The history of Chhattisgarh can be traced back to the early times when it was known as South Kosala. The Aryan migrants passed through it. It was a cradle of highly interesting experiments in art and culture. Recent archaeological excavations conducted in the area have led to discoveries of a wealth of inscriptions and coins which throw a flood of light on the history and culture of South Kosala. During the reign of Moghals, it was called Ratanpur Territory. The word Chhattisgarh was polarized during the Maratha Period and was first used in an official document in 1795.
The state of Chhattisgarh has a lot to offer, be it tribal culture, ancient monuments and some of the most beautiful landscapes and waterfalls of the Country. Our Chhattisgarh Tour Packages are carefully designed covering some of the most interesting festivals and a vivid tour of the state full of surprises.
Chhattisgarh is well connected by land air and rail. It is well connected by roads with the states of Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, so normally we combine programs of these 3 states
The best time to visit Chhattisgarh is in the winters i.e during the months of October and March. We recommend most of our clients for October to witness the most beautiful Chhattisgarh Dusshera Festival. The summers are hot and humid, temperatures can go upto 40 Deg Celsius. The peak season of Chhattisgarh is during the period of October to March so we recommend you to plan your trip well in advance to avoid any last minute changes.
As it is said the State is full of surprises. We recommend you shouldn’t miss any of the following places:
The most important festival in Chhattisgarh is the BASTAR DUSSHERA
This festival mainly centers around the city of Jagdalpur. The festival has been celebrated in Jagdalpur since many years. It is said to have been started by the fourth Kakatiya ruler of Bastar. The Bastar dusshera is held for 75 days and involves the participation of all the tribes of Bastar region, with deities from all the villages being brought to the Danteshwari temple of Jagdalpur.
With a phenomenal 44 % forest cover, including three national parks and eleven wildlife sanctuaries. Chhasttisgarh can undoubtedly be branded as the green state. It is prime tiger country comprising of mainly tropical and moist and dry deciduous forests and significantly rich in endemic species as well as medicinal plants. Among the varied wildlife region, the highlight is definitely is the rare wild buffalo famous for its magnificent horns. The noteworthy wildlife parks of Chhattisgarh are :
Chhattisgarh primarily derives its identity from the culture, music and craft of 42 different tribes inhabiting it. Chhattisgarh ranks 8th in India in terms of density of tribal population. The main tribal communities are as follows :
The haat or weekly market is the lifeline of rural economy of Bastar. No visit to this region can be complete without a visit to one of the haats . It provides a unique oppurtunity to the tourist to mingle with the locals and get a taste of traditional culture.
There are nearly 300 haats near Bastar region . The items available include agricultural and forest produce , as well as local handicrafts . Generally the forest produce collected by the tribals and handicrafts made by them are bartered in exchange of commodities like salt , tobacco , vegetables and cloth. The Haat has managed to retain its traditional flavor despite ever increasing urbanization.
The haat also acts as a platform that brings the various rural communities together. It is not unusual for people to walk 20-30 kms to go to a particular haat. Men and women can be seen dressed in their traditional costumes . For the haat is not a mere market – one does not come to the haat only to buy and sell but also to meet relatives , catch up on local gossip over a cup of local brew and course to watch a cock fight which is very interesting .
The Important Haats of Chhattisgarh are the following :