A village in the Bilaspur district of Chattisgarh, Tala is a must-visit for anyone who is on a lookout for village adventure. Thanks to the Indian Archaeological Survey Department because of which the cultural integrity of this place has remained intact over the years. Furthermore, the collection of some of the ancient monuments and temples which lie in this village will simply stun you.
Situated on the confluence of Shivnath and Maniari River, the beauty and natural aura of this village is such that you will remain completely awestruck while absorbing everything around you. Apart from that, the experience which you get while interacting with the locals is simply fascinating.
In this village, you will come across a 7-feet statue, weighing around 5 metric tonnes. At present, this statue remains under the protection of the Archeological Survey of India. What’s really interesting to know about this statue is that its face and body parts have been depicted by different creatures. There have been many historians who have guessed this statue to be of Lord Shiva or Pashupati. It has eight human head depictions on its body which is inclusive of the main head.
If you are a summer lover, then the weather condition shouldn’t be an issue for you as the temperature here often reaches above 40 degrees. But if you want to experience an immense spectacle that is amalgamated by soothing and chilled weather condition, then you must consider visiting here during the winter season.
Major Attractions in and Around Tala
1. Devrani-Jethani Mandir
Built somewhere in the 5th century, both these temples lie in very close proximity of few meters to each other. The temples have been dedicated to the wives of the Royal Brothers and henceforth are known as the Devrani-Jethani temples. Even though the larger one - Jethani temple is almost ruined now but one can still get a glance of the Elephant sculptures on the remains of the pillars here. The smaller temple, which is the Devrani temple, still depicts the explicit kind of art forms like dancing men, lotus rosettes, and a few other deities. The entrance of the temple has been decorated with beautiful Chandrashila. When you enter the monument, you will come across the famous Garbh Griha, Ardha Mandapa, and an Antraal.
2. Rudra Shiva Statue
1987-88 was the year when ASI found this statue. This gigantic sculpture is measured at about 7 feet in height and around 5 metric tonnes in weight. The fascinating feature about this enormous idol is that most of its parts depict different animals along with human and lion heads constituting its body that is further decorated with snake motifs.
Once upon a time, this place was known as Saravpur. And it is here that you will be finding the famous Pataleshwar temples. Apart from that, Devri temple, as well as Dindeshwari temple belonging to the 11th century, are also found here and remain a centre of attraction for the tourists all around.
How to Reach Tala Chhattisgarh
Named after a fisherwoman Bilasa, this city in Chattisgarh is more about experiencing the raw Indian culture than its about anything else. To reach here, you will need to cover an approximate distance of 1,180, 1,222, 897, 1,466 km from metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check the following details on how you can easily reach Tala village in Chattisgarh.
Although Bilaspur has its own airport of the same name, however, it not being used for commercial flights currently. Thus, in this case the nearest domestic airport is the Swami Vivekananda Airport (RPR) in Raipur situated 115 km away. It is considered to be the 28th busiest airport of India in terms of passenger traffic. Overall, it has good flight connectivity with direct and connecting flights from other cities. Once off the flight, you will need to book a taxi or take some other means of local transportation to reach here.
From Guwahati - Board IndiGo, AirAsia, Air India flights from Guwahati Airport which will cost you about INR 7,000 - INR 8,000
From Bhopal - Board IndiGo flights from Bhopal Airport. It will cost you about INR 12,000 - 15,000
From Jaipur - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Jaipur Airport. The flight will cost you between INR 6,000 - INR 10,000
You will need to deboard at the Bilaspur Railway Station (BSP). This station has quite good connectivity with nearing towns and cities like Amritsar, Bhopal, Delhi, Haridwar, Nagpur and several others via regular trains. From the station, take some local means of transportation to reach your respective destination.
You can also plan to reach this place by road. The overall connectivity via road network is quite fine connecting the nearby and major Indian cities via motorable roadways and national highways. For travelling here, you can either board state-run or private buses and book them online at affordable pricing. If you don’t want to travel on a bus then the other two options left are either booking a taxi or self-driving here. If you are looking for a memorable trip with loved ones, then you should prefer a road trip and travel via your own vehicle.