Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on November 1, 2000, as India’s twenty sixth state. Chattisgarh features a distinct cultural and geographical identity that is shared by six surrounding states Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh on the north, Madhya Pradesh on the west, Orrisa on the east and Andhra Pradesh on the south. Chhattisgarh is the third largest in terms of forest area,10th largest state in terms of geographical area and has the second largest mineral reserves. This historic land finds its mention as “Dakshin Kosala” in ancient texts, literary works, inscriptions and accounts of foreign travellers. It is believed that Chhattisgarh is a place where Lord Rama spent a part of his exile.
Chhattisgarh is known as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in India and has one of the most densely forest covers in the country. A tribal-dominated state, Chhattisgarh is an exquisitely scenic, lined with dense forest and crisscrossed by two mighty rivers, Indravati and Mahanadi. Gurgling waterfalls and ancient underground caves dot the breathtaking landscape. Chhattisgarh is blessed with a rich cultural heritage that features its folk dances, food, varied crafts, theatre and natural diversity. Several of the tribal groups are well-known for their ancient traditions and intricate handicrafts. Unbelievable natural beauty blended with rich cultural heritage make Chhattisgarh one of the most promising tourist destinations of India. Most of these sites are untouched and unknown and offer a unique and alternate experience to tourists, compared to traditional destinations that have become overcrowded.
Raipur is the Capital city of the state. It was the capital of the Haihaya kings. It is the most important town in the region, quick developing into a crucial industrial centre. The region is in the south-eastern part of the Mahanadi River valley. Except for being the executive headquarters of the Chhattisgarh State, it is also an outstanding tourist place. It’s notable for being home to varied sightseeing locations. The varied and delightful culture of the town shows the unity and diversity. Dudhadhari Monastery and Temple, Mahamaya Temple, St Paul Church, Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Baba Budha sahib Gurudwara, Rishabh dev Jain Temple and Jama Masjid are other outstanding tourist places of Raipur. There are several beautiful Parks and Gardens in Raipur.
The Chitrakot Falls also known as the Niagra of India placed deep in the heart of Bastar forest, 38 km from Jagdalpur. This fall is in Vindhyachal Ranges, stretched between Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It plunges down from a height of 100 feet and widens up to 150 meters in rainy season. The noise created by the falls is so loud that it is impossible to hear anything behind their noise.The forest space around the waterfalls offers spectacular views.One can usually spot lovely birds sitting at the corner of these waterfalls adding to the charm of the place.The falls are very beautiful to look at during the monsoon when due to soil erosion the water acquires the brown color. The chitrakoot is also a spritual Hindu Pilgrimage center. Thousands of pilgrims come here for Hari darshan and pay their homage to the God Hari. Who ever comes to Chitrakoot makes sure to visit Chitrakoot Waterfall at least once. The Chhattisgarh tourism department offers camp sites close to the falls for the adventure lovers.
The small old city of Kawardha is a tranquil retreat offering breathtaking views of rich tribal life and nature. The royal palace at Kawardha is one of the most important tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh and introduces you to some glimpses of Indian royalty. The palace was built in the year 1936-37. The location of the Palace itself is superb. It is on Maikal Ranges at 941 meters altitude above sea level. This palace is grand 11 acre-land and you may be mesmerized by the stunning garden. Italian marbles and stones were used in constructing the palace. The palace is a wonderful example of the culture of the place. The palace is declared as a heritage hotel and caters to the accommodation of the tourists. You will love to accommodated here. The lush gardens make you feel near nature. Besides, the town also features a Radha Krishna Temple that is another source of attraction for the tourist. Madan Manjari Mahal and the Bhoramdeo Mandawa Mahal are other places worth a visit in Kawardha.
The ancient temple of Bhoramdeo usually called as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh owing to its superbly carved erotic sculptures. It is around 21 kilometres from Kawardha and is notable for its fascinating 11th century Lord Shiva temple complex. Constructed between the 7th and 11th centuries, the temple is constructed in Nagar style. Placed amidst the picturesque setting of Maikal mountains, it offers spectacular views. It is considered as the most superbly adorned temple. It has religious sculptures likewise as erotic sculptures. The Shiva Linga in the temple is a lovely piece of design. The outer walls of the temple are adorned with 54 erotic sculptures in varied poses. The Temple of Bhoramdev features a special attraction for lovers of history and archaeology.
This thousand year old city offers a splendid combination of forest, waterfalls and exquisite tribal villages for the amusement of the guests.The palace at Kanker is resided by the royal family of the area. Popular earlier as Radhanivas Bagicha, Kanker Palace was built in the 20th century and rebuilt in the year 1937. With its Colonial design, the Palace is elegant ambience and old world charm. Five suites in the right wing of the Palace are developed to host guests. The palace is well equipped with modern facilities, including Western style baths and toilets. The palace reveals the influence of colonial architecture. The brilliant construction is in the scenic landscape and the beautiful gardens surrounding the palace is awe inspiring. The place and the palace offer nice views and you will find varied activities to get involved in right from boat safaris, jeep safaris and many more. The palace attracts a large variety of tourists visiting Chhattisgarh.
Champaran is around 56km from Raipur, is a small notable village with lot of spiritual significance. It’s the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya, founder and reformer of the Vallabha sect. A gorgeous temple built in honour of this great saint enhances the religious sanctity of this place. Each year on the 11th day of Baisakh (April-May), thousands of devotees assemble here to pay homage to the holy soul and commemorate the birth anniversary of the Saint. An annual fair held in the months of Jan- Feb also attract plenty of tourists to the place. Another tourist attraction here, is the temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva.
Achanakumar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is 60 km from Bilaspur. It had been established in the year 1975.The reserve is part of the Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve and this region is integral to the contiguous forest tract that forms the Central Indian tiger heartland. The Kanha-Achanakmar area which links the Kanha Tiger Reserve to Achanakmar is vital for the movement of tigers and their prey. The Maniyari river that flows through the reserve is its lifeline. Even a brief trek through this park reveals its superb biodiversity. Though the hilly topography, thick forest density and difficult terrain makes it difficult to spot and photograph wildlife here, the five watchtowers in the reserve give a perfect way to view wild animals in action. The sanctuary homes a variety of endangered animal species including leopards, wild bison and Bengal tigers, .
Bastar is a tribal region in Chhattisgarh, endowed with scenic beauty that beckons the lovers of nature to explore the wildlife, ancient temples, forests, metal crafted handicrafts, music and tribal dances. At a distance of 264 km from Raipur, Bastar is one of the most important eco-friendly destinations of the country. It has plenty to offer to its guests with its valuable tribal art and culture that lie in and around the lush green town of Jagdalpur. One can select from caves, palaces, museums, National Parks, waterfalls, museums and places of spiritual significance. Bastar Palace in Jagdalpur is a historical monument. Bastar Palace was built by the rulers of Bastar and speaks of many legends of heroism and gallantry of those kings.The palace is rich in architecture. The distinctive carvings on the walls of the palace are beautiful. The monument created by the government inside the grounds of the palace offers portraits and artifacts of the rulers of the past. Don’t miss the chance to ride on horse carriage when you are in the town.
Indravati National Park
Indravati National Park boasts of being the sole tiger reserve in the state of Chhattisgarh. It is in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. It derives its name from the close Indravati River that flows from east to west and forms the northern boundary of the reserve in Maharashtra state. It’s home to one of the last populations of rare wild buffalo. One can spot a large variety of wildlife here. It is also a home to a number of other ungulate species. Some of the species are Sambar, Nilgai, Black Buck, Chausingha (Four-horned Antelope), Gaur (Indian Bison), Chital, Indian Muntjac, Wild Boarand Indian Spotted Chevrotain. Massive predators are represented by Tigers, Leopards, Striped Hyenas, Sloth Bears and Dholes (Wild Dog).
Kailash and Kutumsar Cave
The Kailash cave Kutumsar Caves in Bastar district are one of the popular tourist attractions of Chhattisgarh. Tourists come to these caves to get a glimpse of the terrific architecture of the caves. They are in the thick forests of Kanger Valley National Park, close to the notable Tirathgarh Waterfalls and stay open from 7am till 7pm. The Kailash Cave, on top of a small hillock, covering a stretch of roughly 100m, was discovered in the year 1993. The Kutumsar Caves towards its end, contain stalagmite formation of the Shivalingam, that attracts Lord Shiva devotees and curious tourists alike. The most enchanting fact about the cave is the hollow walls of the cave create astonishing sounds when struck by bare hands. Unlike the latter, the former is an underground cave, set about 35m below ground level and is pitch-dark.
The temple town, Ratanpur, is about 25 kilometers from Bilaspur town on the Bilaspur – Ambikapur Highway. Now it is recognized as a significant religious centre of the region that has national acclaim. Devotees visit the Mahamaya temple all around the year to pray and seek blessings of the deity from far and wide. The architecture and elegance of this temple is awesome. It has thousands of visitors each year and is probably one of the finest places to travel. If you are visiting India for the first time, this temple can stand as a powerful reflection of the tradition and culture of the Hindu religion.The glorious past of the place made it a major candidate for archaeologist and historians.
Raipur, the capital town, is the sole commercially operative airport of the state. , Raipur has air links to top cities of the country i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. The rail network in Chhattisgarh is targeted on Bilaspur, that is the zonal headquarters of South East Central Railway of Indian Railways. Other main junctions include Raipur, Durg, and Champa. These junctions are well connected to all important cities of India.The state is well connected by other parts of the country by road and has a vast network of highways.
Many resorts with maximum facilities and delightful scenic are present in the state. Several hotels too have developed all across the state. Hotels of various ranges and affordability are easily accessible in several locations of Chhattisgarh.
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