Chhattisgarh is an Indian State that still carries a mysterious aura about it. A landlocked State that shares its boundary with seven Indian States was carved out in 2000 from Madhya Pradesh. A "young" State, it has slowly yet steadily began to occupy a place of priority and respect in the wishlist of an explorer. Since Chhattisgarh is still devoid of crowds that throng a popular destination, a nature lover will find Chhattisgarh relatively untouched, unblemished and unspoilt.
Foliage Outdoors will take you through the journey that begins at the Coastal Town of Vizag (Visakhapatnam) in Andhra Pradesh and we will meander through to Araku and beyond in one of the best train journeys of India. A run over 58 tunnels and 84 bridges, this engineering marvel of the Indian railways will leave you awestruck. This rail journey is best undertaken post-monsoons. After a spell of rains, the valley is a verdant green with numerous cascading waterfalls and gushing streams.
The end of this train journey will get us into the treasure trove of History, Nature, Heritage, Culture, Festivity and Art that keeps every traveler interested and spellbound. Chhattisgarh is blessed with exotic waterfalls and it would only be appropriate to call it "The Waterfall Capital Of India". The Jewel In The Crown certainly goes to horseshoe shaped Chitrakote Falls. Chitrakote is the largest waterfall in India that falls from a height of about 100 feet and widens up to 300 meters is a sight to behold in peak rainy season.
The majority of the state's population belongs to tribal communities and we will make an attempt to know their lifestyle from close quarters. We will visit the famous weekly Tribal Markets and feast on the local cuisine.
Join Foliage Outdoors as we try to decipher a mystery of our own land that has, for long, gone unnoticed even for a discerning traveler.
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- See submarine from close quarters at Visakhapatnam.
- Undertake one of the best Train Journeys of India, popularly known as Araku Train.
- See the "King of Waterfalls" the Chitrakote Falls.
- Explore more waterfalls like Teerathgarh.
- Visit Tribal Village and their Weekly market.
- Enjoy the "Cock Fight" in the Tribal Markets.
- See the process of making of traditional craft - Bell metal and Wrought Iron.
Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing at Visakhapatnam | Overnight at Visakhapatnam
Arrive at Visakhapatnam by 12.30 pm, spend your time in the excursion of the city. Visit Submarine museum INS-Kursura & TU-142 Aircraft Museum.
Overnight at Visakhapatnam.
Day 2: Scenic Train Journey to Jagdalpur | Overnight at Chitrakote
Get ready for early morning departure to Jagdalpur by a train. En route, enjoy the lush green beautiful valley, mountains and waterfalls of Eastern Ghats. Arrive at Jagdalpur in the evening, transfer to the Resort.
Overnight at Chitrakote.
Day 3: Exploring Bastar | Overnight at Chitrakote
Visit Kanger Valley National Park, one of the most beautiful and the densest national parks of India. Get cozy at
Tirathgarh Waterfalls which cascades from a height of 300ft. forming seven layers of waterfalls. Meditate with nature and swim at the natural pool. Visit one of the famous tribal markets of Bastar. Enjoy the traditional cockfight. Savor your taste buds with local food and also see how the tribals play their hands with the bamboo crafts which is being used in their daily life. Visit Jagdalpur Palace and Danteshwari Temple to understand the history of Bastar. Visit Amcho Bastar Bazaar, a perfect place to get the handicrafts and the local food products of Bastar.
Overnight at Chitrakote.
Day 4: Exploring Bastar | Overnight at Chitrakote
Early morning nature walk and hiking will be done at the opposite side of the Chitrakote Waterfalls. Relax and enjoy music of nature while boating at Chitrakote Waterfalls. Savor some of the delicacies from the tribal cuisine of Bastar. Spend some time with the local people to understand their culture. Visit the 1000 years old Narayanpal Temple built by the rulers of Nagvanshi dynasty.
Overnight at Chitrakote
Day 5: Exploring Bastar | Overnight at Chitrakote
Visit some of the unexplored waterfalls of Bastar –Tamda Ghumar Waterfall and enjoy the sunset with the valley view at Mehndri Ghumar Waterfall. See the amazing tribal Memory Pillars of the Muria tribes. Conclude your day by moving on the beats of tribal dance of the Bison Horn Madiya tribe.
Overnight at Chitrakote.
Day 6: Chitrakote - Raipur | Overnight at Raipur
Drive to Raipur. En route witness the making of the traditional crafts of Bell metal and Wrought Iron. These crafts are made by the indigenous people of Bastar who still adopt the process continuing from the time of Harappan civilization. Indulge to interact with the local community and learn about their age-old craft. Time permitting visit to Gad Kaleva to taste the Chhattisgarhi cuisine.
Overnight at Raipur.
Day 7: Sightseeing Raipur | END OF TOUR
Post Breakfast, visit Nandanvan Jungle Safari, the largest man-made "Jungle Safari" of Asia, offering safari-style tours through open areas with deer, bear, lions and tigers. Post Lunch Transfer to the airport.
END OF TOUR.
What is included in the tour
- Stay on twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
- Transport by AC chartered vehicle as per the itinerary.
- AC Train journey from Visakhapatnam to Araku.
- Non AC Train journey from Araku to Jagdalpur.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner starting from lunch on day 1 to Lunch on day 7. Food will be veg.
- One day tribal food.
- Boating charges at Chitrakote waterfalls.
- Local Bastar beverage (one time).
- Tribal Dance (one time).
- Nandanvan Safari at Raipur.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Airfares up to Visakhapatnam and from Raipur
- Anything that is not mentioned in “Inclusions”.