Everything You Need To Know About This Mini Tibet In Chhattisgarh!

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Central India is blessed with a rich cultural history and natural resources. With increasing awareness, it has grown to be a popular tourism destination for travel enthusiasts. Every part of this region has a different story to tell which goes far back in history. It is no wonder then that you will be surprised to find a mini Buddhist colony settled in a part of Chhattisgarh which is often referred to as Mini Tibet.

Where?

A popular hill-station located near Ambikapur, Mainpat is situated at a height of 1099 m. Spread over an area of 368 sq. km. it is also referred to as the Shimla of Chhattisgarh due to its pleasant weather and breathtaking views. With a majority of this area covered in dense flora and fauna, it is surrounded by numerous streams and scenic surroundings. It is also known for its large variety of medicinal plants which are grown in the region.

What makes it special?

Consisting of 24 villages, Mainpat is part of the Sargaju district in the northernmost part of the state. Initially inhabited by only a few locals including the Yadavs and local adivasis, it has been home to Tibetans for the last few decades. After the Chinese invasion, it became a part of the many regions where the Indian Government gave refuge to the Tibetans. From the initial count of 1400 refugees, the population has now grown to roughly 2300. After the Dalai Lama's visit, the local Buddhist monastery here has gained a lot of importance.

Things to see

There are various camping sites near the outskirts with views of the entire area. Tiger Point and Machali Point have great views and the latter comprises of a waterfall and small colourful fishes in nearby streams. Waterfalls, dams and caves can be found at Raksamada, Ramgarh and Banrai, in Parpatiya. They are great hubs for paragliding and more adventure sports are expected to follow.

It is also home to many beautiful monasteries such as Dhakpo, which are a must visit during your stay here. If you are lucky enough, you might also witness a Tibetan wedding ceremony.

About eight km from Mainpat is a striking waterfall surrounded by tall mountain ranges called Mehta Point. There is also Dev Pravah in Kamleshwar which is famous for its flora and fauna. Jaljala, also known as the Bouncing Land, where the ground feels like a trampoline when you jump on it.

Accommodation

While the state has recently developed a lot of stay options with the construction of newly developed roads, the most famous accommodation option here is the Tiger Fall Resort which is a scenic property with unending views of the mountains.

Getting There

By Air: Nearest airport is in Raipur (350 km). From here you can take a state transport bus or hire a private vehicle to reach Mainpat.

By Rail: Nearest major railway station is in Raigarh (178 km) and Ambikapur (80 km).

By Road: It is easily accessible via Raipur (350 km) which is connected to all other major cities in India.

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