Our stay at BTR was highly successful, exciting, relaxing and high profile (resort was too good). With the happy memories, we left BTR and started for Achanakmar Tiger Reserve (ATR), Chattishgarh. This part of the journey was unplanned, and we knew very little about ATR. Taxi fare from Tala to ATR was too high (not too many available). We took a bus to Umaria and from there we hired a car for ATR. (Not recommended - direct taxi from Tala will be a smooth and hustle free experience).The road to ATR was through a platue and the beauty was unreal. We entered the ATR entry point bypassing the famous Amar Kantak (source of Narmada river).Evening was approaching and we are going through the dense and mountaineous forest of ATR. Suddenly, something crossed the road and stood still on the side of the road, under a tree. We stopped the car and saw the ghost..a leaopard. It disappeared into the darkness, giving us a lifetime experience. We reached the government forest resort in the night( which we booked at the park entry point by calling). Accomodation and facility were basic but the ambience will make someone fill more closer to the nature. We booked the next day morning safari from the office at the resort gate.
Early morning breeze was chilling. And in the cool weather, I saw one of the most beautiful forests ever in my life. It was dense, mounteneous and peimitive. We sighted herd of bisons, spotted deers, giant squirrels and wild boar. We couldn't spot any leopard in the morning or any tiger. But the experience was enchanting. ATR is still a place less travelled and that is why may be, it seemed to me like a seductress beauty. We left the resort after the lunch and headed towards Bilaspur to catch our returning train.
Distance: BTR - ATR - 228 km
Taxi Fare: Approx 7000/-