is a tribal region in Chhattisgarh, blessed with an exceptional scenic
beauty that beckons the lovers of nature to explore the forests,
waterfalls, wildlife, ancient temples, tribal dances and music. Located
at a distance of 264 km from Raipur, Bastar is one of the most
significant eco-friendly destinations of the country. It has plenty to
offer to its visitors with its valuable tribal art and culture that lie
in and around the lush green city of Jagdalpur. One can choose from
National Parks, waterfalls, natural caves, palaces, museums and places
of religious significance.
The Bastar Palace located in Jagdalpur is a historical monument
which has an impressive art and architectural work with exquisite
carvings and engravings on walls and ceilings. Bastar Palace was built
by the rulers of Bastar and speaks of many legends of gallantry and
heroism of these kings.
The Bhoromdeo Temple is adorned with magnificently carved erotic
sculptures. It also has a Shiva Lingam which is a striking piece of
architecture. The Danteshwari Temple is an ancient temple of Devi
Danteshwari and is said to be one of the 52 sacred Shakti peethas of the
Hindu Mythology. The temple attracts tourists throughout the year,
especially during the festival of Dusshera.
The Kanger Valley National Park, based near the Kholaba River has
amazing wilderness and rich biodiversity. For nature lovers and wildlife
enthusiasts, it is a perfect place to be. Wildlife here includes
panther, tiger, bear, snakes, jackals, langurs, and many species of
deer’s. One can also spot numerous varieties of birds perching at the
tree tops. The Bairamgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, with its striking
landscapes is famous for Chital that are found roaming in open
grasslands as well as dense forests. The Indravati National Park is
another significant national park of the Bastar region.
Natural caves abound in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Located in
the Kanger Forest near Jagdalpur is the 330 meters long Kutumsar
Cave, which is the second longest natural cave in the world. The
caves are pitch-dark, enclosing stalactite formation of the Shiva
Lingam. The Kailash Cave, located nearby, is also well-known for
its natural carving of the idol of Lord Shiva. Other impressive caves in
the Bastar region are the Dandak Cave, Kanger Cave, Karpan Cave, and
Devgiri Cave, among others.
The natural landscape of Bastar encompasses many beautiful waterfalls,
both big and small, surrounded with lush green forests. The horse-shoe
shaped Chitrakoot Falls is the largest waterfall in India, and a
major tourist attraction. The Tirathgarh Waterfall located in the
Kanger Forest is a wonderful site which also has an old Shiv-Parvati
temple at the spot. Other smaller waterfalls include Kanger Dhara,
Mandawa Waterfall, Chitradhara, and Tamada Ghumar.
Spread across thick bamboo forests is the huge Bhainsa Darha Lake,
which inhabits crocodiles and tortoises. Dalpat Sagar is the
largest artificial lake of Chhattisgarh and a major source of fish. The
Anthropological Museum provides a valuable insight into the
history, culture, and lifestyle of the various tribes of Bastar.
Enriched with natural beauty and pleasant atmosphere, Bastar is an
adventurer’s delight and a nature lover’s paradise. Visitors to Bastar
retreat to their city life refreshed and revived!