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Beautyfull Lakes to visit in Himachal pardesh

Beautyfull Lakes to visit in Himachal pardesh


The natural lake at Rewalsar is famous for its floating reed islands and fishes. Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh shrines exist along the periphery of Lake.The lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks there is around.Considered as one of the most sacred lakes of Himachal Pradesh, Rewalsar Lake, also known as Tso Pema,  district, 22.5 km  from Mandi, in Himachal Pradesh, India


  Dhankar Lake is a high altitude lake in Spiti Valley, in the Himachal Pradesh state of India. it lies above the Dhankar monastery in the Lahaul-Spiti district, and can be approached by a trek from the monastery.


As per the legend and history, King Puran Lal of Syalkot visited this particular place and decided to construct a lake over here. Seruvalsar Lake is accessible via Jalori pass. Locals associate the lake with Buddhi Nagin  goddess of snakes and ghee and mother of all nag deities) and claim the lake's water possess medicinal properties. A small temple to Buddhi Nagin overlooks the lake from its North side.


 Khajjiar Lake is a small lake, surrounded by saucer-shaped lush green meadow and a floating island. The dense growth of weed called vacha has made its earth spongy. Now the banks stand covered by a thick layer of earth, formed by the years of dust settling down on the weeds. It is situated at a height of around 1,951 m above sea level between Dalhousie and Chamba Town. The lake is set in a huge grassy landscape, with evergreen cedar trees surrounding it from all sides.This lake is one of the oldest and lake in the city. It is one of the largest natural lake in the the district. This lake was found during the time of Mahabharata. The people of this believes that this lake is related to the god which is known as Naag Devta i.e. God of Snakes


Distance from manali to Bhirigulake is a 43kms.It is named after Maharishi Bhrigu. Legend has it that the sage used to meditate near the lake and hence it has been rendered sacred; the locals believe that due to this the lake never freezes completely. This lake is held sacred to the sage, Rishi Brighu, a great saint of Indian history.Bhrigu Lake or Brighu Lake is a lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6 kilometres from Gulaba village


Distance from Dharamshala to Kareri lake is a46kms.Kareri lake is best known for being a trekking destination in the Dhauladhars. The lake remains frozen from early December to March–April. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Shakti on a hilltop overlooking the lake


Nako Lake is a high altitude lake in the Pooh sub-division of the Kinnaur district. It forms part of the boundary of Nako village and seems that the village is half buried in the lake's border. It is about 3,662 metres (12,014 ft) above sea level. The lake is surrounded by willow and poplar trees


Distance from Bharmour to Manimahesh lake is 26kms.The Manimahesh Kailash Peak, 5,653 metres (18,547 ft), also known as Chamba Kailash. According to one popular legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva created Manimahesh after he married Goddess Parvati, who is worshipped as Mata Girija. There are many legends narrated linking Lord Shiva and his show of displeasure through acts of avalanches and blizzards that occur in the region.


Distance from manali to surajtal lake is a151kms.Suraj Tal at a height of 4950 meters. The name of the lake means, “Lake of the Sun God”.  It is said to be the third highest lake in India being situated at an altitude of 4950m above sea level. Suraj Tal Lake is fed by the Bhaga River, which lies below the summit of Baralacha Pass, which is also known as the 'pass with crossroads on the summit'.


Distance from mandi to Prashar lake is a 70kms.
The “Prashar Lake” which has perimeter of about 300 mtr. is decorated by a floating island in it.
It is believed that Sage Prashar meditated on the banks of this lake, hence it is named as Prashar Lake. Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, had created the lake, the story says. After the Kurukshetra / Mahabharat war, the Pandavas were returning with Lord Kamrunag.


Distance from Manali to Chandertal lake is a 250kms.Its take 12hrs to travels.Chander tall lake means lake of moon.This lake of exquisite beauty is set on a large meadow of edelweiss between a lower ridge and the kunzam range,with an outlet into the Chandra river.


Distance from Shimla to Renukalake is a 153kms.
The lake has a circumference of 3214mts.
Legend has it that thousands of years ago a powerful king, Sahasrarjuna, killed Maharishi Jamdagni, the ascetic husband of Renuka Devi. There is a belief that the devoted saintly lady jumped into the lake to escape from falling prey to the lust of the tyrant king.; though she did not die.



It covers an area of 1,35,133 sq. kms. Bordering six other states – uttar pardesh and Jharkhand in the narth , Orissa in the east, Andhra pardesh in the south, Maharashtra in the  south west and Madhya Pradesh in the north west. Although, the newly formed state came in to existence on 1st of November 2000, its cultural heritage is as ancient as the stone age , in ancient times, Chhattisgarh was known as dakshin koshal. Geographical evidence of the  place is found in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Lord rama entered  dandkaranya from north east of koshal and spent some of his exile { forest – living } period here. In Mahabharata’s rajsooya  yagya episode the description of dakshin koshal has been found . in historical records in samudragupta prayag eulogy, description of koshal has been found.  After the 6th century, evidence of political insurgence of dakdhin koshal has been found .  from 6th century to mid – twelve century sarbhpurnima, somvanshi, panduvanshi, kalchuri and nagwanshi rulers dominated the region. The various documents, copper plaques, coins and archeological goods apprise us about the cultural heritage and political development of that time.

In contemporary, history evidence of ancient people has been found in the hills of raigarh, singhanpur, kabra, basnajhar, boslada  and ongana mountains at                      “ chitwandongri” in rajnandgaon district. The stone equipments made and used by ancient people have been found from the coasts of Mahanadi, mand, kanhar, manihari, and kelo rivers. The rock paintings of singhanpur and kabra mountains are quite famous among contemporary  painting due to variety and  style . among remains of historical age, traces of bone, animal burial has been found in abundance in Raipur and durg districts.

Along with archaeology, the culture of Chhattisgarh is also quite famous. The tribal kanwars, kamar, baiga, halba, korea, pando, birhari, biniwar make the atmosphere cheerful by their dances and songs on the occasion of marriage and other festivals. The rice bowl –chhattisgarh land has unique eroticism and sweetness. A part  from the mesmerizing dances and songs of dadra, pandwani, karma, panthi and suva, the region has national parks , sanctuaries; places of archeological and religious importance such as rajim , sirpur, malhar sita bengra, jogibhata, deepadih, dantewada, and dongargarh where tourists come automatically. The ancient deposits of Chhattisgarh and jain religion  memorials are found at malhar, sirpur, maheshpur and arang.

Innumerable monuments, finely carved temples, vihars, forts and palaces raise in the visitors mind visions of dynasties and kingdoms of great warriors and builders, of poets and musicians, of saints and philosophers, of Hinduism, budhism, Jainism,  Christianity, and islam. Sant guru ghasidas of satnami samaj,  mhaprbhu vallabhacharya of vaishnav samaj, and the great poet sant kabirdas also hails from this state. The celebrated  chinese traveller huien tsang visited the state in the middle of 7th century A.D. 

Nearly half 44% of the state is forested and offers a unique panorama of flora & fauna. The national parks of kanger valley and indravati ; the sanctuaries of udanti, sitanadi, barnawapara, achanakmar, gomardah, tamorpingla etc . offer the rare opportunity to see wild buffalo, gaur, tiger, leopard, singing maina and variety of antelopes in sylvan  surroundings. A variety of tradition in each of three geographical and cultural regions of baghelkhand plateau, the plains of Mahanadi basin and the the dandkaranya plateau of bastar have added colours to the states rich cultural tapestry, making it a many splendour land..



{Central Chhattisgarh ; Raipur, bilaspur , durg, rajnandgaon , kawardha , dhamtari , janjgir .}

In Rajpur district


The capital of Chhattisgarh has been the capital of kalchuri rulers in the past . it is well connected with other places of the state. The places worth seeing are 

mahamaya mandir,

doodhadhari mandir,

boodha talab,

 guru ghasidas meuseum,

 shiv mandir.


Rajim , the prayag of Chhattisgarh situated 49kms from  Raipur on the confluence of the Mahanadi, pairi and sondur rivers . here is a beautiful temple of Vishnu, known as  rajivlochan, “ the beautiful eyed one “ . it is the  most important  temple constructed of bricks in the 8th -9th  century.  By studying this temple one can understand  the architecture of mahakoshal, a region bordering Orissa, where the sarabhpura  sovereigns ruled as  feudatories of the guptas and vakatakas. A shiva and telin temple is situated nearby. The kuleshwar shiv temple is of the 11th century.


mahakoshal art gallery

 kuleshwar shiv temple


 Situated of 10kms from rajim  is the birth place of mahaprabhu vallabhacharya of  vaishanv sect. here a  temple was built in the first decade of 20th century by his disciples.  A fair is held every year in the month of  January – February. Also close by in the dense forest there is an shiv temple of champakeshwar.


Situated at a distance of 34kms from Raipur, is famous for its 11th -12th century temple. Though the temple is dilapidated but along with garbha –grih its top  portion is intact. Black granite stone statues of three pilgrims have been constructed in the garbh-grih of the temple. The exterior wall of the temple contains attractive erotic statues. Various fractured statues of shaiva and vaishnav temples were in abundance, which were gradually damaged. Shivlings are in abundance in arang.


Situated at a distance of 80kms from bilaspur and 12kms from sheonarayan  is the birthplace of sant ghasidas.  It’s a pilgrimage for satnami samaj. Other spots of the tapobhumi on the nearby hills are charan kund, amrit kund, chhata pahad and suphara math.


Situated on the Raipur –bilaspur highway, this village is the main religious centre for kabir panthis.

Sanctuary; udanti, barnawapara { see “call of the wild “ section }



Situated on the Bombay –howrah route, it is an important township of the state established 400 years ago by a fisherwoman named bilasa.


Situated at a distance of 28kms from  bilaspur on the banks of river maniyari. The  picturesque temple found in the excavations are deorani –jethani temple and a big statue of lord shiva named as rudrashiva, the anantomy of the statue is made of different materials, a mouth is present even on the breast, stomach and knees of the  statue. This is the only known statue of this type in the entire world. Jethani temple is a completely dilapidated state. The temple is made of bricks and stones. Excavations have also revealed a big temple on the walls of whish are stories of lord shiva in the form of sculptures. Deorani temple is also in dilapidated state. Artistic statues of uma maheshwar, kirtimukh, mithun, shiva and parvati are engrossed on the doors of the temple.


Siyuated 30kms away from bilaspur, is a prime archeological site. The excavations here have revealed temples and statues of deur, dindeshwari, pataleshwar, chaturbhuj, Vishnu and jain statues. Here habitation sites found from 3rd century B.C. to the modern times, on the occasion of shivratri a mela is held here every year.


Situated at a distance of 32kms from bilaspur is a famous muslim pilgrimage. Here is the famous tomb of muslim saint hazrat baba sayeed insaan.


25kms from bilaspur, the famous mahamaya temple, the ruins of the fort and the kadideol shiv temple dating back to 12th century are found here. Status of the kalachuri period were found on the premises of the fort. At one time this ancient city was the capital of the kalachuri kings, and the ruins of this kingdom canbe seen here.



Situated at a distance of 75kms from Raipur on the banks of river Mahanadi, is an important site because it was the capital of the kings of sarabhapura and  their successors in dakshin kosala. It was an important centre of budhism from the 6th -10th centuries and was visited by huein tsang , in the 7th century by chinese pilgrim scholar. Excavations have revealed two brick temple of budha with an adjoining monastery that had cells arranged around a long. Both temples house enormous images of budha in the earth –touching gesture.


Situated at a distance of 80kms from Raipur in mahasamund district. The place has an historical and archeological importance, khallari temple is situated on the village hilltop. Various stories related to Mahabharata add importance to the village. Close to the temple at the mountain top are bheem footsteps, pitcher pot and cooker. Lakeshwar guid temple has remnants of lakshagrih, where duryodhan and shakuni had planned assassination of the pandavas.



Situated 24kms from Raipur, the industrial township, has one of the biggest steel plants in india. Apart from the huge bhiali steel plants the maĆ®tre  bagh in the township also attracts tourists. Bhilai steel plant is a hot destination for tourists of education and technical interests. Public relations department of the plant issues passes for plant visit. Two buses have been made available which ferry tourists to the plant. Inside the plant coke –over battery, blast furnance, rail and structural mill and plant mill are of main attraction to the tourist.


Situated 4kms from bhilai is an ancient shiv temple of 11th – 12th century. This temple is compared with the temples of bhoramdeo, khajoraho, temples of south and Ajanta ellora etc. a big fair is held during mahashivratri.



Situated on the Mumbai –howrah route in rajnandgaon 36kms district, bambleshwari devi temple is at the top of dongargarh hills and beneath the hills there is also bambleshwari temple which attracts tourists. A huge fair is organized on the occasion of navaratri. There is a famous budha idol of 30 feet height on prayagirir parbat . it is maintained by indo –japan budhist society of india.


Situated 48kms from rajnandgaon. Here there is famous Indira arts and misic university established in the year 1956. Other ancient temples worth a visit are rukhand swami temple, danteshwari temple, mahakali temple, mahavir temple and bhadrakali temple.



Situated 77kms from Raipur, near by on the river Mahanadi are gangrel and madamsilli dams.




Situated 60kms south of dhamtari, this religious place is the source of the river Mahanadi where rishi shringi had meditated. The places worth seeing are karneshwar mandir, haathi koh, ganesh ghat, danteshawari gufa and peeli kothi.

Forest; sitanadi sanctuary see “ call of the wild “ section



Situated 116kms away from Raipur , kawardha has been connected with the kabir panth movement for a long period . old kawardha has the remains of a fort built by king rajpal singh.


Situated 18kms from kawardha on the Raipur 116kms Jabalpur 220kms road, on the banks of the river sankari, among the satpura hills and their scenic valleys, bhoramdeo temples have a special attraction for lovers of history and archaeology. The temple were built by the celebrated king ramachandra of the nag dynasty, who married princess ambikadevi of the haiya dynasty. The temples are superb examples of  contemporary architecture and have much historical, religious and archeological importance. In an area of 5kms in the palaces of mandwa and madanmanjri are erotic sculptures similar to those in khajuraho temples.


Situated 40kms from khairagarh, there is an ancient shiv temple of 10th – 11th century, built by the kalchuris.



Situated 67kms from bilaspur is the district headquarter. An important city is the ancient capital ratanpur. It was built by haihaiya vansh raja jaajwal deo ii. Important touristsports are Vishnu temple of kalchuri period. Shiv mandir of 10th century and barambaba choura.


 Situated at a distance of 94kms from bilaspur in janjgir district on the confluence of Mahanadi, sheonath and jonk rivers. A fair is held every year on magh purnima and is attended by thousands of dvotees. 5kms away in kharod is an ancient shiva temple of the early medieval period. Kharod was an important education centre in ancient times.


Situated 13kms from janjgir and 8kms from champa on the banks of hasdo river. There is a famous temple of kaleshwar mahadeo. A big fare is held here during mahashivratri. During rangpanchmi there is a marriage procession of lord shiv which is a main attraction.


Situated 113kms from bilaspur on the  howrah – Bombay main line. The places worth seeing are the damaudhara, panchwati, gidhaparbat , rainkhol, hari and gujar  chhatri , mahamai temple.


Situated 5kms  away from sheorinarayan, in the janjgir district, are remains of temple built of bricks by somvanshi rulers in 8th century A.D.  here are the scenes of  Ramayana sculptured on the pillars of the massive lakshmaneshwar mahadeo temple . the other temple of importance are inderdeol and shabri mandir. On the walls of these temples are carvings of shardul , apsaras and erotic  statues alongwith gods and godeses.


The largest town of janjgir tehsil and situated on the bank of the hasdo river, it is about 53kms east by rail from bilaspur, the district headquarters town. Champa is the most famous centre for the tussar silk or ‘ kosa ‘ weaving industry.

North Chhattisgarh ; koria, ambikapur surguja, korba , raigarh , jashpur nagar.



Situated 85kms from ambikapur in sarguja district, is known as “ Shimla of  Chhattisgarh “. Full with greenery mainpat is at height of 3781 feet. The two big Buddha monasteries are worth seeing. Mostly tibetians reside here. The main attraction are sarbhanja falls 150feet and tiger eco point . mainpat is a source of rihand river. It is also for tibetian carpets and dogs.



The district headquarter is famous for mahamaya temple and for the tomb of baba murad shah,  baba mohamad shah and his parrot.


Situated at a distance of 90kms from ambikapur on the confluence of kanhar, surya and gaifulla rivers, is an important archeological place. Here remnants of ancient temples are spread over an area of a square kilometre. After cleaning of the debris the archeological department has tried to save many temples by renovation works among the dilapidated  memorials, samat saran memorial is a famous  shiva temple. Mandap of the temple has statues of lord kartikeya, Vishnu, mahisamardini, ganesh, varah and nandi . a museum has been made there . due to natural scenes deepadih is counted among the best archeological sites of the state .


Situated 45kms from  ambikapur, the mountains of ramgarh is known as creation  ground of kalidas, meghdoot poem. A came named as sitabengra has been made on the mountains by giving shape to the boulders. World’s oldest theatre is there. The archives of jogimara cave describes a devdasi named sutnuka. On the basis of archival record the place is estimated to be of second century. Every year in the month of autumn Sanskrit gurus organize a dance festival. Other sports of interest are hanthipol, sitakund, ramgarh.



 Situated on the howrah – Bombay main line and thebanks of kelo river. The palace , radhakrishna mandir, bhupdeopur falls and jute mills are worth seeing.


Situated 52kms from raigarh. There is an old fort and 17th century temple of samleshwari devi. One and a half kms away, there is an ancient village called pujari pali.  There are brick made temples an a dipiladated state namely mahaprabhu temple, kevtin temple and rani jhula temple. Also gomardha sanctuary is 20kms away.



Situated 52 km away from raigarh is an old fort which is the source of hot water spring (tatapani)

Ongana village which is 3 km away is famous for stone age rock painting .


Singhpur is about 15km from raigarh .two of the caves of singhpur are nearly 25 to 30 feet deep .in the thir cave one can observe picyure which mostly depict the life of a man some are straight and the other are diagonal in the form of steps .these are drawn with straight and vertical lines .in one of the picture one in kobra district .


 Situated  48 kms from bilaspur is the shiv temple at pali. Built by the kalchuri rulers in the early 12th century ,it has carved pillars and decorated celings.

In jashpur nagar district.

Jashpur nagar

Situated 211kms from raigarh and 2500 feet above sea level ,it is a very picturesque hill station full of valleys fhat waterfalls of which ranidaha waterfall is very famous.


Situated 44 km from jashpur it has the biggest catholic church of asia


Situated  112 km from jashpur is a hill station full of valleys waterfalls ,caves etc also worth a visit is badal khol sanctuary

(south Chhattisgarh kanker bastar – jagdalpur dantewada)



The colourful festival of dusshera is celebrated here on agrand scale every year .


Tribal museum 

An anthropological expo in jagdalpur on the life  and culture of the various tribes in bastar . this small but excellent window documented and exhibited museum of the anthropological society ofindia in jagdalpur provides an excellent window view for the tourist .


Predominatly a forest area  it is the home of marias and murias .both extremely colourful and lively tribes who have preserved their ancient culture . A   shilpgram hads been established by the government to preserve and promote the trible art and handisrafts of the area.

Village bastar was capital of kakatiya rules for a short period .An attractive temple of the 12-13 century can be seen here.

Bastar Dusshera

The trible calendar is full of festivals . thes include harvest festival like navakhana eating of new crop matipuja worship of earth goncha the chariot festival etc the most important of these in bastar is the  dussehera   when all the deties from all villages congregate at the temple of danteshwari in jagdalpur .the dussehra in bastar unlike the dussehra in other parts of india has nothing to do with the triumphant return of Rama to ayadhya .dussehra in bastar is devoted entirlyto the goddess devi danteshwari .

Bastar Dussehra festival dates back to 15th century and is belived to have been started by maharaj porshottam  deo the forth kaktiya ruler of bastar .over six centuries this festival has grown into something unique .it spans over 75 days starting with haryali amawasya in shraavan (july) .the festival involves participation of all majore tribes of bastar bastar dussehra has sevral dussehra has sevral components ,each of which has a history of its own .these  include kachan gadi consecration of the couch to devi kachan who visits upon a young girl as she swing on a couch of thorns jogi bithai installation of the yogi a youth who sits on vigil for 9 days and nights to ensure festivals success the chariot procession etc bastar dussehra concludes with the muria durbar an assembly of headmen and public representative .the deties are then accorded a farewell to return to their native seats in the hamlets of the district .Altogether dussehra in bastar is unique the lokostav coincide with bastar dussehra .


Situated 168kms away from Raipur is a picturesque valley the rest house at offers a spectacular view of the valley below .

Chitrakote falls

Situated 38 ks from jagdalpur at a spot where the river indravati has an abrupt fall of 96 ft the falls which are like horse shoe curve are often comared to the Niagara falls .


Situated 39kms  southwest of jagdalpur, the picturesque waterfall of kanger river cascades down from a height of 100ft. in the form of steps. Other prominent falls are madhwa, chitradhara, tamra ghomar, handa bada, saath dhara, lankapali, khrsail, charrre – marre etc .


Situated 40kms to the south of jagdalpur, the place abounds in caves with stalactite and stalagmite columns . the entrance to the caves is a small passage of 5ft height and 3ft width there are five chambers  in the cave which have sevral blind wells – all expected one covered with a sheet of rock which  when struck gines a hollow sound .

Kailash Gufa (cave)

Situated 16kms kutumsar on the lower kanger valley road .here there are stalactite and stalagmite columns in the from big durbar halls on mountain top .this an abode of lord shiva .

The series of other famous limestone rock caves in the dannkarnay are dandak gufa aranya gufa sakalnarayan gufa tula gufa rani gufa makar gufa etc.

Forest : kanger valley national park (see “call of the wild “ section)

Dantew ada

Situated 85 kms from jagdalpur it is famous for the ancient temple of goddesss danteshwari the temple is constructed on the banks of sankhani and dankhani river the place was center point Shakti belief worshippers .the temple is built osf stone but it was built during the rule of Shakti kings .mahisasur mardini  statue is established in the grabh grih known as danteshewari .the temple premises have ancient statues of lord shiv ganesh nandi and Vishnu collected from  barsoor.


Situated 31 km from dantewada it was the capital of bastar during chindagnag rulers the place is known for 11 -12th century temples .the ganesh statue of barsoor is famous for its huge size .the mama –bhanja temple is basically lord shiva temple .the temple is in a safe position the dilapidated battisa gudi is a shiva temple the temple has two garbh grihas and mandap of both temple are together other dilapidated temple of barsoor have erotic  stetues in abundance barsoor statues display folk art of south india .


Call of the wild


Situated 58 kms from bilaspur in the lap of maikal hills of satpura ranges and drained by stream of narmada son and johilla rivers it is surrounded by reserved sal  forest which are very picturesque .notified as a sanctuary in the year 1975 its tatal area is of 553.286 sq kms maniyari rivers is the life line of the sanctuary where dotted hills vary from 274.3m to 1048m from sea level .the total area of the park is mountaneous and stocked with mixed sal and bamboo forest.

The fauna of the park consists of tiger leopard cheetal sambhar kotri gaur bear fox jackal azgar chowsingha mouse deer etc the main spots of attraction and worth a visit are sihawal sagar pandawani talab raksha chhak nagbohara lakshman dogri mendri sarai khurja jalshya etc.

The main circuit for sightseeing animals are :-

A.Achanamsar – surhi-khuria –lormi.

b. Achanakmsar-lamni- birarpani-Amarkantak.

c. Achanakmsar-bahauda-bindawal- chaparwa- jalda-sarasdol-achankmsar

Bar-narwapara sanctuary (125kmsfrom Raipur)

Bar-nawapara wildlife sanctuary is named after bar and nawapara forest village which are in the hert of the sanctuary it is a land mass of undulating terrain dotted with numerous low and high hillocks –a well forest area of north –estern corner of Raipur district the tributaries of Mahanadi are the sources of water .river balmdehi forms the western boundary and jonk river forms the north –eastern boundry of sanctuary .the well stocked forest forests of the sanctuary may be classified as teak sal and mixed forests .

The bamboo forms forms rich and dense under storey throughtout dazzling white kulu trees scattered around singly in the forest standout conspicuously among the various hues of green .theold plantation patches of teak and understorey bamboo give an orderly look in the otherwise genral wildness .

The flow of rives and nallahs stop by December what remains are scenic and serene few haging pools in the famous turturiya falls and many man made tanks cheetal sambhar neelgai wild boar are are commonly seen .the bison is frequently sighted leopard sloth bear wild dog porcupine jungle cat fox striped hyena barking daer are also found tiger though present in good nimber are shy and sighted infrequently bar nawaapara boosts of over 150 species pf peafowl crow pheasant crimson breated barbet revented bilbul racket tailed drongo marpie – robin lesser whistling teal pintail shovellar egrets and herons.

 Udanti Sanctuary (175kms from Raipur)


Udanti wildlife sanctuary derives its name from the river flowing west to east  throughout the sanctuary the topography of the area is a broken mass of land traversed by innumerable hill ranges intercepted by strips  of plains .the river divides the sanctuary into almost equal halves of a will forest area of south –eastern Raipur district .

The undulating terrain is coverd with well stocked forest .the grand teak is mixed with othe magnificent species . the sal forest glitters in the majority of north –western half of the sanctuary .

The udani river flow stop by February what remain are scenic  and serene pools of water in the river bed there are few perennial spring including the famous deodhara and godena falls .

Specific reason for creation of this sanctuary is the endangered species ..wild buffalo (bubalus bubalis) which is found only in assam  and Chhattisgarh .this area is proud of having black panther another rare  animal that has been sighted by many villagers and staff of the forest department .cheetal sambhar nilgai wild boar and jackal are commonly seen .leopard sloth bear wild doh porcupine jungle cat fox striped hyena gaur chowsinga and barking deer are also found tigers though present in good number are shy and sighted frequently udanti is one of the rare wildrness where the biggest mammals wild buffalo and bison can be seen together udani boats of more than 150 species of bird including sevral migratory ones .some of them are peafowl .jumgle fowl crow pheasant crimson breated barbet red vented bulbul racket tailed drogo ,magpir robin lesser whistling tear pintail shovellar egrets and herons.

Sitanadi sancturary (90 kms from dhamtari)

Sitanadi sanctuary has been named after the river sitandi which meanders through the sanctuary from north to south .

The undulating terrain of sitanadi is covered by small hills and well stocked of sal the excellent quality of sal forest are one of the best in the country.

Wonderful plantation forests of the straight stemmed grand teak and  mixed magnificent trees of  saja, bija, lendia , haldu, dhaora , aunla , salai, amaltas etc . are seen in abundance in the sanctuary.

The sondur river flows through the sanctuary. A dam has been built on it and forms a huge waterbody named sondur lake . the river water  submerges quite a big chunk of sanctuary forest. This had been a loss to the  sitanadi forest. But for the debnzien of the forests  huge waterbody has been created. The changed habitat  may attract diverse flora and fauna, expecially migratory birds. Flying squirrels is a rare species found in this sanctuary. The sitanadi FRH, watch tower, khallari rest house, sondur dam are places worth seeing.


The park is a paradise for the nature lovers. The moist peninsular sal forests and the south indian tropical moist deciduous forests are seen in their finest form here. The park is situated in a transition zone where southern  limit of sal  forests and northern limit of teak forests overlap, hence both  sal and teak are seen together in this valley.

The valley is in  fact one of the last pockets of almost virgin  forests still left in the peninsular region . to protect this unique eco – system , it has been proposed as a biosphere reserve under the  MAB programme. The valley is nearly 34kms long with average width of about 6kms.  The terrain is mostly hilly. The park fauna consists of tiger, panther, wildcat, cheetal { spotted deer }, sambhar , barking deer , wild pig , jackal, lungur , rhesus, macaque, sloth bear, flying squirrel, python, hyena, rabbit, crocodile, other and civet.

The avian fauna includes birds of prey, scavenging birds, water birds, pheasants etc. the reptiles include snakes, lizards and the insects include butterflies, moths, dragonflies,  grasshoppers etc. lower forms of plants such as  fungi, algae, brycpytes and  pteridophytes are also quite common. All these put together with the virgin  forest make the park a unique ecosystem. The park derives its name from the  kanger river which flows throughout its length. The other main attraction of the aprk are kutumsar caves, kailash gupha, tirthgarh falls, bhaisadarha etc.




Initiated by the ghasia tribe, the bell –metal art originated for making bells and tinkets for the kings horses. Models range from life size tall images to small drawing – room items like masks,  deer, horses, elephants, tribal heads etc. each piece is crafted by hand through the vanishing wax technology.


Made by potters of bastar from the finest river bed clay of indravati, ornate elephants, horses, bowls and urns … excellent artifacts to highlight the corner of a room or the inside columns in a big hall or lounge. Also available are small table top items like ash trays, penholders etc., which make perfect corporate giveaways.


Indegenious  tribal black smith craft, strikingly beautiful items instantly appeal to the aboriginal hidden in every man and woman.


Basod tribe in bastar specializes in bamboo products including handicrafts like woven mats, table mats ,wall hangings, table tops items etc.


Wood craft came naturally for the tribals of bastar living as they do in an area having 7% of india’s forests. Items include models and masks with tribal – motifs as well as wall panels up to 7feet in length made out of the finest teak wood of bastar. These items infuse life to any drawing room. The panels make excellent bed head –stead, pelmet, furniture fronts etc


Cotton saris, dress materials and drapes, chunnis 100% cotton, hand woven, hand printed by tribes, who trace their lineage to the 14th century weaver – saint – poet, kabir. Printing done natural vegetable – dyes extracted from aal found in the forests of bastar.

Under a new initiative, the handicrafts of bastar are being crafted by self – help aboriginal groups under expert technical guidance.



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