A Temple Without Roof – Chausathi Jogini Temple

Chausathi Jogini Temple alias 64 Joginis Temple is a temple without any roof, believed to be built by the Queen Hiradevi of Bramha dynasty during the 9th century at Hirapur, 20 kilometers away from Bhubaneswar. Jogini means goddesses.

Chausathi Jogini TempleChausathi Jogini Temple.

Chausathi Jogini Temple is circular in shape. This temple is made up of sand stones. There are 56 cavities inside the circular wall of the temple. Each of which houses the statue of a Goddess, made of black granite. These are centered around the main idol, the Goddess Kali. The main idol is designed as a human head, representing the triumph of the heart over the mind. There is a central altar. The central altar has eight idols. There are four idols on each side of the central altar.

This ancient temple is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India. The legend behind the temple goes like this, Goddess Durga taking the form of 64 dime-goddesses, in order to defeat a demon.

How Do I Go to Chausathi Jogini Temple?

Chausathi Jogini Temple is situated at Hirapur, at around 20 kilometers from the temple city of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha state, India.

Bhubaneswar Railway station is the major railway station in the city, with 6 platforms. BBS is the station code for Bhubaneswar railway station. There are 5 other railway stations within Bhubaneswar city limits. They are  Mancheswar, Lingaraj Temple Road, Vani Vihar, Patia and Sarkantra railway stations.

Bus services are also there connecting Bhubaneswar with other parts of the country.  Interstate Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Baramunda is the major bus station in the city, which is well connected to other major cities of the nearby states.

Biju Patnaik International Airport at Bhubaneswar is located at 6 kilometers  distance from the city center.

Nature at its Best in Kanger Valley National Park alias Kanger Ghati National Park

Kanger Valley National Park alias Kanger Ghati National Park is located in Bastar District, Chhattisgarh state, India. It is well known for its biodiversity,  waterfalls and Caves with Stalactites and Stalagmites Formations.

Common hill myna alias Bastar hill myna in Kanger Valley National ParkCommon hill myna alias Bastar hill myna in Kanger Valley National Park. Image source – Wikimedia/Wikipedia

Some of finest stalactites and stalagmites caves can be seen here in this national park. Dandak Caves, Devgiri Cave, Kailash Caves, Kutumsar Caves, etc, are to name a few among those marvelous limestone caves. These formations take place during the course of  millions of years.

Kanger Valley National Park is habitat to the state bird,  Common hill myna alias  Bastar hill myna. The most famous falls in the state, Tirathgarh water falls (a Milky Fall), is situated inside this national park.

Kanger Valley National Park was declared as a national park of India in 1982. Kanger Valley is spread over a distance of around 34 kilometers. Its very scenic and is having an area of around 200 square kilometers.

Kanger River flows through the park.   Kanger Ghati National Park  got its name from this river. This national park is also the catchment area for Godavari River.

Kanger Ghati National Park is rich in flora and fauna. 553 floral species are found in this national park. It is also a anthropologists paradise. Kanger Valley National Park has a sizable tribal population.

Three kilometer long nature trail from Kamanar barrier to Tirathgarh waterfalls is one among the famous nature trails here.  Another popular nature trail is the 1.5 kilometer long nature trail from Kailash cave to Kailash barrier.

How Do I Go to Kanger Valley National Park?

Jagdalpur, the administrative headquarters of Bastar District at around 20 kilometers distance, is the nearest major city to the national park. The nearest railway station is situated at Jagdalpur.

The state capital of Raipur, at around 330 kilometers away has the nearest airport.

There are forest rest houses at Kotamsar and Tirathgarh. There are a lot of hotels at Jagdalpur town.

November – June is the ideal time to visit Kanger Ghati National Park alias Kanger Valley National Park.

Ghatarani Waterfalls & Jatmai Temple Near Raipur

Ghatarani Waterfalls is a beautiful falls located near to Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh state, India

This falls is the biggest fall in the state of Chhattisgarh. The water from the falls forms a pool beneath the falls. One can take a bath here in the pool or the falls.

Ghatarani Waterfalls is surrounded by thick forests and is an ideal getaway place for the family or for a group of friends. Those who are adventurous, can hike the mountains and explore the forests above the falls.

The falls is to be visited after the rainy season. September to December are the ideal months to visit the falls. Thereafter, the falls dries. It is dangerous to visit the falls during rainy season due to the the dangers resulting from the fast flowing water.

Swami Vivekananda spent two years of his teenage life at Raipur. Vivekanand Sarovar is a large lake in the city named after Swami Vivekananda.

Jatmai Temple is at around 25 kilometers distance from the falls. A waterfall is there adjacent to this temple. This fall is a smaller fall compared to Ghatarani falls.

How Do I Go to Ghatarani Waterfalls?

Ghatarani falls is at around 90 kilometers distance from Raipur. Raipur is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Raipur Junction railway station is the major railway station in the city. Swami Vivekananda Airport, formerly known as Mana Airport, is the nearest airport at Mana It is at around 15 kilometers distance from Raipur city.

Netarhat Hill Station – Queen of Chotanagpur

Netarhat Hill Station alias Queen of Chotanagpur is a popular hill station in the state of Jharkhand in India. The highest point lies at an altitude of 3,696 feet or 1,127 meters above sea level.

Netarhat Hill Station alias Queen of Chotanagpur
Netarhat Hill Station alias Queen of Chotanagpur in Jharkhand state.

Netarhat is a plateau covered with thick forests with an area of around 6.4 kilometers by 4.0 kilometers, in the Pat region of Chota Nagpur Plateau. Netarhat Hill station is the main hill station in Jharkhand tourism map.

The hills are famous for its glorious sunrise / sunset in the summer season. Magnolia Point is one such magnificent view point, at 10 kilometers from Netarhat.

Koel View Point, at a distance of 3 kilometers from the center of the town, offers you excellent view of the Koel river, from a distance. Carrying a binocular helps in getting a better view here.

Upper Ghaghri Falls is at a distance of 4 kilometers and Lower Ghaghri Falls is at 10 kilometers from the town.

Lodh Falls, the highest waterfall in Jharkhand and Sadni Falls are at a distance of around 60 kilometers and 35 kilometers from Netarhat, receptively.

How Do I Go to Netarhat Hill Station?

Netarhat Hill Station is at a distance of just 156 kilometers, west of Ranchi, the Capital of Jharkhand state. Hence Netarhat is also called a Ranchi tourist place.

Daltonganj, head quarters of the nearby Palamu district, is at a distance of 210 kilometers from Netarhat.

Sirpur, famous for its Archaeological Monuments of to 5th century A.D., is situated at around 550 kilometers from Netarhat.

Barnawapara Wildlife sanctuary

Barnawapara Wildlife sanctuary is located on the North-eastern corner of Raipur district, in Chhattisgarh state, India. Tributaries of River Mahanadi flows through this wildlife sanctuary. Balamdehi and Jonk Rivers forms the boundaries of this national park.

Barnawapara Wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. Over 150 Bird species are found here. Wild boar, Indian bison (Gaur) Cheetal, Neelgai, Sambhar, etc, are seen in large numbers in this park.

How Do I Go to Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary?

Bar and Nawapara villages provides entry to the Barnawapara sanctuary. Forest PWD road connects the wildlife sanctuary with the main road to Raipur. NH 6 and NH 26 (previously NH 43) are some of the main highways connecting Raipur with the rest of the country. Mahasamund Railway Station is the nearest railway station at around 60 kilometers away. Raipur Airport is at around 85 kilometers distance to Barnawapara sanctuary and is the nearest airport to the wildlife sanctuary.

Are There Any Hotels Near Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary?

Hareli Eco Resort is an Eco-friendly resort at 9 kilometers away from the Wildlife Sanctuary. Please call 1800 102 6415 (within India) to book rooms.

Which is the Ideal Season to Visit Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary?

November to June are the Ideal months to visit this Wildlife Sanctuary.