Bastar is a tribal region in the state of Chattisgarh; and is home to the most gorgeous rivers, waterfalls, caves, mountains, valleys, diverse wildlife and lush green forests with exotic flora. It’s an underrated place; far removed from commercialisation and tourism. But if you’re a nature lover and wish to experience the interiors of India like never before, pack your bags for this scenic town.
You can enjoy countless things on your trip to Bastar but what you should especially keep an eyelet for are the ancient monuments here. Kutumsar Caves, Bastar Palace and Kailash Gufa are a few that are worth the visit. Choose Jagdalpur, Bastar’s district headquarters as your base to smoothly travel around this region. Other fairly interesting attractions here are Danteshwari Temple and Anthropological Museum.
Several lakes and waterfalls also feature prominently amongst the attractions in Bastar: Ganga Munda Lake, Mandawa Waterfalls, Dalpat Sagar Lake, Tirathgarh Waterfalls, Thamada Ghumar Waterfalls and Chitrakote Waterfalls are some of the significant lakes and waterfalls.
Bastar is also well-known for the biggest tribal population in the state of Chhattisgarh. The major tribes of this region are the Bhatra, Gond, Halbaa, Abhuj Maria, Muria, Bison Horn Maria and Dhurvaa. The distinct culture and tradition of each of these tribes offers an interesting insight into their lifestyle. So, while you’re in Bastar, remember to soak up a thing or two about the tribal culture as well. The tribes are extremely colourful and vibrant tribes, and have preserved their ancient culture with great care.
The months between October to March is the best time to visit Bastar. During this time the temperature ranges between 17.5°C and 12.0°C making it a favourable weather for wildlife safari, sightseeing and other activities. The summer months here are quite hot and humid, as the temperature soar up to 40°C. Monsoons must be completely avoided as the rainfalls are pretty heavy, resulting in water clogging everywhere.