Raipur

Raipur is the largest city in the state which is also the capital of Chhattisgarh.

Updated: September 29, 2019

Raipur is the largest city in the state which is also the capital of Chhattisgarh. Raipur is one of the largest industrial centres of the country with more than hundreds of steel mills and six steel plants. Besides steel, it is also home to the aluminium and coal industries. The city is known for its temples, lakes, factories, educational centres as well as the development of Naya Raipur. Naya Raipur is a newly planned city and is about 17km away from the current town. Located in the centre of the plains that are also called the 'rice bowl of India'. Raipur is surrounded by the districts of Durg and Bemetara.
The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandak Caves, Bilaspur, Chitrakoot Falls, Amarkantak, Bhilai, Kanha National Park and the Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the attraction point of Raipur.
Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum is small but packed with rich history of Raipur city that is located near the Kutchery Chowk intersection. It houses an impressive collection of tribal artefacts, inscriptions, coins, carvings, models, and other things related to anthropology and natural history. There are five galleries spread on two floors and a vast library in it. There is also an open-air restaurant located at the ground floor of the museum to experiment with good tribal food.
Banjari Mata Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Banjari Mata. This sacred place is famous for hosting events during the Dussehra and Navratri festivals and Many devotees from neighbouring states and across the country flock during taht time.
Ghatarani Waterfalls, the largest in the state of Chattisgarh is located 85 km from the city of Raipur. This breathtaking sight is a popular picnic spot as it is surrounded by lush greenery and a naturally formed pool at the bottom of the waterfall.
Because of slippery terrains and mudslides, avoid visiting this place during rainy season.
Purkhauti Muktangan, a delightful garden reflecting the rich culture of Chhattisgarh. It was inaugurated by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam in November 2006. It spreads cultural awareness about preserving our bio-cultural diversity with folk art, life-like tribal figures, vibrant sceneries.
Nandan Van Zoo is a research cum recreational centre for the people of Raipu that is created to conserve flora and fauna. It also has the largest human-made safaris including bear safari, herbivore safari, lion safari, and tiger safari. The zoo has beautiful landscapes and lush green vegetation that houses 32 species of animals.
Jatmai temple is placed amidst a small jungle that is located in Gariaband, about 85 km from the city of Raipur. Dedicated to to Mata Jatmai, the temple is constructed with granite and has beautiful murals at its entrance. The holy place is lit up and decorated with great enthusiasm during the festivals of Navratri.
Rajiv Lochan Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is located in Rajim. It takes 1-hour car ride away from Raipur. Popular for its magnificent architecture and rich heritage, the temple's edifice rests on 12 columns with aesthetic stone carvings around them. The sacred Rajim Lochan Mahotsav is hosted during 16th February to 1st March which is the best time to visit this place.
Vivekanand Sarovar is one of the most attractive sites in Raipur that is located in Purani Basti, where visitors can enjoy boating with breathtaking views. Budha Talab, one of the oldest and largest water-body in the city is here where you can engage in boating. The best part of this place is the huge statue of Swami Vivekananda, which is also listed in the Limca Book Of Records because of its size. The reflection of the statue on the lake at night time is a captivating view.

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