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If you intend to go to Hyderabad/Vijayawada, start early, catch the NH 212 to Bhadrachalam, and onwards to Hyderabad/Vijayawada.
 
If you intend to go to Hyderabad/Vijayawada, start early, catch the NH 212 to Bhadrachalam, and onwards to Hyderabad/Vijayawada.
  
'''BEWARE OF NH-16 TOWARDS NIZAMABAD''' - Never even think of going west, towards Nizamabad (In Andhra Pradesh). Maps show the existance of NH16, linking Jagdalpur & Nizamabad via Gidam,Bijapur,Madded & Bhopalapatnam, but in reality, the road (NH-16) starts gettting bad to worse from Bijapur onwards, and abruptly comes to a halt at Bhopalapatnam. Lack of a bridge across the Indrawati near Bhopalapatnam is the main culprit.
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'''BEWARE OF NH-16 TOWARDS NIZAMABAD''' - Never even think of going west, towards Nizamabad (In Andhra Pradesh). Maps show the existence of NH16, linking Jagdalpur & Nizamabad via Gidam, Bijapur, Madded & Bhopalapatnam, but in reality, the road (NH-16) starts getting bad to worse from Bijapur onwards, and abruptly comes to a halt at Bhopalapatnam. Lack of a bridge across the Indrawati near Bhopalapatnam is the main culprit.
  
 
So, if you are planning to get to [[Hyderabad]] via Bhopalapatnam & Warangal (NH - 202) - don't even think about it!
 
So, if you are planning to get to [[Hyderabad]] via Bhopalapatnam & Warangal (NH - 202) - don't even think about it!

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Jagdalpur is a city in Bastar district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

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Get in

From Visakhapatnam, catch the 1 Vishakapatnam - Kirandul Passenger (1VK) having Reserved First Class & Sleeper Class accommodation. 1 VK departs Vishakapatnam at around 6:45AM and reaches Jagdalpur by around 5:30PM.

From Hyderabad, you have to reach Bhadrachalam first and then drive down close to 250 km on the single -laned NH 212, via Konta & Sukma to reach Jagdalpur. Road conditions are bad,and be prepared for frequent checks by the law enforcement authorities. Your vehicle of choice for a trip to Jagdalpur should ideally be a vehicle having a high ground clearance, and SUVs like the TATA Safari & Ford Endeavour fit the bill perfectly.

From Raipur (Capital of Chhattisgarh state), the road to Jagdalpur is good enough. You have regular overnight non-a/c sleeper buses running between Raipur/Bilaspur & Jagdalpur.

Get around

Check out the Anthropological museum (Located about 3 km from the city centre - closed on Sundays); there is also a big lake within Jagdalpur, with boating facilities. Take a walk down the Sanjay market area. No public transport in Jagdalpur; you can hire cycle-rickshaws though.

See

  • The 'USP' of Bastar district - Chitrakote Waterfalls, situated about 38 km from Jagdalpur.
  • The desi version of the Niagara Falls - Chitrakote falls will not disappoint you. Accommodation available, a couple of hundred metres away from the falls. Chhattisgarh Tourism Board (CTB) offers Log Huts (on stilts) with a tarrif of Rs 1000/- + Luxury Tax of Rs 50/- (As on July 2007 - check up with Chhattisgarh Tourism Board for the latest tarrif).
  • Tirathgarh Waterfalls, situated about 35 km from Jagdalpur (You need to take a detour from NH 212 - the road to Bhadrachalam) is another must-watch. Get down to the base of the falls, and spend time observing the falls in their full glory. Directions - Boards to the falls are virtually non-existent, so be prepared to ask around a bit - locals are co-operative though!
  • There is a weekly 'Haat' every Sunday at Narayanpur, about 120 or so km from Jagdalpur, on the road to Raipur. Worth a visit if you want to see live Bastar in action.
  • There is huge Ganesh Temple at Barsur - enquire at Jagdalpur for driving directions to Barsur
  • There is another temple (dedicated to Goddess Danteshwari) located at Dantewada, about 60 km from Jagdalpur, on the way to Bailadila.
  • There are lots of facinating caves close to Jagdalpur(nearly 35 km from city) called kotamsar caves and dandak caves, the caves are a mush watch as you would not see things like this generally.

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Drink

Mahua - the traditional Bastar drink. Have it strong or mix it with water or soft drinks.

Sleep

  • Hotel Rainbow Rs. 480-1300
  • Hotel Suri International Rs.650-1150
  • Naman Bastar Rs.1200-2000

Get out

If not on your own conveyance,and intend to get to Raipur, catch one of those numerous sleeper non-a/c buses to Raipur.

If you intend to go to Vishakapatnam, catch the return 2VK passenger that arrives at Jagdalpur at around 9:30AM (Daily service).

If you intend to go to Hyderabad/Vijayawada, start early, catch the NH 212 to Bhadrachalam, and onwards to Hyderabad/Vijayawada.

BEWARE OF NH-16 TOWARDS NIZAMABAD - Never even think of going west, towards Nizamabad (In Andhra Pradesh). Maps show the existence of NH16, linking Jagdalpur & Nizamabad via Gidam, Bijapur, Madded & Bhopalapatnam, but in reality, the road (NH-16) starts getting bad to worse from Bijapur onwards, and abruptly comes to a halt at Bhopalapatnam. Lack of a bridge across the Indrawati near Bhopalapatnam is the main culprit.

So, if you are planning to get to Hyderabad via Bhopalapatnam & Warangal (NH - 202) - don't even think about it!

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