As soon as you reach the Bastar region you will be lost in its simplicity. Lush green Sal trees surrounding the roads will definitely charm you. And if you are lucky, you could even spot a ‘Pahadi Maina’, somewhere amidst the virgin forests of this region. Home to numerous waterfalls, natural forests and rustic views, Bastar region has a lot to offer and can easily be termed as ‘a photographer’s delight’.Exquisite tribal culture:If you’re an art lover and you haven’t visited Bastar, your life is pretty much incomplete. The Bastar handicrafts are beyond exquisite.
As you move towards Bastar, the scenery turns greener with big trees adoring both sides of the road. At times the road would be through a forest. Sushanta kept updating that those were the "disturbed" areas.We were slightly sad to see those trees marked out to be cut soon as the widening of the road was in process. The flip side of development!
Ever since I visited the Chitrakote Falls and the nearby places in my native state Chhattisgarh this June, I had already posted a blog and a vlog on Bastar, Chhattisgarh. I clicked many beautiful pictures on the enthralling journeys. And I had posted selected photos on facebook and instagram as well. But I always wanted to create memories from those discarded pics which we keep it to ourselves. So, whats better than starting the ‘discarded pics’ trend from the magical Southern Chhattisgarh !Presenting the discarded memories from my trip to my homeland. I never thought that I was creating some everlasting memories. All I thought was that I was having fun:)This blog was first published here.
Bastar is a south district of Chhattisgarh particularly known for being heart of Naxal Corrider of India. however, relatively very less people know that it has many hidden treasures of nature's beauty. It all started with a unplanned trip of bunch of college guys. We booked a last minutes bus tickets for Bastar and boarded our bus at 9 pm. As any other 2nd year college students we all were noisy and loud throughout the trip. The bus stopped at Maakri Dhaba and we all had sumptuous post-dinner meal and tried it ought-to-have Kheer. (All buses on way to Bastar stop there.)Crossing the Keshkal Ghati on the way, we reached Kondagaon @ 2am. Since one of my friends father was already posted as SDM there, he has booked rooms for us in Govt. Guest house. Next morning we had a wonderful breakfast at his home and started our journey at 8am. Crossing Jagdalpur, we reached the famous Danteshwari Temple at Dantewara and spent some friendly time in the park and bank of the river. Thereafter we started our journey for Tirathgarh Falls and reached there @2. Earlier we thought of just having a view from above the falls but the call of the dropping water was too mesmerizing for all off us to stop there. Within minutes we were in the bottom the falls feeling the splashes of water all around us. Perfect selfie time ;)However, We had to leave early since our lunch was arranged at Chitrakoot Falls and we were already very late. We all were too tired and hungry. We reached Chitrakkot @ 4 and quickly had our lunch. Since it was rainy season, Chitrakoot was flooded and water was also not very clear. But there you can see why it is called Niagara Falls of India. We all sat for sometime near the falls. The tiny water droplets hitting us at the height of 93 feets bottom was really smoothening. Its definitely one the best sunset I had ever seen. Since the area is known to be naxal prone, we all had to leave by 6:30. However, being a localite I personally know that tourist are never harmed. If given a chance, do stay at the guest house next to the falls. They have arranged for amazing lighting of the falls. Finally we reached Kondagaon at 8:30 and had a nice sumptuous dinner at our friends home and came back to raipur by 5 in morning.Nice, short and beautiful trip :)