Travel help - from someone who's actually been to Chhattisgarh

#1 Dec 3rd, 2011, 21:46
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Dear fellow IMers

Please, could someone who's actually been to Chhattisgarh help me w.r.t. few specific questions. I dont mind roughing it out a bit and this is for solo travel.

a) Is a bus available from Bilaspur to Achanakamar? Is bus available from Pendra road?

b) Is bus available from Bilaspur to Kawardha (for Bhoramdeo)? Is bus available from Bhoramdeo to Ma Danteswari temple or Chitrakote falls?

c) Is bus available from Jagdalpur to Ma Danteswari temple / Chitrakote?

d) How much for a one day car hire from Jagdalpur to explore Kanger valley national park (Teerathgarh, Kutumsar cave, Dandak cave, Kailash cave)

e) Is bus available from Jagdalpur to Koraput (the train leg has been discontinued though it shows up on erail so bus is the option)

f) Do the Jagdalpur-Raipur bus stop at Kondagaon?

g) Is bus available to go from Raipur to go towards Bar Nawapara?

h) Lastly, if any one has used a reliable car+driver from either bilaspur or Raipur for long distance with no minimum km (the per day rental + diesel cost) then please do share the details.

thanks in advance

Vaibhav
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vaibhav_arora, That's quite ambitious journey plan... Chhatisgarh doesn't have a state road transport organisation as Ajit Jog decided against it, so the bus service is run by private operators... By bus it's going to be a very tough tour.

I hope somebody who has really done all this by bus will come along to answer you...
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All I can say and to add to Delhiwala, is over the past years I've looked just a little bit into travel there, I had no serious plans, and have never been there.

However, from what I was reading, it seems there are basically two larger cities in the north and south, with the only major road (or perhaps even rail line? I forget) going inbetween those, and further connected to north and south from there, and so it seemingly common to base yourself in either and explore those surroundings from there. Whether by bus or no doubt taxi, where needed.

Is that more-or-less correct? Or entirely wrong, or...?
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I have been there...

But I have been to the industrial belt i.e. Bhilai & Raipur and it's surrounding areas only.
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We did a tour through Chhatisgarh but that was with a hired car+driver.
Even with this luxury method it were sometimes long days on the road.
We started in Sambalpur (Orissa), went to Jagdalpur and ended in Amarkantak. For more details see this trip report.
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Originally Posted by delhiwala View Post vaibhav_arora, That's quite ambitious journey plan... Chhatisgarh doesn't have a state road transport organisation as Ajit Jog decided against it, so the bus service is run by private operators... By bus it's going to be a very tough tour.

I hope somebody who has really done all this by bus will come along to answer you...
Thanks Delhiwala - this is helpful and makes me reconsider this trip. The more I research this, the less feasible it appears on a budget. Quotes from private tour operators (for this plan ex-raipur) and CG tourism as well are running north of INR 40k (for either one or two persons). That's steep for me - I just dont intend to splurge since am traveling solo.

Back to the drawing board perhaps ....

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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post We did a tour through Chhatisgarh but that was with a hired car+driver.
Even with this luxury method it were sometimes long days on the road.
We started in Sambalpur (Orissa), went to Jagdalpur and ended in Amarkantak. For more details see this trip report.
I've read that report earlier Vonkla - thanks for sharing.
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dear vaibhav,
1. you can get bus from jagdalpur to dantewada from new bus stand and for chitrakoot from new narendra talkies.
2. if you want to go to kanger velly to see kailash cave,bhainsadarha and other beautiful site seen the everage rate of taxi is 700=00 per day,plus diesel,and the same is for tirathgadha and kutumsar,you can get texi from chandni chauk [close to office of joint director,animal husbandry]
3. there is daily bus from jagdalpur to koraput.
4. you can stop any bus on the N.H.-43,from raipur to jagdalpur there is kondagaon,you can stay at lodges,forest guest house,PWD rest house.kondagaon is the place where you can buy artifacts like bellmattel,wought iron,bamboo,wood and other
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Dear Shakeel
this is very valuable information.
thank you,
Vaibhav
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if you are attempting this from Orissa side, I suggest you visit Kotpad and the two falls on either side of Jagdalpur, yes transport is a problem in these areas. the quickest and cheapest way, if you are alone, is just to hire a guide with a bike who can take you around, riding pillion. This is what I did both for tribal areas or Orissa and Jagdalpur. Let me know if you need details.
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vaibhav and all,

i have been in Jagdalpur in 2003 early January. My advice is - reach Jagdalpur by bus or train. don't book an evrrything included package of chattisgarh and part of orissa- thats caostly. book hotel yourself, hotels are not costly at all. Book a car from your hotel , rates are good.

Kanger Valley National Park is about 40 km from Jagdalpur.
Tirathgarh fall is a 2 storied fall. The higher fall is white water falling at a force to a small flat area in deep , you have to come down by a narrow stair on the hill wall. . water from this flat area go out through tiny exit and jumps again making the lower fall. lower fall is smaller but water was greenish. there is another stair to go down. tirathgarh is very less photgraphed compared to her cousin Chirtakot, so it's challenge to you skills.

Kutumsar cave - it's kind of adventure. the cave mouth is a small rock openning, that is only entry/exit . u have to come down by a small stair. there was no light at the mouth or inside cave. once u reach the bottm it's complete darkness, so u have to carry torch. in 2001 a forest guard was mandatory and he had torch. the cave is long narrow path with all possible formations of Stalactites and stalagmites. u have to cross lot of stones.

apart from kutumsar there are are other caves in Kanger valley but I didn't went. kanger valley itslef is a picture perfect forest though not much wildlife.

Chitrakot - 40 km from jagdalpur but in different direction, on the way there will be balaji mandir and a lake. there is a view point at top of the falls. u can go down to a different view point. u can take a boat ride in front of the falls.

I booked a tata sumo for the day, don't remember the rate but mauch cheaper than one day cost in Kolkata. went to kanger valley in morning - visited kutumsar and tirathgarh. came back to jaddalpur at noon , had lunch and immediately set off to chitrakot.

There are two dhanteswari temple, one inside jagdalpur beside the king's palace. the other is in a small town far from jagdalpur - i didn't went.

vaibhav, I read your threads specially about rajasthan. u will like the falls and the cave, don't miss.
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How to reach Jagdalpur from Kolkata

I am planning to visit chitrakot and barnawapara along with some other places of Chattisgarh.

Can anyone please guide me how I can reach there by Train, other means.

Also what will be the best time to visit Chattisgarh?
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Originally Posted by Travelmaniac1984 View Post I am planning to visit chitrakot and barnawapara along with some other places of Chattisgarh.

Can anyone please guide me how I can reach there by Train, other means.

Also what will be the best time to visit Chattisgarh?
When are you going?
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I am planning to visit during May/June.
But honestly speaking I am not sure whether that will be best time to visit Chitrakot.

Can you please provide some idea.
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It will be a bad time and the fall may be totally dry - The best time is august or later.
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Chitrokot and Tirathgarh.

We went to Jagdalpur from Vizag-Araku by train (Kirandul). It was April, but Vaibhav, Chitrokot was not dry at all, with it's full force it made the landscape picture perfect. We have seen an unusual (to us) phenomenon. A big group of localities were catching fishes by building a stone wall on the upper side of the river Irabati (which was flat and wide), few hundred meters away from the fall and when they completed, they released the wall and the fall got a sudden huge water flow that made it's size almost double. It's fall creates small rainbows - beautiful to watch and believe. The small deities on stones at the bank of the fall were also beautiful and uncommon.
Tirathgarh Fall is junior to Chitrokot but the naturalness and green surroundings made it more beautiful, more lovable. Kutumsar cave is also not famous as Bora cave, but i think it is more natural with a smell of ancient time.
We went to Achankamar in Dec. but it was a horrible experience for us. The irresponsible forest rest house authorities gifted us a coldest, darkest and hungry Dec. night with rooms without bedsheets, blankets, foods and sufficient water. We just left the place next morning, to Amarkantak, though we had two day's booking.
I dare not to book Chattisgarh rest houses in advance.
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