Located just a few kilometres outside of the city is a paradise for trekking and adventure sports around Bhopal. A small hamlet, a home for tribals, a place where tigers roam free, and a land where your inner Junoon will be unleashed. This is Kathotiya – a place that has more to offer for adventure and nature lovers in Bhopal than you can imagine! From ginormous spiders to rare species of birds to sloth bears and the occasional big cat – we have had the privilege to spot them all in this awesome place. From challenging rappelling surfaces to hiking trails, waterfalls, deep ravines, caves and dense jungles, we have found them all here. With such an unrestrained and unchallenged form of Mother Nature present all around, who wouldn’t want to try camping and trekking in Kathotiya.
Junoon Adventure brings to you the option to explore this unbridled wilderness in Bhopal. Join us on our quest to form an unbreakable connection with nature, here in the forest of Kathotiya. Enjoy spending a few hours disconnected with civilisation (yes… there is no mobile network or electricity here, thankfully!) and reconnect with your soul. Challenge yourself with Kathotiya adventure sports activities and feel the rush of adrenaline take over your mind. Spend the night counting stars at Kathotiya jungle camp with the ominous sounds of the forest making the darkness scary and exciting. There is so much to be done here, so many experiences to be had and scores of memories to be made. Why wait!
Get ready to explore this untamed wilderness with the undisputed Kathotiya experts – Junoon Adventure. No one else knows this land more than we do! Get in touch with us today and plan an unforgettable journey exploring this uncharted forest land. This Vindhyachal trekking experience is like no other!
More About Kathotiya
History of Kathotiya
It is believed that Hajji Nawab Hafiz Muhammad Hamidullah Khan, the last Nawab of Bhopal presented the land of Kathotiya as a gift to his daughter Qamar-i-Taj, Taj Dulhan, Nawabzadi Rabia Sultan Begum Sahiba. The tribal village in located on this land was therefore, named ‘Rabiyabad Kathotiya’. The place was a favourite hunting ground of the royals in its time and a home for ‘bheel’ and ‘bhilala’ tribes that live in quaint little hamlets scattered all around the jungle here. The name ‘Kathotiya’ was derived from the geological structure of the valley – its bowl or ‘katora’ like shape lends this land its name – Kathotiya.
Flora and Fauna of Kathotiya
The natural beauty and wildlife here is what makes trekking in Kathotiya such an immersive experience. The jungle here mostly comprises of Sagaun (teak) trees. However, you can also find Arjun, Mahua, Tendu, Achar, Kosam, Karar and many other species in the forest here. Kathotiya also serves as a natural habitat of various wild animals including Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopards, Foxes, Jackals, Porcupines, Neelgai, Sambhar, Cheetals, Barasinghas, Gray Langurs, Macaques, deer and more.
Geology of Kathotiya
The most impressive feature of this place happens to be its interesting terrain. Kathotiya exhibits a geology that is typically characteristic of the Vindhyachal Ranges. Undulating highlands followed dotted with sudden falls/valleys or ‘kho-s’ as they are locally called, are a common feature here. The land is riddled with unexpected caves and rock shelters, some big enough to allow over a 100 people to hide inside. These unique features are what make hiking in Kathotiya a challenging and exciting activity. This amazing terrain is also the reason why wildlife has flourished here, providing apt shelters and hiding places for apex predators to survive.
Rock art of Kathotiya
The rock shelters of Kathotiya has been prehistoric homes of many nomadic tribes, whose existence is proved by the rock paintings left behind by them in many caves here. The paintings have been rendered in red natural dye as well as white and green pigments and depict hunting scenes, horned animals, people dancing in groups and scenes from the life of these hunter-gatherers. This attraction itself is enough to plan a day out for trekking in Sehore as you explore the amazing rock cut shelters of cavemen and nomads in Kathotiya.
Images from Kathotiya
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Attractions around Kathotiya
Kathotiya Jungle Camp: A scenic abode set next to a seasonal river with gorgeous farmland and a dense tree cover all around – camping in Bhopal simply cannot get any better than this! You will love roughing it out in the wild here at this beautiful campsite.
Kathotiya Views: The defining feature of any Vindhyachal trekking zone – undulating highlands that offer scintillating views of the valley all around. Imagine sipping tea up here, as the setting sun throws up a cascade of shades on the horizon with the dense green foliage moving with the wind like waves in the sea – This is life at its very best!
Kathotiya Rock Paintings: Check out rock art left behind by our ancestors who inhabited the caves in Kathotiya centuries ago. These rock paintings have been dated to around 5000 to 11000 years old and are at par with what you will be able to witness at Bheembetka.
Kathotiya waterfalls and rivers: Every monsoon, the river systems of Kathotiya come alive with activity. Cascading waterfalls down from the hills around, forming 2-3 gorgeous 20-30ft waterfalls and pools and flows into deep ravines cut into the land by the river. This phenomenon makes Kathotiya perfect for monsoon adventures like river crossing in Bhopal.
Kathotiya tribal villages: The secluded existence and off-the-land lifestyle of local Bheels and Bhilalas in Kathotiya is an enigma to us city-dwellers. Beautiful little hamlets, cooking utensils fashioned out of dried gourd and pumpkin shells, rudimentary tools and weapons made from rocks, metal and wood – there is so much that you can check out here.
Kathotiya Hiking area: A short hike takes you to the gorgeous view point and rappelling surface, locally known as ‘Cheel Daant’ and a longer, more strenuous trek takes you through the jungle to caves and rock shelters called ‘Imli wala Chajja’. If you’re game, these and many more hidden trekking trails in Kathotiya are waiting for you to explore them. What more can you ask for!
Activities in Kathotiya
Trekking in Kathotiya: Everything from a short farm walk to a day-long trek is available for you to choose from, if you are looking for Kathothia hiking experiences. Plan a day-out here or spend the entire weekend exploring the area – this place has enough on offer to keep you engaged all through your planned adventure getaway near Bhopal.
Chimney Climb in Kathotiya: Very few trekking places around Bhopal provide you with a chance to climb up or down a natural chimney. But Kathotiya is special that way. The place even lets you try your hands at this challenge, culminating the strenuous climb with an awesome reward waiting for you at the top – spectacular views of the valley covered under a dense green curtain of forests sprawling around in every direction.
Camping in Kathotiya: The Kathotiya jungle camp is an amazing location, set right next to the flowing seasonal river that cuts through the land and surrounded on all sides by gorgeous scenery. With the ‘Cheel Daant’ hill top forming the backdrop, local farmland taking up one side and scooched-together teak trees taking up the rest of the space around, this campsite is the definition of what a jungle camp in Bhopal is supposed to be.
Adventure sports around Kathotiya: With such varied terrain and untamed land all around, Kathotiya opens up the possibility of enjoying almost every kind of adventure activity under the sun! From Monkey Crawl across the river to Rope Course activities on the trees nearby to rock climbing or rappelling in Kathotiya on nearby rock surfaces and even river crossing – there is a lot that you can try your hands at here!