Mandla District, Madhya Pradesh
The narrow gauge train winds its way through hills and forests to Mandla fort... and a short drive away is Chougan. This picturesque tribal village is home to the Baiga and Gond tribes who live completely in harmony with nature, their deep knowledge of herbs, flora and fauna taking one back into the pages of the Jungle Book ...
Glimpse the memoirs of the glorious Gondwana Kingdom in heritage monuments along the banks of the Narmada... important centers of tribal pilgrimage. Appreciate the handy work of the tribes who put the all-invasive shrub lantana americana to good use, turning it into sturdy furniture; carve models out of scrap wood, and collect honey in a quietly spectacular way: slithering up long ropes suspended from trees, without damaging a single leaf or bee!
Home stays are endearingly rustic: mud walls, thatched roofs, cow dung plastered floors, oil lamps, lantana furniture and tribal wall art...warm hospitality heightens the charm of the experience.
See & Do
Join in a honey harvesting expedition in the hush of the forest after sunset. Listen to performances of Karma, Dadariya or Shaila geet . Take in magical views of black rocks alive with myth and legend. Visit heritage monuments of the 17 th cent Gondwana kingdom. Make a trip to the Kanha National Park (50 km), home to the world's largest tiger population...that inspired Kipling's Jungle Book . Visit the neighbouring Mandla Fort, Sahastradhara and Narmada Hot Springs. Marvel at the one-of-its-kind Ghughua National Fossil Park (2 hrs). Participate in the 9 day Chaitra Navaratri (Nov) at the tribal spiritual seat Madhiyaji, where burning ash and metal tridents symbolise the Goddesses. Savour fresh foods straight from nature's backyard.
- Airports: Jabalpur (125km), Nagpur (300km), Bhopal (430km)
- Rail link: Mandla Fort (32km)
- Road: Mandla (30km). Regular buses Mandla - Jabalpur
On the Spot
- M.P Tourism Motel, Mandla. Home stays... soon
- Contact Sanjay Singh at National Institute for Women Child & Youth Development (NIWCYD)
- Tel: 07642.252980, +91.98267.75714
- Email: email@example.com