About the City

Celebrated in ballads and the scriptures for its natural beauty and closely associated with the epic Ramayan, Chitrakoot or "the hill of many wonders" is a hallowed centre of pilgrimage.

  • Area : 38.2 sq. km.
  • Population : 8,00,592 (2001 census)
  • Altitude : 207 mtrs. above sea level.
  • Season : July-March
  • Clothing (Summer) : Cottons
  • Clothing (Winter) : Woolens
  • Language : Hindi, Bundeli, English
  • Local Transport : Cycle Rickshaw during fairs and festivals, taxis also ply between Chitrakoot, Rajapur and Karvi.
  • STD Code : 05198 Half of Chitrakoot lies in U.P. and the other half in M.P. To dial for U.P. Chitrakoot 765 has to be added to the Banda Code 0519. To dial for M.P. Chitrakoot 865 has to be added instead. STD Code for U.P. region is 05198 and within border of M.P. 07670

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Fairs Festivals

  • Ramayan Mela : Feb-March
  • Ramnavmi : March-April
  • ‘Deepdan’ during Dipawali : Oct.-Nov.

 

Places of Interest

Kamadgiri

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 circumambulation of the hill to seek blessings.

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Restaurants & Hospitals

Restaurants

Only local eateries/dhabas serving Indian cuisine are available.

  • Mata Shri Jai Devi Anand Ram Jaipuriya Smriti Bhawan, Chitrakoot. Ph : 05198-210204
  • Paryatak Awas Grah, Chitrakoot U.P. Ph : 05198-224219
    e-mail: rahitochitrakoot@up-tourism.com
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Shopping

Chitrakoot has very little shopping options. Only items available on sale are rituals items or small wooden toys, which can be taken back as souvenirs.

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Tourist Information

  • Office of the Asstt. Tourist Officer, Tourist Bungalow Campus, Chirakoot, Ph : 05198-224218
    E-mail.: rtoalld_upt@yahoo.com
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Accessibility

Air

From Chitrakoot the nearest airport is Khajuraho : 185 km.

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).

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.

Banks, Post & Telegraph

Bank
  • State Bank of India, Sitapur, Chitrakoot. Ph : 05198-224216.
Post Offices
  • Post Office, Chitrakoot Dham, Sitapur, Chitrakoot. Ph : 05198-224252

Excursions

Gupt Godavari

19 km. This is a tiny rivulet which flows into tanks at the end of an underground cave. The source of this rivulet remains unfathomable. Two natural throne-line rocks in the cave have led to the belief that Lord Rama and his brother Laxman held court here.