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STATE :- Madhya Pradesh



  • 175 KM From Khajuraho
  • 115 KM From Allahabad
  • 110 KM From Satna


  • By Air : The nearest airport is at Khajuraho, about 175 kms, connected with Delhi and Agra.
  • By Rail : The nearest railhead is at Chitrakootdham or Karwi, about 11 kms. on the Jhansi-Manikpur main line.
  • By Road : Regular bus services connect Chitrakoot with Jhansi, Mahoba, Chitrakoot Dham, Harpalpur, Satna and Chhatarpur.



The Chitrakoot's spiritual legacy stretches back to legendary ages. It was in these deep forests that Rama and Sita spent eleven of their fourteen years of exile and the great sage Atri and Sati Anusuya meditated. Here the principal trinity of the Hindu pantheon, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh, also took their incarnations. Chitrakoot, 'the hill of many wonders', nestles peacefully in the northern spurs of the Vindhyas, a place of tranquil forest glades and quiet rivers, and streams where calm and repose are all pervading. This loveliest of Nature's gifts is also hallowed ground, blessed by the gods and sanctified by the faith of pilgrims. Sufferers and seekers, poets and visionaries, princes and noblemen have, through the ages, sought and found solace in Chitrakoot, drawn inspiration from its sublime natural beauty, gained spiritual strength from its serene temples and in turn, become part of the hallowed legend that is Chitrakoot.


  • Chachai and Keoti Falls : Situated 46 km from Rewa on the banks of the river Bihad, Chachai Falls are a beautiful spectacle of water falling in torrents from a height of 130 meters. Nearby, the Keoti and Bahuti Falls are also worth a visit.
  • Maihar : 40 km from Satna, Maihar is famous for its Sharda Devi Temple built on a hilltop. It is an important centre for Indian classical Music.
  • Govindgarh : Situated amidst sylvan surroundings, Govindgarh is 19 km from Rewa, the capital of the old Vindhya State, on National Highway 7. it is famous for its scenic beauty, mangoes and the White Tigers. The Govindgarh Palace on the banks of a huge lake houses the personal museum of the Maharajah of Rewa. The first White Tiger, Mohan, captured in 1951 in the nearby jungles, was kept in this palace till his death.
  • Mara Caves : These caves are situated in the Singhrauli Tehsil of Sidhi district. The ancient caves stand in the middle of the jungle about 22 km from Singhrauli. For sheer majestic beauty, they can be compared with the caves of Ajanta and Ellora.
  • Sohagpur : Only 3 km from Shahdol, Sohagpur in the former State of Rewa has a beautiful Hayahaya temple dedicated to Shiva as Virateswara that bears close resemblance to the Khajuraho temples. It has a square sanctum, a vestibule and a large enclosed hall, in front of which originally was a beautiful pyramidal roof.


  • Ramghat : The ghats that line the banks of the river Mandakini reveal a constantly moving and changing kaleidoscope of religious activity. Here, amidst the chanting of hymns and the sweet fragrance of incense, holy men in saffron robes sit, in silent meditation or offer the solace of their wisdom to the countless pilgrims who converge here. With the very first rays of dawn that gleam upon the river, Ramghat stirs into life as the devout of all ages take the ritual, purifying dip in the waters and invoke the blessings of the gods. The rippling blue green waters of the Mandakini can be traversed by boats, readily available for hire. The religious activity builds up in a crescendo of colours and spontaneous expressions of faith through the day, past high noon, gently diminishing as the setting sun picks out the bright colours of flower petals floating down the river, while the evening 'arti' lends its melodious cadences to the deepening dusk. At all times, Ramghat witnesses a deep and abiding faith which finds expression in the rituals which honour the sanctity of Chitrakoot.
  • Kamadgiri : Kamadgiri, the original Chitrakoot, is a place of prime religious significance. A forested hill, it is skirted all along its base by a chain of temples and is venerated, today, as the holy embodiment of Rama. The Bharat Milap temple is located here, marking the spot where Bharat is said to have met Rama to persuade him to return to the throne of Ayodhya. Many are the faithful who perform the ritual circuit (Parikrama), of the sacred hill, to ask for a boon or a blessing.
  • Sati Anusuya : Sati Anusuya is located further up-stream, set amidst thick forests that resound to the melody of birdsong all day. It was here that Atri Muni, his wife Anusuya and their three sons (who were the three incarnations of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh) are said to have meditated. The Mandakini is believed to have been created by Anusuya through her meditation. Sati Anusuya lies about 16 km from the town and can be reached by road - an undulating, curving drive through densely wooded areas.
  • Janaki Kund : Upstream from Ramghat is a serenely beautiful stretch of the Mandakini, a symphony of nature in tones of earth-brown and leaf-green, the intense blue of the river waters finding a paler echo in the canopy of the sky. There are two approaches to Janaki Kund, 2 km up from Ramghat by boat, or by road along a foliage-lined drive. In this idyllic pastoral setting, it is said, Sita would bathe in the crystal clear waters, during the years of her exile with Rama. Certainly, this quite spot seems to have been specially blessed, for an aura of total harmony and quietness haloes it, setting it apart from the bustle of the everyday world.
  • Sphatik Shila : A few kilometers beyond Janaki Kund is again a densely forested area on the banks of the Mandakini. One can climb up to the boulder which bears the impression of Rama's footprint and where Sita was pecked at by Jayant in the form of a crow. There are large fish in the river here easily visible in the pellucid water, and a few temples.
  • Hanuman Dhara : Located on a rock-face several hundred feet up a steep hillside is a spring, said to have been created by Rama to assuage Hanuman when the latter returned after setting Lanka afire. A couple of temples commemorate this spot which offers a panoramic view of Chitrakoot. There is an open, paved area here in the shade of a massive Peepal tree, a lovely halting place after the long climb-up.
  • Gupt-Godavari : 18 km from the town is a natural wonder located some distance up the side of a hill. The wonder here is a pair of caves, one high and wide with an entrance through which one can barely pass, and the other long and narrow with a stream of water running along its base. It is believed that Rama and his brother Laxman held court in the latter cave, which has two, natural throne-like rocks.



The best time to visit the place is from October to March. The time is most suitable as the place experience moderate climate during this time of the year.


  • Summers (March to June) are very hot with maximum reaching the temperature of 47 °C and minimum is above 29 °C. Typically travelers avoid the hot summer days of April to May.
  • Monsoons (July to September) offer good showers and the Chitrakoot looks beautiful with lush green vegetations.
  • Winters (December to February) are very cold; still it is quite comfortable during the day as the maximum temperature is below 30 °C and nights are bit cool with temperature goes down to below 10 °C.


  • National Ramayana Fair : Linked with the legends of Lord Rama, Chitrakoot obviously plays an important role in festivals related to Rama, such as Dussehra, Ram Navami and Diwali. At the end of February or in early March, the exclusive National Ramayana Fair is held in Chitrakoot. This fair is especially popular because the entire Ramayana, a vast poem with over 24,000 couplets, is recited here. Originally written in Sanskrit, the Ramayana has been translated into various languages. When Sage Valmiki wrote the Ramayana, circa 4th century b.c., the epic was essentially meant to be secular. However, the Ramayana gradually evolved into a scripture by the time it was completed. It is believed that additions were made to the Ramayana till the 4th century A.D.
  • Diwali Festival : Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates Rama’s return after a 14-year long exile. This is celebrated with much zeal and fervour in the month of October or in early November. In ancient times, local rulers celebrated Diwali with great fanfare, and over 45,000 people attended the celebrations. In modern times, Diwali, seems to have lost its former glory, and is restricted mainly to festivities at local temples and lighting traditional diyas (earthen oil lamps) and candles at home. Legend has it that when Rama returned to Ayodhya, the city was lit up by thousands of diyas to welcome him. Diyas are still lit in homes during Diwali. Fireworks lend a spectacular dimension to this festival.
  • Navaratri Festival : The festival of Navaratri, preceding Dussehra is dedicated to Goddess Durga who is worshipped for Power and Prowess. Observed in the month of March, Navaratri is a nine-day affair celebrated with great devotion and piety. On the 10th day of the Navratri, people celebrate Dussehra the festival that marks the triumph of Good over Evil, with Rama slaying the demon Ravana, and rescuing Sita.
  • Dussehra Festival : Chitrakoot, like most of India, observes Dussehra by burning Ravana’s effigy alongside those of his brother Kumbhakarana, and son Meghnad, at dusk. This is preceded by ritual offerings in temples. Rama Lila, a dramatic enactment of episodes from the Ramayana, also forms an integral part of the Dussehra celebrations.
  • Ramanavami : Ramanavami is another important festival in Chitrakoot that celebrates the birth of Rama. Bathing in the cool waters of the rivers Payaswini and Mandakini marks the beginning of the day, and the town resonates with sounds of temple bells tolling. Important festivals always go hand in hand with fairs, and folks enjoy the annual fair organised on the eve of Ramnavami.



The most famous of all the dishes is 'bhutte ki kees'. Corn and milk are the major ingredients in the meal. The corn is first grated and then roasted in ghee. It is then cooked in milk and few spices are mixed. The resulting meal is something that will make you want it again and again. Chakki ki shaak is another dish that has made it to list of supremely sumptuous. It is made up of wheat dough which is steamed and is used with gravy of curd. Tapu is a different variety of wheat with which, special sweet cakes are made. You won't find them always as they are generally made during festival seasons.

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