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Best Time: Oct-Mar Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Nagpur Check Flights

Dhamtari Tourism

Home to the Chalukya empire of the 14th Century, Dhamtari is an important tourist town of Chattisgarh, also known for its temples. The town has a population of around 82000. It attracts a lot of tourists every year, particularly during the monsoon seasons to the Ravishankar Water Dam.It is also famous for its folk culture and wildlife sanctuary.

Dhamtari is located along the banks of Mahanadi and its tributaries Pairy, Sendur, Sondur, Joan, Kharun and Shivnath. Paddy cultivation is common in these lands. The district still preserves its tribal history and culture in tribal hamlets and different traditional art forms like music, local cuisines and dance.

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Formerly a part of Raipur district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Dhamtari later became part of the new state of Chattisgarh. Dhamtari was a popular trade network due to the Bombay-Calcutta railway line going through it, and some of the goods shipped from here included timber, beedi leaves, rice and animal hides. Dhamtari is the headquarters of the American Mennonite Church, which was first established here in 1899.

Restaurants and Local Food in Dhamtari

Non-vegetarian food is the primary mainstay in Dhamtari. However, millets are another staple that vegans can try. Kosra (a kind of grain like rice), rice, and madiya are preferred by the tribals. Otherwise, do not miss out on paje, a non-alcoholic liquid preparation made from water and small amount of cooked rice, sulphi-intoxic liquor collected from a tall palm like trees, and landa, an alcoholic beverage prepared from water, madiya, rice & corn.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Visit the famous Rudreshwar temple on the banks of the river Mahanadi, as well as the large reservoir built along the river. Visit the Sivaha, and other attractions nearby such as the Danteshwari Cave and the Ashram of Hringi Hathi Khot. Follow this up with a visit to the Bilai Mata Mandir.

Day 2 - Visit the monumental Gangrel Dam, situated around 15 km south of Dhamtari town. This is the longest dam in the state of Chattisgarh. Next, pay a visit to the beautiful Kanker Palace and enjoy its gardens.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A destination away from the noise and pollution of big cities.

What's Not So Great?

There are a lot of wild animals in Dhamtari, so you need to be alert at all times. Not many luxurious accommodation options available.

For Whom?

Dhamtari is a destination that promises a relaxing trip, away from the hustle bustle of the city life. It is ideal for a vacation with family and kids. It makes for a good getaway for the people of Chattisgarh, though it is visited by people from all over. 

How To Reach Dhamtari

Dhamtari, being an important point in Chalukyan history and culture, is well connected to the rest of India via rail and road. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro the city of Dhamtari, buses being operated both by private and government owners, especially the Chattisgarh State Road Transport Corporation. There is no direct flight connectivity, however, as of now to Dhamtari.

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