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Chhattisgarh, the ninth largest state in India, which was recently created from the state of Madhya Pradesh, is a part of India that rarely comes up in the vocabulary of a tourist guide. The lack of publicity has protected its yet to be explored natural beauty and cultural heritage from the prying eyes of a seasoned traveler.
Chhattisgarh is a land where contradictions exist harmoniously side-by-side, lending the state a charm of its own, untainted by influences from the rapidly progressive places in the rest of India. This is the perfect place for niche tourism, ethno-tourism, eco tourism and most significantly, sustainable tourism to unfold in its full glory. To explore the yet to be widely documented treasure troves of intriguing cultures and relief features at a cost that won't strain your budget either, is a chance you should not miss.
Tourism of Central India offers specialized eco tourism packages for Chhattisgarh so that you can explore the virgin highlands of Central India and spread the word around as to how great your experience of touring Chhattisgarh really was.
A hilly terrain set against the fertile plains of river valleys such as those of Narmada and Mahanadi, 44% of Chhattisgarh is densely forested with tropical foliage. It is hardly surprising then that Chhattisgarh is home to 3 National Parks and 12 Wildlife Sanctuaries that are a must visit for anyone who takes on an eco tour in Chhattisgarh.
Indrawati National Park, Kangerghati National Park, Barnawapur Sanctuary, Sita Nadi Sanctuary and Udanti Sanctuary are the prominent eco tourism destinations in Chhattisgarh. Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve is another exceptional new eco-resort.
These wildlife sanctuaries and national parks are home to the state animal (wild buffalo) and state bird (the mocking hill myna) and other endangered species of animals and birds such as spotted deer, four horned antelope, sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, jackal, wolf, hyena and bison.
Besides its stunning bio-diversity, Chhattisgarh is also replete with ancient monuments and temple sites, Buddhist stupas, palaces, waterfalls and lakes, hill plateaus and rock art. The state also boasts of caves with oldest stalagmite and stalactite formations in India.
A medical system that predates Ayurveda and practiced over centuries by the aboriginal tribes, and art and crafts of Chhattisgarh region such as Dokra (metal bell castings), wrought iron artifacts, sculptures, jewelries and hand printed cotton fabrics designed in ethnic designs typical to Chhattisgarh are increasingly gaining popularity in markets as far as New York and can be seen first hand on your eco tour of Chhattisgarh.
Bastar (tribal district), Raipur (industrial center), Jagdalpur, Surguja, Keshkal valley, Bilaspur etc are a study in Chhattisgarh's unity in diversity. Tribal customs and cultures that are distinct to each region and tribe of Chhattisgarh are a must visit on your eco tour in Chhattisgarh.
Besides, your eco tour would be arranged in such a way that you get a glimpse of the tribal life without interfering with their daily routine. Walks, treks, rafting and parasailing can also be indulged in, along with occasional trips to the village market. Here you can see the most popular sport of the tribes - cockfight - in progress as you sip salphi or a drink obtained from Mahua flowers. Eco tourism in Chhattisgarh also includes ethnic tourism where you can attend dance functions, weddings and local festivals of Chhattisgarh
Eco Tourism in Chhattisgarh