Mainpat: The Shimla of Chhatisgarh where water flows upwards

Mainpat: The Shimla of Chhatisgarh where water flows upwards

Tourists who have visited the place claim that a paper boat left in water moves towards the higher side of the stream than towards its lower end

Mainpat: The Shimla of Chhatisgarh where water flows upwards lesser known tourism destination 30stades

Lush green hills, waterfalls, gushing rivulets and breathtaking valleys – this is Mainpat, a little village and hill station in Ambikapur in the Sarguja district of Chhatisgarh.

Also called the Shimla of Chhatisgarh, Mainpat has another interesting feature to boast of – gravity hill or magnetic hill due to which a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope and water seems to flow up instead of going down.

According to scientists, this phenomenon is often caused in places that have an obstructed horizon, giving rise to an optical illusion. Horizon is considered a reliable reference for judging the slope of a surface and if it is not visible, the human mind can be tricked into believing that things are moving upwards.

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Tourists who have visited the place claim that a paper boat left in water moves towards the higher side of the stream than towards its lower end. This site is popularly called “Ulta Pani” which loosely translates to reverse water flow.

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Mainpat is 1085 metres above sea level. The Tiger Point Waterfall here is a major tourist attraction. With water falling from a height of 60 metres, it originates from the Mahadev Muda River and is surrounded by dense forests. Locals say that tigers were sighted here some years back, which led to the name Tiger Point. Tourists can take steps down to reach the bottom of the waterfall from where it turns into a stream.

A board in Mainpat informing tourists about 'Ulta Pani'. Pic: Flickr 30stades
A board in Mainpat informing tourists about ‘Ulta Pani’. Pic: Flickr

Mainpat is also home to Tibetan immigrants, who were allotted land in 1962-63 by the Central government much before Chhatisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh (in 2000). The government gave 3,000 acres of land in the hilly area to 1400 Tibetan immigrants.

They make designer mats and woollen clothes for a living besides cultivating potato, buckwheat and other seasonal crops. Their temple, the Dhakpo Monastery, is also popular among tourists.

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Given the rising number of visitors, the local government is now offering water sports and camping facilities at Mainpat. Trekking trips are also organized. Plans are afoot to turn Mainpat into an adventure tourism area. Until that happens, one can visit Mainpat to just enjoy the greenery, waterfalls and valleys. The hill station in pictures here:

Tiger Point at Mainpat. Pic: Chhatishgarh Tourism 30stades
Tiger Point at Mainpat. Pic: Chhatishgarh Tourism
Mist enveloping the hills at Mainpat in the morning. Pic: Chhatisgarh Tourism 30stades
Mist enveloping the hills at Mainpat in the morning. Pic: Chhatisgarh Tourism

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Many streams dot the landscape at Mainpat. Pic: Flickr
Many streams dot the landscape at Mainpat. Pic: Flickr
Water sports at Mainpat. Pic: Chhattisgarh Tourism 30stades
Water sports at Mainpat. Pic: Chhattisgarh Tourism

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Buddhist temple at Mainpat. Pic: Chhattishgarh Tourism 30stades
Buddhist temple at Mainpat. Pic: Chhattishgarh Tourism
Tibetan settlement at Mainpat. Pic: Flickr 30stades
Tibetan settlement at Mainpat. Pic: Flickr

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An elderly Tibetan lady at Mainpat. Pic: Flickr 30stades
An elderly Tibetan lady at Mainpat. Pic: Flickr

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