Raipur - Bilaspur - Amarkantak - Achanakmar - Bilaspur
Day-1 - Airport to Bilaspur ( 2 Hours) Lafagarh Fort + Ratanpur Tour - 25Kms
Arrive Raipur from Delhi/Mumbai and proceed to Bilaspur. Journey is approx 2 hours. Enroute Visit Famous Lafagarh Fort on the Hill top.
It is also famous for it's historical importance. It is also known as "Chhittaurgarh of Chhattisgarh". It has a fort on the highest peek of Mekaal Mountain. It is also the origin point of Jatashankar river and was the first capital of the Calturian kings.
RATANPUR is famous for it's historical & religious importance. It is situated at 25 km. by road from Bilaspur. It was the capital of the Kalchurian kings & Marathas. It is the old capital of the Chhattisgarh state. According to the local people , it had an important place in all four Yugas.
As per its tourism importance, there is an old fort which is till date in good condition. There is good attractive old sculpture on the stone over the frame of Ganesha gate. On the frame of this gate Idols of River Ganga-Jamuna can be seen. On entrance are glimpses of the Tandav Dance of Lord Shivji and statue of Brahma and Vishnu
places coverd are :-
MAHAMAYA TEMPLE :- This famous temple was constructed by Kalchurian king Ratansen. The temple has a pond in front, having ancient temples at the bank.
RAMTEK :- It is another famous temple at the peek of a mountain constructed by Maratha king Bimbaji Bhonsle.
BADAL MAHAL :- Beside Ramtek temple, there ia an old fort known as Badal Mahal.
Finally today on the last, proceed to KUTHAGHAT - It is basically a dam located approx. 10 Kms. from Ratanpur. It is surrounded with forest and hills. There is a rest house near to that dam. It is a natural tourist point.
Reach back Bilaspur by night & Dinner and night stay in Bilaspur Resort
Day-2 - Bilaspur Site Seeing ( Malhar, Talagram, Shivrinarayan Tour)
After Breakfast, Leave early morning for the fulll day tour of Malhar, Tala, Lafagarh and Shivrinarayan.
MALHAR TOUR ( 34 Kms) :- Pataleshwar temple, Devri temple & Dindeshwari temple.
It is famous for it's archeological importance. It is situated at 40 km. by road from Bilaspur. In Malhar, so many ancient temples have been found by extraction such as Pataleshwar temple, Devri temple & Dindeshwari temple. Four handed idol of Lord Vishnu is also very famous. Also visit the Museum.
TALAGRAM TOUR ( 30 Kms) :- Jethani Temple, Devrani Temple, Lord Shiva Ancient Idol
It is also famous for it's archeological importance. It is situated at 30 km. by road from Bilaspura at the bank of Maniyari river. In Tala two ancient temples of Fifth Century have been found by extraction which are Jethani temple & Devrani temple. Devrani temple is still in good condition. The main attraction of Tala is the ancient idol of Lord Shiva which is also of Fifth century.
SHIVRINARAYAN TOUR- 67 kms:- Shabri ke Ber place, Narayan temple & Chandrachudeshwar temple
From Tala, Proceed to Shivrinarayan, It is also famous for it's religious importance. It is situated at 65 km. by road from Bilaspur. according to "Ramayan", Lord Ram has eaten the 'Ber' of Shabri at this place. This place has also some ancient temples as Narayan temple & Chandrachudeshwar temple. Shivrinarayan is also the meeting point of Mahanadi and Shivnath river.
Return to Bilaspur in Night - Dinner and night stay in Bilaspur Resort
Day-3 - Achanakmar Santuary + Gypsy Safari Tour ( 46 Kms)
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife park in Chhattisgarh, India. The sanctuary houses a number of endangered animal species, including leopards, Bengal tigers, and wild bison.
Achanakmar has been declared a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger in 2009. It comprises 557.55 km2 of forest, and is linked by the hilly Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor to the tiger reserve in Kanha, Madhya Pradesh.
Start the Gypsy Safaris from the Achanakmar gate, ( Safari is offered in both morning and evening, timings vary in different seasons.Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary has a border sharing with the Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary and hence you can be lucky to see few tigers from Kanha.Though tigers are sighted rare as the population is less. However there are ample leopard, deers, bison and wild boars.
Full Day tour of Achanakmar Sanctuary, dinner and night stay at Sonbhadra Tourist Resort, Amadob.
Day-4 - Achanakmar to Amarkantak & Site Seeing ( 40 Kms)
After breakfast, depart for Amarkantak, Amarkantak has the origin point of holy rivers Narmada & Son. It's main visiting places are Narmada mai ka mandir, Narmada kund, Mai ki bagia etc. There are two famous and beautiful waterfalls also which are Kapildhara & Dudhdhara.
Reach amarkantak by evening. Night Stay in Amarkantak
Day- 5 - Amarkantak Temples & Site Seeing
After Breakfast, proceed to full day temples and site seeing tour Amarkantak. We will cover all major attractions of Amarkantak today including Narmada Udgam Temple, Ancient Temples of Kalachuri, Kapil Dhara (Kapil Waterfall), Dudh Dhara Falls, Shri Yantra Mandir, Son Udgam Temple, Shri Sarvodaya Digamber Jain Temple, Mrityunjay Ashram, Kabir Chabutara
Narmadakund - Amarkantak
At the place of origin of Narmada River there is an open pool known as Narmadakund. Around this kund there are number of temples such as Narmada and Shiva temple, Kartikey temple, Shri Ram Janki temple, Annapurna temple, Guru Gorakhnath temple, Sri Shuryanarayan temple, Vangeshwar Mahadev temple, Durga temple, Shiv Pariwar, Siddheswar Mahadev temple, Sri Radha Krishna temple, Eleven Rudra temple etc.
The ancient temples of Kalachuri period are situated in the south of Narmadakund just behind it. These were built by Kalachuri Maharaja Karnadeva (1042–1072 AD). The Machhendranath and Pataleshwar temples are excellent examples of architecture. There is also Keshav Narayan temple built by the Bhonsle ruler of Nagpur in the 18th century.
Sonemuda - Amarkantak
Sonemuda is the place of origin of Sone River. It is situated at a distance of 1.5 km from Narmadakund at the very edge of Maikal Mountain. The Sone River cascades from the mountain in a waterfall hundreds of feet long. From the viewing platform facing east, there is a panorama of forested hills and valleys.
Mai ki Bagiya (Goddess garden) - Amarkantak
A grove of trees in dense forests situated at a distance of one km from Narmadakund is named "Mai ki Bagiya" in honour of the goddess Narmada. In this natural garden there are Mango, Banana and other fruit trees along with Gulbakavli, roses and other flower plants.
Kapildhara (Kapil waterfall)- Amarkantak
Six km northwest of Narmadakund is the Kapildhara waterfall with a fall of about hundred feet. According to scriptures, Kapil Muni lived here. There is a scene of natural beauty with mountains and dense forest down hills. According to ‘Vindhya Vaibhav’ Kapil Muni performed severe austerities here and received divine light. He also wrote ‘sankhya philosophy’ (an advanced treatise on mathematics) at this place. The Kapileshwar temple is also situated nearby. The surrounding mountains are full of caves where saints have been performing their spiritual practices.
Kabir chabutra (the platform of saint Kabir)- Amarkantak
It is an old belief that the great saint Kabir performed austerities here and achieved spiritual powers. It is therefore a holy place for the Kabir panth sect. The local people, the Panikas, consider Kabir Chabutara as one of the holiest places of the Kabirpanthis because Sant Kabir spent many years here in meditation.At this very place Kabir and Nanak met and discussed spiritual matters and introduced the way of better living for human being. It is also the meeting point of three districts, Anuppur and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh and Bilaspur district of Chhatisgarh. There is also a Kabir waterfall here.
Shri Jwaleshwar Mahadev (the temple of Shiva) - Amarkantak
The Jwaleshwar temple and the source of origin of the third river Juhila River is situated at a distance of 8 km from markantak on Shahdol road. According to ‘Vindhya Vaibhav’ Lord Shiva himself established a Shivling here and also scattered crores of other Shivlings over Maikal Mountain. According to puranic traditions a rectangular area containing crores of Shivlings is known as ‘Maha Rudra Meru’ and is the abode of lord Shiva himself. There are only two ‘Maha Rudra Meru’ places Varanasi and Amarkantak. Lord Shiva and Parvati live here because of this special spiritual quality.
Shri Sarvodaya Jain Temple - Amarkantak
Shree Sarvoday Digamber Jain Mandir, Amarkantak is situated at a hill station of Madhya Pradesh from where the largest river of western India Narmada gets started. The new temple is being built at Amarkantak is similar to the Aksharadhama temple of Gujarat.About more that Rs. 20 crores is expected to be spent on this mega project which is spread over an area of 4 acres (16,000 m2). The temple is designed and constructed by more than 300 artists since 2 years under the guidance of Sri C.B.Somapura the Chief architect of the Aksharadhama temple.
The world's biggest ashtadathu Jain idol of Bhagawan Adinatha
The ashtadathu idol of Bhagawan Adinatha, 1st Tirthankara of Jains and the founder of Jainism.measuring about 24 ft (7.3 m) in height and weighing 28,000 kilograms will be installed on the Kamala Simhasan made of ashtadathu weighing around 24,000 kilograms. The foundations of the temple are being worked out with the advanced engineering skills so that the temple survives for centuries to come. The temple measuring around 144 feet (44 m) height, 424 feet (129 m) length and 111 feet (34 m) width will be constructed here.
After full day site seeing, Reach hotel by the night and have dinner - Night stay at Amarkantak . (Total road travel of approx 200 km in 8 hrs)
Day - 6 - Back to Bilaspur
After Breakfast, Check out and Departure for Bilaspur. (Total road travel of approx 150 km in 4 hrs)