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Culture Unchanged: Central India's Tribal Trail

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Beautiful, mesmorizing, mineral and biodiversity rich Central India’s tribal heartland is also a land conflict, chaos and an ever changing demography over “Jal, Jungle, Zameen (water, forests, land)”. This diversity beckon travelers from around the world each year.

Culture Unchanged: Central India's Tribal Trail:

  1. Pachmarhi (Madhya Pradesh)
  2. Mahasamund (Chhattisgarh)
  3. Araku Valley (Andhra Pradesh)
  4. Kanha (Madhya Pradesh)
  5. Kalahandi (Odisha)
  6. Panna (Madhya Pradesh)
  7. Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh)

1. Worship their dead, the Korku people of Pachmarhi

Worship their dead, the Korku people of Pachmarhisource: nisargdarshan.com

Pachmarhi is a hill station on the The Satpura National park. Rich wildlife and picturesque waterfalls abound, this land is also home to the Korku tribe. Legend has it that they were created from the clay of the earth and therefore worship every element of the earth. Their women are fond of tattoos and they treat their dead as gods! Getting one of these people to describe the Pandva caves is a treat indeed.  

Kritika: Destination was a marvellous place. Whole place is full with beautiful mountain nature and river. Falls best place for every kind of people and even best for couple. Also mythological figure like pandava gufa and many more to see.

2. Wildlife, Mahua and culture – The Baigas of Barnawapara

Wildlife, Mahua and culture – The Baigas of Barnawaparasource: youtube.com

Deciduous jungles of terminalia, Sal, Teak and Bamboo with a dense leopard and sloth bear population, the Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary in Chhattisgarh was home to the Baiga tribe. These hardy people find happiness and dignity even through the toughest of times. A constant search of dignity and pride associated with land, forest and community life is what characterizes the Baigas. Brewing Mahua is as much part of their culture as is their stress on family life. 

KK Sahu: As my title suggests it is an untapped tourist destination ready to explode in tourist map of India if developed and nurtured well enough. Really if you want see natural beauty up-close enough within the climes of virgin tribal lands hitherto untapped by tourists and not developed & promoted by the government.

3. Natural beauty and experts at mountain life – The Savaras of Araku

Natural beauty and experts at mountain life – The Savaras of Arakusource: indiantribalheritage.org

Araku valley is a land of pristine montain forests, caves and waterfalls. This region has also been home to the ancient Savara Tribe. Known for their woman centric social ways, these people are experts at navigating the challenges presented by living in remote mountain conditions. They are hard working and mainly subist on terraced fields they tend to in this beautiful valley.

Reddy: Excellent location for holiday stay, movie shoots. Borra caves, Tribal museum, Ananthagiri hills are the other ones to watch out for.

4. Bheels of Balaghat and Kanha

Bheels of Balaghat and Kanhasource: indiamarks.in

Bang in the middle of central India is this area of natural magnificence and a time capsule of what ancient Indian culture used to look like. The Kanha national park is most visited, Balaghat is the land of tribal hamlets, waterfalls and outstanding natural beauty. The Bheels are expert archers and known for their bravery. Making the most of their environment these people worship the forest, most famous being “Vaghdev” or the tiger god. This truly is the land of the Tiger.   

Mithlesh: Kanha is located in balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, India. This place reserves a natural habitat for tigers, deer, wild buffalos, langurs, a wide species of birds etc. It is a very beautiful and nice place to see flora and fauna under natural conditions.

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5. A story of resilience The kond and Uraon of Kalahandi

A story of resilience The kond and Uraon of Kalahandisource: Kractivist

Archeological evidence suggest human settlements in this region over 2000 years ago. Today this land is a natural oasis in the middle of a fast industrializing Odisha. Bodiversity rich forests, sit on natural resource rich soil making this prime real estate. The Kond and Uraon however find divinity in these forests. These tribes associate pride and wellbeing with these forests- something which outweighs modern profit and loss. Warrior tribes that they are, they have protected this paradise, for now atleast.

Avishek: The drive is breathtaking climbing over hills and through dense forests.

6. Proud hunters, Pardhis of Panna

Proud hunters, Pardhis of Pannasource: scroll.in

Panna, a land of forests, ravines, gorges and rivers, ruled by the Tiger. This collage of landscapes and treasure trove of wildlife is also home to the nomadic Pardhi tribe. Evitced from the forest, first for dimond mining and then when the national park was created, these people are fiercely protective of their pride. Mainly subsisting on hunting and sporadic farming they worship forest gods and have a very inclusive social life.

Monica: It is like none other in its natural beauty. The Ken River which flows across the forest is a natural wonder and is breathtaking too. It besieges a plethora of fauna and flora. The wildlife is vulnerable yet untouched by the affects of modern civilization, in complete harmony with nature's balance.

7. Proud and self reliant, the Gonds of Bastar

Proud and self reliant, the Gonds of Bastarsource: prashlive.wordpress.com

Bastar is a land of contradictions. Forests, valleys, rivers, indigenous communities bring your soul closer to nature while mining operations and conflict keeps things real as it is in this region. The Gond have historically been guardians of the forests, home to "Mahadev" – their forest god. Worship and festivities ensue twice a year by brewing Mahua and Hadiyan (rice beer) twice a year. The gonds are a happy people, it does not take much to get them singing and talking about local folklore.

Atin: Amidst various tourists places in India, trip to Jagdalpur was completely different and I think it was my most memorable tour within India. Here nature has poured its beauty to maximum possible ways. It consists of greenery, hills, rivers, numerous water falls, caves, forest and all possible taste of nature.

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