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INFORMATION ABOUT JAGDALPUR

Jagdalpur, the headquarters of Bastar district and entire Bastar division , is a small and developing town with all facilities. The area of the town is 8.50 sq.km. and the area of the Jagdalpur urban including the jagdalpur town is 23.75 sq.km. The Jagdalpur urban area not only includes Jagdalpur town but also includes the areas Frijarpur,Hotakachor,Sargipal and Dharampura which are the outgrowth areas of Jagdalpur town.All the higher education institutions such as Arts & Science Colleges, P.G College, Engineering & Polytechnic Colleges, Hostels etc and Anthropological Museum are located in Dharampura. The key attractions in Jagdalpur town are Danteshwari Temple, Bastar Palace, Handicraft shopping complexes, ,Anthropological Museum and a couple of beautiful lakes.

JAGDALPUR TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Danteshwari Temple : It is an ancient temple built by the kings of Bastar for inhabiting there family Goddess ,Devi Danteshwari. Devi Danteshwari is the Goddess of entire Bastar division, equally worshipped by Hindus as well as tribals.This temple is located beside Bastar palace and near to Gole Bazar.It is worth seeing and pleasant to watch the temple during the famous Bustar Dusshera festival season, decorated in color lights and lambs, where the main traditional functions of the festivals are being carried out.


  • Bastar Palace :It is another historical remain that is seen in Jagdalpur.It was the head quarters of Bastar Kigdom. It was built by the rulers of Bastar State when the capital of Bastar kingdom had been shifted from Barsur to Jagdalpur.At present this is keeping as a monument by the government. The prominent river of Bastar district- Indravati, passes through Jagdalpur.There are two lakes namely Ganga Munda and Dalpat Sagar with in the boundary of Jagdalpur town.These lakes will be a great attraction for tourists coming to Bastar in the future.


  • Anthropological Museum :This Museum is located in the office of the Anthropological Survey of India situated at Dharampura.It provides a perfect window-view of the life-styles of various adivasi tribes in Bastar to a tourist hard-pressed for time.


  • Handicrafts :Various kinds of exotic handicrafts made by the skilled hands of Bastar tribals are available in shops which are concentrated at Kumharapara, Jagdalpur. These include wooden crafts, bamboo crafts, terracota, bell metal items,wrought iron items and cotton fabrics(Kosa sari etc).


  • Chitrakot Waterfalls :Chitrakot, the gorgeous waterfall is on the river Indravati, situated at a distance of 38 Km. in the west of Jagdalpur. Height of this waterfall is approximately 100ft.The Chitrakot waterfalls can be called as the smaller form of the world famous Nayagra waterfalls.The rainbow colors of the falls attracts the tourists at the first sight itself. This is the prime atttaction for all tourists and worth seeing in rainly season, between July and October. These waterfalls are in a horse-shoe shape and often compared to the great Niagara. A government rest house is available.


  • Tiratgarh Waterfalls :These waterfalls are situated at a distance of 35 Km. from Jagdalpur in south west direction and can be approached these waterfalls through the state highway of Jagdalpur to Sukma. The waterfall is actually situated in Kanger Valley National Park and the height is approximately 300 ft. This place is a favorite picnic resort, especially for large groups looking for a day-long picnic in a forest. The good season for visiting these waterfalls is from October to February. A Government rest house is also available.


  • Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa :This is a biggest tourist attraction, and are close to Tiratgarh waterfalls. Both Kutumsar Caves and Kailash Gufa are located in Kanger Valley National Park and situated at a distances of 38 Km. and 40 Km. from Jagdalpur respectively. The kutumsar caves are pitch-dark caves, which has Stalactites and Stalagmites in fantastic formations. A forest guard equipped with a torchlight will be provided for necessary guidance. Kailash gufa is also similar to the Kutumsar caves.


  • KANGER VALLEY NATIONAL PARK :The park is Paradise for the nature lovers. The Moist Peninsular valley Sal forests and the South Indian Tropical Moist Deciduous forests are seen in their finest form here.The park is situated in a transitionzone where southern limit of sal forests and northern limit of teak forests overlap.Hence both sal and teak are seen together in this valley. The valley is infact one of the last pockets of almost virgin forests still left in the Peninsular region.To protect this unique eco-system ,it has been proposed as a Biosphere Reserve under the MAB Programme.The valley is nearly 34 kms. long with average width of about 6 kms.The terrain is hilly mostly. The Park fauna consists of tiger ,panther wildcat, cheetal,samber,barking deer,wild pig,jackal,langur,rhesus macaque,sloth bear,flying squirrel, python,hyena,rabbit,crocodile,otter,and civet.The avian fauna includes birds of prey ,scavenging birds, waterbirds, pheasants etc.The reptiles include snakes, lizards and the insects include butterflies,moths.dragonflies,grasshoppers etc.Lower forms of plants such as fungi,algae,bryophytes and pteridophytes are also quite common.All these put together with the virgin forests make the park a unique ecosystem. The Park derives its name from the Kanger river which flows throughout its length .There are many scenic spots along this perennial stream.Rather bigger tourist attraction are the Kotamsar Caves, Kailash Caves, limestone Caves etc.The gorgeous waterfall Tirthgarh is also here. Kanger Dhara and Bhaimsa Dharha are two good picnic resorts and especially Bhaimsa Dharha is a crocodile park.


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