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Jagdalpur Tourism

Jagdalpur is a beautiful and naturally bountiful city in the Bastar district of Chhattisgarh and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state after Raipur and Bhilai. It is well connected to the state capital and to other nearby cities and is relatively unknown among tourists outside the state.

Jagdalpur has a rich history of political activism and has developed a very rich culture over time. Today, it is most famous for the monuments and palaces in the city as well as the natural wonders like lakes, waterfalls and forests that are still untouched by tourist activity. Jagdalpur so one of the emerging destinations that is being aggressively promoted by the state tourism department and so all the necessary facilities are available to the tourists through the efforts of the government. It is also well connected to Raipur, the state capital and other cities in the region. If you want to explore the rich cultural traditions and history of Chhattisgarh but don't want to be disturbed by the crowds of Raipur, Jagdalpur is the perfect place for you.

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Natural Wonders of Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur is a city surrounded by nature, and there are plenty of forests, lakes and waterfalls in and around the city that tourists can visit. One of the main attractions is the Dalpat Sagar which is the largest and most popular lake in the city. A small island has been built in the centre of the lake for tourists to relax and enjoy the view. It also has a light tower and many fountains. In the lake, tourists can go fishing and boating. Other lakes in the city are the Ran Munda and Ganga Munda which are popular picnic spots. Around Jagdalpur, at a distance of about 30 to 40 kilometres are many other tourist attractions like the Chitrakot Falls, Teerathgarh Falls, Kanger Ghati National Park, Kotumsar Cave and Kailash Caves that reflect the rich natural and cultural heritage of the city.

Festivals of Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur has been mentioned in the Ramayana as one of the places where Lord Ram spent time during the 14-year exile and so, it has a rich history of civilisation. The festivals of Jagdalpur show a heavy tribal influence, and though the names sound similar, the festivals are celebrated very differently. Dussehra is one of the biggest festivals in this region, but it is not celebrated in the honour of Lord Ram, but rather in honour of Devi Mavli, one of the native deities of the Bastar area. Another popular festival is the Goncha festival which is a Rath Yatra in honour of Lord Jagannath, and the procession involves taking three deities, Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Subhadra to the Gundicha Temple. Hariyali Amavasya and Aama Tihar are some of the important agricultural festivals central to the farming cycles of the district.

Restaurants and Local Food in Jagdalpur

There are many good and hygienic restaurants in Jagdalpur, and since it is a tourist destination, cuisines from all over the world are available here but don't expect any fancy ingredients or authentic taste if you choose to go for something unconventional like Italian food. Local food is tasty and different from the food consumed in most other regions in India. It is highly recommended to try some local specialities like Bafuari, drinks made out of the Mahua flower and dishes made with Arhar Dal.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Jagdalpur in the morning and settle into your hotel. Walk to some of the main attractions in the city like the Danteshwari Temple, Mavli Temple, Jagannath Temple and Sri Venkateshwara Swamy Temple which are renowned for their beautiful architecture and are some of the most popular temples in the area. The Bastar Palace is another major attraction you can visit in the evening. This palace was the capital of the Kingdom of Bastar and the royal family still resides there.

Day 2: The next morning, proceed to the Anthropological Museum in Jagdalpur which chronicles the history of the tribes of Jagdalpur and has various rare items and artefacts some of which were recovered from archaeological digs and some were donated by tribal leaders. The museum also has displays detailing how various tribal groups live and celebrate festivals. In the evening, visit the Dalpat Sagar Lake and enjoy the boating and fishing trips while you gaze into the sunset.

Day 3: The next morning, leave for one of the many attractions that surround Jagdalpur like Chitrakot Falls, Teerathgarh Falls or the Kanger Ghati National Park and immerse yourself in nature.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Well connected by road and rail to cities in Chhattisgarh and in neighbouring states. An unexplored tourist destination with many interesting places to see and untouched wildlife to explore.

What's Not So Great?

Does not have air connectivity. Nearby areas of Bastar are affected by Naxal activity and have seen violent clashes in the past though tourists are not harmed.

For Whom?

Jagdalpur is a good place to visit with family, for an adventure tour in the forest and to explore the unseen natural beauties that are just a stone's throw away.

How To Reach Jagdalpur

Jagdalpur is a very important administrative district in Chhattisgarh and so is well connected to cities in the rest of the state and to other nearby cities by road and rail.

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