Mainpat is a small village in Chattisgarh state, Central India. Mainpat is more or less popular because of Tibetan Refugees living there for the last four or five decades.
Mainpat or locally known as 'Mini Tibet' is a hill station located on a plateau in Sarguja District of Chhattisgarh State. Chhattisgarh is the most forested state of India. Mainpat was nothing more than a jungle where only a few local Indians dared to live. It was a beautiful landscape in a very isolated place. The Tibetan people built huts which gradually developed to better houses where they live today. The condition of the roads remained in bad shape. It has recently been renovated and is in great condition at least for now.
Recently on the high-end resort has been opened by the tourism department of the state as well as mercury resort, which also lies nearby. This is one of the regions where the Indian Government has settled Tibetan Refugee’s graciously in 1963 in the wake of Chinese invasion of Tibet. Apart from the jungle tribal’s of the area...who are the aboriginals, there are 7 settlements in all numbering around 2000 with Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in most of the Camps.
Mainpat is charming picturesque place atop a jungle plateau with many cultural and natural sites of interest. Viewed from Mehta Point and Pharphatia, the valley and hills of Mainpat offers beautiful water falls, like Tiger Point where tigers roam and Machali or Fish Point as the river here was known for a type of fish. A strange sight includes the bouncing swap of Jaljali and charming Chota Jharanā tucked away in a pocket of jungle with a small waterfall with beautiful scenic views. Other notable sights are the beautiful Buddhist Temples on this remote jungle plateau and attractions such as Bageecha and Zalzala as well as much more… So there are plenty of inspiring adventures to be explored in this wild and remote Hill Station of Chhattisgarh.
For more information you should check out these guys running a Tibetan & Tribal tour joint all over Chhattisgarh called godotraveller who can be can found on facebook and website.
Mainpat is about 45 km by road from Ambikapur. It takes about one hour to reach because recently road has been repaired. Avoid driving after dusk.
The monastery in camp no.3 is worth seeing. Tourists tend to miss it as it is about two kilometres away from Camp 1.
There are two small restaurants located in Camp no.1 & 2. You can get Chow Mein, Thukpa and momos.The food is tasty but Quantity cooked is very little and finishes fast.
There are some indian restaurants between Tibetan Camp no. 1 and 2. They sell Samosa, bajiya, balusai etc. rice and veggies and now for feelig comfortable to guest,a new resort has oppened in menpat in camp no.1,nicked my mercury resort&restorent.it provide the star categories facilities like comfortable bedding,bathroom as a camping cottage, with a febulas view,that one can feel the real nature,and also tourist can enjoy the various cuisenes,with a tremendous lookup of restorent.this resort have many facilities 1.accomodation 2.delicious foods 3.activities as a sports[RAPPELING,RIVER CROSSING.PARA GLIDING,PARASAILING,TRCKING] 4.TOURIST GUIDER 5.TRAVEL FACALITIES.
There is only a resthouse by indian forest department, but you have to take permission from the local police incharge.