Chitrakoot Tourist Place
About the place
Chitrakoot or "the hill of many wonders" is a hallowed centre of pilgrimage. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita spent their 14 years of exile and where the Sage Atri and Sati Anasuya meditated. The holy town is set on the banks of the River Mandakini, also known as the Payaswaini River. The riverside is lined with ghats and the town dotted with temples dedicated to several deities of the Hindu pantheon.
Kamadgiri is 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 to seek blessings.
Sphatik Shila is a picturesque spot 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.
Hanuman Dhara is 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.
Ram Ghat is on the banks of the River Mandakini, and it is the centre of ritual activity. This ghat is the most frequented in Chitrakoot. The "Aarti" performed in the evening is particularly beautiful.
Janki kund is an unusual cave over the Mandakini. Said to be the place where Sita bathed.
How to reach
By Air : From Chitrakoot the nearest airport is Khajuraho 185 km.
By Rail : The nearest railway station for Chitrakoot is Karvi : 8 km. Some of the major trains are
- 1181.1182 and 1159/1160 (Agra Howrah Exp)
- 1107/1108 Bundelkhand Exp
- 1449/1450 Mahakaushal Exp (Kutub Exp),
- 5009/5010 Chitrakoot Exp (Lucknow-Jabalpur)
- 1069/1070 Tulsi Exp (Allahabad-Mumbai), Bundelkhand Exp (Gwalior-Allahabad).
By Road : Chitrakoot is well connected by road. There are regular bus services to Banda, Allahabad, Jhansi, Varanasi, Chhatarpur, Satna, Kanpur, Faizabad, Lucknow, Agra, Maihar, etc. Some Road distances are :
Allahabad - 125 km, Satna - 75 km, Lucknow - 285 km, Mahoba - 127 km, Kalinjar 88 km, Jhansi 274 km.