Kondeshwar waterfall | Places near Pune for one day trip

Kondeshwar Waterfall

Kondeshwar temple is located in Jambhavali Maharashtra, the waterfall originates from the hill located a few km away from the temple. The waterfall pass from behind the temple. This place is mesmerizing in the monsoon season. As the elevation is high during the monsoon season the mix of clouds and fog cover the hills.

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Kondeshwar waterfall is the closest hill station experience you can get from Pune and a memorable one from Mumbai. Kondeshwar temple and the kondeshwar waterfall are located next to each other. This is a place where you can pray to the temple and enjoy the cool stream of waterfalls in a single trip. let’s know everything about it in this blog post.

In the rainy season, the flow of the waterfall is full and you can enjoy the cool water with your family. It is the best place to click pictures and videos for your Instagram and Facebook posts.

At a glance

DescriptionDetails
Distance68 km From Pune City
122 km away from Mumbai
Time Taken2hr min from Pune
2hr 46 min from Mumbai
Travel ModeCar or Bike
Road ConditionGood
Best SeasonMonsoon
Best Time7 AM To 5 PM
Toll Charges1 Toll from Pune
2 from Mumbai
Hotels | Dhaba | RestaurantsYes
Entry Fees₹0
Safety100%
ParkingYes
WashroomYes
ActivitiesPicnic and Sightseeing

Distance

The distance from Mumbai to Kondeshwar waterfall is double as compared to Pune. In order to reach Kondeshwar waterfall, you have to take a turn towards Kamshet. You will reach a wonderful location Uksan lake which I have covered in my vlog. then you have to keep moving straight till you reach the Tata power plant. The kondeshwar temple is located a few kilometers from there.

Distance from Pune

Distance from Mumbai

Time Taken

Kondeshwar mandir and kondeshwar waterfall are located near Pune as compared to Mumbai city. Since the distance is double from Mumbai as compared to Pune, it will take 3h 24 Min from Mumbai and 1hr 57 min from Pune.

Also read: Reverse waterfall Naneghat | It flows up in the SKY!

Travel Mode

It is better to travel by car during the monsoon season because you will be able to enjoy the road, rainfall, and drive in fog. When I visited this place I went on a bike but I had a full-body raincoat which saved me from getting wet. I am recommending a car because you can keep extra clothes, food, a flask with hot tea or coffee as per your choice.

It is just much more convenient. If you want to drive your bike then this road is just amazing but make sure you are prepared for rain.

Road Condition

I would say the road condition is really good. Only when you are just about to reach Kondeshwar waterfalls, in the last patch of around 1 1/2 km. It is not the smoothest road you will ever get but it’s okay for driving the car or bike.

Best Season

The best season to visit the kondeshwar waterfall is the monsoon. At this time the hills are covered with clouds, the rain gives birth to the waterfall which becomes the river that you see while traveling here. The post-monsoon season is also a good choice as you can enjoy the cold weather and lush greenery.

You enter Kamshet you will see the lush greenery everywhere, the paddy fields, and the windmills far on the hills. Taking a break near these fields and soaking in the views is another thing you can do.

You can go to the source of the waterfall and click some amazing pictures like this. The water is chilled but comfortable enough to take a dip in it.

You can also visit and pray at the Temple which is located here. Kondeshwar mandir is visited by many pilgrims, they come here to pray from all over Maharashtra. The locals also perform aarti daily at the temple.

Best Time

If you are coming from Pune or Mumbai then make sure you leave early in the morning. It takes around 4 hours to reach there. If you leave early and reach there by 12 PM then you can easily explore the place and can return by 5 PM.

Toll Charges

From Pune, you will have to pay a toll at one of the toll plazas which comes just after Talegaon. I am not sure how many toll plazas you pass while coming from Mumbai. But I will update soon.

If you have any questions you can ask me here or connect with me on my Facebook page or Instagram. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to know about such places.

Kake da Hotel | Now Enjoy Delicacies from Delhi in Pune

A brand that is older than McDonald’s, Burger King, and KFC and more profitable than the other restaurant brands. A brand that serves authentic Indian food which is tasty healthy than any other restaurant.

This is a story of Kake da hotel.

Kake da hotel was founded in 1931before India Pakistan partition in Lahore Pakistan, it was located on McLane Road. After the partition of India and Pakistan, then it moved to New Delhi. It was a roadside eatery located just opposite the marina hotel near the taxi Stand in Connaught Circus.

In 1976 when three Indo Pak wars had happened India and Pakistan needed a lifeline a symbol of friendship which was the Samjhauta express. This train was linking Delhi to Lahore and it made it possible for the families to visit the two countries.

Kake da Hotel in recognition that Indians and Pakistanis where one people it didn’t build the family is visiting India from Pakistan to it was not just free food it was a symbol of brotherhood and hope.

It has served food to many celebrities And politicians like Shri Atal Bihari Bajpai, Dara Singh and The great Khali To name a few.

Let’s dive in and see what this place has to offer.

Authentic Delhi food served in Pune city

Kake da Hotel open to franchisee model in 2015 After completing its 85 years. Since that Pune has got three branches which are serving the authentic Delhi food right on your plate in the Pune city.

Cheat Sheet

DescriptionDetails
SpecialtyNorth Indian
CuisinePunjabi and Mughlai
Price Range₹25 – ₹755
Sitting AreaYes
Hygiene LevelGood
ParkingYes
SuitabilityFamily, groups, and individuals
Timing7 days a week
12–4 pm and 7 pm–12 am
LocationBaner and Viman Nagar
Payment modeAll modes accepted.
WashroomYes
Home DeliveryYes

What’s so special?

They serve a famous Dal Makhani which is cooked overnight on the coal which makes it creamy and so delicious that you will not find a Dal makhani like that anywhere else.

Kake da hotel also serves a new kind of starter which is called Dahi ke Bhalle. They are basically bread stuffed with curd, mint, pudhina, and few spices mixed together.

Dahi ka mutton is another special dish which is owned by the kake da hotel. The soft and tender mutton is cooked in the dahi and other spices.

The delicious gravy goes really well with the naan and with the biryani rice which is served with this gravy.

From a wide variety of naan like garlic naan, butter naan, and stuffed naan.

Many items to choose from!

Starters

You can choose from a wide range of starters available at the Kake da hotel. On the vegetarian menu, you can choose between a number of kebabs made from Soya Chaap and Paneer.

There are many different types of Soya Chaap kebabs available like Soya Achari chaap, Malai Soya Chaap. They also serve traditional Paneer Tikka, paneer Achari Tikka, paneer Hariyali tikka, paneer malai tikka, and Paneer Tikka Shashlik.

There is a wide range of nonveg starters from which you can choose from like stuffed chicken tandoori leg pieces. This is a new dish which I saw the first time in any restaurant.

The chicken leg piece is stuffed with the minced chicken keema, it is half cooked in the spices and then stuffed back in the leg piece. This is a unique dish which you can try when you visit the kake da hotel.

They also serve Delhi-style biryani which is made by mixing the Biryani rice with the mutton or chicken gravy. This mixture is then put in the handi ( a pot made from clay ) which is sealed with the dough and steamed for 15 minutes.

This is a different kind of biryani which you can try for an experience.

Address

I visited the Kharadi branch of Kake da hotel the hospitality there was really good. I was hosted by the branch owners. Since then there are many branches which have opened.

Kake ka Hotel Kharadi

S.No 6, 2/20, Kharadi South Main Road, Rakshak Nagar, Kharadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411014 https://g.page/kake-da-hotel-pune-kharadi?share

Kake Da Hotel – Baner

Shop No 1 & 2, Sai Empire, Baner Rd, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra 411045 https://g.page/kake-da-hotel-baner-pune?share

if you want to see the video review of this place you can go to this YouTube video in which I have created all the items for which this place is really famous.

Cafe Goodluck | Most Popular Irani cafe of Pune

GoodLuck Cafe is one of the most popular Irani Cafe In Pune Maharashtra India. Popular among the celebrities college students and the local Local people of Pune Cafe Goodluck It is quite common to see a father and a son and a grandson three generations sitting on the same table and enjoying the delicacy which has the same taste through all those years.

This article is all about the good luck Café where I visited recently and tried Their famous dishes. So let’s Start

Cheat Sheet

DescriptionDetails
SpecialityBun Maska, Chai, Keema Pav, Puffs, Bun omelet, etc.
CuisineIrani
Price Range₹10 – ₹450
Sitting AreaYes
Hygiene LevelGood
ParkingYes
SuitabilityFamily, groups, and individuals
Timing7 Days a week, 8 am –11:30 pm
LocationFergusson College Rd, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune
Payment modeAll modes accepted.
WashroomYes
Home DeliveryYes

One of the best Irani cafe in Pune

The Irani cuisine is quite famous among the Mumbaikars and Punekars, The items like bun Maska, chai, Egg puff, veg Puff, bun omelet, mutton Keema which burn and the soft slice of bread are only a few of the few dishes which the people from Pune I love to have in the breakfast at good luck cafe. Good luck Cafe was established in 1935 by Hussain Ali Yakshi.

It is one of the most famous places among the youngsters in Pune. You cannot only find the breakfast items but you can also order delicious items.

The wall of the cafe is nothing else but a wooden door that is covered with the Coca-Cola branding and the amazing red color which gives it a unique look.

Not only the food you can find here is historical and delicious, the ambiance of this cafe has been kept the same throughout all these years. When you look at it from the outside it will look like an old cafe.

What’s so special?

Good luck cafe Pune offers a wide range of items on the menu, But they are famous for their bun Maska, Chai, and Keema Pav. When I visited good luck Cafe I asked the waiter to bring the dishes for which this place is famous for and he bought me a wonderful platter of the items as you can see below.

The first thing which I tried here was the Bun Maska with Chai. The bun was very soft and it was having a slightly sweet flavor.

It was not the regular one which we can buy From the stores or the bakery nearby. Also as you can see above there is the bread which is sliced and South along with the tea. All the items are made by a baker Which I am sure that have been associated with the good luck Cafe for a long time.

That is served by them is also really good it is made with pure milk and it doesn’t have any additional things like ginger or cardamom. It is just a plain tea with sugar added for sweetness and it goes really well with the bun Maska!

The Keema pav was also savory and not that spicy which makes it good to have in the breakfast for Non-vegetarians.

The Keema is served With these white slice of bread it is really soft and goes well with the keema.

You can check out the complete menu here.

What else they serve?

Cafe Goodluck Pune serves also serves many items like Tandoori chicken, dal with Naan, and many other items that can be eaten during lunch or dinner. They have many types of Puff available. I tried the egg puff and veg puff which is served with the tomato sauce and it tastes delicious.

Apart from the All these items which you can have in the main course they also have something for those who have sweet tooth. They serve the custard caramel which is a sweets and savoury dish.

Address

Cafe Goodluck is located on the Fergusson College Rd, near Goodluck Chowk, Deccan Gymkhana in Pune city. The complete address is given below.

Cafe Goodluck, Fergusson College Rd, near Goodluck Chowk, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, Maharashtra 411004

You can also watch the food review of good luck cafe in the video as given below.

Geeta Pav bhaji | One of the Best pav bhaji in pune

In this article I will tell you where you can find one of the best pav bhaji in Pune!

It really hard to find someone who doesn’t love Pav bhaji. The deliciousness of spices mixed with a number of vegetables cooked in the sea of butter can’t be disliked.

One of the best Pav Bhaji in Pune

This love for Pav bhaji and the hunger of finding something new and different made me find the Geeta pav bhaji. In this article, I will share everything about Geeta Pav bhaji which is one of the best pav bhaji in Pune. This is one of the best Pav bhaji I had so far. Keeping the authenticity of this dish the second generation of The founder of the Geeta Pav bhaji is adding new dishes.

While they are doing this they are also making sure that the person who is visiting from their college days who now comes with their grandkids feels the nostalgia while having the pav bhaji.

Cheat Sheet

DescriptionDetails
SpecialityPav Bhaji, Pizza, Juices
CuisineMaharashtrian
Price Range₹15 – ₹150
Sitting AreaYes
Hygiene LevelGood
ParkingYes
SuitabilityFamily, groups, and individuals
Timing7 Days a week, 8 am –11:30 pm
LocationNigdi, Pune
Payment modeAll modes accepted.
WashroomYes
Home DeliveryYes

What’s so special?

Geeta Pav Bhaji is taking this delicious dish to the next level and the secret behind that is the years of experience that goes behind its plate of Pav Bhaji. That is the reason it is on the best pav bhaji places in Pune.

Different options of Pav bhaji to choose from!

Ever heard about mushroom pav bhaji? well you will find that here 😀

There are many versions of Pav bhaji which is available at Geeta Pav Bhaji like Mushroom Pav bhaji, Cheese Pav bhaji, Geeta special pav bhaji, Paneer pav bhaji, Khada Pav bhaji, Khada paneer pav bhaji, Vaishnavi Pav bhaji, and even they have Jain Pav bhaji for our Jain brothers and sister 🙂

My favourite is the Mushroom pav bhaji which has the good ness of their regular pav bhaji with the sliced mushrooms which gives a different dimension to the pav bhaji.

What else they serve?

While they are famous for their Pav bhaji they do serve lots of different items like pulao, different options from juices, milkshakes, pizza, Tea, and Coffee.

Geeta Pav bhaji serves different variety of drinks which includes juices and milkshakes you can order as per your preference and they will serve fresh to you.

The pizza they serve here is delicious, the crust is soft and crunchy at the same time. The pizza sauce is also made in house which makes the pizza their own yet different from what we get in other places.

Different variety of pulao is served here which goes really well with Pav Bhaji. The price is also affordable if you are looking for a full meal that I will suggest you to have a plate of Pav Bhaji and pulav.

If you talk about the desert section that they have delicious rabdi which is nothing else but the condensed milk which is sweet and savory.

I really like the coffee which they serve here. It is frothy, little bit sweet version of the coffee. I remember we used to crave for this type of coffee and they were only served in the marriage functions that used to happen in the winter seasons.

apart from these items they also serve the regular idli dosa which I believe you should only eat if you are really craving for otherwise, I will suggest you try the Pav bhaji 😀

Address

Located in the Nigdi, Pimpri Chinchwad of Pune the Geeta pav bhaji is easily accessible. If you are living in Pune city then you have to travel for around 21 Kilometer towards Nigdi visit Geeta Pav Bhaji.

Geeta Pav Bhaji, Plot No 397, Sector No. 24, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak Rd, opposite Lokmanya Hospital, Pune, Maharashtra 411044, India

https://g.page/geeta-pav-bhaji?share

if you want to see the video review of this place you can go to this YouTube video which I have created all the items for which this place is really famous.

Reverse waterfall Naneghat | This waterfall goes up in the SKY!

Naneghat Waterfall

Imagine you are at top of the hill, the ground is covered with lush greenery. The floor is full of green thick grass and the grass is covered with water droplets. Tiny drops of water are falling from the sky, but then you look at the sky, but it’s not raining. I welcome you at Reverse waterfall Naneghat Pune here the water flows up in the SKY!

Let’s know about this place in detail, Thelocalguide will give you the virtual tour!

Watch on YouTube

Cheat Sheet

DescriptionDetails
Distance124KM From Pune City
Time Taken3h 24 Min (one way)
Travel ModeCar or Bike
Road ConditionGood
Best SeasonMonsoon season
Best Time7 AM To 4 PM
Toll ChargesNo Tolls
Hotels | Dhaba | RestaurantsYes
Entry Fees₹0
Safety100%
ParkingYes
WashroomNo
ActivitiesPicnic and Sightseeing
StayAirbnb homestays

Distance

If you are leaving from Pune then you can go from the route as shown below. It passes through Peth, Manchar, Junnar, and Chawand. The road condition is good for driving both car and bike.

You will find a number of petrol pumps, restaurants, and Dhaba on the way.

Time Taken

If you leave early in the morning from Pune and you take a few breaks then you can easily reach in 4 hours. The time taken to reach without any break is 3 hours 30 minutes. I will suggest you leave early morning around 7 to 8 a.m. Take a few stops for breakfast etc. And you can easily do a round trip in one day.

Travel Mode

The best way to travel to Reverse waterfall Naneghat Pune is a car. Since the best season is the rainy season you will face intermittent rain falls in between the journey.

If you travel on a bike, you can easily get wet, but if people travel by car you can keep some stuff for a picnic and also you will be warm and safe from the rainfall.

I went to Naneghat reverse waterfall in a car with my friends and it was quite a comfortable journey it was raining in between so we were quite comfortable.

Road Condition

The road condition is good only the last stretch passing through junnar is narrow and bumpy.

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Other than that the road condition is really good and you can easily go by car or bike.

Best Season

No doubt the best season to visit Naneghat reverse waterfall is the monsoon season. The beauty of this place can be seen when water starts falling from the sky, the winds start to flow at high speed.

Best Time

If you are coming from Pune or Mumbai then make sure you leave early in the morning. Junnar is far from the city, it takes around 4 hours to reach there. If you leave early and reach there by 12 PM then you can easily explore the place and can return by 4 PM.

Toll Charges

You will not find any toll gates, You can enjoy a toll-free road on the journey.

Pitstop

I took break at the Vitthal Kamath for breakfast.

Entry Fees

There is no entry fee so no need to worry about that.

Safety

The place is safe you can easily visit with your kids, friends, and family. But I will suggest leaving before the sunset as it is located on the outskirts and it will be quite dark after the evening.

One more thing you should take care of is you should not allow your kids to go away from you. There is the risk of falling down as there are no barricades at the cliff of the hill.

Parking

There is ample space for parking the car and bike. There are no charges for parking as well.

Washroom

There are few hotels located at the entry point of the hill but I didn’t find any washroom facility. If you get the natures call then find a spot where you can do it privately 😛

Activities

This view is worth visiting this place apart from enjoying this mesmerizing scene you can do many more activities.

Once you park your car and start trekking towards the reverse waterfall point you will be greeted by views like these.

https://www.thelocalguide.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/naneghat-reverse-waterfall-thelocalguide.mp4

The place is so scenic that you can click number of breathtaking pictures for posting on your social media profiles.

Stay

There are no government-approved stay options available near Naneghat reverse waterfall but you can choose from the number of Airbnb homestays.

Bhilai | Everything you need to know about Mini India

The Beginning

I hope you would have pronounced it right, not like this guy 😛

Bhilai, it is not a place, it’s a feeling!

I believe every single person who has been to Bhilai will agree to this!

Bhilai or Bhilai Nagar or The city of steel is known by many names. This city has a population of approx 1,064,222. It is the second-largest urban area after Raipur in Chhattisgarh (Wikipedia).

The foundation of the modern city of Bhilai was laid in 1955. When the Indian government signed a historic agreement with the Soviet Union to establish a steel plant near the village.

Birds eye view of Bhilai
Bhilai sector area during night time

Let’s break down the article into a few sections which will give you a complete virtual tour of the city.

Places

Bhilai is a small city but it doesn’t mean that it is less exciting as compared to other metro cities. The city is blessed with a mall, numerous cafes, street food joints. Also, the civic center which houses all kinds of shops and food joints.

There is also a place where each Bhilai has visited. It has a special place in their heart of Bhilains and that is Maitri Bag.

In this place, you can hang out with your family. You can have a picnic, boating, take a ride on the toy train and watch the musical fountain show. You can also watch the Bhilai Steel Plant from the tower.

People living in Bhilai usually say that there is only one place in the city to visit and that is maitri bag and civic center.

But hold on we are in Chhattisgarh, right? the most blessed state by nature and culture. Bhilai is at the center of Chhattisgarh you can visit places like Bastar, Jagdalpur, Kanker. These cities offer dams, caves, waterfalls which you can visit.

Bhilai is also surrounded by other districts, They have beautiful dams, rivers, canals, hills, caves, and even hill stations which are located in Mainpat Chhattisgarh.

Weather

Bhilai endures extremes of all the 3 seasons.

In the summer season the temperature goes up to 44°C, in winter season it goes as low as 14°C. In the rainy season, the city receives around 1188 mm or 46.8 inches of rainfall.

Due to such diverse water patterns throughout the year, you can enjoy seasonal fruits and wonderful weather.

Connectivity

The connectivity in Bhilai is remarkably good all the trains pass from the Durg junction which is just 4 km away from Bhilai,

There is also a bus stop in Durg which is near the Durg railway station where you can find buses traveling all across India.

The city also offers e-rickshaws, auto, Ola, private car rental services like Trippy self-drive, Carwale, and city bus which will help you in moving around the city.

The airport which is called Swami Vivekananda Airport is also 40 kilometers away from Bhilai. You can get a flight to the different cities across the country.

The City bus is available which goes from the Airport to the Durg Railway station. You don’t have to worry about connectivity you can go anywhere and or come from anywhere the country to Bhilai.

People

Bhilai is a peaceful City you can easily live here Without worrying about anything else people live with harmony you can find different types of vegetables and seafood as well which comes from Visakhapatnam in Odisha.

This attracted people in search of jobs and a better life from all over the rural parts of India to Bhilai city. This made this small city a reflection of my beloved country India, it became Mini India as people migrated from all over the country they also bought their culture, food, and tradition to the city.

Culture

Bhilai is a mini India, You will find people from all across the country living in the city. This makes it a multicultural city, A bhilian can enjoy all the festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Dussera, Diwali, Eid, Muharram, and even Jagganath rath yatra.

Bhilai has a number of temples like Shree Shirdi Saibaba Mandir, Bol Bam Shiv Hanuman Temple, Kali Badi for Bengali community, few amazing churches, and the beautiful Jama masjid which has its own Eidgah for Eid namaz.

Lifestyle

Cost of Living

Bhilai is a small city the cost of living is less and affordable by all class of society as compared to the other cities. You can easily get a row house of 1000 square feet area in ₹6700 which is impossible in a city like Pune. you can also get maid injust ₹800 per month that too by not exploiting anyone.

The city is surrounded by farms, villages, and Shivnath rivers nearby which makes fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, poultry, and meat available at affordable prices.

Sports

For a city like Bhilai, the number of stadiums and grounds which this city has is marvelous. Bhilai Steel Plant maintains most of the parts of this city they have many different Grounds available for all the sports activities like

The biggest one is the Jayanti Stadium which is located near the civic center.

There is also a beautiful cricket ground which is located in the sector to you can even play cricket during night time there is a place where the audience can sit and enjoy the match this is maintained by the Nagar Nigam and steel plant.

Mall

Bhilai has its own shopping mall Surya Treasure Island. This mall has everything you need like PVR Cinema, Reliance Digital, Big Bazaar, KFC, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Subway, and many other stores.

Shop and Utility stores

There are numerous markets near Bhilai City, apparently, the bigger ones can be found in Durg, sector 6, powerhouse, and also each sector area has its own small circle of shops and stalls.

You can easily find ATM’s, Banks, Post office, Mobile service Centers. Online stores also deliver stuff quickly in the areas so if you are an avid user of Amazon and Flipkart then worry not.

You can also choose from a variety of green vegetables for which Chhattisgarh. The state is famous for its Bhaji’s you can find different numbers of leafy vegetables here.

Hospitals

Bhilai steel plant has its own hospital and medical research center Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital Research Center, Sector-9. This hospital has all the facilities.

People from all around the state come to the hospital for their treatment. Even I was born there along with all my siblings.

Other than that the city has many other specialists like Dr.Siddique. Who is an eye specialist and he also does free of cost treatment of those who are very poor.

Education

There are many schools like DAV Public school, Shri Shankaracharya Vidyalaya, Delhi public school, Mar Gregorious Memorial Senior Secondary School, and a school in each sector area which is operated by Bhilai steel plant.

This city is also gifted with top-class institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology.

Bhilai Institute of Technology, Shri Shankaracharya Technical Campus are the few names from the number of institutes that offer engineering, management, and other courses.

Students from all across the country come to Bhilai for the JEE/NEET preparation and many other competitive exams.

Food

If we talk about the food culture of Bhilai, It is very rich. As the people from different parts of the country came here, they also bought their food.

You can find Chinese, South Indian, Gujarati, Mughlai, Bengali, Punjabi cuisine here.

You will also find 5-star facilities like The Roman Park which is located in Durg just a few Kilometers away from Bhilai city. People from all around the country are coming to Bhilai to enjoy the royal facilities of The Roman Park.

The Roman Park 5 star wedding destination located in Durg

The street food culture is also booming in this City, since there are so many youngsters who crave good street food.

There are many stalls in the city who are selling delicious delicacies from the past 30 years and some are selling from the past 40 years.

It is impossible to cover everything about this wonderful city in one post however, I hope this article will you a gist of what this city has to offer. There are many stories of Bhilai which I keep sharing through my blog, my Instagram, Facebook page, and my YouTube channel.

Thanks for reading 🙂

God bless you all!

Sagni Ghat | Places to visit in Bhilai 2021

Sagni ghat is one of the places about which I found when my whole family went on a picnic in the rainy season in the month of July many years back when I was a kid, Although I am still a child deep in my heart anyways back to sagni ghat.

Sagni ghat is located in Dhamdha Durg district of Chhattisgarh. The distance from the Durg railway station is 24 KM and 21 KM from Bhilai. You can enjoy the road covered with trees, the village side and an anicut made on two river meets. You can even take your car or bike to cross the river.

Cheat Sheet

DescriptionDetails
Distance24 KM From Bhilai City
Time Taken 38 Min (one way)
Travel ModeCar or Bike
Road ConditionGood
Best SeasonAll
Best Time7 AM To 4 PM
Toll ChargesNo Tolls
PitstopYes
Entry Fees₹0
Safety100%
ParkingYes
WashroomNo
ActivitiesPicnic and Sightseeing
StayNot Available

Distance

You have to take the Durg – Bemetara Rd/Durg – Dhamdha Rd towards kodia on the national highway 7 NH7

Click below to get the directions from your place.

Time Taken

It will take you around 1 hour to reach the sagni ghat, the traffic is very less as compared to the city but you will see a few passenger buses on the way.

Travel Mode

The distance is very less so if you are going with your friends or alone you can go by bike and if you are going with your family then go in the car.

Road Condition

The road belongs to the national highway 7 NH7 and due to which the condition is very good. It will not give you bumps. The road just before the river bank is made up of gravels which becomes muddy in the rainy season, so if you are taking your car with the low ground clearance then you need to be a bit careful.

This is the how the road looks like.

Best Season

The best season to visit sagni heart is winter and summer you can also visit in rainy season but you have to pace high water flow and it will become dangerous especially you if you are having kids with you.

So if you ask your Thelocalguide i will suggest you to visit in summer and winter season.

Best Time

The dawn is the morning time sunrise time is the best time to visit this place because the scenery so amazing you can enjoy the road,

you can also see the fishermen putting or taking the fishing from the river.

Toll Charges

There are no tolls you can enjoy a toll-free journey to this place.

Pitstop

There are many small stalls you will see on the way to Sagni ghat, You can enjoy snacks like Samosa with kadi and hot tea. But I would suggest you have snacks at the stall which is located at the bank of the river.

Here you will buy hot pakodas, mirchi bjahiya, pyaz pakoda, moong dal vada and samosa with kadi.

They also serve tea made from fresh milk which is sourced from the village.

Entry Fees

The entry is free and you can take your car or bike without paying any charges.

Safety

The place is safe and it is just a few kilometers away from the main NH7 highway, The villagers are helping in nature so there will not be an issue. The only danger is from the river itself. Take a bath only if you know how to swim don’t jump in the river because it is deep, you can also see snakes in them. Be extra careful if you are visiting with kids to pay attention to them.

Parking

Play the sample space to park your vehicles at the bank of the river so don’t worry about that you can park your car or bike and the bonus point is you will get shade from the trees.

Washroom

If you get nature’s call then you have to do it under the tree because there are no toilets nearby.

Activities

You can do a picnic, sightseeing or you can take a dip in the fresh and cool water of the river. The water flow is really really high so if you’re planning to take a dip in the river so make sure you know how to swim.

You can see villagers fishing using the small nets, the kids taking bath in the river. just like these, I asked them to do a small skit for me and that went really well. see yourself!

This is how fast the flow of water is, that is why i am asking you to be careful if you want to take a dip in the river.

Stay

There is no option to stay and i don’t think there is a need to so come at the morning and leave during the afternoon.

Kharkhara Dam | Places to visit in Bhilai

The Kharkhara dam is located 8 km west of Sambalpur village in Dondilohara tehsil of Balod district. In order to reach the dam, you have to take 3 km of paved road and 5 km of WBM road.

The construction of the kharkhara dam was completed in 1964. Kharkhara dam was constructed to supply 4 TMC of water to Bhilai Steel Plant. The reservoir’s waterlogging capacity is 171.63 million cubic meters and it irrigates 18,944 hectares, supplies water to Durg and Bhilai Municipal Corporation, and Bhilai Steel Plant.


In 1975, plans were made to provide 12,145 hectares, 4048 hectares, and 2024 hectare irrigation facility to the farmers of Dondilohra block, Balod development block, and Gundardehi block of Balod district, from Kharkhara reservoir project to Kharkhara Mohandipat project, Right bank canal and left bank canal. So that the remaining one TMC water can be used for irrigation work.

Presently, an irrigation facility of 18,219 hectares is being provided from the Kharkhara reservoir.

Well, that was all about the history and architecture of Kharkhara dam now let’s talk about the fun part, What can a traveler like you and me do there? let’s find out!

Cheat Sheet

DescriptionDetails
Distance82 KM From Bhilai City
Time Taken1h 49 Min (one way)
Travel ModeCar Or Bike
Road ConditionAverage
Best SeasonWinter and Summer
Best Time7 AM To 4 PM
Toll ChargesNo Tolls
PitstopYes
Entry Fees₹0
Safety100%
ParkingYes
WashroomNo
ActivitiesPicnic and Sightseeing
StayNot Available

Distance

There are two different paths among which you can choose among

  • Nandgaon Rd and Arjunda Bhandera road
  • Dalli-Rajhara Rd/Durg Rajhara road

I will suggest you take the Rajnandgaon Dalli Rajhara Rd which is in really good condition covered with paddy fields on both sides of the road.

Time Taken

It will take you around 2 hours to reach the kharkhara dam, there will be few villages on the way but the traffic is really less and you will reach the destination in 2 hours.

Travel Mode

We choose to go by car rather than a bike because it was the summer season and it was really hot so we didn’t want to burn ourselves and get dehydrated. Also i do travel with a lot of camera equipment so it helps when you have a car.

Road Condition

The road is a bit bumpy when you are just about to reach the kharkhara dam as you can see in the clip below.

Other than that road condition is really good and you can easily take the car or bike.

Best Season

The best season to visit kharkhara dam is definitely winter but if you want to take a dip in the fresh and cool water of the canal then the summer season will be the best one. Also, you can have a picnic under the Big Banyan tree which is just located near the canal.

Best Time

The Dam is located on the outskirts of the city so it’s kind of remote so I will suggest you visit in the afternoon time. Try to for leave for kharkhara dam before 7:00 a.m. and then you can easily return before 4:00 p.m.

Toll Charges

You will not find any toll gates on the way to kharkhara dam. You can enjoy a toll-free road on the journey.

Pitstop

You will find several petrol pumps on the way along with the shops like these in villages where you can enjoy the hot and piping delicacies like aalo bonda

Entry Fees

The entry is free and you can take your car or bike without paying any charges.

Safety

The place is safe you can easily visit your kids with your friends with your family but I will suggest leaving before the sunset as it is located on the outskirts and the main city is few kilometers away.

Parking

There is ample space to park vehicles the best one which I found was this Banyan tree which was just located near the canal we will able to park are there and after that also there was so much space left.

Washroom

Well, you cannot do anything about this that is no place where you can go when you get the nature’s call you can do it under the tree.

Activities

You can do a picnic, sightseeing or you can take a dip in the fresh and cool water in the canal. The dam is extremely deep so make sure you take a dip only if you know how to swim.

Keep in mind the water flow is extremely high in the canal but in the summer season, so you can just be at the side of the water canal and you can take bath

But make sure you are not alone your kids to go alone in their otherwise they will be in danger.

Stay

There is no option to stay nearby there are two villages but I don’t think you can stay there so better to leave early and come early from there.

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Special thanks to Tanvir Khan for providing me information about Kharkhara Dam. You can visit his Instagram profile here @balodct

Buka Lake | The Mauritius of Chhattisgarh | Korba

Buka Lake

It is one of the unseen and unsung places of Chhattisgarh, It is one of the many places about which very few people are aware. Buka Island is located on the banks of the Hasdeo river which flows across the Korba.

If you are planning to visit Buka lake then check out the cheat sheet which will help you in planning your trip, for more details on each topic click on the description title.

Cheat Sheet

DescriptionDetails
Distance66.6KM From Korba City
Time Taken1h 50 Min (One Side)
Travel ModeCar Or Bike
Road ConditionGood
Best SeasonWinter
Best Time7 AM To 4 PM
Toll ChargesNo Tolls
Entry Fees₹50
Safety100%
ParkingYes
WashroomYes
ActivitiesBoating And Picnic
StayNot Available

Distance

There are two different paths among which you can choose from

  • Devpehri road
  • Korba Katghora Bypass

Google maps direction from korba

I will suggest you take the Korba Katghora bypass because the road condition is really good and it is the shorter one (only 66.6KM) among the two.

Time Taken

It will take you around 1-2 hours to reach the Buka lake. The road condition is amazing, you will pass lemru where the silk sarees are made also you can take an out stop at peda wala to enjoy the hot pedas made by the

Travel Mode

You can travel via car or bike. we took the car and it was very comfortable for us! As you can see in the picture below this is the entrance of the Buka Lake and the road is smooth like butter.

Road Condition

The road till Dindolbhatta is not perfect it is full of potholes, dust and it is quite narrow. That is only for a few km after that once you join the Korba Katghora bypass the road becomes really smooth and it is the same till Buka lake.

Best Season

The best time to visit Buka lake is in the winter season. Also, visit in the summer rainy season as well but I think the winter season will be perfect because there will be enough water and you can really enjoy the boating.

Best Time

The best time to visit the Buka Lake is after during afternoon, we left for Buka lake at 9 AM and reached there by 11 AM.

Toll Charges

You will not find any toll gates on the way to Buka lake. You can enjoy a toll-free road on the journey.

Entry Fees

Buka Lake is one of the unseen and unsung places of Chhattisgarh, It is one of the many places about which very fewer people are aware. Buka is located on the banks of the Hasdeo river which flows across the Korba.

Safety

Buka lake is a safe place for family trips, tips with your friends. There is a guest house which is owned by a government where you can have snacks, although I didn’t see any policeman there, you can visit during the morning time not in the evening so that you can return in the sunlight.

Parking

This is the space as you can see in the picture below is at the front of the entrance of Buka lake Jal vihar. Here you can park your vehicle like a car or bike and if you want you can take your car to the end of the lake and you can park it there as well.

Pitstop

There is a canteen which serves fresh snacks and hot tea the people who work here lives are the caretakers of this place.

Washroom

The washroom is available near the buka lake entry office. The condition is worse there is no water and cleanliness. I doubt that the animals of the jungle may be using them. You can watch them in the video. pun intended lol.

Activities

This place offers Boating, sightseeing, picnic, and horse riding but among all these activities the one which stands out is boating in ₹1500 (fifteen hundred Indian rupees). There are two different sizes of boats but in the bigger one as you can see below it can easily accommodate 15 adults.

These diesel-powered boats take you around the lake for a full 30 minutes and around 5 km journey. This is one of the unique experience which will make you feel like you are in a sea surrounded by small islands.

Stay

There is no option available to stay for common people like us. There is a place for staying but that is only available for the government officers.

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