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Tourist Destinations Near Raipur:

Raipur is a very fascinating city in India. It has a number of landmarks and sites worth visiting. It is the capital of the Chhattisgarh. According to India's 2001 census the population of the Raipur is around 605,131. Formerly, it was part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Then Chhattisgarh was established in the year 2000and it became its capital. A city known as "Naya Raipur" is being developed to become a world class city near Raipur.

On the basis of the structures and forts on the southern region of Raipur, historians believe that this city existed even before the 9th century. However, there are some contradictions to this as some historians say that the city was instead established in the late 14th century by King Brahmadeva Rai.

The city of Raipur is situated near the center of a huge Indian plains often called as "the rice bowl of India" because it is a place where there are more than hundred varieties of rice found. On the northwestern side of Raipur are the Maikal Hills, and in the northern area is the land known as the Chota Nagpur Plateau, which extends up to the northeastern area near the Jharkhand state. On the southern edge of the city is the Baster Plateau.

Favourite place to visit in Raipur
  • Telibandha Talab is a lake which is located on the GE Road. It is also a place where most of the religious rites of Hindus are carried out. The Civil Lines is the city's highest security zone where most of the IAS officers and Indian government officials stay.
  • Shankar Nagar and "Avanti Vihar" are the posh colonies of the city. Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum has an enormous collection of images, sculptures, inscriptions, and coins.
  • The Shaheed Smarak Complex is an extremely amazing architectural masterpiece.
  • Champaran is a town which is 37 miles or 60 kilometers away from the city of Raipur. It has a religious significance as it is the birthplace of Saint Vallabha Acharya. Champaran also has a historical significance, as it is a place where poor farmers were formerly badly treated by the British colonizers. A lot of Hindus soon revolted to stop this injustice.

  • RAJIM :

    It is a religious place situating at 48 km. from Raipur. Rajim is known as the "Prayag" of the Chhattisgarh because it is situated at the meeting point of the Mahanadi, Pairi and Sondur rivers. An ancient temple of Lord Kuleshwar of 14-15 th century is also here. Other famous temples are Temple of Rajivlochan and Rajeshwar temple . Rajivlochan temple , having idol of four handed Lord Vishnu has two 'Shilalekhs' which are of 8-9th century.


    It is a religious place situating at 36 km. from Raipur. It is the birth place of the Ballabhacharya guru of Vaishnav dharm. The followers of Guru Ballabhacharya has made a temple in his memory in 20 th century. Champaranya is full of natural beauty. Every year in the month of January and february, his followers gathers here to celebrate his birthday.

    SIRPUR :

    It is a historical place situating at 84 km. from Raipur. It was the capital of 'South Kosal' from 5th to 8th century. It was an important centre of Bauddha religion from 6th to 10th century. In the 7th century, Whensang from China has came here. Main attractive places are Lakshman temple made of bricks and Anand Prabhu Kutir Vihar.


    It is a mainly a forest area situating at 120 km. from Raipur. It has a wildlife sanctuary. The animals generally found in this sanctuary are deers, panther, leopard and others.


    Situating at 90 km from Raipur and 13 km from Dhamtari, a dam is built on Mahanadi made of soil which is 1246 metre in length. Due to this dam, river's water is spread in 102 sq.km. Dam is surrounded by palm trees, garden, forest and mountains.It is a tourist place developing as a picnic spot.


    It is also a forest area situating at 170 km. from Raipur. It has a wildlife sanctuary. The animals generally found in this sanctuary are deers, panther, leopard , lions etc. This place is also full of natural beauty. One can see the wild and dangerous animals mooving freely in this sanctuary.


    It is a Garden on the bank of Kharron river, developed by Wildlife Division of Raipur Forest department. Situating at 15 km. only by road from Raipur, this garden is full of natural beauty having a zoo also.The zoo has lions, panthers, wild cats, deers etc.which are caught by foresters in the nearer villages.

    SIHAVA :

    Situating at 140 km from Raipur and 65 km from Dhamtari, Sihava is full of natural beauty surrounded by forests and mountains. It is mainly famous for the origin point of Mahanadi river. It is also well known for the 'Ashram of saint Hringi'.


    Girodhpuri is situating at 135 km from Raipur. Girodhpuri is well known for the birth - place of Harijan's holy saint Sant Ghasidas, who was the originator of 'Satnaam Panth'. It is treated as a pilgrimage of Harijans.

    BASTAR , is the Land of Tribals & Natural Resources :

    This Divine Land is also enriched with Natural Beauty which makes it a paradise for tourists. The deep forest area between bushes and bamboos where one always feel the absence of sunlight , wide and thick forests , between high mountains cool flowing streams , sky-touching mountains , caves , high waterfalls , and in the valleys the spread of greenary and in between this , the huts made by bamboo sticks, the fearless life style of the tribals and their culture, one's heart and mind would be filled with new wonders and pleasure.

    Kanger Valley National Park:

    The park is a paradise for the nature lovers. The moist peninsular sal forests and the South Indian tropical moist deciduous forests are seen in their finest form here. The park is situated in a transition zone where southern limit of sal forests and northern limit of sal forests and northern limit of teak forests overlap, hence both sal and teak are seen together in this valley.
    The valley is in fact one of the last pockets of almost virgin forests still left in the peninsular region.