Jagdalpur (Bastar) Information
Bastar, a predominantly wooded district is home to various colourful tribes. The rich cultural heritage is very well reflected in its numerous fairs and festivals as well as the folk songs, dances and dramas. Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar district is located on the banks of Indrawati River and is a perfect base for exploring this part of the State. It is also an important cultural and handicraft centre.
Jagdalpur (Bastar) Tourism Information
Human Science Museum
It exhibits regional artefacts related to culture, traditions and entertainment.
District Archaeological Museum
It was setup by the Archaeological and Museum Department in 1988.
This art centre is a true tribute to the famous art world of Bastar.
Chitrakote Falls (40km)
River Indrawati plunges from a height of 90 feet and creates a crescent shaped beautiful waterfall, also known as the ‘Mini Niagara’. It is blessed with exceptional scenic beauty and is a nature lovers paradise. Fishing, swimming and boating facilities are also available here.
Temple of Narayanpal (10km) is a worth visiting site.
It cascades down from a height of 100 feet. The ‘U’ shaped valley here is 150 – 200 feet deep and is the deepest valley of the region.
It is famous for the temple of Danteshwari, the ‘Goddess of teeth’. The shrine was built by Rani Bhagyeshwari Devi, on the confluence of Shankhini and Dunkini rivers. The road from Jagdalpur to Dantewada is laden with exceptional scenic beauty.
Indrawati National Park (200km)
The park sprawls covers an area of 1258 sq km amidst dense forests and is rich in wildlife. The key fauna includes tiger, panther, Leopard, antelopes, bluebull, bison and wild buffalo etc. The best time to visit is from March to May.
Kanger Ghati National park (26km)
The 200 sq km park area comprises of hilly terrain, with peaks, valleys, caves and waterfalls. It is covered by dense jungle of ebony, teak and bamboo and home to animals like tiger, leopard, panther, deer, beer, wolf, snakes, maina and sparrow birds etc.
The Bhaisa Darha Crocodile Sanctuary
The Bhaisa Darha crocodile Sanctuary is about 42km form Jagdalpur is located nearby at the meeting point of Kanger Kholab of Kanger Ghati. Jeevodhyan, the Asia’s first biosphere is also located here.
A ‘Tourist Paradise’, famous for the excellent waterfall on the Kanger river in Kanger Ghati National Park. The Kanger river after creating spectacular fall at Tirathgarh, moves onto form more beautiful falls at eight to ten sites, the most popular among them in the Kanger Dhara falls. There is also a biosphere on the banks of Kanger river. It has a natural ‘Stone Elephant’ and numerous ancient rocks, which are collectively called as ‘Kunwara-Soundarya’ or virgin beauty.
It is famous for the splendid natural underground caves, which are perhaps the finest of its kind in the world. These are about 4,500 feet in length and are minimum 60-215 feet in depth from the surface. Stalactites and stalagmites, the beautiful formations created in limestone by the percolating water can be seen.
Pamed Sanctuary (250km)
It is the second most important sanctuary of Bastar and is mainly known for the wild buffaloes. Other animals seen here are leopard, panther, antelope, sambhar etc. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between January and May.
Bastar is world renowned for its unique Dussehra celebrations. Unlike, other parts of the country, the celebrations on this day are not confined to Lord Ram and demon king Ravana, but, the festivities revolve around tribal deity Maa Danteshwari, the ‘Goddess of Teeth’. Although, the festival is held in the months of October – November, its celebrations starts from ‘Hariyal Amavasya’ in Shravan (July), after worshipping at the temple of Kachhingudi, a local goddess along with Maa Danteshwari, Lord Hanuman and Lord Vishnu. During the festival, two Chariots are used, which are called as the ‘Flower Chariot’ or ‘Phool Rath’ and the ‘Victory Chariot’ or ‘Vijay Rath’. On the day of Dussehra, the chariot is stolen by the people of Maria and Dhruva tribes and left at a place called ‘Kumhada Kote’. The goddess is them worshipped here and the chariot is brought back to the temple of Maa Danteshwari. The chariot is pulled by thousands of tribal’s and the procession lasts for whole night.