Chikhaldara at a height of about 1118 meters and has lovely scenic beauty is the most famous hill station in Maharashtra and has beautiful valleys and streams flowing though this valley. Chikhaldara is named after Bhima a pandava killed Keechaka and threw him in the hills. After this the place was known as Keechakadara and later as Chikhaldara hills.
As this place is full with velvet fog for most of the time it is breezy and very cool here and the tourists always feel as if they are walking on the clouds. There are many waterfalls here as rainy season is present for a very long period of time. Tourists also enjoy doing trekking here as the valleys are deep and filled with dense forest. People can have a thrilling view of sunset and sunrise from various picnic spots in and around the hills.
Chikhaldara Tourist Attractions
Gavilgarh Fort: ( Gawilgarh or Gawilgad Fort )
Gavilgad fort also has an important place in the great epic of Mahabharata. It is believed that Bhima killed Keechaka here and threw him down the cliff. The city of Chikhaldara got its name from here. It was then known as Keechakadara – Chikhaldara is its corruption. The wall comprises of stone sculptures of elephants, bulls, tigers, lions, and also Hindi, Urdu and Arabic scripts. There are ten cannons made of copper, iron and brass inside the fort. Idols of Hanuman and Shiva are also seen.
October to June is the best time to visit Gavilgad fort. The temperature here varies from 39 degree in summer to 5 degree in winter.
Chikhaldara Government Garden : The upper plateau area of Chikhaldara is with full of dense trees, and locality of living people is negligible. The government garden is at upper plateau. The garden is open for visitors is at morning 8.00am to evening 7.00pm. The old name is ‘Company Garden’. Because it is constructed by the foreigners. Many years ago, Gawali people is situated on this garden area. But they are migrated in the wast side. This side is called ‘Pandhari Village’ .
Various flowers and plants is also available in this garden. The swimming tank facility is also provided by the ‘Hanuman Vyam Prasarak Mandal’. The special area of this garden is saved for rose tree. Many rare plants in cold air region is also available. The mini train is the special attraction of this garden.
Bir Lake : This Lake is built under British government rule in Dec 1890. This lake is built in basalt. It is used for soldiers in the British government rle hence called as Bir Lake. The water was initially used for Chikhaldara town. It also has a old garden but it is not well maintained.
Mahadev Temple : This temple is at 6km. from the KalaPani Lake. There is a way from Mozari village to go towards this temple. The people visited this temple in large nos. in the month of ‘Shrawan’ (after mid July ) on every Monday.
Devi Mandir: This level is nearer for the shakkar lake, the cave temple lies under 3 big slabs of rock. H2o from the shakkar lake continuously seeps through the ceiling from the cave.
Shakkar Lake : is on the way going towards Gawilgarh fort. The water from this lake is used for water supply office by Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran. There is arrangement of water boats also. The tourist can enjoy the Speed Boat, Pedal Boat, Scooter Boat etc.
Hariken Stage:It’s situated at southern region with the upper plateau of chikhaldara near govt garden. 1 can see the Gavilgarh fort, Mozari village, Vairat hills as well as the enormous region from the below the hills side.
Sunset -Point : The stage is located about the Vairat hills at Vairat. Which is regarded as to be King’s Variant capital in the Mahabharata era. Sunset is extremely attractive to see. Chikhaldara in the east from right here and on west lays the quite a few hill ranges befitting the name Satpuda’s
Panchbol Position: This is one of the renowned and important points, The five hills edges are connected naturally and it will become a popular huge valley, sound echoes 5 occasions therefore its known as panch valley.
There are two Museums at chikhaldara area, one of them is at Maharashtra Forest Rainger’s College, Chikhaldara. The sample of wild animals and plants are also available to see. One of the rare ‘focils’ is also available. Another museum is of Tiger Project, for that we have to go through the way which is turning from ‘Yoga Training Center’. The sample of animals and plants are also put in this museum. Apart from this the information for the leaving standard and customs of local main tribe is ‘Korku’.
There are MTDC resorts with all accommodation amenities and they arrange super living facility for the tourists. Other options are lodges, hotels and economy guest houses with reasonable rates that with suite everyone’s pocket.
By Air : Akola and Nagpur will be the closest airports- a hundred and fifty kms absent and 230 kms away respectively.
By Rail : Nearest railway station is Badnera at 110-km about the Central Railway line.
By Street : Nearest bus depot is Amravathi 100-km