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Chitrakoot, India’s ‘Niagara’ draws in crowds

RAIPUR: Chitrakoot water falls is at its beautiful best during this peak monsoon, fascinating and attracting many tourists to the tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
Being described as ‘Niagara of India’ because of its width, Chitrakoot fall is the largest waterfall in country as the height of the falls is about 95 feet.

Every monsoon, the water fall formed by lifeline of Bastar – Indravati River, becomes gorgeous, reports The Times of India. The water fall is located at a distance of 38km to the west of Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar.

Tourism officer at Jagdalpur, Ajay Shrivastava told TOI, “This waterfall is in a horseshoe shape so it looks very wide in volume. Usually, water falls from 100 feet but now it has become less than 60-70 feet. It has widened up to 150 meters. Tourist capacity is also increasing day by day as the fall is getting popular across India. This time, almost double number of tourists have visited and it will definitely increase further in monsoon and winter.”

Chhattisgarh tourism department has developed guest-houses near Chitrakoot waterfall so that visitors can have the view of the beautiful fall late at night. Entry of the Chitrakoot fall opens early morning and goes on till 10pm.

“We have started the flood light night show also with beautiful colours which enhance the beauty of the waterfall. As per demand of the public we provide musical shows also,” Shrivastava said.

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