Dongargarh is a pilgrim city that lies about 35 kilometers west of Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh. This place is a significant destination as a lot of pilgrims come here from across the nation on an annual basis. This place is beautifully enriched by many mountains and ponds and is a great opportunity to discover the incredible nuances of traveling. After visiting this city, you will find it to be a really good example of diversity where people of all religions live in harmony and peace.
The word Dongargarh means mountains and the ‘garh’ in this word signifies a fort. This place is also home to the very popular Maa Bamleshwari Devi temple which is located at an approximate height of about 1,600 feet. The beautiful pilgrim city of Dongargarh also carries a great spiritual significance as there are several legends that have been associated with this shrine. On an annual basis, a great number of devotees come to the temple, especially during the Navratri time to offer their prayers and seek blessings from the mother divine.
Pragyagiri. It’s a hilly range and is considered a must-visit place in Chhattisgarh. Here, one can appreciate the Lord Gautama Buddha’s statue. You will have to ascend 225 steps which will lead you to the mountain. The construction of this place was done sometime around 1998.
Bambleshwari Temple. The temple is named as Badi Bamleshwari and is located at a height of 1,600 ft. There is another temple which is known as the Choti Bambleshwari. The distance between both the temples is just ½ km. These temples are revered and visited by a great number of devotees who come here especially during the time of Navratri.
Visit Jain temple. Visit the Jain temple which is situated on the Chandragiri Hills and is famous for the ancient statue of the Teerthankara Chandraprabhuji. A large number of devotees visit this temple and offer prayer to the deity for divine blessings.
Amba Water Park. This is actually one of the most refreshing places to explore if you want to relax with your loved ones and are looking forward to spending some quality time. Here, you can also spend your entire day in the swimming pool where various water slides will help you with the adventure activities. There are many restaurants as well where you can explore the most delicious and scrumptious meals of the day.
Experience Nalwari Fair. Happening for 4-5 days, this cattle fair is a must-visit for anyone. People visiting this place get to enjoy wrestling and many other fun activities. During this time, a lot of cattle are brought from places like Nalagarh and the neighbouring areas of the city. Especially for the owners, this is a great time to land some really lucrative deals. It is considered as one of the most exciting events where a very large number of people arrive and enjoy the fair as well as buy the cattle. Wrestling is also another great aspect of this event. Many local athletes and gymnasts also perform and showcase their prowess. It is definitely a great time to get yourself indulged in a cultural fest like this.
Hareli Festival. Apparently, this is one of the famous celebrations of Chhattisgarh. This name of this festival has been derived from the Hindi word ‘Haryali’ which means greenery. The celebrations for this festival are initiated on the Sravana Amavasya or on the day of the new moon. The deity which is also the center of attraction at this festival is ‘Kutki Dai’.
July to September is the best time to visit the city as the temperature remains moderate at this time.
By Air. The nearest airport is the Raipur airport which is situated at a distance of around 101km from this place. After landing, you can get a cab, taxi or some other means of transportation to reach your destination.
By Road. Traveling via road is quite convenient. The overall road connectivity from Dongargarh to other cities is easily accessible. You can easily reach here from cities like Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai, and Kolkata.
By Train. The nearest railhead is in Raipur. You can easily get a train to Raipur from various nearby and major cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, etc. Some of the options you can consider are Gitanjali express, Azad Hind Express, Maharashtra Express and more. From there, you can consider taking some means of public transportation like a cab or a bus to reach Dongargarh.