Patalkot: Mysteries of This Deep Valley Will Mesmerise You
The beauty is spread in every nook and corner of India with full of diversities. The radiance is such that every person wants to become a wanderer. If you have the urge to travel, to go to new places, then this world will start alluring you with its beauty. How beautiful India is that it will be understood only after stepping out from your comfort zone. This country is full of beautiful and historical places. Tourists come in large numbers to most places in Madhya Pradesh, but there are some places about which few people know. Today let’s visit one such place which is far below the ground. Patalkot of Madhya Pradesh will fascinate you.
Patalkot is such a unique world in the womb of the land where beauty means nature. Many feet deep from the ground, the dense forests spread far from the reach of the sun, the unique culture of the tribals, the mysteries of nature and the completely natural environment separate Patalkot from any tourist destination.
It is said that many secrets are buried in the womb of nature, to know such secrets, the permission of nature is necessary. The land of Madhya Pradesh is also hiding many such beautiful secrets in its heart. Patalkot, situated 1700 feet below the ground near Chhindwara, is also such a beautiful secret, which was exposed by nature some time ago.
Where Is Patalkot
The valley is located at a distance of 78 km from Chhindwara in the North-West direction and 20 km from Tamia Tehsil in the North-East Direction. ‘Doodhi’ river flows in the valley. This horse–shoe shaped valley is surrounded by the high mountains of Satpura and there are several pathways to reach the villages located inside the valley. The rocks are mostly by the Archaean era which are nearly 2500 million years and comprised with Granite gneiss, green schists, basic rocks, quartz with Gondwana sediments including conglomerate sandstone, shales and carbonaceous shales. The composite carbon on the rocks called Shilajit is also found on few patches in upper zones. The Patalkot valley is spread over an area of 79 km2 at an average height of 2750–3250 feet above Mean Sea Level from 22.24 to 22.29 ° North and 78.43 to 78.50 ° East. There are 5 ways to reach this magical world, which pass through dense forests. These paths introduce us to that form of nature which is untouched by pollution and the evils of modern life. The clean water flowing between the big rocks in these beautiful plains purifies our mind.
History not Mythology
It is said about Patalkot that Ravana’s son Meghnath went to Patal Lok after worshiping Shiva at this place, hence this place is known as Patalkot. Patalkot, which is located deep in the ground, is also famous for its tribal civilization. About a dozen villages are settled here. Away from the urban glare, the Gond and Bharia tribals are still living their traditional ways of life.
They cannot be called opponents of development, but they want to maintain a necessary distance from machines and the modern world to preserve the natural beauty. Even instead of doctors, they rely on herbs for treatment. The herbs present here are considered to be amazing and rare, with the help of which they are also claimed to cure many serious diseases. The tribal castes living here consider nature like a mother, so they do not like to sieve it with a plough. These people do not use any kind of digging tools for farming.
Unique Herbal Treasures
Over ages, the Bharia and Gond ancestral networks here sharpened their interesting range of abilities, gathering restorative plants and spices, crushing them into powders and pulps, and figuring out solutions for diabetes and body sufferings, toothaches and hacks.
There are many pavement medicine shops, set up by the residents of Patalkot on a daily basis. The men tell me about their carefully harvested produce and how to use it. The medicines are found to be very useful for natural ailments. You can even spend time with them, acquainting yourself of the various plants, the ways of extracting the pulp and preparing the medicines. Their medicine men are called Bhumkas. For easy sale, the contents of the forest have been powdered, packaged, labelled, and laid out on the pavement for visitors to buy. You can also check out the handmade products made out of wood and bamboo by the locals.
Hope you have enjoyed reading about the hidden world of Patalkot. Do visit the place and churn your travel enthusiasm with this amazing valley.