Dantewada is a small town in the southern Bastar region in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district is located. In ancient times the city was the capital of the state. Dantewada overwhelmed me! It’s immaculate, pristine forests and mountains beguiled me beyond words. Dantewada will excite a traveller, the untouched, unexplored, hidden gems that a tourist should visit. Dantewada district is one of those hidden and ancient gems in this tiny, little region, and you shouldn’t miss at any circumstance.
Dantewada is a beautiful place where the beautiful view of the hills and falls. Dantewada is known for its historical importance, where several temples, informs about its history. The name of the town is named after the goddess Danteshwari Devi.
Dantewada Danteshwari Temple!
Dantewada has been the heart of a prolific ancient kingdom in the prehistoric era. Known as Tarlapal and Dantewali in those days, the temple consists a beautiful idol of Goddess Danteswari. The Danteshwari temple (named after the Goddess Danteswari) is 600 years old and built in South Indian Dravidian style by the rulers of Chalukya dynasty. Also, visited BhaiRama Baba temple and confluences of Shankni-Dankni River.
Temple premises also contain river for a holy bath. If you want to visit Danteshwari Mandir, keep one thing in mind that you are not allowed in jeans or leather customs, you need to wear dhoti or sari for entering in temple premises. Dhoti and sari are readily available in temple premises for rent, and you must return dhoti or sari at the same place.
#MacroTraveller Info:Goddess Danteshwari, and is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas, shrines of Shakti, the divine feminine, spread across India!
FoolPad Waterfall. One of the highest waterfall with 250ft height. The majestic waterfalls of Dantewada are truly its hidden gems. You have to see it to believe it.
Accept it or not, but the growth of Dantewada, Chattisgarh is quite better than any other town, city or village in other states of India. The government there is doing a fabulous and magnificent job. Palnar, A village in Dantewada has become the first Cashless Village of India. I had lunch at local home, satisfyingly good.
Visiting tribal weekly market – Nakulnaar!
The tribes of this district have maintained to conserve their unique tribal status. The tribes of Dantewada are mostly non-veggie lovers, and they regularly take alcohol, Paje, Sulphi, Landa. Kosra (a sort of grain like rice), rice, Madiya are their first sustenance foods. Their main staple food is rice, sulphie and mahua.
The tribes of Dantewada dress notably constrained garments and the Tribal women improve themselves with Khosa, Khinwa in ears, Phuli on Nose. The tribal women adorn their neck with Garland of Karipot, Chapsari, Muhar Mala. They likewise wear Chude, Chudiya (bangles) produced using Gold, Silver, Brass, Aluminium, Clay, Lead and Wood. They tattoo their skins with several designs.
Glimpse from the Nakulnar Tribal Market, Dantewada, Chattisgarh
Journey to the historical city – Barsur!
Barsur Village is renowned for having 147 temples and 147 ponds and is located on the shores of the Indravati River. Estimated the Gangawanshi rulers ruled that village during 840 AD. Along with the ruins of various temples, the Battisa Temple, Mama-Bhanjaa Temple and the Chandraditya Temple can also be visited. The Chandraditya Temple is constructed with sandstone, which is considered a sedimentary rock. Besides, a huge statue of Lord Ganesha and an old pond can also be seen.
Cultural Programs at Barsur Mahotsav!
Dholkal Peak: Trek to see the 1000-year-old Ganesh idol on Top. Another hidden gem of Dantewada is the 1000-year-old Ganesh idol atop Bailadila hills in Bastar. The statue situated on top of the 3000 ft Dholkal peak mountain which is a moderate trek amidst dark, mineral-rich jungles of Bailadila. Enjoy the trekking, hiking and climbing experience right to the top of the Dholkal peak.
Had Lunch at tribal village – Faraspal.
Later, visited one of the best initiative (awarded one) taken in the recent time on Education sector. This educational area is 100 acres and effort in the field of education continuously appreciated by educationist, bureaucrats and politicians.
Bailadila mining area, where the highest peak of Bastar is present. Had a great time over there. Bailadila Mountains are known for having rich deposits of iron ore. These mountain ranges have various peaks coinciding the hump of an ox and are thus, called the ‘Baila Dila’ in the local language.
Lunch at Akashnagar
Visiting scenic waterfall – Rambutti
It was a remarkably excellent experience I had with everything over there.