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Chitrakoot is a city that is spread over the district of Chitrakoot in the state of Uttar Pradesh and in the district of Satna in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated on the banks of River Mandakini and is located in the Chitrakoot Parvat Mala which is a string of hills that have religious significance.
  • Country: India
  • State: Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh
  • Capital: Lucknow, Bhopal
  • Zip Code: 210205
  • STD/Local Code: 519
  • Phone code: 00 + 91 + 519+ the number.
  • Language: Hindi
  • Best Period: October to March
  • Weather: Sub-Tropical climate
  • Time Zone: IST (UTC +05:30)
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Airports: Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
Explore Chitrakoot, Lord Ram’s home

Perched in the northern ranges of grandiose Vindhya Mountains is this great historical and mythological town of Chitrakoot that means “Hill of many wonders.” A culturally rich town with the religious, historical and archeological importance that as a whole is spread across the state of Uttar Pradesh as well as the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The peaceful woods along the scenic backdrop of the lofty peaks make the journey through this idyllic town a memorable one. Chitrakoot is dotted with several temples and shrines which are mostly devoted to Lord Ram, Sita, and Lakshman. This region is also known for grand celebrations during each Amavasya (new moon) of which Deepawali, Makar-Sankranti, Ramnavami and Sharad Purnima are special occasions that draw a lot of crowd to this place. Apart from the religious significance, this place proffers some really great views of nature as the gleaming streams wind about the valleys adorning the blissful nature.

Whether you are seeking religious guidance or just tranquility, Chitrakoot will give you both bundled together with magnificent views of nature as you worship and meditate in the sanctums.

Best Time to Visit

(Describe the climate of Chitrakoot)

Chitrakoot experiences cool winters and hot summers like most of the north Indian cities.

Summer: Summers in Chitrakoot tend to extend from March to June and are very hot with temperatures soaring up to 47 and minimum temperatures being anywhere close to 25to 30. Travelers usually avoid this time period as it is not very favorable.

Monsoons: As the rains soak up Chitrakoot, it looks pleasantly beautiful with lush greenery. The rainy season begins from July to September when the temperature is moderate with little increase in humidity thus keeping the weather pleasantly comfortable.

Winter: By the month of November the winter season begins which continues until February. The day temperatures stay around 20 keeping the weather warm and very pleasing. Nights get cooler with temperatures sometimes dropping even below 2

How to Reach

(Transport availability for traveling)


The airport at Khajuraho is the nearest airport to Chitrakoot, which is at a distance of 185km. Air India and Jet airways service this airport with flights connecting from Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. Another option is Varanasi airport which is at a distance of 270km.


Chitrakoot is likewise well connected by road, and there are bus services to towns like Allahabad, Satna, Panna, Banda, Khajuraho, Jabalpur and other destinations. Many tourists travel with private taxis as it is convenient to get around the town.


The nearest railway station is 12km from Chitrakoot in Karvi, which is well connected with most cities such as Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, etc.



Chitrakoot is a sacred place that has many places of religious importance that are also tourist attractions.
Kamad Giri, which means wish-fulfilling peak is the prime religious place in this region as it is believed that Lord Ram, Sita, and Lakshman spent most of the time during their exile years here, and the Kamtaji temple that is located on this hill is dedicated to them. This forested hill houses several shrines and temples dedicated to various Hindu gods which are along the Parikrama Path across the mountain. It is believed that covering this 5km stretch of Parikrama would grant the wishes of the worshipers.
Ram Ghat: Located on the banks of River Mandakini is another holy place, Ram Ghat where Lord Ram is believed to have taken his baths. A holy dip in the waters of this river would wash away your sins is the popular belief of this place.
Bharat Milap temple: A holy shrine in the surroundings of Kamad Giri is the Bharat Milap temple which is built to signify the meeting which took place between Lord Ram and his brother Bharat.
Hanuman Dhara hills: A temple dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman is located at the Hanuman Dhara hill which is a beautiful nature setting with gleaming waterfall cascading down the hill atop the idol of Lord Hanuman. It is believed that this area was created by Lord Ram to alleviate Hanuman when he returned after setting Lanka on fire.
Sita Rasoi: On the peak of this Hanuman, Dhara Hill is Sita Rasoi that is believed to have been Goddess Sita’s Kitchen during the exile years.
Sati Anusaya Ashram: 16km away from the town, amidst thick forests is the Sati Anusaya Ashram where Arti Muni, his wife Anusaya and their three sons (incarnations of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) are believed to have lived and meditated.
The experience of being in this peaceful ambience amidst the lustrous greenery where you can listen to the chirping of birds while the river Mandakini flows softly is completely heavenly.

Parks And Wildlife

Sprawling over 230 sq. km is Ranipur Sanctuary that is at a distance of 25 km from Chitrakoot, which is a natural habitat for several animals, including tigers, leopards, bear, sambar, blackbuck, jungle fowl and chinkara and several different birds as well. The time period from November to June is most appropriate to visit here, and you can find many places for accommodation as well in the nearby areas.


Although Chitrakoot is a famous tourist destination, there are just a few places of accommodation in this area. Nonetheless, there are some decently good hotels such as Ram Kripa Inn and Tourist Bungalow and many small guesthouses which you can consider when you need to spend your nights in this town.


Chitrakoot is celebrated for its religious places and hardly is it known to be a shopping destination. However, the town has its local markets, which sufficiently provides for the needs of the residents and also as a tourist if you wish to purchase souvenirs, you will find small shops close to the tourist attractions and several temples that would sell all kinds of small, quirky things.


Chitrakoot has many natural places with mythological significance, such as Gupt Godavari, which is a narrow cave on a hill from where a stream of water flows. Another such place is Janaki Kund, which is on the banks of the river Mandakini where it is believed that Sita would take her baths. Close to this is Sphatic Shila, which is a rock structure that bears a footprint which is believed to have been of Lord Ram.


You will find local eateries and dhabas that will serve you regular Indian food consisting of roti, vegetable, dal and rice. Some of them also offer snacks such as samosas and kachoris.


The city’s main source of earning is tourism along with the local agricultural produce and the small businesses that are run by the locals.