MP and CHHATISGARH off the beaten trail?

#1 Oct 1st, 2006, 05:18
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...namaste...
i'm planning my second trip to india...i think i'll stay for about 6 months(like my first trip)...i want to buy a scooter in bangalore and go on....
Someone could give me some good tips for quite..possible not really turistic sites in madhya pradesh and chhatisgarh?????...i love indian architecture
and indian historical towns(with old buildings...markets...good food stalls...gentle people(not used to tourists)...in other
words i love OLD_SCHOOL india...
i hope someone could help me....
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...someone knows some holy places in chahatisgarh...
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Anywhere in Chattishgarh is 'OTBT'. Jagdalpur has a few temples & an anthropological museum.
I think Danteshwari is Chattisgarh's most prominent temple.
There are caves & a waterfall with small shrines in Indravati National Park. Chitrakote falls are impressive.
Bedaghat near Jabalpur in MP is nice.
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Some tourism trails being promoted in Ch. are:
Raipur-Turturia
Bilaspur-Achanakmar
Jagdalpur-Kanger Valley
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Refer to the official website of Chhattisgarh Tourism Board :
http://www.chhattisgarhtourism.net/
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I'm just back from travelling in MP and I can recommend Mandu as a wonderful atmospheric place which is still very much off the track.

It doesn't see very many tourists except weekenders from Indore. Great food, nice people, no hassle, and I had the various palaces and chhatris very much to myself.
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I spent the month of May in Chhatisgarh- there is so much to see and experience. There are so many temples and holy places to see. There are so many people living profound and beautiful lives- I expect a native of Chhatisgarh would be a helpful guide. The most valuable part of the trip to me was living in a traditional village, seeing first hand what being Harijan means, and most of all seeing a way of life that is almost extinct.
I had a tough time some days, but in the end, I love it there, and I'll be back in a few months. Hope that you explore a bit and let yourself be moved.
Sorry i missed this thread when it started...
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Firstly I would not buy a scooter if you want to ride in MP. A lot of "off the beaten track" places in MP have some of the most incredibly horrendous roads you are likely to ever encounter. I rode last year from Varanassi to Pondicherri, Tamil Nadu through Madhya Pradesh, Chattissgarh, Orissa and AP. I can tell you that the roads in MP were by far the worst. It will be quite unlikely that a scooter will make it through in one piece, but one can always try.

I would reccomend two motorbikes - Hero Honda CBZ or Bajaj Pulsar. Both are powerful enough and theoretically should both withstand the abuse. I owned a Hero Honda CBZ and was extremely happy with what it could do. I travelled with my girlfriend and about 40kg of weight in backpacks (mounted onto side containers I had custom made) on this bike for around 8000km through some of the roughest roads and it was still alive by the end of the trip. The only downside of the CBZ is the relatively high per litre pertol consumption, that is the reason why I will try the Bajaj Pulsar on my next journey. You should pay from 15,000 to 35,000Rs for a second hand for one of these, depending on the condition. A good tip for you would be to service the bike every now and then at the authorised Hero Honda or Bajaj service centeres of which there are plenty all over India, even in the most remote of places.

Now to answer your question about the kinds of places you want to visit. I would say that generally if there are some really amazing attractions like architechture/ruins they will likely attract some visitors. I don’t know if I would clasify Mandu as “off the beaten track”. The place has some amazing ruins and surrounding scenery! When I went there, there were quite a few foreign tourists, it is not really a secret, but the general atmosphere is still that of an unspoilt place, apart from the village kids who will run after you asking for chocolate.

One of the funny differences I noticed between the really off the beaten track places and ones which have already had some foreign tourist impact is that in the latter the kids are often demanded something when they spotted the foreigner, like chocolates or “photo”. In the remote places where there is little if any contact with foreigners the children usually freaked out at the sight of an “alien” and did not act so forward, they often hid behind their mothers and the really little ones even cried.

In Chattisgarh Jagdalpur and the Bastar area is very nice. Lots of beautiful nature which will likely be spoilt relatively soon. There are some temples around, but I will admit that I was not so interested in them. I think the primary attractions of remote MP and Chattissgarh are the people and the natural surroundings. Both states still have a considerable tribal population which is on the verge of transforming and their cultures are close to becoming extinct.
In MP I spent most time in the Mandla district, which is home to several tribal groups. I felt like I went back in time in this area of MP. The area is beautiful. Mostly small towns and villages, but very atmospheric and unforgettable.
The ride to Chattisgarh, which I did over two days was at times spectacular. There were also some horror roads I had to pass, some of them may have been improved by the time you travel. They were being built when I passed through last January.

If you are after “old school” India, if you want to feel like you have gone back in time, visit tribal markets and come across some amazingly gentle friendly people who will not demand anything from you then off the beaten track areas of these states may be for you. The kinds of foreign people who you may come across in these places are not your usual travelers. The only ones I encountered were a conservationist person in MP, a photographer looking for “Old school India” as he remembered it from the 60s and a couple of dudes who travel Indian rivers on an inflatible boat in Chattissgarh.

If you are looking for really significant, atmospheric old towns I would say that there are far more attractive towns in that respect elsewhere.

Anyhow, that’s all. I am sure some people will know more about temples and buildings than me, so I hope they can help you with that. I know that there are some on the Jagdalpur to Mandla route, but do not remember specifically what and where.
All the best, have a good, safe, trip.
If interested here are some photos from MP, Chattissgarh and Orissa.
http://www.pbase.com/mitchellk81/middle_india
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Photos

Great pics Mitchell ...I'll be heading to India in 1 week and will spend about 3.5 weeks in MP so hopefully will have some info to share when we get back (myself, friend and my 6 yr old)
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Thumbs up Trekkers Paradise

Don't miss Pachmari, in the Hoshangabad district near Bhopal - capital of Madhya Pradesh. Well connected by rail from Bhopal through Piparia.

Explored by Britisher Capt. J Foresyth about 125 years back, Pachmari is known for its dense forests, hills (Highest hill of M P - Dhupgarh is here only), Old buildings, Musiums, n numbers of Waterfalls, Sunrise and Sunset point, Temples, Wild life sanctury, Water ponds, rock paintings, etc. etc.

Every season is a reason to be in Pachmarhi.

Happy Outdoor,

Outdoor Adventure.
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Perhaps not really off the beaten track,but places like Sanchi,Omkareshwar,Maheswar and yes, Mandu, are well worth visiting.
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thanks to all ....and MITCHELL...you are a very good photographer
i like a lot your pics...i'm interested in photography too....i would like to know some particulars of your trip....did you travelled by bike?????how you know abut the places you were????and which route did you follow??????
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..someone knows some holy places in chahatisgarh...

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