The Hill of Many Wonders : Chitrakoot
Chitrakoot, the celebrated pilgrimage town is 8 km. south of Karwi town and 70 km. south-east of Banda district on the road to Allahabad. A tranquil retreat, it is located on the northern spur of the Vindhyas. Chitrakoot, 'the hill of many wonders', is a gift of nature and the gods. A city with more than one legendary significance, according to the epic Ramayana it was the abode of Lord Ram and mother Sita for eleven years during their exile; the place where Sage Atri and Sati Anasuya also lived. This holy city, the abode of the gods, is set in sylvan surroundings on the beautiful river Mandakini. It is dotted with innumerable temples and shrines.
The Romance of Vindhya : Bundelkhand
The romance of Bundelkhand is still alive today. Rugged Forts and Palaces-the legacy of its chequered past echo with tales of valour and chivalry that bear a silent testimony to the splendour of an era long gone by. The area known as Bundelkhand is today identified with the districts of Jhansi, Lalitpur, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Banda, Mahoba and Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh and Sagar, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, Panna, Damoh , Parts of Gwalior, Datia, Shivpuri & Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh.
Bundelkhand's grandeur and magnificence can be explored in its ancient religious sites & glorious monuments. Hidden treasures all waiting to be discovered; an ideal for a unique holiday of discovery and fun.
A forested hill of prime religious significance, this is believed to be the original Chitrakoot. The Bharat Milap Temple is located here. Pilgrims perform a ritual circumambulation of the hill to seek blessings.
This picturesque spot is marked by two immense rocks. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita feasted their eyes on the beauty of Chitrakoot.
Located on a steep hillside, it is approachable by a flight of 360 steps. Here, the waters of a natural spring cascade over an image of Lord Hanuman.
On the banks of the River Mandakini, and centre of ritual activity, this ghat is the most frequented in Chitrakoot. The "Aarti" performed in the evening is particularly beautiful.
An unusual cave over the Mandakini. Said to be the place where Sita bathed.