Visit a Hill Station -CHIKHALDARA IN AMARAVATI DISTRICT.
Where to stay: There are MTDC, tourist Quarters ranging from 150 to 250 Rs. per family suit. Luxurious private hotels are also there. Meals and breakfasts cost more. Contact the office of the MTDC. At Paratwada for reservations.
How to reach: Hill station Chikhaldara is situated in Satpura Range nearly 150 Kilometers away from my town Akola. (Students should use name of their town.) People from Mumbai side have to reach Amaravati. (District Place) buy a suitable train (CR) running towards Nagpur-Calcutta side. They may take a night halt at Amaravati. S.T. Buses and private luxuries are available at Amaravati. From Paratwada a picturesque, windy road of 50 kilometer takes you to this calm and quite hill station.
When to Visit: Best season is from Sept. to June. In July there are heavy rains here.
What to see: Chikhaldara Darshan Bus takes you for sight seeing round of four hours. Places worth seeing are Fort, Devi point, Bhim Kund, Garden, Echo point, Hurricane point and Sunset point. Municipal Corporation has developed a beautiful garden and a swimming pool. Forest Training College and Museum provide information about wild life, nature, people and their customs.
How to return: Return journey by the same route. Interested people may proceed to “Sema Doh” and “Kolkhas”, situated in the thick forest of Melghat on Dharani Road. Fresh cool air gives solace to tired city souls. ‘Melghat tiger Project’ is famous in India. Good accommodation is provided by forest department and MTDC. Forest guides accompany you to watch wild life.
People, Food, Culture etc: Korku tribal people are the natives of this jungle area. They are poor, uneducated and superstitious. Meeting and talking with them is a pleasure. Cool and pristine air of this hill station refreshes the tourists.