Bastar is a district in Chhattisgarh. It is 19 km from Jagdalpur and 230 km from Raipur. A majority of Bastar’s population is from the tribal community. These are considered to be some of the oldest tribes in the world. These tribals live in the forests and have their own unique culture and heritage. Bastar is famous the world over for its bell metal handicraft art called Dhokra.
Places to Stay
There is a wide range of hotels available in Bastar. Some of the best are considered to be Naman Bastar (Tariff – Rs. 3000), Hotel Akansha (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Simran Heritage (Tariff – Rs. 1500) and Hotel Kusum (Tariff – Rs. 600.)
The official language of Bastar is Chhattisgarhi but Hindi is also widely spoken. Many tribal languages are also spoken here.
The most important festival of Bastar is Dussehra. It is celebrated in October. It continues for 75 days and during this time, all the tribes come together to take part in a variety of rituals. Other popular festivals such as Diwali are also celebrated here.
Places of Interest
There are several places that can be considered as tourist attractions in and around Bastar. Some of them include the Chitrakote Falls (30 km from Bastar), the Tirathgarh Falls (50 km from Bastar), the Kanker Dam and Palace (140 km from Bastar) and the Kairagarh University for music and metal art (315 km from Bastar.)
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Bastar is the Raipur Airport. It is located about 290 km away from the town.
Bastar is connected to Jagdalpur and Raipur by train. There are express trains from Jagdalpur to Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.
There are daily bus services to Jagdalpur, Durg, Raipur, Bhilai, Dantewada, Bailadila and Bijapur. Some of the best bus operators in this region are considered to be Kanker Roadways and Mahendra Travels. If you don’t have the time to go to a counter, book bus tickets online with just the click of a mouse.