Mainpat was a group of 62 plateaus perched at 1100 m/3200 ft. The road climbed 30km from base of the hill through forests of sal. The area was home to the Yadavs and tribes like Manjhi, Manjhwar, Kanwar and Pahadi Korwa, and more recently Tibetans.
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 Tiger Fall Resort in Mainpat who can be contacted 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. The road is improving as the work is started in it
There is this really organic and authentic Tibetan restaurant where you can have a real taste of tibetan dishes like momo,thukpa,chowmein,shabale etc.the restaurant name is 'HARD ROCK' and it is located in the heart of camp no.2 .
There is the 'La Momo' at -the new Tibetan La Momo restaurant at Tiger Fall Camping Resort in Mainpat. La Momo is unpretentious and affordable family restaurant & bar, where you can stop in for a quick bowl of fresh hand pulled noodle soup, or stay while longer to enjoy a range of split Tibetan & Chinese inspired dishes that you’ll only get at this alluring hill station in great location with charming view and great environment. They offers individual & group reserved hire area and is available for private bookings.
. There are two small restaurants located in Camp no.1 & 2 and 3 new ones on the Bazaar Dhand crossroad in Kamleshwarpur. 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.
There is a Chhattisgarh tourism board motel with three star room facilities. The booking can be done at any Cg Tourism board kiosk or on their website.