Jagdalpur - is in Chattisgarh state and is 303 Km South of the state capital Raipur and 313 Km north-west of the urban city of Vishakhapatnam. The nearest airports and railheads are Raipur and Vishakhapatnam. Hyderabad is 565 Km from Jagdalpur. The best time to visit is between the months of November to June. During the monsoons the caves are closed for visitors as water fills in them.
Bilaspur - Bilaspur is known for its kosa silk and the quality of its rice. It is the second largest city in Chhattisgarh, and home to its High Court .
Ratanpur - There are the ruins of an old fort here. This has an attractive stone sculpture over the frame of the Ganesh gate. The entrance has Shiva's Tandav Dance and statues of Lord Bramha and Lord Vishnu. Inside, there are the Sitchourai and Jagarnath temples.
Mallhar (Saravpur) - The Pataleswar Kedar Temple is one of them - the Gomukhi shivling is the main attraction here. The Didneswari Temple, belonging to the Kalchuri regime, is also worth visiting. The Deor Temple has artistic idols
Try visiting the Caves of Chhattisgarh, one of the most popular is the Kutumsar caves in Kanger valley national park which is 22 kms away from Jagdalpur.
Make a trip to the recently excavated Buddhist ruins at Sirpur which is about 85 kms from Raipur
Buy tribal artifacts which are shaped from wrought iron,wood, bell metal and more. Saathi, a voluntary organization is helping Bastar's tribal communities revitalize their craft. Shop at Saathi in Narayanpur
Kondagaon, Narayanpur and Jagdalpur are particularly famous for their terracotta elephants with bells and decorative pots. Metal work is also an integral part of the crafts tradition of the Bastar tribals. Brass, silver, iron and lead are used to make various figures of gods and deities.
Haat is the weekly market in rural areas. It's colourful, friendly and fun! Villagers gather her to socialize over a cup of landa (rice beer), salphi ( the sap of fish-leaf sago-palm) or mahua ( the local brew, very heady ); sell their ( agricultural or forest) produce, from salt to tribal jewellery to live red ants; and buy supplies for the week ahead. Visiting a haat is highly recommended, for a memorable peek into tribal life and a glimpse of commerce at its most primary stage.
You can buy tribal ornaments and combs from any of the major haat bazars as well as in the jewelry showrooms in the towns of Jagdalpur, Kanker and Kondagaon
Sirpur Dance & Music Festival takes place in January at Sirpur (Mahasamund District) in Chhattisgarh
Bastar Dassera spans over 75 days. It is thus the longest Dassera in the world.
The Earth Festival is a tribal festival dedicated to Mother Earth and takes place in March-April. The seeds preserved for sowing in the coming season are fertilized through rituals and sacrificial blood.
Narayanpur mela takes place in the month of February, right after Jagdalpur Dassera, various Bastar tribes gather, with their deities, for the Narayanpur Mela. The fair is marked by worship and celebration.
Madasi festival is a tribal festival celebrated by the tribes of Kanker and Bastar regions, to worship the local God(dess). It travels through the Kanker, Bastar and Dantewada regions from December to March each year.
Goncha festival comes alive every year during the "Rath Yatra" in Jagdalpur. The tribes participate in the festivity using a goncha (a sort-of pistol made from bamboo) and tukki (a fruit as the bullet) to shoot at each other, in fun, of course.
Fagun Wadai is a festival which takes place in March, starting 7-8 days before Holi and ending a few days after Holi. The main attractions of this festival are the deities and the dances based on various tribal and folk stories.
Champaran mela is held every year during January and February in a town 10 km from Rajim, this fair reflects the rich culture of the region. Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya was born here and the mela attracts Vaishnavas from all over the country.
The Bhoramdeo temple is known as ‘Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh’ which is located at Bhoramdev. The Boramdeo festival is celebrated here every year.
Chhatisgarh is an exquisitely scenic state, with two mighty rivers (Indravati and Mahanadi), 12% of India's forests, and a series of rolling hills. The major cities to visit are Raipur, Durg-Bhilai (twin cities), Bilaspur, Rajnandgaon, Korba, Raigarh, Jagdalpur. November to January, also a good time to visit. The hilly terrain and forests of the virgin Kanger Valley National Park, in the epicentre of the tribal Bastar district, house a number of ancient caves.
The best time to visit Chattisgarh is October to March.
The summers months of April to June are very hot, May being the hottest and temperatures soars to 40 degree C. June and August are the monsoon months which makes driving around even tougher.
It is best to visit Chhattisgarh during the interesting Bhoramdeo Mahotsav in March.
Raipur is the capital and it has the state's only airport. Hire a taxi from here, try to take a guide with you if you want to explore the tribal areas. Parts of Chhattisgarh are in the Red Corridor so please check out before you travel.
Built in the first quarter of the last century, and rebuilt and set in a garden in 1937, Kanker Palace was earlier known as Radhanivas Bagicha. The residence of the British Agent during the Raj, it is now lived in by the Royal family.