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Located in Central India, Chhattisgarh has been carved out of Madhya Pradesh to become the 26th state of the Indian Union. It is endowed with huge mineral deposits and forest resources. Chattisgarh also has the largest concentration of Schedule Tribes in the country. Its cities, especially Raipur is full of migrants from other parts of the country.




 
 
LOCATION
Due to its location in central India, Chattisgarh is one of the few landlocked states of the country. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar bind the State in north, in the east it is bound by Orissa, in the south by Andhra Pradesh and in the West by Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
A large part of the state comes under Vindhyachal range that divides the Indian subcontinent into two. Mahanadi and Narmada are the principal rivers of the state. Narmada has its origin in Amarkantak, which lies in Chattisgarh.
 
 
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The state has tropical climate with hot summer and cold winters. Most of the precipitation occurs during the monsoon (July to mid-September). Day temperature during the summers (mid-April to June end) can touch a high of around 45°C while in the winters the temperature may fall well below 10°C.  The best time to visit the state is from October till March.
 
 
HISTORY
A major part of the Chattisgarh (Bastar) as we know today was known as Dandakaranya in the ancient times. Other parts were known as Dakshina Koshal. In the medieval period, the region, which falls south of the Vindhyas, came to be known as Gondwana. Earliest human settlements were established in this region much before they came into existence in any other part of the country. Historians and anthropologists are trying to establish the exact date for the earliest human settlement in this region.
Right from the beginning, Chattisgarh has been swarmed with migrants from nearby places, who now constitute a major part of the population. Right from the days of great Magadha Empire, Chattisgarh remained part of every empire that ruled the country from north to south, but their dominance was political only. As the region was extremely inaccessible, not much interference could be made in the lifestyle of the tribes. Kalchuris were the first rulers who ruled clearly over this region till 19th century. After the fall of Kalchuris, it was time for the Bhonsles of Nagpur to dominate over this region for a brief period in the 19th century. However with the decline of the Marathas, there prevailed complete lawlessness throughout the region and many tribal chieftains established rule over small tracts of land. The English recognized the mineral wealth of the region and established a vast network of mines and railway track throughout the region, which marked the beginning of a new phase in the tribal history of Chattisgarh. Today, the state is a heterogeneous mix of races from all over the country working together to create a prosperous Chattisgarh.

 
 
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
Ghotul is a better-known event in tribal life and they have aroused considerable interest from anthropologists to study the tradition. Both boys and girls are allowed to spend a night out in the ghotul (kind of rest house), every week. Ghotuls are regarded as a shrine, built by Lingo Pen, a Gond (a tribe) cult hero. Here, the unmarried boys of the village learn songs and dance from their leader. Besides, every week, there is a dance carnival as well in which the girls also take part. Moreover, It is treated like a pilgrimage. Dussehra is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Jagdalpur every year.
 
 
Itinerary:
Delhi - Raipur - Kawardha - Raipur - Kanker - Kondagaon and Narayanpur - Kanker - Jagdalpur -
Kanger Valley National Park - Jagdalpur - Raipur – Delhi

 
 
Chattisgarh, an Undiscovered Paradise; is bedecked with many waterfalls, caves and rivers. Bastar has always been synonymous with tribes and tribal culture, and true to its definition, Bastar is the natural habitat of innumerous tribes. The tribes are spread all over Bastar and they spill various cultures of their own, which is a big opportunity for the anthropologists for an in depth research. 70% of the population of Bastar is tribal population. The various tribes retain their own culture and traditions. They do not mix with other tribes and do not even marry outside the tribe. Their languages, life style, dressing style, eating habbits and customs, all differ from one another. Interesting fact is that these tribes have their own caste systems where one tribe is rated higher to the other in the social hierarchy. Rejuvenate your spirits and senses with nature; a rare opportunity; while visiting these remote tribal areas of Bastar.

 
 
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi :
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer from International airport to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.

 
 
Day 02 : Delhi-Raipur-Kawardha :
Morning departure transfer to the Domestic Airport to leave for Raipur. Our representative will meet you at Raipur airport from where you will drive 120 Kms. to the former Princely State of Kawardha. Afternoon familirization tour of the Palace and nearby cultural sites including the captivating Bhoramdeo Temple complex. Return to the Palace at sunset followed by a welcome drink to meet the royal family with traditional Chhattisgarhi dance and dinner. Overnight stay at Kawardha Palace.
 
 
Day 03 : Kawardha : After breakfast, a well-versed Palace guide will accompany you on an introduction to the secrets of Kawardha's little-known natural and tribal world. You will meet the gentle and friendly Baiga people, the principal indigenous forest tribe. Enjoy picnic lunch with them. In the evening return to the Palace and after wash and change proceed for the dinner with the royal family. Overnight stay at Kawardha Palace
 
 
Day 04 : Kawardha - Raipur – Kanker : Morning at leisure.
After early lunch drive to Raipur. Arrive Raipur and a short visit to Raipur's Mahant Ghasidas Museum before leaving for the former princely State of Kanker. Upon arrival at Kanker Palace, the traditional welcome. Over drinks and dinner, enjoy the company of the royal family (subject to availability), along with a performance of the traditional music and dance of the region.
Overnight stay at Kanker Palace.

 
 
Day 05 : Kanker - Kondagoan - Narayanpur – Kanker : After your choice of Indian or English breakfast at the Palace, the Bastar tribal experience begins. South of Kanker you and your royal guide climb the forested Keshkal Ghat which marks the border of Bastar 500m above the plain. You will encounter here the special nature of North Bastar with a visit to a colorful weekly market. It gives you a great opportunity to meet the local people. At Kondagaon and Narayanpur discover some of Bastar's finest handicrafts and the people who make them. Lunch will be a picnic in the deep green sal forests. An early evening dance by youthful members of Bastar's 'Gond tribe' from the Ghotul completes an unforgettable day before the star - lit. Return to Kanker and a late dinner at the Palace. Ghotul is the culture of the tribes of Bastar. Ghotul is the place, where young girls and boys live to understand the culture and structure of their society. These young people enjoy themselves here along with taking lessons in life. They dance and sing and make merry. Most of them choose their life partners in the Ghotul and go out and get married
with the consent of the chieftains. Overnight stay at Kanker Palace.

 
 
Day 06 : Kanker – Jagdalpur : After breakfast, proceed to Jagdalpur, Bastar's main town and former capital. After freshening up at Bastar Royal farm, you join royal family members for lunch. In the afternoon, a royal guided tour of historical Jagdalpur and the Anthropological Museum is completed by a sunset idyll at the Chitrakoot waterfall, Bastar's very own 'Niagara' on the Indravati River : you will also visit some of the local Bison - Horn Maria tribe, renowned for their spectacular ceremonial dancing. Conditions permitting, a barbecue is served under the stats in authentic Bastar style. You will be entertained by a performance of the tribal people, before returning to your hotel. Overnight stay at Bastar Royal farm.
 
 
Day 07 : Jagdalpur - Kanger Valley National Park – Jagdalpur :
An early breakfast allows time for a visti to the rich forests of the Kanger Valley National Park, the enchanting Tirathgarh Waterfall and the extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite caves. Kanger retains the original intensity of the forests that once covered this whole region, and you will picnic in the natural habitat of leopard, Tiger, Sambhar, Bison and the Bastar Hill Myna. Also explore forest tribal people in their natural habitat. Witness Jagdalpur's unique handicrafts before dinner at the hotel with your royal guides. Overnight stay at Bastar Royal farm.

 
 
Day 08: Jagdalpur – Raipur : After breakfast visit the bustling markets of Jagdalpur before your return to Raipur. On the highway, we again pass several handicrafts centre for those last-minute souvenirs of your Bastar Experience. Stopping at Kanker, a farewell late lunch with the Maharaja's family before proceeding to Raipur . Arrive and relax at the hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel.
 
 
Day 09: Raipur – Delhi : After breakfast transfer to Raipur Airport to leave by air for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel.
 
 
Day 10: Delhi : Morning half day city tour of Old Delhi visiting Raj Ghat - The Mausoleum of Mahatma Gandhi. Jama Masjid - the biggest Mosque in India and drive past Red Fort and tricycle tour of Chandini Chowk.Afternoon half day city tour of New Delhi. Drive past President House, Parliament House House of Representatives) and India Gate - War Memorial (stop for photography), Qutab Minar - 72.55 meters, high Victory Tower, onto Humayun's Tomb - built of red sandstone and is a first substantial example of the Mughal architecture, Laxmi Narayan Temple - a modern Hindu temple built by the Birlas, leading Indian industrialists. Evening transfer to international airport to fly back home/onward destination.
 
 
 
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