Dindori is a predominantly tribal district located on the eastern borders of madhyapradesh touching Chhattisgarh. It is located at 81.34 degree latitude and 21.16 longitudes. it touches Shahdol in east, Mandla in west, Umaria in north, and Bilaspur District of Chhattisgarh state in south. Dindori is centrally located from famous tourists destinations like bandhavgarh National Park, Narmada passes through the district. It is situated at a height of 1100m above sea level amongst herbal rich, Maikal mountain ranges.
Dindori boasts to have the best evergreen Sal forest in Asia. One of the most primitive tribes Baigas resides in the District and they are declared as the "National Human" Dindori has a moderate climate and evenings are pleasant. Undulated lands, mountains, valleys, river streams and thick forest cover gives the entire District a serene look, which attracts many nature lovers and is becoming a famous eco-tourism destination.
Patangarh is a small vilaage in Dindori which is famous for a rich tradition of producing world class painters depicting tribal culture and heritage in their paintings.
The art of Iron extraction from ore and making products from wrought iron is still prevalent in Dindori. Quality, precision and skills of tribal people is at its best when it comes to artefacts made of wrought iron.
Products made of bamboo by tribal people are being used in many five star Hotels and in many households for Interior Decoration purposes. The Bamboo art work of Dindori is slowly getting the recognization, it desreves.
Dindori falls in the Achanakmar Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve area which has a rich Bio-diversity. Medical tourism is on a rise as many people are resorting to traditional knowledge of medicinal herbs that is being used by tribals to cure various ailments.
Many folk dances are performed in this region. The baiga and Gond tribes are considered to be fond of dances and music. For them music is a gift from the God. Their dances are divided into two categories i.e. Social and religious dances.The religious dances are performed to get the blessing from God,to get rid of problem caused by the evils like Flood,famine and epidemic.
In the religious dances there are Sua , Dashera, Doha and Sumran whereas in
the social dances Karma, Reena, Saila, Bilma, Jharpad and Tapadi are very
popular among the tribes.
Ghughwa National fossils Park is situated 70km from Dindori in village Ghughwa. It is nestled in an area of 75 acres of land where attractive and rare fossils of leaves and trees are waiting to be explored. This National Park has plants in fossil form that existed in India anywhere between 40 million and 150 million years ago. Petrified trunks of trees have been identified as gymnosperms and Angiosperms Monocotyledons and palms. There are certain Bryophytes also. Depending on the age in which the Pangaea split into Laurasia and Gondwana land occurred, the fossils belong to either Jurassic or Cretaceous Age.
Of the 8 ancient human tribes in India that still hold on to their own ancient ways and exhibit primitiveness in the anthropological sense, the Baigas are among the last remaining inhabitants. Baiga tribes belong to the Dravidian race and are also declared as the National Human Tribe.
Their appearance is what differentiates them from the other tribal groups in the District. Their wild and unkempt looks, tattoos among the women, piece of cloth covering the head that serves as a turban and similar dressing pattern all help in making them easily recognizable to even the most unobservant outsider. They are of a delicate and fine physique not generally associated with the other tribal groups in the District. A distingiuishing feature of the Baiga tribe is that their women are famous for sporting tattoos of various kinds on almost all parts of their body.
The characterstics which made the Baiga special namely the cult of magic, bewar or cultivation, ancient customs of medicine their formidable hunting prowess, their famed story telling abilities may have lessened in the new centuries but against all odds, the Baigas have still managed to retain all these characterstics.
Village Karopani is a classic example of mutual co-existence of humans and wildlife. Rare species of black bucks and spotted deer can be easily seen in Karopani which is just 4kms from the state Highway No. 21 is going towards Amarkantak.
Situated just 18 km from Dindori, Devnala gives tourist and nature lovers a unique experience of its own. There is a deep cave nestled among the hills over which water falls from a height of 50 feet. Devnala is being developed as a Yoga Kendra where tourists can relax and appreciate Mother Nature.
The Dagona waterfall is almost 85 km from Dindori and is situated on Budner River in between Goura & Kanhari village. Dagona means to "Cross a river in a single jump". A temple of Budi Mail is also near the water fall. This site reminds one of the famous Bhedaghat on River Narmada in Jabalpur. Locals call it "mini Bhedaghat".
If there is Jal mahal in Udaipur then Dindori boasts of the Jal-Paan which has become one of the most famous place to eat in the Amarkantak region. Jal-Paan is a cafeteria made entirely of bamboos & wood surrounded by water. The cafeteria is famous for its traditional delicacies and adjacent to the cafeteria is located the Kapildhara Art emporium, which displays a range of artifacts depicting tribal culture and tradition. There is a sales counter for the famous Patangarh tribal paintings, bamboo works, traditional handloom, wrought iron products and ayurvedic medicines