Dhamtari is a district located in the state of Chhattisgarh and was officially formed in the year 1998, after the amalgamation of Dhamma and Tarai. The district of Dhamtari covers a total area of 2029 square kilometres and is located 305 metres above sea level.
Dhamtari is surrounded by the Satpura range in the eastern part, which is popularly known by the name of Sihawa Pahad. In the west is Kanker district and north is Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.
The principal river of the district is Mahanadi, which is known by different names in the adjoining area like Kankanaddi, Neelotpala, Mandvahini, Jairath, Chitrotpala etc. It has tributaries by the name of Pairy, Sendur, Sondur, Joan, Kharun and Shivnath. It is because of the presence of these rivers, that Dhamtari consists of fertile lands perfect for paddy cultivation.
The Dhamtari district still preserves its tribal history and culture in different traditional art forms like music, local cuisines and dance. The tribal hamlets present in the district represent the ancient tribal culture that was prevalent earlier.
Some of the major tourists attractions in Dhamtari include major dams located here like Sivah Dam, which is a very huge dam and the Gangrel dam. Other places of attractions here include Hathi Kot, Amrit Kund and Dantheswari Cave.
Dhamtari also provides varied options of hiking and trekking as there are many jungles in the region. Other than the dams, the wildlife sanctuaries present here are also popular.
Dhamtari can be reached by train and bus. The destination has its own dedicated railway station, from where trains are available to all nearby locations of the district. Generally, only narrow gauge trains operate in the station of Dhamtari, from where trains are available to the major station in Raipur, which is connected with all major cities of India including Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Nagpur.
Other than trains, buses are available from the city of Raipur, which is about sixty kilometres to the north of Dhamtari and from there regular buses are available. Travellers have the option of coming to Dhamtari directly or visit through Raipur. The best time to visit Dhamtari is in winters when the temperature is moderate.