Uncovering the Natural Beauty
Chandrapur district, located in the heart of Maharashtra, is a treasure trove of natural wonders waiting to be explored. From lush green forests to majestic waterfalls, this district offers a unique and enchanting experience for every nature lover.
One of the most captivating attractions of Chandrapur is the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, which is one of India’s premier tiger reserves. Spread over a sprawling area, it is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Embark on an exciting safari to catch a glimpse of the majestic tigers, leopards, deer, and a variety of bird species. The reserve also offers picturesque landscapes and serene lakes, making it a paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Discovering Historical Marvels
Chandrapur district is also steeped in history, with several ancient forts and temples that are worth a visit. One such marvel is the Ballalpur Fort, which stands tall as a testament to the rich heritage of the region. Explore its imposing stone walls, intricate carvings, and hidden passages as you transport yourself back in time. The fort offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, allowing you to soak in the beauty while immersing yourself in history.
Another must-visit attraction is the Mahakali Temple, known for its architectural grandeur and spiritual significance. Dedicated to the Goddess Mahakali, the temple attracts thousands of devotees every year. Marvel at its intricate sculptures, vibrant murals, and unique blend of ancient and modern architectural styles. The serene ambiance and positive energy of the temple make it a perfect place for introspection and spiritual rejuvenation.
Jain Mandir – It is a Jain Shwetambar Tirtha and Sri Keshariya Parshwanath is enshrined in the temple. It is two kilometers away from Bhandak railway station. The idol is said to be ancient. The construction of the temple is very beautiful and the architecture inside is attractive. People of all religions visit it as a place of sightseeing and worship. The structure and its surroundings have been protected by the Archaeological Department of Government of India with the status of a pilgrimage site.
Vijasana Gumpha or abode is about three kilometers west of Bhadravati. Famous archaeologist Cunningham first mentioned the caves. It is mentioned that the famous Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang visited there in the seventh century AD. Those caves have three tunnels in three directions and the east facing tunnel should be sixty five feet long. There are moderate niches on both sides. Buddhist monks must have sat in it and meditated.
Manikgarh Fort was built at a height of 507 meters above sea level. It is situated on thirty hectares. The fort is included in Rajura, Korpana and now Jivati talukas. It is mentioned that the Manikgad fort was built in the new century by the Naga dynasty king Mahindu Yon. His rule lasted from 9th to 12th century. Later this region came under the rule of Gondrajya. Manikya Devi is the progenitor of this human-born serpent king. This fort must have been named Manikgarh after her name. Later Manikyagad was corrupted and became Manikgad. The gates of the fort, sculptures of snakes and lions, cannons, ramparts, towers, Tahalki towers, idols on the towers, cellars, Patal Vehir, Rani Mahal, Rani Lake etc. can be seen in this fort. Along with this, there is a rich forest rich in biodiversity. The fort, which was in a dilapidated state, was repaired through the Department of Aesthetics and Archaeology. It was beautified. The fortifications were rebuilt. Walking towers, new towers to accommodate tourists, interior and exterior colors, iron fences were built at various places for the safety of tourists. Therefore Manikgad fort has got the status of a tourist spot. Its beauty has also undergone a radical change. Surrounded by hills, the office of Manikgadwan Division was opened at this place. This office is under the supervision of Forest Protection Committee. To see Manikgad fort, one has to take a ticket and visit the fort. The fort is just 65 km from Chandrapur. Gadchandur via Chandrapur, Ballarpur, Rajura then Manikgad Fort is just twelve km away on the Gadchandur-Jivati route. While going through this route, there is forest on both sides of the road. Surrounded by hills, the Amlanala dam is visible. One can reach the base of Manikgad fort by crossing winding roads. On the left side of this base is the Hemadpanti Vishnu temple. This is also a temple worth visiting
Indulging in Local Delights
No trip to Chandrapur district is complete without savoring its local cuisine. The district is known for its delicious Varhadi food, which is a gastronomic delight for food lovers. Try the mouthwatering Saoji chicken or mutton, known for its fiery spices and rich flavors. The authentic flavors and aromatic spices will leave you craving for more.
For those seeking a unique shopping experience, head to the Chandrapur Market, where you can find a variety of handicrafts, textiles, and traditional artifacts. Pick up souvenirs to commemorate your trip and support the local artisans.