Chhattisgarh, a 21st century State, came into being on November 1, 2000. Larger than Tamil Nadu, it is just the right size, and is also fortunate to have a low population density. Good Governance is the highest priority in this Fast Track State. There is both policy stability as well as political stability. Government has been kept small and the State is in excellent fiscal health.
Chhattisgarh is truly a land of opportunities. With all major minerals including diamonds in abundance, it is the richest State in mineral resources. There are mega industries in Steel, Aluminium and Cement. Chhattisgarh contributes substantially to the Human Resources of India. Several hundred students from the State qualify for admissions in prestigious academic institutions every year. Bhilai, the knowledge capital of the State, alone sends over 50 students to the elite Indian Institutes of Technology every year. A unique Private Universities Act has been passed to attract investments in quality higher education.
Its large power surplus is attracting power-intensive industries
and the State is poised to become the power-hub of the nation. Its central location helps easy power transmission to any part of the country. The State is supplying power to Delhi, Gujarat and Karnataka, among others. Chhattisgarh ranks high in terms of good industrial relations and labour productivity. There has been no labour unrest in either Bhilai or Korba, the Power capital, for several decades.
12% of India's forests are in Chhattisgarh, and 44% of the State's land is under forests. Identified as one of the richest bio-diversity habitats, the Green State of Chhattisgarh has the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, and above all, over 200 non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition.
The City of Bhilai with its modern and cosmopolitan lifestyle is just 30 km from Raipur, the State capital. A new world-class capital city is to come up near Raipur's airport. Raipur is at the centre of the rail and road routes between Mumbai and Kolkata, and is well connected to Delhi and Chennai. Bilaspur's Railway Division is the most profitable Railway operation in the country, contributing 17% of the revenues of Indian Railways.
One third of Chhattisgarh's population is of tribes, mostly in the thickly forested areas in the North and South. The central plains of Chhattisgarh are known as the "Rice Bowl" of Central India. Female literacy has doubled in the last decade, and male literacy is higher than India's average. Gender ratio is next only to Kerala.
Bastar is known the world over for its unique and distinctive tribal heritage. The Bastar Dassera is the traditional celebration of the gaiety of our tribals. All of Chhattisgarh has many virgin, unexplored tourism destinations.
Above all, the State's biggest asset is its 208 lakh people. The people are friendly, open, warm and industrious. Chhattisgarh has an enviable record of social harmony and maintenance of public order. Upholding the Rule of Law is top priority for the Government.
Raipur - State Capital
Founded by the Kalachuri King Ram Chandra of Ratanpur during the last quarter of the 14th century AD, Raipur is now the capital of the newly formed state of Chhattisgarh. Raipur is the biggest city in the region and a fast developing industrial center.
Area: 65 Sq. Km.
Altitude: 298 Mt.
Temperature: Summer Max: 42.0°C
Season : July to March
STD Code: 0771.
Transport & Communication
Air: Raipur is connected by Indian Airlines flights with Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Mumbai and Nagpur.
Rail: Raipur is connected by rail with major cities and towns in India.
Raipur is connected by motorable roads with
PLACES OF INTEREST
Buda Talaab, Dhudhari Mandir, Mahakoshal Kala Vithika, Mahant Ghasi Das Smarak Museum, Moti Baag, Vivekananda Ashram.
Bhilai (24 Km.): It is an industrial township with one of the biggest steel plants in India.
Arang (34 Km.): Situated on the Raipur - Sambalpur National Highway, Arang is famous for its temples, the main one being an 11th century Jain temple.
Durg (39 Km.): It is a district headquarters and an industrial town.
Rajim (47 Km.): Rajim on the river Mahanadi is a pilgrim centre, famous for its fine group of temples. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Rajivalochana. The other important temples in Rajim include, Kuleshwar Mahadev Temple and Rajeshwar Temple.
Chamaparan (60 Km. via Arang): This town is identified with Champaranya, the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect. There are two important temples here, dedicated to Saint Vallabhacharya and Champakeshwara Mahadeva. An annual fair is held here in the month of Magh (Jan. / Feb.). The birth anniversary of the saint is celebrated on the eleventh bright day of Baisakh (April / May). Accommodation: Two well-furnished dharamsalas with a total of 152 rooms are available. PWD Rest Houses are also available at the nearby towns of Arang (25 Km.) and Rajim (10 Km.). Reservation: S.D.O., PWD (B & R), Arang and Rajim respectively.
Sirpur or Shirpur (78 Km.): Erstwhile capital of the Sarbhapuriya and Somavanshi Kings of Dakshin Kosala or Chhatisgarh, it was an important Buddhist centre from the 06th to 10th century A.D. and was visited by Hieun Tsang, the Chinese scholar in the 7th century. Excavations in and around the town have yielded scores of temple sites with extremely good Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Sculputes. Places of interest in Sirpur include, Anand Premkuti Vihar, Chandi Temple, Gandheshewara Temple, Lakshmana Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Radha Krishna Temple, Ram Temple, Swastik Vihar Monastery, etc. Accom: PWD Rest House, Kosaria Patel Samaj Dharamasala and Nai Dharamsala.
Turturiya (99 Km.): This place is of great archaeological and anthropological interest and is located 24 Km. from Sirpur. Accommodation: PWD Rest Houses at Sirpur and Balodabazar. Resvn: S.D.O, PWD (B & R), Sirpur and Balodabazar respectively.
Kawardha (116 Km.): Kawardha has been connected with the Kabir panth movement. Old Kawardha has the remains of a fort built by King Rajpal Singh.
Bhoramdeo (131 Km.): It is referred to as the Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh. The Bhoramdeo temple scenically situated amidst mountain ranges is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples were built by King Ramchandra of the Nag Dynasty and have a special attraction for lovers of history and archaeology. At a distance of 5 Km. in the palaces of Manwa and Madanmanjari one can see beautifully carved erotic sculptures similar to those in Khajuraho.
Ratanpur (136 Km.): Situated 25 Km. from Bilaspur, at one time, this ancient city was the capital of the Kalchuri Kings. The famous Mahamaya temple, the ruins of a fort and the Kadeideol Shiva temple dating back to the 12th century can be seen here.
Kanker (140 Km.): Formerly a princely state, the palace here has partially been converted into a hotel (E-mail: aditya-deo2rediffmail.com). This place offers an excellent opportunity to explore and experience the tribal culture of this region.
Lutrasheriff (143 Km.): Located 32 Km. from Bilaspur, Lutrasheriff is an important pilgrim center for Muslims which has the tomb of Hazarat Baba Sayyed, a Muslim saint.
Champa (159 Km.): The largest town of Janjgir District, situated on the banks of the river Hasdeo, it is the most famous center for the Tussar silk or "Kosa" weaving industry.
Malhar (159 Km.): This place is important from the archaeological point of view and several Hindu and Jain temples were unearthed here.
Keskal (168 Km.): Keskal is a scenic spot and offers a spectacular view of the valley below.
Girodhpuri (191 Km.): It is the birth place of saint Tulsidas and an important pilgrim center of the Satnami Samaj. Girodhpuri is 12 Km from Seorinarayan and 80 Km. from Bilaspur.
Seorinarayan (206 Km.): Situated 95 Km. from Bilaspur, Seorinarayan is associated with the legend of Lord Ram and Shabri. It is also the place where the rivers Mahanadi and Shivnath meet. There is an old 10th/11th century Kalchuri temple here. It is a very important religious centre and is considered by some to be even more sacred than the temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri.
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