Jhojha Waterfall and the Enchanting Pando Tribe – Unveiling the Hidden Beauty

Jhojha waterfalls, Pendra

Written by Prabodh Kumar Balyan and Harsh Pratap Nand from team Unexplored Bastar, working as a tourism consultant and Community Mobilizer of District Gaurela Pendra Marwahi

Welcome to the enchanting world of Chhattisgarh, where nature’s wonders and tribal heritage come together in harmony. Today, we embark on a journey to explore the hidden gem of the District Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi – the captivating Jhojha Waterfall. Nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, this unexplored marvel is a testament to the untouched beauty of Chhattisgarh.

Clicked by Anirudra Sarkar

The Allure of Jhojha Waterfall

Located approximately 5 km away from Basti-Baghera Gram Panchayat, Jhojha Waterfall is a delightful destination for travelers seeking a unique experience. The journey to the waterfall is as mesmerizing as the destination itself, with a scenic drive/ride that unveils the rural and agricultural charm of the region. As you traverse through the magnificent range of mountains, the anticipation for the breathtaking waterfall builds up.

The three-tiered Jhojha Waterfall stands tall, boasting a height of about 150 ft. The water, at times crystal-clear and other times coffee-brown, cascades gracefully, creating a mesmerizing sight and a soothing sound that engulfs your senses. The waterfall is truly a spectacle to behold and a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.

Jhojha waterfalls in Monsoon. Pic by Harsh Pratap Nand

The Thrilling Trek to Jhojha Waterfall

Before you set out on your adventure, be prepared for a moderate trek of 1.5-2 km. There are no ladders or steps to descend from the hilltop, nor is there a dedicated paved road to reach the waterfall. The descent might be steep, but the effort is rewarded tenfold by the awe-inspiring beauty that awaits you.


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Jhojha Waterfall is during the Pre-Monsoon to Post-Monsoon/Winter season, spanning from June to mid-January. During this time, the waterfall is at its most majestic form, surrounded by lush greenery and a pleasant climate.

Proximity to Connectivity

Despite being a hidden gem, reaching Jhojha Waterfall is relatively convenient. It is merely 40 km away from Pendra and a mere 236 km from Chhattisgarh’s capital city, Raipur.

For travelers coming from different parts of the country, the nearest transportation hubs are:

– Nearest Bus Stand: Pendra Bus Stand

– Nearest Railway Station: Pendra Road Station

– Nearest Airport: Swami Vivekananda Airport (Raipur)

The Pando Tribe/Community: A Cultural Marvel

What makes Jhojha Waterfall even more fascinating is the presence of the Pando Tribe, one of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs). According to their legends, they consider themselves descendants of the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata. The Pando Tribe’s association with the Pandavas adds a layer of cultural richness to the already captivating natural beauty of the region. Their unique traditions, art, and way of life make them an integral part of the charm of Jhojha Waterfall.

Pando tribe

Preserving Nature, Empowering Communities

Beyond its natural allure, Jhojha Waterfall also serves as a platform for various initiatives that contribute to its preservation and empower the local communities. These initiatives include mobilization programs, training for sustainable tourism practices, cleanliness drives, inauguration of nakas (entry points), designated parking areas, and organized trekking and camping planning.

Camping at Jhojha waterfalls. Pic by Harsh Pratap Nand

Capturing the Beauty and community tourism of Unexplored Bastar

To entice you even further, here are some photographs of Jhojha Waterfall’s serene beauty

Visit and Experience the Magic

Jhojha Waterfall and the Pando Tribe offer an extraordinary experience that connects you with nature and indigenous culture. As you embark on this journey of discovery, let the allure of the unexplored captivate your senses and leave you with cherished memories that last a lifetime.

Note: Please ensure responsible tourism practices during your visit, respecting the local culture and environment. Let’s keep this hidden paradise pristine and inviting for generations to come. Happy exploring!

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