As I sit down to write this, I am taken back to the green expanses of the state of Chhattisgarh. Having been born and brought up, at least for the first 8 years of my life, in the greenest state in India: Kerala, the beauty of nature isn’t new to me. I remember holding my mum’s hand, schoolbag bouncing up and down on my back as I skipped along, two feet tall, the unpaved road with paddy fields on either side to catch my ride to school. It is to those days that I journeyed to within, when I gazed out the window, drinking in the green as green can get landscapes of this beautiful state that I am still hungover from. In the best way possible, mind.
Ask anyone who has spent some time with me and they’ll tell you I am someone who likes to sit back and observe. While this puts me at the risk of not taking part in every conversation, or capturing every moment in photos for posterity, they’re etched in my heart forever more. This is not to say I do not have a visual treat for you, as seen through my eyes and the lens of my phone.
I tend to click pictures of those moments that make my eyes go wide. Then, if time permits, I sit back and absorb these moments, breathing them in. When I look back at my trip to Chhattisgarh, my mind is immersed in the indisputable beauty of it all, a week of fresh air, long drives and great company. And now, I want to take you through the moments that made me go wow. #wowcg, that is.
It seemed like every glance, every turn in the road brought about yet another surprise, a frame-worthy one at that! One such surprise was the cottage on stilts we stayed at in Barnawapara, at the Hareli Eco Resort, a resort run completely by solar power, without sacrificing creature comforts. 24/7 hot water and AC, what more could you want? Oh, actually, there was more…it has its own lake that all the bedrooms have a direct view onto, manicured lawns, great food, and really friendly staff.
There are still more things I saw and experienced in Chhattisgarh – now you realise why I must break it up into parts. I do not want to miss anything, and I do not want you to miss anything about the place either. I think the next time you plan your vacation, it’s time to explore Chhattisgarh – the tribal planet, the monsoon destination, the genuinely friendly state that’s waiting to woo you with its wonders. Bypass the crowds and head here, with open roads, scenic views and memories you’ll want to relive over and over again. Contact Chhattisgarh Tourism to start planning your trip – they have an app to whet your wanderlust too. So, what are you waiting for, get ready to #GoChattisgarh!
Tinkesh A is a Mumbai based photographer who specializes in food photography. He has also established a niche in travel and fashion photography. Check him out on Instagram, on Twitter, and go see his amazing work at his website: www.shutterbug.co.in