A Little Bit of Bastar and Amarkantak - Part I

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A Little Bit of Bastar and Amarkantak - Part I

I had a great fun trip from 20th Dec (evening) till 2nd Jan (morning). Roughly did this loop: Delhi-Pendra Road (for Amarkantak)- Raipur-Kondagaon-Jagdalpur (day trips to Tokapal, Dantewada, Chitrakot, Kutumsar) - Bhubaneswar - Konarak - Chilika - Delhi. When I came back, I calculated using Google maps that the total kilometers clocked were about 4000! Travel was a combination of Train (most of the time), Bus (quite a bit), Bike (both self drive and pillion), Boats (couple rides), Auto and finally a car on a self-drive basis. ... read more »

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Thanks for your prompt reply VA.

I have only just started making the plans. Hope I am not too late in booking the hotels . Will definitely keep your advice in mind regarding the guide. Am I right in presuming that we may need his services while in Jagdalpur and not while visiting Chitrakot or Tirathgarh?

Also I have made a rough itinerary, can you please check if this would give us sufficient time to enjoy the various flavours of the place (within my limited time)? I am not exactly sure about what to expect in Dussehra (and I am skeptical whether the places like palace, museum, caves etc. will remain open during the festival days), so I am making a very rough plan:

1st Oct: Reach Jagdalpur at around 5 am. Check in at hotel and spend the day there (include visits to Bastar Palace, museum, Dalpat Sagar lake etc.)

2nd Oct: Visit Chitrakot waterfalls and then Kondagaon (Saathi Samaj Sewi Sanstha, Kumharpara). Back to Jagdalpur. Is this doable in one day? Also, will it remain open (as this day is a national holiday)?

3rd Oct: Visit KVNP (Kutumsar cave and the musical Kailash Gufa, Tirthgarh waterfalls). Back to Jagdalpur. How much time will it take if we hire a private vehicle ?

4th Oct: Leave by 5am.

Do you have any idea about the road condition from Raipur to Jagdalpur? As we will reach Raipur at around 11am on 30th September, can we then take a bus to JDB (this way we can reach there by 30th night rather than on 1st October early morning by Durg-Jagdalpur express). In that case, the alternative itinerary:

30th Sept: Reach Raipur. Move to Kondagaon. Stay the night at Saathi.
1st Oct: Stay at Saathi till lunch. Move to Chitrakot. Stay overnight.
2nd Oct: After breakfast, if possible, visit Tirathgarh and move to Jagdalpur, or move directly to Jagdalpur
3rd Oct: Spend the day at Jagdalpur (or visit Tirathgarh if not done earlier).
4th Oct: Return.

Hope to hear from you soon as I would have to make the hotel and train bookings accordingly.
Thanks.
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Vaibhav, it would be very kind of you if you could reply to my previous post (#121). As I shared my plan with my family, they have also become very enthusiastic about visiting Bastar during Dussehra and our group number have now swelled to 8 (including elderly parents) with possibility of a few more additions. So, as you may understand, I am really pressed for time.
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Please see revised plan , in case 1 has to be followed - else go to 2 directly.

1st Oct: Reach Jagdalpur at around 5 am. Check in at hotel and spend the day there (I strongly recommend that you check if there're dussehra festivities - one day should be recommended to them. Call Naman resort/ Saathi / Shakeel rizvi to get that date) . If not, then use the day to visit the museum and continue to Chitrakot waterfalls.

2nd Oct: Visit Kondagaon and return to Jagdalpur. Call and check beforehand if you'd like to stay at Saathi (their rooms are quite basic). Otherwise, use the rest of the day for any tribal market visit.

3rd Oct: Visit KVNP (Kutumsar cave and Tirthgarh waterfalls). Back to Jagdalpur. How much time will it take if we hire a private vehicle ? This depends on road conditions. It's a one hour plus drive to Kutumsar and another half hour to Tirathgarh. On this day, if you have time in the evening, check if there's any tribal market in Chotta Kavali / Kavali Kela area.

4th Oct: Leave by 5am.

Do you have any idea about the road condition from Raipur to Jagdalpur? As we will reach Raipur at around 11am on 30th September, can we then take a bus to JDB (this way we can reach there by 30th night rather than on 1st October early morning by Durg-Jagdalpur express). In that case, the alternative itinerary:

Yes, this is a better plan.

30th Sept: Reach Raipur. Move to Kondagaon. Stay the night at Saathi.
1st Oct: Stay at Saathi till lunch. Move to Chitrakot. Stay overnight.
2nd Oct: After breakfast, if possible, visit Tirathgarh and move to Jagdalpur, or move directly to Jagdalpur You will have to go to Jagdalpur for going to Tirathgarh as it's south of that place
3rd Oct: Spend the day at Jagdalpur (or visit Tirathgarh if not done earlier).
4th Oct: Return.
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Thanks again Vaibhav. From some other sites I gathered that the Bastar Dussehra is to be celebrated from 30th Sept. to 4th Oct and the festivities are mainly held at night. But I will keep your suggestions in mind and talk to the people mentioned by you beforehand.

Hope you are in better health now.
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Vaibhav,
Thanks for your suggestion to spend not more than 2 days in Amarkantak.
Could you suggest some place near Amarkantak or Bilaspur for 1-2 days.
Thanks
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You could hire a car and go to Achanakamar sanctuary. Please use the search function to dig out a relevant thread - a fellow IMer had gone there.
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anything else? Achnakamar sanctury does not open till november.
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A superb post, with detailed information!
Great reporting and pictures, thanks Vaibhav, thoroughly enjoyed and was absorbed!
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It was great fun reading this travelogue.
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Perhaps the best of your travelogues vaibhav. Very uncomplicated & easy to follow. Inspires me to go to this unpopular state.
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