Best Tourist Places to Visit in Mainpat in 2024

Best Tourist Places to Visit in Mainpat in 2024

Curated By:Kunjkiran Singh

About- Best Tourist Places to Visit in Mainpat in 2024

"The Shimla of Chhattisgarh " Mainpat is one of the very famous places in Chhattisgarh. The hill station is known as The Shimla of Chhattisgarh. It is near Ambikapur in Surguja district. Mainpat is famous for its greenery, waterfalls, monastery and Natural beauty. It lies about 55 kilometers (34 mi) by road from Ambikapur and 50 km south of divisional headquarters of Ambikapur, 160 km northeast of Korba, and 360 km northeast of state capital Raipur.

Tourist places to visit

1. Tiger Point
Photo by : Praveen Singh

Tiger Point is located in Mainpat is a significant tourist destination in Mainpat. The distance from Mainpat to Tiger Point is about 7 km. There are lush green forests and a waterfall to see here in the Mahadev Muda River. This beautiful waterfall falls from a height of 60 meters.

Tiger point is known for tiger sounds when waterfalls hit the ground. According to the local people, many years ago, tigers used to come to this place to drink water. Consequently, it is currently known as Tiger Point. It is one of the beautiful spots to visit throughout the year.

Sitting in the laps of Mother Nature, a cool breeze touching your skin, surrounded by thick green forest and the mesmerizing falls, add to the beauty of this place. It is also possible to go under the waterfall. Stairs have been made to go down to Tiger Point Falls. Stairs can reach the bottom of the waterfall. The best time to visit this waterfall is during the monsoon season.The flow of water of the waterfall is at its peak at this time and one can enjoy the view of the waterfall.

Tiger Point Waterfall is situated in the middle of the forest. If one can come here by own car, there is no charge for parking the vehicle. There is a small stall available, where you can get tea snacks. Here there is a viewpoint to see the picturesque rivers and waterfalls. A check dam has been built here to stop the water.

Temperatures near this fall always remain calm, even during high summer. It is one of the main attractions of Mainpat. With an incredible view, the people come here to see the beautiful waterfall and picnics with family and friends.

2. Fish point (Machli Point)

Fish Point is a beautiful attraction of Mainpat. This location displays a spectacular waterfall from eighty meters above the ground. This again is one of the visual beauties Manipat holds proud of. The fog and the mist empower the place's beauty and is heaven. The height of the waterfall is around 50 feet, and the view looks fantastic once you touch the ground.

Fish Point is around 17 kilometers from the village center, and it is nestled amidst green forests and waterfalls. This point has panoramic views of hills and has a flowing river called Machali Nadi, which culminates into a waterfall with a decent height of 80 meters in the same area. The tourist attraction was named after a specific species of fish found in the Machali Nadi.

3. Jalpari Point (Budha Naag)
Photo by : Praveen Singh

This small waterfall is BUDHANAG, and few people say it is JALPARI POINT. But reaching this place is not that easy because you have to walk more than 2 km from Fish point to get to this place. After visiting Jalpari Point, you will be fascinated to see this waterfall; it is the most beautiful waterfall in Mainpat. It is situated amidst hills about 17 km from the village. There is a waterfall on the fish river that falls from a height of about 80 meters, creating a beautiful view.

The local tale is prevalent among the people here that earlier Mermaids  ( jalpari ) were seen here. That is why the name of this place has been named Jalpari. It is a better place for a picnic, due to which tourists come on many occasions and enjoy the panoramic view.

Buddha Nag, located in Dandakachar of Mainpat, which is a religious heritage as well as a wonderful natural water Aquarius, Every year a fair is organized in Budha Nag, and thousands of people gather there and pray to God, and local people of the village also do Havana on their local festive occasions.

4. Monasteries
Photo by : Rinku Yadav

The first Monastery (Gelug) of the Settlement was built by Dhakpo Rinpoche at Camp 1, After that a second monastery (Kagyue) came up by the grace of Khentse Ripoche at Camp 2. Following that, after a real long time, came the third monastery (Nyingma), which is now the biggest of them (compared to the structure of the monastery building), at camp 3 in 1995 by His Eminence Penor Rinpoche.

There are few other small monasteries in the Settlement such as Nyingma-Nyingma-Choetsok and a monastery at camp 6. In the year 2000, another monastery (Kagyue) had started its construction at Gyalton Karying camp 3.

Camp 1- Dhakpo monastery better known as the Tibetan monastery is the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the state of Chhattisgarh. It is Constructed around 1965-66.

Mainpat is home to a lot of Tibetans who have taken refuge in India and now lead their life and follow their culture in this region. Owing to that fact, Mainpat is full of Buddhists, and this is the most famous monasteries here Dhakpo Shedupling Monastery.

It is a Gelung Monastery and is quite different in shape, structure, and grandness from the other monasteries in other parts of the country. This is the only Buddhist monastery in Chhattisgarh and is a beautiful one. One can find that it is different from other monasteries; the place is not very crowded, and you can feel a sense of tranquility. The chanting and the prayers of the monks can be heard in a low voice here and occasionally the Tibetan bell, giving visitors a surreal environment.

5. Jaljali

It is an exciting place where the ground starts to shake due to bouncing on the ground, known as Jaljali or marshy. As soon as you step into the area of Jaljali river, the earth sinks and rises back like a ball. The ground is such that it shakes like a sponge when people jump. One can have various variations of this name, such as Dal Dala, Jal Jala, Jal Jali, Zal Zala, Zal Zali, etc. The name seems to keep changing depending on who you ask. Jaljali river is visible just a few km away from the beautiful Saila resort of Chhattisgarh Tourism.

Is Jaljali/Daldali dangerous?

The answer is a simple yes. Most ground sections have a top hard layer, but there are sections with a very soft top layer. If your leg happens to fall in these sections by chance, it will sink in like quicksand. Avoid areas that look wet and dark and wet, and these sections have a porous top layer, so it’s best to avoid these spots. The locals also warn you not to venture deep into the open field as further down, there are more extensive patches of this soft ground. Thus stay on the outer edges and do not venture out on your own deep into this place. Be careful when clicking photographs and selfies.

6. Ultapani

Ultapani is one of the fascinating places in Mainpat. It is a place where the flow of water is towards the height. People come from far and wide to see this and keep their views on the water upside down.

This site is located in Visarpani village of Mainpat area. This place has become very popular among people in the last few years. On visiting this place, it appears that the flow of water is towards the height.

For many years, the local people considered this place to be a ghostly place, but with the increase in the number of tourists day by day, people's views have changed, but the water flow is towards the height is not yet known. Many researchers came to this place, but everyone has different opinions. Many people believe that this is just an optical illusion, but some people say that the force of gravity is more here.

The location of Ulta Pani is such that it is sandwiched naturally between two hills. Thus, there is a constant strong wind blowing uphill. This strong wind gives additional momentum to the water when it is hitting its surface, thus maintaining the siphon action.

7. Apple Garden

Well known for its juicy apples and beautiful apple gardens in Himachal Pradesh, now It is the first apple orchard in Chhattisgarh, one can get red and green apples. The climate here is very similar to that of Himachal Pradesh,both green and red apples will be produced according to agricultural scientists,

During the visit to Mainpat, the Vice President of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University told the climate here that it is favorable for cultivating fruits.A good apple crop can be obtained with better management. Different varieties of apples, Anna, Trussed Golden, Gelgala, Gipson Golden, are produced from Himachal Pradesh. The apples of all these species have been matched to the climate of Mainpat.

Three years ago, apple seeds brought from Himachal Pradesh were planted by Indira Gandhi Agricultural University scientists on 3 acres of land of village Barima and Kesara. After getting the successful product, the farmers of Mainpat are also being encouraged by the scientists to cultivate fruits.

Production of other fruits, including apples, has also started in Mainpat. Along with apple seeds from Himachal Pradesh, the seeds of different fruits were also brought from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, including grapes, potato batata, pineapple, and pear. After successful training, all fruits, including grapes and pears, are being cultivated.

In the coming days, the markets of Surguja will soon get red and green apples produced by the farmers of Mainpat, which will be available at a much lower rate. Farmers can earn more income due to less cold seed. The farmers of Mainpat can get more revenue by planting apple crops; due to high transportation expenses, apples become very expensive as soon as they reach Surguja. After the arrival of apple crops from Mainpat, apple crops can be found in the market at a lower rate due to the low transportation cost.

8. Parpatiya
Photo by : Praveen Singh

Parpatiya is a village and is around 30 kilometers from the Mainpat.Parpatiya known as Parpatiya ViewPoint, is famous for its stunning views during sunsets.

The sight of the sun setting from here is fascinating and unparalleled. The neighboring hills appear as cubes from this point. It is a must-visit point as the drive up to this point is filled with scenic views and is reason enough to visit.

Parpatiya has unlimited natural beauty and mesmerizing surroundings. More beautiful points can be seen from Parpatiya, which include Bandarkot Mountains, Raksamada Caves, Dulha-Dulhan Mountain, Banrai Dam, Shyam Ghungutta Dams, and Ramgarh Mountains. The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board has offered a spot for Adventure Sports here, and travelers can enjoy paragliding here.

9. Mehta Point
Photo by : Praveen Singh

Mehta point " The Sunset and Sunrise point " of the Mainpat. The evening and the morning time of the place is completely mesmerizing. The natural beauty of that point is charming. It is a beautiful place with natural beauty; one can see the other city from here if the weather is clear else clouds next to you. In both cases, it’s fantastic to see views from this point.

Another viewpoint offers a bird's-eye view of the sprawling lush landscapes and green-covered hills. As the perspective is set at a higher altitude, it has a fair amount of clouds at the top, almost giving you a sense of walking amidst clouds.

Adventure sports are developing in this place. Paragliding can be done between November to February of every year. At the same time, the tourism board is working to develop the tourist places of Mainpat. It has an Adventure sports company nearby to experience sports like paragliding, motorbiking etc.Due to Beautiful scenery, the views of this place give pleasure to the eyes and many Chhattisgarhi,Nagpuri and Bhojpuri songs have been shot at this point.

It is said that this point was discovered and developed by an engineer, whose name is associated with the Mehta surname, and for that reason, this place is called Mehta Point.

Things to do

1.Adventure sports

There are also a host of adventure sports offered at Fish Point and Tiger Point, like paragliding, rappelling, and rock climbing, among others that you could partake in and indulge your inner adrenaline junkie.

Mainpat is also known for thrilling activities like parasailing. There are Parasailing activities as well that are performed with the experts for beginners as well as experienced people.

2. Trekking

Mainpat is a trekker’s paradise with still a whole lot of places to be discovered. Trekking on the hills is exciting while exploring the chance upon a plethora of waterfalls, ponds and river streams, beautiful landscapes, hills, etc, and spend your time with nature.

3. Cultural Exchange with Tibetan Refugees

Mainpat has a huge Tibetan influence over the hill station, take a stroll through the various refugee camps and interact with the warm locals, learn about the Tibetan culture and traditions and visit the beautiful monasteries.

Weather & Best Time to Visit

When is the best time to visit Mainpat?
  • Well you can visit Mainpat all over 12 months, but the best would be the December to February Month.
  • Hottest months: May, April, June, March (Trekking and adventures activity )
  • Coldest months: December, January, November, February (Enjoy the coolest temperature and nature breathtaking view)
  • Rainiest months: August, July, September, and June (Best time to view waterfall).

How to Reach

By Air Ways

If you are traveling from Chhattisgarh only then you can go by the Swami Vivekananda International Airport. This airport is located in Raipur, Chhattisgarh at a distance of about 380 km from Mainpat Also, nearby Airports from different states,

Distance from Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi. 132 km.

Distance from Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Uttar Pradesh 385 km

By Rail Ways

The nearest railway station to reach Mainpat is the Ambikapur Railway station. This railway station is located at approximately 58 km from the center of the hilltop. Traveling by railways is considered the most convenient way to reach Mainpat as the railway station is quite close to the hill station. Moreover, you can quickly get any public transport from the station to reach your destination.

Distance from Ambikapur Railway Station. 58km

Distance from Bishrampur Railway Station. 77.8 km

By Road ways

You will be pleased to know that Mainpat is easy to reach from roadways. The place is well – connected to many major nearby cities and states such as Raipur, Raigarh, Jharkhand, etc. Since the road condition is good and they offer scenic views, you can travel by personal vehicle also. Apart from that, many government-owned buses run from different cities in Chhattisgarh to Mainpat.

·         Distance from Ambikapur. 68.4 km via Mainpat Rd and NH43

·         Distance from Raigarh. 164.9 km via Ambikapur

·         Distance from Raipur. 361.7 km via NH130

·         Distance from Kolkata. 715.4 km via NH19

·         Distance from Delhi. 1,133.9 km via NH19

·         Distance from Mumbai. 1,527.9 km via NH 03

·         Distance from Bengaluru. 2,268.4 km via NH 44

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More about Mainpat

Why 'Shimla of Chhattisgarh' ?

It is a flattering destination surrounded by forests,lush green plains, and greenery.This place has many things to offer, such as beautiful hill slopes, farms, waterfalls, etc. Mainpat also remains quite cold in comparison to other places of Chhattisgarh.The beauty of Mainpat is at its peak during the cold and rainy days; the crooked path coming out of the mountain and the panoramic view below from distant hills is just mesmerizing. Full of natural beauty, height above sea level,picturesque places, and snowfall in autumn makes Shimla feelthat is why it's called the"Shimla of chhattisgarh".

The hill station is gradually becoming very popular among tourists for its natural beauty and landscapes.Mainpat is a very peaceful place with some beautiful poetic views. The small place is established on a hilltop and surrounded by Jungle. High hills and greenery surrounded by forests, flowing waterfalls, and rivers attract people. Due to the cool weather even in summer, it is a favorite place of tourists. Rihand and Mand rivers have originated from Mainpat.

Mainpat is a cozy little village offering you one of the closest encounters with nature. It is perfect for people from all walks of life, whether it is solace you seek or adventurous thrills; Mainpat has a little something for all your heart fancies. The Jungles are very thick around Mainpat, and it's tranquil if you want to get peace of mind and get out of the bustling noises of cities, it is an excellent place to hang around with friends.

Mainpat is also famous for Carpet and Pamelian dogs. There are also Bauxite mines, from where Bauxite is extracted for BALCO. Recently, the village has developed infrastructure like roads & rest houses for travelers. Fields are covered with yellow and white crops. From the very beginning, the main livelihood for the settlement’s people had been agriculture. Even today, agriculture has remained the major contributor for the people of the village.

Geographical structure

It is situated at 3781 feet above sea level on the Vindhya ranges in the Surguja district. The Mainpat Plateau falls in Surguja district in Chhattisgarh state, India. It is located in Survey of India toposheet numbers 64 N/1, N/5, and N/6 lying between longitudes E83°08' to

83°25' and latitudes N22°41' to 22°55'. The general elevation of the Plateau is around 1060 m MSL.The weather in Mainpat is usually a tad cooler in summers than in the other cities in the state due to its altitude and location.Mainpat is the origin of the Mand river that later connects with Mahanadi.


The village was traditionally home to the Yadavs and tribes, including the Manjhi, Manjhwar, Kanwar, Pahadi Korwa.Today Mainpat boasts a large population of Buddhists and features many significant monasteries visited by many Buddhists from all over the world.

After the Chinese occupation of Tibet on 10 March 1959, the Dalai Lama fled from Tibet and came to India to seek shelter. This was when thousands of his followers followed him to India. The Indian government helped these refugees settle here in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, and Mainpat. From that time inhistory, Tibetans have built their homes here in Mainpat; these Tibetan settlements are divided into seven camps spread over 25 km. These refugee camps are a must-visit as you get to see the lifestyle of these Tibetans.

In 1962-63 a lot of Tibetans migrated to India. The Government of India allotted them the land in Mainpat hill. The Home Ministry gave 3000 acres of land to about 1400 Tibetan immigrants.

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