Chandauli is known for its natural beauty
Chandauli is known for its natural beautyShutterstock

Aurwatand Waterfall: The Hidden Gem Of Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh

The picturesque Aurwatand Waterfall, nestled amid lush forests on the Karmanasa River, features ancient rock paintings on its cave walls

On the Karmanasa River, surrounded by lush forests, the Aurwatand waterfall is a wonder. The cave walls underneath are adorned with prehistoric rock paintings. However, the district of Chandauli, wherein lies the Aurwatand waterfalls, is being developed by the UP government, as per a January 2023 report.

Chandauli, near Kashi district, is home to many natural wonders. The Aurwatand Waterfall is one of them and it is now being developed as a new eco-tourism destination. A proposal of Rs 2 Cr. was sent to the state government a few months back from the Chandauli administration for the makeover. This would boost tourism in the region as the large influx of travellers heading to Kashi could be banked on to explore the nearby districts. Developments for the Aurwatand waterfall of Chandauli, which lies some 25 km from the Rajdari-Devdari waterfalls, are slated to be completed by December 2023.

Chandauli And The Falls

A scenic stretch near nirbhaydash chakia market place in Chandauli district
A scenic stretch near nirbhaydash chakia market place in Chandauli district Shutterstock

Chandauli, also known as the "Rice Bowl of Uttar Pradesh" is well-known for its natural beauty and scenic vistas. The Aurwatand waterfall is one of the big highlights of the district. Surrounded by natural valleys on three sides, the waterfall has rare rock paintings dating to the prehistoric era around it. The drop is steep, about 200 ft high, and the cascade is a beautiful, foamy sight.

Lesser Known Waterfalls In UP To Explore

Uttar Pradesh has many natural hidden gems, and waterfalls make a big share of them. Here is a look at a few of them.

Tanda Falls

Tanda Falls
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Tanda Falls, some 80 kilometres from Varanasi in Mirzapur district, is a captivating natural retreat. This spot provides a rejuvenating sanctuary, a refreshing escape from the urban hustle and bustle. The waterfalls truly come to life during the rainy season as the cascading waters sparkle with vibrant energy and exuberance, offering a breathtaking spectacle.

Best time to visit: During monsoons

Sidhnath Dari Falls

Situated a mere 14 km from Mirzapur, the charming Sidhnath Dari Falls derives its name from the revered Siddhnath Baba, a meditative soul who once graced this serene location. A visit here unfolds more than just the falls; you'll find yourself immersed in exploration. Discover the historic Shakteshgarh Fort and the picturesque Jirgo Dam, all waiting to captivate your senses. The dam, conveniently located just a short distance away, can be seamlessly included in your journey, offering an enriching experience. Explore the harmonious blend of nature and history as you venture to Sidhnath Dari Falls and its surrounding wonders.

Best time to visit: Between July and March

Rajdari And Devdari Waterfalls

Rajdari and Devdari Waterfalls
Rajdari and Devdari WaterfallsShutterstock

Nestled approximately 70 km from Varanasi lies the captivating Chakiya region, home to the exquisite Rajdari and Devdari Waterfalls. These two picturesque cascades, Rajdari and Devdari, are a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Adored by locals as a perfect spot for family picnics, these falls offer more than just natural beauty. Adding to their allure, they are gracefully ensconced within the Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary. Among these wonders, the Rajdari Fall stands out, gracefully descending from a height of 65 metres, surrounded by lush greenery and accompanied by the soothing melody of gushing waters.

Best time to visit: During monsoons

Chunadari Falls

Nestled near the stunning Lakhiyana Dari Falls, Chunadari Falls presents a captivating sight, albeit with a slightly challenging road access. With its waters gracefully cascading from a height of approximately 165 feet, Chunadari adds to the charm of the Lakhania Dari Falls as it merges with its waters. The precise depth of the waterfall's base might be hard to gauge, but one striking feature stands out–a prominent boulder accentuating this enchanting cascade's elegance.

Best time to visit: Between June and March

Lakhaniya Dari Falls

Lakhaniya Dari Falls
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Lakhaniya Dari Falls, around 30 km away from the historic town of Chunar in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, is a mesmerizing discovery. For the most captivating view of this waterfall, plan your visit during the monsoon season when its splendour is in full bloom. Plummeting gracefully from a height of 150 meters, these falls create an enchanting spectacle that will leave you in awe. The surrounding landscape is adorned with colossal boulders, rocks, and meandering rivulets, adding to the allure of the area. While you're in the vicinity, don't miss the opportunity to explore Chunar, renowned for its pottery tradition and intricate handicrafts.

Best time to visit: During monsoons

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