Trip to Chhattisgarh

I just got back from a memorable trip to the east central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. I visited my wife’s hometown (Bhilai), and adjoining towns on the trip (see map).

I landed in Raipur (the closest airport) and we drove to Bhilai (second-largest city of the state, around 25km from Raipur on NH6). Bhilai is a small industrial township featuring the government-owned steel plant that was built in collaboration with the USSR and that started production in 1959. Nearby mines supply iron ore among other resources. The whole state is rich in natural resources and a major producer of rice.

The outback driveYellow lily in a domestic gardenSunset


From Bhilia, we drove through the regional villages to another small town – Dhamtari. We stayed overnight at my wife’s uncle’s place, who’s a physician at the Dhamtari Christian Hospital. He gave us a tour of the hospital, and the next morning we all drove down to the Gangrel Dam (on the Mahanadi river), where we had our breakfast amidst the vast waterbody and the open sky. The solar-powered resort next to the dam is a delight to stay at, and it has one of the most beautiful views of the vast reservoir.

The road to DhamtariThe outback - the way to DhamtariThe outback - farms on the way to Dhamtari

The outback - a village on the way to DhamtariGangrel DamGangrel Dam Resort

Gangrel Dam ResortOne of the many solar panels at the Gangrel Dam ResortA ghaat at Gangrel

A ghaat at GangrelA boat wreak on the Gangrel ghaat

Moving on from Dhamtari, we drove to Sankra to visit some relatives. We also visited Raj Nandgaon (another small town towards the west of Durg), where my grand father was once stationed as a government employee. In Nandgaon we also visted the Church that my wife’s grand father founded in 1954.

Drive to Raj NandgaonDrive to Raj NandgaonRemains of the church (being reconstructed) that my wife’s grand father founded in 1954, in Raj Nandgaon

Night vision ;)An old man

The lifestyle is quite laid back and easy going across the region (as with many other small towns in India), but the pace of development has increased since the formation of Chhattisgarh as a separate state. Although 10-12 days was not quite enough to visit all the places of interest, but it was a pleasant journey.

6 thoughts on “Trip to Chhattisgarh”

  1. Dear Ashutosh,

    Can you furnish me with the phone number of solar powered resort? we are planning to visit Chhatisgarh in November.

    Regards.

    Sanjiv

    1. Hi Sanjiv,

      The resort is located near Gangrel Dam around Dhamtari. I don’t have their phone number, but maybe you can find out locally. It was a nice place though.

      Have fun.

  2. hi,
    this has really developed nostalgia in me .Especiaaly dhamtari its my fantastic 4yrs and 9mnths in shntipur and dhamtari christian hospital.

  3. hi Ashutosh,

    Your description of visit to Bhilai, gangrel dam, dhamtari had reaaly nudged the nostalgia within me.

    Really Gangrel Dam, Rudri barage and a tea at Gupta’s tea shop in front of Polytechnic for a cup of tea and samaosa was our regular thing when we use to vist dhamtari from bhilai. Those were school , college days and bygone era.

    well thanks Ashutosh for those details over there.

    regrds

    shyam

  4. hi Ashutosh,

    Your description of visit to Bhilai, gangrel dam, dhamtari had reaaly nudged the nostalgia within me.

    Really Gangrel Dam, Rudri barage and a tea at sharma’s shop in front of Polytechnic was our regular thing when we use to vist dhamtari from bhilai. Thosr were school , college days and bygone era.

    well thanks Ashutosh for those details over there.

    regrds

    shyam

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