Monday, 12 December 2016

A Road Trip In Chhattisgarh

Exploring Chhattisgarh on a road trip is a thrilling experience. To be honest, I had no idea Chhattisgarh was so beautiful until I got a chance to visit Korba, a small town 113 km from Bilaspur. The bucolic charms and the picture-perfect landscapes that I got to glance through on my way were just too mesmerizing!  


I believe a road trip is the best way to experience a place. Driving your own vehicle gives you freedom and spontaneity. You can drive at your own pace, get down on whim and spend as much time as you like at your desired location.

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Chhattisgarh is fabulous. I had heard about the Chitrakote Falls, the Bastar art and many temples and palaces of historical significance in the state, but I had no idea about its natural beauty. I’m particularly drawn towards the rural beauty of any place, and Chhattisgarh has plenty of it. You may drive through any part of the state, and you are likely to find sprawling farm fields, scenic water bodies, pretty white temples, mud huts, cattle with their shepherd, and tribal folks carrying out their daily tasks.  


My road trip (along with my fellow travellers) began from Bilaspur station, a very pretty, vintage style building built in 1890. I was hopeful of seeing a lot of lushness along the way, and to my delight, I got to see a lot more than I expected. There were lots of villages on our way. I felt like getting down at every point to take photos.


My first stop where I couldn’t keep myself from snapping photos was at a lotus pond, which had a little white temple near to it. To add some more spunk to my frame, there was also a bunch of young boys playing in the water. Leaving behind that sight, we went farther. Another point where we stopped to admire the landscape was Khutaghat, which is 25 km from Bilaspur. It’s a dam and a river. The whole landscape looks like an island with many birds to spot. Besides, it’s a great sunset point for the locals.  


Well, that was just the hint of what lied ahead. As we drove farther into the heart of Chhattisgarh, there were dense forests, deserted lakes, rivers and waterfalls, rocky hills and mountains. Perhaps the most amazing place in Chhattisgarh is Satranga (at least I think so) – the roads are so clean and beautiful. I felt like getting down anywhere randomly and just spending a lazy day with nothing on my mind. 

Satranga is on the way to Devpahari, which is locally known as a picnic spot 60 km from Korba. Devpahari is a cluster of rocks and waterfalls. It’s a perfect place to take rest after a long road trip – take a dip into the waters or simply recline on a rock to soak up some sunshine with the gurgling harmony of the falls. The idea is to surrender to the beauty of the place.     


Well, I have just begun my tryst with Chhattisgarh. There are many journeys ahead, and I'm excited to share my experiences with you. So, stay tuned! 

What about you? What has been your favourite road trip in India so far?

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18 comments:

  1. Places like Chhatisgarh and Odisha have many surprises up their sleeve for the offbeat traveller. Loved your narration and the photos.

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    1. Yeah, you are right, Durga! I'm looking forward to exploring more and more of Chhattisgarh, and Odisha, too.

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  2. Chhattisgarh looks absolutely gorgeous. Look forward to more stories from the less trodden land.

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    1. Right! Chhattisgarh is gorgeous. Yes, I will be exploring more of it and writing about it.

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  3. Wowwww....place looks so beautiful and serene

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    1. Right! Chhattisgarh is marvelous.

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  4. This is such am amazing place. Never associated landscapes with Chhattisgarh. In my travel list for sure.

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    1. Right, Diana! Even I never associated landscapes with Chhattisgarh. But, I'm really amazed to see its beauty! I can't wait to explore more of it in the days to come.

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  5. Again you teach me something! I had no idea Chhattisgarh was so beautiful! I always had this idea of it being a sort of "nothing" state... thank you!

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    1. Right! Even I thought Chhattisgarh was a "nothing" soulless kind of place, but it is beautiful!

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  6. Such fabulous pics Renuka. Truly an untouched and pristine state! :) Lovely!

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    1. Thanks Divsi :-) Yes, Chhattisgarh is beautiful.

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