests, Chhattisgarh is home to some delightful wildlife sanctuaries, such as the Kanger Ghati National Park, Sanjay National Park, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Gomarda Wildlife Sanctuaries, etc where wildlife lovers can enjoy the state’s diverse, rich flora and fauna. Some of the endangered species one can encounter here include the Wild Buffalos, Hill Myna, Indian Gazelle, Chinkara, Chital, Four-horned Antelope, Muntjac, Dhole etc. Of the various species of birds spotted here some include the Green Pigeons, Peacocks, Jungle Fowls, Wood Peckers, etc.

A nature lover’s paradise too, delighting all are the stunning falls the state is home to. While the Chitrakoot falls, a beautiful waterfall in the shape of a horseshoe has often been compared to the dazzling Niagara Falls, other beautiful falls here include the Mandra Falls, Teerathgarh Falls that’s its best in October to February, plunging down a height of 300 feet,  the  Chitradhara Falls, and last but not the least the Tamda and Dhoomar Falls.

Apart from the falls, Chatisgarh is home to several picturesque lakes and rivers that are responsible for the state’s greenery. Some of the important lakes here being the Burha Talab, Kho Kho lake, Maharajabandh Lake, Budhapara Lake, Kodar Lake, Jonk Lake, Arpa lake and Jhumka Lake, that attract tourists for their incredible beauty.

A state known for its heritage, Chhattisgarh is home to some interesting museums as well, important ones being the Anthropological Museum that gives you a feel of the tribal population, their culture and customs, the Raipur Open-Air Museum or the ‘Purkhouti Muktangan’ where one can view  different items connected with the state’s art and culture, and is a beautiful place for the current generation to learn up on the state’s rich heritage, the  Human Science Museum and theMahant Ghasi Memorial Museum that houses a vast collection of  sculptures, images, inscriptions, coins, etc.

A state that boasts of rich cultural heritage, no mention of this state is complete without a mention of the wonderful handicrafts it is home to! Remarkably skilled, some of the handicrafts one must have a look at whilst touring the state include bell metal items, terracotta, tribal jewellery, bamboo crafts, woodworks, wrought iron items and stone-sculpting.

A great place to experience nature at its best, and learn more about the culture, life and traditions of India’s tribal people, it doesn’t matter if you’re a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, art lover or even anthropologist, Chhattisgarh proves to be an ideal destination with something for everyone!

A nature lover’s paradise too, delighting all are the stunning falls the state is home to. While the Chitrakoot falls, a beautiful waterfall in the shape of a horseshoe has often been compared to the dazzling Niagara Falls, other beautiful falls here include the Mandra Falls, Teerathgarh Falls that’s its best in October to February, plunging down a height of 300 feet,  the  Chitradhara Falls, and last but not the least the Tamda and Dhoomar Falls.

Apart from the falls, Chatisgarh is home to several picturesque lakes and rivers that are responsible for the state’s greenery. Some of the important lakes here being the Burha Talab, Kho Kho lake, Maharajabandh Lake, Budhapara Lake, Kodar Lake, Jonk Lake, Arpa lake and Jhumka Lake, that attract tourists for their incredible beauty.

A state known for its heritage, Chhattisgarh is home to some interesting museums as well, important ones being the Anthropological Museum that gives you a feel of the tribal population, their culture and customs, the Raipur Open-Air Museum or the ‘Purkhouti Muktangan’ where one can view  different items connected with the state’s art and culture, and is a beautiful place for the current generation to learn up on the state’s rich heritage, the  Human Science Museum and theMahant Ghasi Memorial Museum that houses a vast collection of  sculptures, images, inscriptions, coins, etc.

A state that boasts of rich cultural heritage, no mention of this state is complete without a mention of the wonderful handicrafts it is home to! Remarkably skilled, some of the handicrafts one must have a look at whilst touring the state include bell metal items, terracotta, tribal jewellery, bamboo crafts, woodworks, wrought iron items and stone-sculpting.

A great place to experience nature at its best, and learn more about the culture, life and traditions of India’s tribal people, it doesn’t matter if you’re a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, art lover or even anthropologist, Chhattisgarh proves to be an ideal destination with something for everyone!

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