Dense forests, innumerable waterfalls and a unique tribal culture – this is what awaits you on a trip to Bastar, a remote tribal district in the state of Chhattisgarh!!
We thank you for enquiring about our trip to Bastar. This is a fixed departure tour, where men and women who wish to explore this stunning tribal part of India, will get together. Ritu, the founder of our company will accompany the group as trip leader.
TRAVEL PLAN30 June – Day 1 :
– Arrival in Jagdalpur, the district headquarters of Bastar.
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– After your arrival, we will take you to a hotel to have lunch. This will be a simple fare with a set menu with both non-veg and veg options.
– After lunch, head to the hotel and check in.
– After a quick check in and freshening up, we will go to Bastar Palace. The once ruling dynasty of Bastar lives in these premises. Visit the front gallery to see the photographs of all the former ruling kings and the earlier golden days.
– We will end the day with a trip to the Dalpat Sagar (lake) that holds a significant place in the history of Jagdalpur. Listen to the stories of the Bastar king to know the importance of Dalpat Sagar in the lives of local people.
– Dinner in-house. Overnight at Jagdalpur.01 July – Day 2:
– After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and head to Kanger Valley National Park. The drive will take about 1 hour. The National Park has one of the largest forest covers of the state and is popular as the habitat of the state bird, Bastar Hill Myna. It is a place of great ecological biodiversity.
– We will visit the three tiered Tirathgarh Waterfalls. Tirathgarh also has a historical significance. Rejuvenate your senses with the view of this cascading beauty.
– The Dhurwa tribe is considered as one of the bravest tribes of Bastar for their primitive hunting styles. Kanger Valley National Park has the largest habitat of Dhurwa tribe.
– After the waterfall, we will have a local tribal lunch and visit the largest tribal market in Nangur. The Parja tribe also marks its presence in this market.
– Organic grains and indigenous seeds are the major points of attraction in the market. You would also come across some of the beautifully woven bamboo baskets and belmetal handicrafts. Cockfight is another major attraction of the market as it is an integral part of tribal culture. Also you’d be able to see the processing of mahua products here.
– Later, we will drive to Jagdalpur and attend the Goncha festival. We’ll see the Rath Yatra (like the one in Puri) and tupki (mock weapon) firing, traditions that are more than 600 years old.
– In the evening, we will drive towards what is known as India’s Niagra, Chitrakote. We will check into our hotel.
– Dinner in-house and overnight stay at Dandami Luxury Resort.02 July – Day 3:
– After breakfast, we will visit the Narayanpal temple. (Guests are free to wake up early and visit the majestic waterfalls!)
– Later we will visit two waterfalls.
– Off the many unexplored beauties of Bastar, Tamda Ghumar marks its presence very silently. Greenery of the surrounding areas with beautiful rocky structures and a plunging waterfall, what more could one ask for as a treat!
– The Mehndri Ghumar waterfall is equally enthralling.
– Later we will visit a Bison Horn Madiya village and enjoy their dance as well.
– Lunch would be organic tribal fare that would include red ant chutney and bamboo shoot.
– Dinner in-house and overnight stay Dandami Luxury Resort.03 July – Day 4:
– After breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and set off on a Heritage tour of Barsoor and Dantewada.
– Enroute we will be able to see Memory Pillars, a distinct part of the tribal culture in Bastar. It will be fun to decipher one of them.
– Once a capital of the many ruling dynasties, Barsoor, is a place of great historical significance. Situated on the banks of river Indravati, Barsoor, gained its importance in the 7th century. Since then it has been the witness of power and authority of many rulers.
– We will visit the temples of Barsoor, with its exemplary pieces of architecture, to relive its grandeur and the museum of Barsoor to have a glance at the archaeological evidence of its rich cultural heritage.
– The lifeline of Bastar – river Indravati divides itself into seven distributaries to form Sathdhara Waterfall. The captivating aura of this place cannot be transcribed in words but has to be experienced.
– Later we will drive to Dantewada which is renowned as one of the 52 Shaktipeethas of India. Danteshwari Temple at Dantewada is a must visit. Danteshwari Devi, the presiding deity of Bastar is revered by locals. Know about the legendary tales of this temple and visit to the confluence of two rivers. Know the importance of Bhairambaba in the history of the place.
– Lunch at highway eatery.
– Dinner in-house and overnight at hotel in Jagdalpur.04 July – Day 5:
– After breakfast, we will visit a museum.
– The history of any place can be very well understood by visiting its museums. Get in touch with the rich historical importance of traditional arts and lifestyle of tribals of Bastar at the Anthropological Museum. Also enrich your interests in the cultural heritage of tribals of Bastar by visiting the Archaeological Museum.
– We will also visit Amcho Bastar Bazaar to buy some of the handicrafts and local food products of Bastar to gift as souvenirs to your family and friends. Also the famous Kosa Silk of Bastar can be bought from Kosa Centre.
– Head to the airport for your flights back home.
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– Accommodation on twin sharing basis (base category rooms)
– All sightseeing
– Entry Tickets
– Driver Charges, fuel, parking, etc.
– Tribal Dance
– Bank transfer charges for Indian travellers
– All meals and evening snacks after arrival in Jagdalpur
– Activities such as boating
– Vehicle for transfer and sightseeing
– Licensed Guide
– Trip Leader
– Airfare/train fare to and from Jagdalpur
– Tips and gratuities
– Anything not mentioned in ‘Inclusions’
– Camera fees and other extra charges
– Shopping and expenses of a personal nature
– Adventure sports at Chitrakote waterfalls
– Bank transfer charges for foreign travellers
1. The itinerary is descriptive but there is a lot more the group will do because all the experiences of this region cannot be noted down.
2. Tribal lunches will be simple fares. Non veg can be made available on request.
3. For your safety, the guide, driver and other staff have been vaccinated.
In addition to a guide, the group is led by Trip Leader, Ritu. She is the founder of our company and an avid traveller. She keeps the group together as a cohesive unit while looking after individual needs (even whims, sometimes).
As of now, the best route to reach Jagdalpur by air is to take a hopping flight via Hyderabad. Hyderabad to Jagdalpur and back flight schedule is as follows:
Hyderabad to Jagdalpur (Alliance Air) – 11:05 AM departure; 12:35 PM arrival
Jagdalpur to Hyderabad (Alliance Air) – 4:00 PM departure; 5:35 PM arrival
Other than Hyderabad, Jagdalpur is connected to Raipur and Vishakhapatnam through direct flights.