Hello to all fellow travellers who are looking for experiencing something new, explore the lesser known, wonderful places.
Chhattisgarh is one of the states of Central India, Full of Surprises because you can find almost all tourist attractions that is available in landlocked states. Beyond Tribal’s planet and land of temples, Chhattisgarh have numerous places which makes it a land of surprises.
Chhattisgarh: “Rice bowl of India” This is a newly formed state situated in the heart of India. It is very well known for its cultural heritage, attractive natural diversity and for tribe community. Tribes of Chhattisgarh are unique in their lifestyles and have beautifully retained their own culture and traditions for centuries. Beyond tribal culture in Chhattisgarh, you can also experience Tibetan Buddhist Culture in Mainpat, which is also known as Mini-Tibet of Chhattisgarh or Shimla of Chhattisgarh.
One may completely be mesmerised by the beauty of Chhattisgarh, authentic, undisturbed, and carry volumes upon volumes of Heritage Culture and Tradition in them. And thus my journey begins..
We left Raipur at 11:00 am for our journey’s first destination i.e. Madkudweep.
Madkudweep is known for famous 11 Shiva Temples of Ratanpur Kings of Kalchuri period which were excavated by team of archaeologists under the leadership of Mr Arun Sharma. Madkudweep is also famous for annually Christian Community Fair.
Ratanpur Temple is as Mahamaya Shaktipeeth Temple of Hindu Goddess. Mahamaya Temple is temple dedicated to dual Goddess Lakshmi & Saraswati.
In enroute to Amarkantak, we stopped at Kabir Chabutara, it’s a place where great Saint Kabir stayed in the past. And also stopped at Kabir Talab, a magnificent place to click photos and selfies with your friends with forest ranges in the background and blue water lake.
After 10 min ride, we reach Amarkantak, a religious town under Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh known for origin of two famous rivers of India i.e. Narmada River and Son River. It is also a point where two famous mountain ranges of central India meet i.e. Satpura Range and Vindhyas Range.
But the site that attracts me was behind the premises of Narmada Temple. It is a ‘Group of Ancient Temples’ under Archaeological Survey of India. The group of Temples namely Pataleshwar Temple, Shiv Temple and Karan Temple.
Next we move to other attraction of Amarkantak which is 15 Kms from the town named Doodh Dhara and Kapil Dhara. There are two waterfalls on the river Narmada on the different heights.
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary: It is a wildlife park houses a number of endangered animal species, including leopards, Bengal tigers, and wild bison. We reached there by 1:30 pm. After having a lunch in the Baiga Resort, we took entry in the Reserve Sanctuary.The ride of Jungle Safari was good but we could not see many animals due to a very hot summer day. It was a great experience in the park having seen many types flora and fauna.
After Healthy and Quick Breakfast,we left for sightseeing of Mainpat. First one was Machhli Point; It was really a wonderful place for enjoying the scenic beauty. It is a waterfall where water falls from a great height and people love to bathe at the base of the fall. For getting there. it was a tricky trek of around 500 Meters and to depth of around 80 Meters. It is a picnic point for couples and families.
Next, we moved to Jaljali. Like it’s name, the place is also unique where on the ground when you jump you feel yourself on a trampoline. It was really an unbelievable moment for all of us who visited there. According to some researcher, It was formed naturally due to heavy layer of soil clubbed with roots and water.
Left for Raipur or our starting point enroute We stopped at numerous places which were incredible and unbelievable. Distance between Mainpatt and Raipur was 370 km
Zigzag Hilly road with green forests on both the sides with deep valleys and villages was a unique sight. It was tough to believe that we are leaving this wonderful plateau and would be returning to our normal routine in next 7-8 Hours.
Checked in Hotel Johar Chhattisgarh and had Dinner.