Chitrakoot holds a very special place in the hearts of Hindus because of its religious and mythological importance. According to Ramayana, the greatest Hindu epic, Lord Ram, Lord Laxman, and Goddess Sita spent more than 11 years of their exile in Chitrakoot. Chitrakoot is a small town spread over in Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh which is famous for being called as the hills of many wonders because it is situated in between the northern range of Vindhya mountains. Famously called as the Chitrakoot Dham, it is an ancient pilgrimage sight located on the road to Prayagraj. Tourism in Chitrakoot revolves around historically religious sites related to Ramayana era. Because of its Ramayana significance, Chitrakoot is an important pilgrimage spot for the Hindus but along with this, there are enough cultural importance of the place. It is believed that Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva embodies here. Also, Goswami Tulsidas spent his major life years here. Also, Sati Anusuya and Atri who are the great sages are believed to have done meditation in this place.
The present write-up serves as Chitrakoot travel guide. It will provide you Chitrakoot travel related information. Enough devotees visit the place round the year for exploring the spot where Lord Ram built his exile home and lived a life of a sage. Along with this, the tourists visit this place to experience spirituality, solace, and tranquility. The atmosphere of the town is so delightful as it is surrounded by the hills that it makes for a peaceful weekend getaway for the travellers. Experiencing serenity is kind of underrated here but the ambiance, the beauty of the nature, the least hindrance of humans, historic places to explore, and the vicinity make this a great place for the travellers. It is amazing to explore the temples those are surrounded by lush greenery from all sides. The photography lovers would love to spend their time in this town of the nature by all means. There is a lot to explore in Chitrakoot that is wrapped in the blanket of mystery and enough things are there to unfold over here. For any kind of spiritual awakening, Chitrakoot is the most amazing place and definitely needs to explore more.
It is believed that Gods really have some special hearts for this place and they have blessed this place in an amazing way. The faith of pilgrims for Chitrakoot is next level but hands down this place is for every kind of traveller in the world.
Tourist Places and Importance in Tourism: Chitrakoot is a very important tourist place in India from the religious aspect. Though it is an important pilgrim place, the lack of marketing in the present age keeps this place a little underrated for tourism. For the avid travellers and for the ones who love to explore new places, this is a great place to be at and unwind the city life for a few days. It is far from the hustle and bustle of the city where one could spend days in serenity in the lap of the nature. There are enough things to do here like explore the touristy places, try hands on adventure sports, do some nature and ancient photography, and relax in the quaint ambiance. Some of the best places to visits here are:
Kamadgiri – It is the most famous temple of Chitrakoot also called as original Chitrakoot and is believed to be abode of Lord Ram, Lord Laxman, and Goddess Sita when they were here. Kamadgiri is a mountain which is circum-ambulated by the devotees.
Sphatik Shila – There are two massive rocks in this place and people believe that it has footprints of Lord Ram here and Goddess Sita. It is a delightful place to be at.
Sati Anusuya Temple – Anusuya was a sage according to Hindu mythology and it is believed that she sprinkled some water on Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh that led to their incarnations. Sai Ausuya Ashram is one of the prime tourist attractions in Chitrakoot.
Ramghat – This ghat or the river steps is on the banks of the river Mandakini. It is believed that all three Lord Ram, Lord Laxman, and Goddess Sita appeared in front of Valmiki here at this spot. He wrote the entire Ramayana sitting at this spot itself.
Hanuman Dhara – There is a stream of waterfall that falls upon Lord Hanuman which releases in form of a kund. Hence, it is called as Hanuman Dhara and there are also lagoons here.
Gupt Godavari – It is a beautiful and a mysterious pair of caves in Chitrakoot. One of the Gupt Godavari Caves is very small and people can’t really pass through this. The other cave has water flowing through it.
Ajaygarh Fort – It is a beautiful ancient fort 96 km from Chitrakoot. It was built in 17th century and makes for a great tourist spot to also click tonnes of pictures.
Purva Falls – This one is again around 97 km from Chitrakoot and is located near Rewa. The sight of the Purva falls is really pretty and the entire vibe of the place is extremely amazing.
Bharat Milap – According to Ramayana, it was in Chitrakoot where Lord Bharat went to meet Lord Ram in Chitrakoot. This place is still there and a very important place of attraction.
Famous Festival/Fair/Fests: The most famous festivals celebrated in Chitrakoot are Diwali, Dussehra, and Ram Navami for obvious reasons. Since the place is related with Ramayana significance and Lord Ram and Goddesss Sita are hugely believed here, these festivals are celebrated in a grand way as compared to other festivals. There is an exclusive National Ramayana Fair conducted in February end and March beginning. During this fair, the entire Ramayana is recited here. Navratri is also celebrated with utmost zeal in Chitrakoot.
Best Time to Visit Chitrakoot: Considered by the religious people as a ‘dham’ or pilgrimage, Chitrkoot is visited by the pilgrims throughout the year from all parts of India but October to March is the peak time when larger chunk of tourists’ inflow is observed here. In addition to these months, a great surge of religious tourists reach Chitrakoot to celebrate various festivals like Ram Navami, Navratri, Hanuman Jayanti, Tulsi Jayanti, Valmiki Jayanti, related to Ram, Sita and Hanuman too.
How to Reach Chitrakoot: The holy sites of Chitrakoot are spread in Uttar Pradesh (Chitrakoot district) and Madhya Pradesh (Chitrakoot tehsil in Satna district). Chitrakoot is reached by train, car & flight. Chitrakoot has a railway station. Other major railheads near Chitrakoot are Prayagraj Junction and Satna Junction. Nearest airport is located in Bamrauli in Prayagraj. Motor-able tarmac roads connect Chitrakoot with Prayagraj, Khajuraho, Satna, Varanasi, Jabalpur and other major cities in India.
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