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While in Jagdalpur, UTTARA GANGOPADHYAY enjoys a slice of scenic forests of Bastar, picturesque waterfalls, including the Niagara of India, and natural limestone caves
UTTARA GANGOPADHYAY
BASTAR, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRIBAL HEARTLAND OF INDIA, is known for its natural splendour, history and culture. It is home to some of the oldest indigenous tribes of India. The antiquity of the land can be traced back to the times of the Ramayana, the site of the Dandakaranya forest.

Located in Chhattisgarh, this lesser-known destination is an explorer’s delight. In case you are not able to go on a long holiday to explore Bastar fully, a day spent in Jagdalpur, the district headquarters, will give you a glimpse into the region’s diversity.

* Also known as the ‘Kashmir of Chhattisgarh’, Bastar is one of the most significant eco-friendly destinations in the country, and is well endowed with forests, wildlife and waterfalls

The best time to visit Jagdalpur is between November and February. The town is the gateway to some of the prettiest waterfalls in the country. To see these waterfalls in their full glory, you have to be here in the late monsoon or soon after. Besides, this is where you will find one of the unique festivals of India being celebrated, the Bastar Dussehra. Celebrated over 75 days, usually between August and October, it is known for its medley of rituals, many of which are reflective of its tribal culture. It is said that Maharaja Purushaottam Deo started this festival in the 15th century. The final 10 days of the festival coincides with the annual Navratri festival held in autumn.

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