Chhattisgarh - The Forest Land is a young state carved out of Madhya Pradesh on 1 November, 2000. Worldwide known for its abundant wealth of mineral and natural resources, Chhattisgarh India is renowned for a place Bela-Dila, which is rich in iron ores. Covered extensively by dense forests, Chhattisgarh is inhabited by Marias, Murias and other tribes. The state has a high tourist potential in adventure tourism, water sports and pilgrimage due to the forests, waterfalls, temples and wide range of flora and fauna found in Chhattisgarh. The well-known landmarks in Chhattisgarh India are the gold mines and aluminium plant in Korba; Bhilai Steel Plant; Bela Dila iron ore reserves; the capital city Raipur, Bilaspur, Bastar, Chitrakut and other places.
Bastar - The Tribal City
Location: Bastar is a tribal territory richly endowed with minerals and forest resources. Bastar is, predominantly, a forest area, and home of Marias and Murias, both extremely colorful and picturesque tribes, who have preserved their ancient culture.
Tourist Destinations: The tourist spots at Bastar include Jagdalpur where the colorful festival of Dussehra is celebrated on a grand scale every year; the 96 ft high Chitrakut Falls made by the Indravati river; the 100 ft high Tirathgarh Falls, Kutumsar Caves (The five chambers in the cave have several blind wells, all except one covered with a sheet of rock that, when struck, gives a hollow sound); Danteshwari Temple at Dantewada. At Barsur, an old Shiva temple has 12 pillars. In addition, there is a Ganesha Temple and Mama Bhanja ka Mandir as well.
Chitrakut - The Pilgrim Centre
Location: Chitrakut is one of the most sacred pilgrim centres of north India. It covers a vast area comprising five villages: Sitapur, Karvi, Nayagaon, Kamta, and Khohi. The city is surrounded by the mountain ranges of the Vindhya. Mixed forests are spread in all directions.
Tourist Destinations: Most of the tourist spots are along the river Mandakini. Janaki Kund is a straight stretch of river and a series of steps on the left bank descended to the water, almost greenish-blue in color. Ram Ghat is a long stretch of steps cut into the banks where pilgrims perform religious ablutions and rituals. Many compare its hallowed sanctity to Rishikesh and Benaras. At Sphatik Shila, a large boulder has impressions of Lord Rama's footprints. In addition, there are Deva Ganga, Sati Anusuya, and Hanuman Dhara.
How To Reach Chhattisgarh
Raipur is the most convenient place from where one can explore Chhattisgarh. Raipur is also linked with Delhi and Nagpur through air as well as rails. Bus services are available from Raipur for all places of tourist interest in the circuit. The other major stations and roadways in the state are in Bilaspur, Bhilai, Durg.
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