Morning in Gangrel
Very often we are carried away by the fancy destinations, that are well marketed, and in between, we remain unaware of hidden treasures. There are these destinations that have everything that one needs to spend some quality time making memories and spending some memorable moments with the loved ones. Gangrel a small yet magnificent destination that is hidden in Chhattisgarh state, I was unaware of the charm of this place until I visited it. I along with my friends was in Raipur city, capital of Chhattisgarh and wanted to visit a few tourist places of Chhattisgarh.
We were suggested many places such as Bastar that has its own glory, Barnawapara wild life sanctuary but none suggested us to visit Gangrel. On our way to Bastar, we decided to hop in at this wonderful place near Dhamtari city famous for the huge Dam called Gangrel. Gangrel is one such place that is untouched by the tourists & may be that is the reason it has virgin beauty & peace that one needs in to escape from the chaos of city life.
We decided to just pay a visit on our way for few hours, but this was until we entered the exotic Bardiha lake view resort situated exactly near the dam. The moment we entered into the resort I got the feeling that this place is worth spending a night. Though we had our schedule & booking for Bastar lined up, after spending few hours in resort & in Gangrel, I made up my mind that I am not going to leave an opportunity to experience the essence of this scenic place. I inquired about the reservations & availability & booked the resort from our way back to Bastar. Finally, after spending 3 awesome days in Bastar we were back in Bardiha lake view resort. The resort is being maintained by State tourism board and it is an average resort compare to other ecstatic resorts that state board has but that does not make it less attractive because of the beauty & peace that this place has.
We reached Gangrel around 5 pm & we were lucky enough to experience the mesmerizing sunset, I have witnessed sunset in some of the places that are famous for it such as Panchmari in Madhya Pradesh, Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra, in Nainital but experiencing sunset was altogether different in Gangrel. In other places, one has to probably go to the sunset point to experience but in Gangrel, if you are staying at Bardiha lake view resort you don’t need to go anywhere, you can actually experience sunset by sitting in the lawn of the resort an experience that cannot be described in words. If you are here in the evening you are going to be stunned by the sunset view. In short, it is a perfect place to feel oneness with nature… Imagine sipping evening coffee sitting in an arm chair & experiencing sunset, out of the world experience. There can be many other such places but for me, Gangrel has been the most appealing destination until now.
After spending a wonderful evening, it was time for dinner & on our request Resort manager Mr. Mukherjee cooked some exotic Chhattisgarhi food, kadhi baingan was one of the dishes along with desi chicken that can actually give tough competition to the best chicken dish in the world. The best thing about food in Bardiha lake view resort is the food that they serve is simple yet yummy. After dinner, a walk in the lush green lawn of resort under the moonlight is far better than walking in a marine drive, Mumbai or a beach sidewalk in Baga, Goa. I am not exaggerating you will experience the same once you visit Gangrel, I wanted to spend some more time in the lawn under the moon light but then thought of experiencing sunrise pushed me to bed early.
Manav one is yet another wonderful place in gangrel to spend good 5-6 hours, you can choose to try some adventure sports which is available at a nominal cost of Rs. 650 or just spend time by learning about herbs, there are few animals as well. At last all I could say is if you happen to visit Chhattisgarh and looking for a destination to visit than let me assure you out of many wonderful destinations that are there in Chhattisgarh, ‘Gangrel is the place to be,’ try to spend at least one night in Bardiha Lake view resort to absorb the beauty of these place to the fullest. There is also an ancient anagra mata ka mandir that has its own traditional/old belief, which is interesting to hear from the local people out there, so I leave it to you to visit this place & unleash some more interesting facts about this place.
If you plan to spend some time in resort make sure to make a prior booking as being only five cottage resort it is always booked.
Booking can be done by chhattisgarh state tourism website, one cottage charge is Rs. 1500 for two people.
There is no easy commute facility especially in late evening & early morning, so it would be better if you have your own vehicle.
You might face some issue with the weak mobile connection, but who cares when you are in such a lovely place.
Make sure to call the resort manager after your booking & inform him about your food choice, they arrange it accordingly.
This place is 2:30 hour away from Raipur, Dhamtari is the nearest city around 12 km away from Gangrel, there are well-connected commute facilities till Dhamtari from any part of Chhattisgarh.
You can look for alternatives in Dhamtari for going to Gangrel or get in touch with State tourism customer help counter that is situated in Dhamtari city, they will help/guide you.
Gangrel is one such exotic that destination that we recommend you to spend some time & you will cherish each moment spent here. Mr. Mukherjee & caretaker Mr. Sahu are perfect Hosts, they will ensure that you have a comfortable stay not only at a resort but at Gangrel.
Do share your experience with us if you have been to this place or ask anything you would like to if you plan to visit this place.