Glimpse of ‘Kashmir of Chhattisgarh': India’s Hidden Gem- Bastar

India as a whole is home to some of the immensely beautiful places which are still unknown to the world. Welcome to another underrated corner or a state in central India, Bastar– district of Chhattisgarh. To the south of it is located Dantewada and in the north is located Kanker. During the reign of the British Empire, Bastar used to be a princely state.

Tribal Area: The bidi making process starts with the tendu leaf (locally known as tendu patta or bidi patta in India) which is considered to be the most suitable wrapper.  The tribes of Bastar Chhattisgarh are unique in their lifestyles and have beautifully retained their own culture and traditions for centuries. Tribes at Dantevada district in Chhattisgarh. Photo by Shailendra Pandey/Tehelka

The wildlife, temples, waterfall, music, dance and forests of this tribal region entice travellers from across the world. Even the road trips are extremely joyous for Chhattisgarh happens to be a green state. Once there, do visit the following four destinations:

1) Chitrakote Falls

Chitrakoot Falls

This magnificent horseshoe shaped cataract, happens to be India’s biggest waterfalls if compared to Niagara Falls during monsoon and India’s best kept secret. The most striking feature of these falls is that the cataract is manageable both from the top as well as bottom. The sound of the waterfall is thunderous. During monsoons, the colour of the water turns into golden brown because of the soil that flows with it.

2) Kanger Valley National Park

Kanger Valley National Park

The first thought that pops up in mind after entering the Chhattisgarh territory is the real green huge trees lined up almost everywhere. These are Sal Trees which belongs to the deciduous forest type. The forest is boasts numerous wildlife but one cannot expect a wild encounter here.  Do not visit here with an aim to see the Tiger and then be disappointed that you did not see one and miss all the beauty around you.

3) Bairamgarh WildLife Sanctuary

Bairamgarh WildLife Sanctuary

Chhattisgarh– the newly formed state in India is a most sought out tourist destinations amongst the tourists because of the varied flora and fauna. It is a place covered with dense forests so is also home to national parks. Bhairamgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is like the other wildlife sanctuary in the state as far the bio diversity is taken into consideration.

4) Anthropological Museum

Image de l'exposition                "Autres Maîtres de l'Inde, créations contemporaines des Adivasi " Musée du Quai Branly Paris http://www.quaibranly.fr/fr/programmation/expositions/a-l-affiche/autres-maitres-de-l-inde.html

During a visit to Bastar, apart from visiting the several tourist attractions of the area, you could also witness the Tribal Culture in Bastar. Anthropological Museum in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India offers a quick glimpse over the reign of the Bastar Empire as well as the evolution of the Bastar region. It is located in the office of the Anthropological Survey of India at Dharampura.

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