In the epic Mahabharat, Bheema killed the evil Kichaka after a herculean bout and threw him into the valley. Hence the name Chikhaldara or Chikhalda from Kichak Dara, the valley of Kichak. Located in the Satpuras at a height of 1,118 mtr, Chikhaldara is a famous city in Amravati district in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra.
The interesting excursions from Chikhaldara are, Gavilgarh fort, Narnala fort, Shakkar lake where you can go on a pleasant boat ride, Bihmkund where Bheema washed his hands after slaying Kichaks, the Shiva Shrine, the Vana Udyan – Amzari Forest Nursery, the Tribal Museum or any of the various points like Devi, Monkey, Panchbol, Ballentine Shakkar, Long, Hurricane, Kalal Kund, Jatra Doh, Vairat Sunset Point and Pospect. Of all beautiful things that make up Chikhaldara, the tribes take pride of the place. One will be enchanted by their colourful dances, their infectious sense of rhythm, their talent of crafting unusual musical instruments, their flair for colour or just the genuineness of their smile. Chikhaldara holds endless fascination for the wildlife enthusiast.
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Climate: Summer is warm during daytime and cool in the evening. In winter, temperature remains below 10° Celsius. Foggy & cool atmosphere remains in rainy season. Regular clothing is recommended for all season. July to September and October to February are the ideal time to visit Chikhaldara.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Chikhaldara
Road: Mumbai to Chikhaldara – 763 Km. Nagpur to Chikhaldara – 230 Km. Amravati is at a distance of 100 Km.
Rail: Nearest Railway station is Badnera at 100 Km away.
Air: Nearest Airport is Nagpur at 230 Km away.
Tourist Attractions in Chikhaldara
Melghat Tiger Reserve: Amidst the teak and bamboo forests is a wealth of wild animals like Sloth Bear, Hyena, Wild dogs, Gaur, Sambhar, Nilgai, Barking deer, Four horned Antelope, Wild boar and of course the magnificent Tiger.
Narnala Fort: The largest monument of antiquity in Akola district is the fine hill fort of Narnala, standing upon an isolated hill of the Satpura range at a height of 1053 Mtr. The fort covers an area of 22 Sq Km and is surrounded by forest. The water tank in the fort area is frequented by the denizens of the forest at night. A wildlife sanctuary has been established here recently. The fort is very close to Chikhaldara Hill Station.
Museums: Out of the two museums located at Chikhaldara, one is locatd at Maharashtra Forest Ranger’s College and other one is at Tiger Project.
Hurricane Point: The Hurricane Point itslf is a impressive illustrattion of lush greens and picturesque-views. A trip to Hurricane Point for about half an hour is very worthy before venturing into the hills for relishing a picture-perfect vista.
Bhimkund: Located approximately 2 km south of Alladhoh village in Chikhaldara, this historical place is renowned as where the indomitable Bheema had killed the demon Kichak. After killing the demon, Bheema threw his body in a valley, Kichakdhara and took a bath in the waters of Bhimkund, which has been named since then.