Places you won't go to- (i) Mainpat

Tripoto
10th Aug 2017
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A Corporate job leaves you with time enough only for weekend getaways and a few quarterly escapades. While, I cannot travel as frequently as I could in the past, my work did allow me a few site visits. And had I not been working for this particular company, I wouldn't have ever known that there lies this beautiful expanse of virgin terrain in the north of Chhattisgarh.

1000+ metres above the sea level, Mainpat lies in Surguja district of Chhattisgarh. A 7 hour drive from Varanasi towards South, an 8 hour drive from Raipur to the North or a 6 hr drive from Ranchi to the East will land you at this place. The nearest town i Ambikapur, which itself isn't too big but can take care of your travel requirements. Mainpat isn't closely connected with the railways and hence, the best mode of travel would be a personal car.

Day 1

On a official tour, the four of us, began our journey at 5.30 am in the morning from Korba. Korba is 2 hrs from the nearest city of Bilaspur.

While it rained throughout the way, we were enchanted by the beauty that Chhattisgarh had to offer. As the Kharif crops were being planted,the view on the road comprised of the tribals planting paddy saplings in the fields. Gradually the plains lead way to the hilly serpentine roads. The deciduous trees in their full glory covered the landscape with their savage beauty. The forests were immensely dense with all kinds of blooming shrubs and mosses covered the trees. Orchids grew on these mosses- Foxtail Orchids are common in the area and provide a wonderful sight.

We entered Mainpat to the view of vistas of Eucalyptus, Sagwan & Teak trees. The skies were open and the clouds be playing hide n seek with the sun. The ground below was covered in green. Death by Greenery- as I would like to call it.

We stayed in the guest house provided to us. However, the place has a groovy enough resort called Shella that can take care of travelers' hospitality. There are a few other decent stays as well.

While you don't need to visit the tourist spots to soak in the beauty of the place, there are a few places that might be of consideration:

Tiger Point- A waterfall perched deep in the forest, and the most frequented tourist spot in the area. Also, a picnic hotspot in winters.

Jaljali- A unique place where you can have fun jumping on the land that is a natural bungee trampoline. You jump slightly and the entire earth bounces back as if made of rubber.

Fish point- Another waterfall in the area that is quite treacherous because of the rapids and sharp gorges. The water is clear and greenish and is a photographer's delight.

Patpariya Sunset Point- This place would remind you of Matheran. The perfect place to sip a cup of coffee while watching the clouds below you engulfing the sun. However, you will have to bring your own coffee.

Mainpat has also got a Tibetan culture with a few monasteries. It is a haven for the Tibetan refugees who settled here long ago. The place thus offers you an authentic Tibetan cuisine- Thukpa, Momos and more. A new huge Buddhist temple is in construction and is likely to attract a lot of visitors.

Every January witnesses the Mainpat festival where local dwellers exhibit their produce and handicrafts and is an ideal time to visit the place.

We spent two days at Mainpat and left early in the morning on Saturday with a lot of envy arousing pictures. Ideally the place is meant for a weekend getaway to spend an unconnected time away from crowd and traffic.

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