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Jagdalpur

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

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. Some other drinks such as sulphi and chidras are also available which are sweet extracts of sulphi tree and chind tree no need to mix water it will taste as coconut tree drink. with time it will have more vigour you should drink it the same day other it will become sour and unable to drink the next day...

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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