Chattisgarh is as enigmatic a place as the famous “Bermuda Triangle” in the minds of majority of the people. The tribal culture of central India thrives in these hinterlands and the variety of flora and fauna has always attracted me to visit this place ever since. I decided to visit Jagdalpur, a city which falls in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh. Jagdalpur is well-known for Chitrakoot and Tirathgarh Waterfalls and the famous Kanger Valley National Park lies in this region. I boarded the Howrah-Koraput Express from Howrah at around 9:30 in the night. Christmas was two days away and the chill in the winters was very prominent at that time. I tucked my shirt more tightly as the siren of the engine started to gather pace and wheels began to roll on. The journey was a bit long and I reached Jagdalpur beyond midnight the next day. As soon as I landed at the dimly lit station, an eerie kind of feeling engulfed me and reminded of the good old English winters in my favourite Sherlock Holmes novels. I hired an auto rickshaw though I was surprised to find him at such an unearthly hour loitering around in the station. He took me to Hotel Atithi, the nearest one to Jagdalpur station. I had already talked with them about my stay and soon I was dozing off in my room.
Tirathgarh Fall –Side View
Jagdalpur by Air:
The nearest airport is Raipur Airport in capital city of Raipur and Visakhapatnam Airport, Andhra Pradesh.
Jagdalpur by Train:
The Kirandul–Visakhapatnam train (No 2VK) heads over the scenic Eastern Ghats on India’s highest broad gauge line to the Andhra Pradesh coast. Train reservations (8am-noon & 2-4pm Mon-Sat, 8am-noon Sun) can be made at the train station.
The Howrah-Koraput Express leaves Howrah every night at 9:35 in the evening and reaches Jagdalpur at 11:30 in the night on the next day.
Jagdalpur by Land:
There are regular services to Raipur (Rs 160 to 200, seven hours) and Kanger Valley National Park (Rs 25, 30 minutes), three to Chitrakote (Rs 30, 1½ hours, 9am, 1pm and 6pm) and interstate buses to destinations including Visakhapatnam (Rs 225, 12 hours, 6.30pm) and Hyderabad (Rs 280, 16 hours, 8pm and 4pm).