Chhattisgarh Tourism

Chhattisgarh is the newly formed state. The state is the 26th state in India. Raipur is the state capital of the state. Chhattisgarh has a rich beauty of caves, parks forests. The state also has many waterfalls. A land of opportunities famous for the minerals resources one can find here. Regarded as “Land of Tradition” Chhattisgarh is a mix of various tradition and cultures. It is a land of historical forts and palaces. The famous places of Chhattisgarh, which attract scores of visitors and tourists are Capital Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Rajnandgaon, Jagdalpur, Dhamitri and others. The entire Chhattisgarh State opens up the gate of the glorious past of the place. The place is an enthusiastic place for Hinduism. It is a treasure for the tourists and visitors. The enticing Chhattisgarhin Devi Temple, ruins of Empire of Chedis are few of the special places of Chhattisgarh State.

Chhattisgarh Tourism
Tableaux of Chhattisgarh

Best Time to Visit Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh is at the centre of the country and enjoys a subtropical weather. The travel to Chhattisgarh can be made at any time of the year. However, the rainy season in the Chhattisgarh should be avoided as it might create some trouble for the tourists. The time in winter or during September to December is ideal for Chhattisgarh travel.

Tourist Helpline Numbers

Chhattisgarh Tourism Board
Paryatan Bhawan,
G. E. Road, Raipur - 492 006 (C.G.) India
Phone: +91 771 4224600, 4224611, 4224622
FAX: +91 771 4066425
For TOURIST Information/Queries/ Bookings :- (0771) 4224999

Top Famous Cities of Chhattisgarh


Famous cities of Chhattisgarh
Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh

Raipur the state capital was originally established by the Kalchuri King, Ram Chandra, in the last quarter of the 14th century AD. For a long time it was the capital of the Haihaya kings. It is the biggest city in the region, fast developing into an important industrial center for large and middle scale industries. The region is in the south-eastern part of the Mahanadi River valley. Raipur is the Capital city of the state. Apart from being the administrative headquarters of the Chhattisgarh State, it is also a prominent tourist place. It is famous for being home to numerous sightseeing locations. The diverse and beautiful culture of the city shows the unity and diversity. Hatkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Dudhadhari Monastery and Temple, Mahamaya Temple, St Paul Church, Baba Budha sahib Gurudwara, Rishabh dev Jain Temple, Jama Masjid and others are the most prominent tourism places of Raipur. There are many beautiful Parks and Gardens in Raipur like Swami Vivekananda Park.

How to Reach ?
Raipur is connected by air with Delhi (via Bhubaneshwar), Bhopal and Jabalpur. It is on the Mumbai-Nagpur-Calcutta rail route. It is well connected by road. Being on National Highway 6, this passes through the city. National Highway 43 links it with Vijaya Nagaram. It is also connected by road to all the other important towns of Chhattisgarh: Bhilai (25 km), Durg(41 km), Jagadalpur (297 km), Rajnandgaon(70 km), Bilaspur (115 km) Jabalpur (369 km) and Bhopal (712 km).


Jagdalpur Tourism
Jagdalpur Town Square

Jagdalpur is probably one of the most attractive tourist places in India. The ancient city in Bastar District is very attractive and full of enticing places. Jagdalpur, the district headquarters of Bastar, is a small town, easily explore able on foot. It is green and beautiful. One can walk through the streets of Jagdalpur and can reach the 70 year old palace of Bastar. Many wonderful waterfalls and lakes are located nearby. The city is famous for ancient caves like Kotumsar Caves, Kailash Caves, Aranyak Cave and others. Kanger Valley National Park and Indravati National Park are the key places in Jagdalpur. Danteshwari Temple, Temples in Barsoor, Mavli temple, Jagannath temple are also frequently visited and also key places in Jagdalpur city. The city is full of natural resources and famous for natural resources. There are many waterfalls in Jagdalpur like Chitrakote Falls, Tirathgarh Waterfalls, Chitradhara Waterfalls, Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls; Mandawa Waterfalls are very popular places in the city.

How to Reach ?
Jagdalpur is almost 300 Km away from the State Capital Raipur. The city is connected by all the three transport mediums in Chhattisgarh. Jagdalpur is situated on the National Highway 49. The NH 49 connects the city with important cities like Raipur, Rajahmundry and others. There are many other State Roads as well which connect the popular tourist destinations by road. There are many Private Buses that are plying on the roads to connect the city with the rest of the part of India. The Railway Network does not have a strong presence at Jagdalpur. Jagdalpur has a broad gauge line from Kirandul to Vishakhapatnam. However, there is only one train that runs between the two stations on a daily basis. However, the journey on the train can be mesmerizing as it passes through the ghats and caves of the area. The wonderful scenic beauty comes alive on the train journey. The nearest Airport from Jagdalpur is Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur. The airport is four hours drive away from the city. The airport connects all the major cities of the country.


Tourist Cities in Bilaspur
Bilasa Taal

Bilaspur is known for its kosa silk and the quality of its rice. It is the second largest city in Chhattisgarh, and home to the High Court. The city is approximately 400 years old. The name is derived from Bilasa, the name for fisher women. Dotted with historical places, Bilaspur has enjoyed a high value of tourism significance. Amarkantak is a famous place for tourist attraction in the city. It is the originating place of Narmada and Son River. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve is a famous place that attracts lots of visitors along with Kanan Pandari Zoo. Among religious places, Bilaspur has plenty of attractions like Mungeli Maa Mahamaya Temple, Tala, Rani Sati Temple and many others. There are many Dams and Amusement Parks throughout the city, and all of the places are equally enticing and famous.

How to Reach ?
Bilaspur is probably one of the most visited and famous places in Chhattisgarh State. Famous for being enriched in history, Bilaspur is well connected to all the parts of the country. The city can be reached by any medium with much ease. One of the most important cities of Chhattisgarh has a strong transportation system that makes it accessible very easily. Being a major city Bilaspur is connected by the National Highways with Kolkata and Mumbai. The city is also very well connected with the State Capital Raipur. There are many State Roads that are directly connecting the city with other parts of the state and country. Private, Public and State Transport buses are always available to reach the city from the other parts of the state and country. Railway is perhaps the most comfortable medium to reach Bilaspur. It is one of the major stations in the Howrah to Mumbai line of Indian Railway Network. Trains from almost all major cities including New Delhi, Amritsar, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore pass through Bilaspur. There is an airport in Bilaspur. However, there is no scheduled flight from the airport yet as the functionality of the airport is not totally operational. However, the nearest airport from the city is Swami Vivekananda Airport in Raipur. Bilaspur can be easily reached from the Raipur city by road or railway network.


Durg Tourist Places
Durg Tourist Places

Durg is situated in the south west part of Chhattisgarh, in the plains. The place is about 35 km from Raipur, the state capital. The original name of this area was Shiva Durg. Durg is one of the biggest cities of Chhattisgarh and part of Durg-Bhilai urban agglomeration. The historical city had a significant role during British Time. The enthralling architecture of the city is a treat for the eyes. The city still has influence of British dexterity. But there are many tourist attractions including religious places in Durg as well which fascinates the tourists of all over the country. There are many rivers and the banks of the rivers especially hotspots for the picnic lovers. Chand Mandir of Chand Mata at the heart of the city is a famous tourist attraction. The Jain temple of Nagpura is also a popular pilgrimage and tourist destination.
How to Reach?
Durg is one of the most well located and connected cities of the state. The city is connected by all medium. The proximity to the State Capital with Durg makes it even more prominent. The city lies on National Highway 6. The city is very well connected by roads to the cities like Nagpur, Mumbai, Raipur and others. The State Roads also connect the city with various other cities of the State and neighbouring cities. Many Private Buses, State owned buses and other transports make Durg very accessible. Durg Railway Station is situated at the Howrah to Mumbai line of the Indian Railways. It is one of the major stations on the route. There are many trains originating from many cities are passing through the city. The city is well connected to the big cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmadabad and Hyderabad. The city does not have its own airport, but the Swami Vivekananda Airport is at only 53 Km from the city. The airport is connected with all the major cities with scheduled flights. The communication between Durg and Airport is very easy.


Raigarh Tourist Places
Moti Mahal Palace in Raigarh

Raigarh is one of the most important cities in Chhattisgarh. The city is famously called as the “Cultural Capital of Chhattisgarh”. However, the city has evolved as the industrial belt of the state post-independence. Historically, the Princely State of Raigarh is rapidly becoming one of the focused industrial places of India. Known for its Iron ore, Raigarh has power generation center and is often referred as the “Power Hub of Chhattisgarh”. Moti Mahal is the Royal Palace of the city. However, due to lack of maintenance, the palace is in bad shape but State Government has taken initiative to restore the glory of the palace. Raigarh is immensely popular city, for the culture and arts, known for various dance forms. The famous “Kathak Dance” is known to be evolved here and still is the glorious part of the city. Every year, “Chakradhar Samaroh” is organized on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi to display and showcase the music and dance. Participants from all across the country visit the historical place to showcase their talent. Naya Raigarh city is getting developed alongside Raigarh, which is planned and destine to be the very important city of the State.

How to Reach?
The transportation system of Raigarh is highly developed, and the place can be reached by any medium. It comes under Howrah to Mumbai line and lies on the National Highway 216. The Raigarh Airport is under development, and soon it will be the second major domestic Air terminus of the State.


Mainpat is a city near Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh. The city enjoys the atmosphere of a hill station is often referred as “Hill Station of Chhattisgarh” or “Shimla of Chhattisgarh”. The city is comprised of many tourist attractions including natural scenic beauty and religious places. Tiger Point Waterfall, Tattapani, Rakasganda, Sitabengara are famous places in Mainpat. Religious places like Buddha Temple, Bagheshwari Devi Temple,Patal Bhairav Mandir are also very popular places.

How to Reach ?
Manipat, which is often called as “Mini Tibet” of India, is one of the most visited places in India. Isolated in hilly terrains, Manipat reflects the culture and tradition of Buddhism. There are many Buddhist temples present around the place. It is only one-hour journey from the nearest major city Ambikapur. Ambikapur is well connected to the rest of the state and neighboring places.The Ambikapur Railway Station is connected with Anuppur Railway Station of Madhya Pradesh via broad gauge. There are several trains that run through this line. Trains from major cities of Chhattisgarh like Durg, Bilaspur, Bhilai, Raigarh, Korba and Raipur to Ambikapur are available.The city is very well connected by the roadways. There are regular bus services to the major cities like Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg and others in Chhattisgarh. Apart from it there are bus services to other cities like Varanasi in UP, and other cities in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. The highly available bus services from Ambikapur make it an easily accessible city in Chhattisgarh.The nearest Airport from Ambikapur is Swami Vivekananda Airport of Raipur. Train and Bus services are available from Raipur to reach Ambikapur. Apart from it, Birsa Munda Airport of Ranchi can also be used to reach Ambikapur, which is at proximity to this glorious city.

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Chhattisgarh

A large portion of Chhattisgarh is covered with dense forest. There are many wildlife sanctuaries, forest reserves and national forests present in the state.

Indravati National Park

Wildlife in Chhattisgarh
Leopard at Indravati National Park

It is one of the most popular and famous National Parks in the country. Situated near the Indravati River. It is also a tiger reserve and part of Tiger Project of India. It is one of the most beautiful and bio diversified National Parks in India. The immense amount of Flora, Fauna and waterfalls make the National Park even more attractive. It is situated near the Jagdalpur City of Chhattisgarh City.

Kanger Valley National Park

Wildlife Bastar has a fair variety of avifauna, both resident and migratory. Most of the migratory birds visit during winter, to glean the paddy fields after the kharif crop has been harvested. The park is at a distance of about 35 km from Jagdalpur. There are wild animals and some beautiful birds like the state bird, the Bastar Myna.Other species of avifauna include partridges (which nest in shrubs outside villages and run almost as fast as they fly), cattle egret, pond heron, babblers, parrots and parakeets, blue jay, wagtails, quails (both black and grey varieties), bulbul , koel , fly catchers, woodpeckers, sun bird and weaver bird. Major wildlife species include blue bull, Chinkara, black buck, Sambhar, Barking Deer, wild dog, wild boar, jackals, hyena, crocodiles, Tigers and Indian sloth.

Gomarda Reserve Forest

Gomarda Reserve ForestChhattisgarh is famous for its biodiversity and the beautiful forests. The Gomarda Reserve Forest is however considered as one of the most bio diversified and green forests in the state. Gomarda Reserve Forest is at a distance of 60 km from Raigarh. It is a 278 sq km forest, in Sarangarh, and is home to tigers and bears.The high terrain, wild animals and dense forest of Gomarda seeks the attention of the adventure lovers of all across the country. The forest is full of rare animals that are highly sighted in all over the forest. Different types of deer and Chinkara are the special attractions of the Reserve Forest. There are wild buffalos, nilgiri, sambars, gaurs, barking deer, chausingha, muntjac, sloth bear, wild boar, dhole or the wild dog present in the Gomrada Reserve Forest. Majority of the animals present in the forest are rare species. There are tigers and cheetahs also in the forest. However, it is not very easy to spot them. This is an excellent place for wildlife adventure in Chhattisgarh State.

The amazing experience of the forest is cherishing and enticing. The intrinsic beauty of the nature and the green dense forest is highly popular among the visitors. The tourists frequently pay a visit to the beautiful forest in order to have a complete and different experience. The Gomarda Reserve Forest is very much accessible from the Raigarh City. There are frequent services of transport between the two places. This is one of the must visit places of the Chhattisgarh State.

Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary

Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most prominent and significant wildlife sanctuaries present in the Chhattisgarh State. The Sanctuary is spread over 232 square km and is located at Rajjim near Raipur. The Sanctuary is one of the most visited places in Chhattisgarh State. It is famous for the endangered Wild Buffalos. However, there are many other species and animals found in it. Deer, Sloth Bear, Gaur, Wild Dog, Porcupine, Monkey, Jackals, Bison, Striped Hyena, Fox, Cobras, and Pythons are the mostly sighted and significant animals present in the sanctuary. The enthralling view of the forest beside the beautiful Udanti River can be mesmerizing. There is varied diversity of Flora and Fauna present at the site. The bio diversified wildlife sanctuaries is also famous for a variety of bird species. Migrating birds can also be seen in the wildlife sanctuary. This is an excellent place for the nature lovers and adventure seekers. The Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is located near about 160 Km from the Raipur city. However, it can be easily reached due to the frequent transportation facilities. One can also reach the place by Railway with Rajjim being the nearest Railway Station for the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary. It also has a dedicated Bus Stop for the tourist and visitors.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a tiger reserve situated in the Bilaspur area of Chhattisgarh. This is one of the biggest Tiger Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries present in the country. The wide diversity, easy accessibility and proper tourism development have made it one of the popular tourist destinations of the state.Apart from it there are many other dense Forests present in the Chhattisgarh State. The forests are an important part of the eco tourism of the Chhattisgarh State. Gamarda Reserve forest, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary, Sitanagi Wildlife Sanctuary are other famous wildlife sanctuaries present in the Chhattisgarh State.There are many endangered and rare species found in the sanctuary. However, the most important animals found in it is Royal Bengal Tiger. Apart from it, Bison, Cheetah, Leopard are the other few special and rarely spotted animals present in the Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
Spotted Deer at Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is a seasoned tourist place and has developed tourism environment. There are many hotels, restaurants and guest houses available. The immensely bio diversified wildlife sanctuary is also famous for Flora and Fauna present in it. There are many species of birds present at the wildlife sanctuary. Apart from it, migrating birds can be seen. The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 556 square km and is one of the biggest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Located only 55 Km away from the Bilaspur city, the sanctuary is easily approachable. There are public and private transports available to the Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary from Bilaspur and vice versa. The lovers of nature and adventure seekers will fall in love with this place with its alluring landscape and intrinsic beauty.

Parks and Gardens in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh is comprised of many historical palaces, forts and other buildings. Beautiful parks and gardens have become part of the Chhattisgarh state. The State was carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000 and since then the state is endorsing greenery with Park and Gardens. All cities across Chhattisgarh has major Parks and Gardens with lash green scenic beauty.

Maitri Bagh: It is a garden and zoo situated in the Steel City, Bhilai. The garden was established as a symbol of Indo-Soviet friendship, and the name simply suggests “Garden of Friendship”. One of the well maintained gardens of the State, Maitri Bagh, hosts thousands of visitors. Known for its intrinsic appeal, the garden is comprised of vast green. There are many amusement centers present in the garden and is the best place for a family outing. This is also one of the most toured places in the city and the State. There is a lake in the garden that mesmerizes the visitors with its alluring appeal. The manmade waterfall inside the garden is another amusing attraction of Maitri Bagh. For the amusement of the kids, a special Toy Train service runs every day between 3 PM to 6 PM.

Famous Parks in Chhattisgarh
Maitri Bagh

The garden is looked after the by the administrative body, and minimal fare is charged. The garden remains open for all the days of the week. The entrance fee of the Maitri Bagh is INR 5. However, extra INR 5 is taken for the Toy Train ride. The enticing view of the garden at the evening time can be refreshing and breathtaking. The zoo of the Maitri Bagh also has a variety of animals that can enthrall the animal lovers. The Musical Fountain of the garden is one of the most significant attractions of Maitri Bagh. It is situated on the mainland of the city. The garden can be reached by Public or Private Transport easily from any part of the city.

Vivekananda Sarovar (Budha Talab): This is one of the most beautiful and attractive time out areas in the Capital city of Raipur. It is an area made around a lake Vivekananda Sarovar, and a statue of Swami Vivekananda has been installed in the lake. This is one of the most visited places of Chhattisgarh State.
Urja Park: Urja Park or Energy Park is very popular park in the Raipur city. The energy park is one of the key places in India which entirely runs on Solar Energy.

Bubble Island: It is one of the famous water parks situated in the Bilaspur area of Chhattisgarh. The theme based water park is one of the many water parks that have been established in recent times. It is one of the key family attractions for the tourists.

Dalpat Sagar: It is an island based in Jagdalpur that comprised of a lake and lash green field make Dalpat Sagar one of the most beautiful time out area in Jagdalpur and Chhattisgarh. Boating, Fishing, and enjoyment are the key elements of the park.

Kotebira Eb River is a very pleasant place with attractive scenery. According to a local legend, God came here and liked it so much that he decided to build a dam to add to the beauty. He was unable to complete the work and left it halfway, and that is why the rock looks like the wall of a dam. Every year a mela (fair) is organised here.

Waterfalls in Chhattisgarh

Waterfalls in Chhattisgarh
Waterfalls in Chhattisgarh

The heavenly place of Chhattisgarh is surrounded by exotic tourist spots and beautiful waterfalls. People visit the beautiful state to witness its various dimensions. The state offers an amazing blend of both natural beauty and historical heritage. The state is bestowed with several pre historic caves, archeological wonders, national parks, thundering waterfalls, cultural heritage and rich wildlife. The land of Chhattisgarh is irrigated with two mighty rivers Indravati and Mahanadi. Both the ravines of Ganges have led to the formation of fertile land that later became home to one of the densest forests in the country. The thundering and gurgling waterfalls in the state have enhanced the scenic beauty by multiple times. The state has emerged to be one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country. The ideal time to visit the most promising tourist destination in the state is between October to March as the climate remains pleasant during the months. Listed below are the few spectacular and incredible waterfalls in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Chitrakote Falls

Chitrakote Falls is considered to be one of the broadest waterfalls in the country and is located 38 km away from the city of Jagdalpur. Before falling from the height of 95 feet, the river water crosses several dense forests in cascading manner. The waterfall appears to be one of the best natural scenic views that are admired by the tourists visiting the place every year. The Chitrakote Fall becomes more beautiful during the monsoon season when the volume of water increases and the river flows with full fury. During monsoon the river water swells and touches both the banks before falling from the cliff. The best season to visit the mesmerizing falls is during July till October.

Chitradhara Waterfalls

Waterfalls in ChhattisgarhIt is yet another beautiful fall located in the state that is 19 km away from the city of Jagdalpur. The thundering falls lies in a way to Chitrakote Falls. Chitradhara Waterfalls is known to be the favorite place to hang out on weekends. The beautiful fall lies near a small village called Potanar. Surrounded by dense forest and hilly area the falls is considered to be the best place for sightseeing in central Chhattisgarh. In recent years, the place has emerged as one of the best picnic spots in the localities. One can see several people enjoying with their friends near the falls. The best time to visit the falls starts from July and lasts until November. During Monsoon season, the scenery becomes more beautiful.

Tirathgarh Waterfalls

Tirathgarh Waterfalls is known as one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the Chhattisgarh. This beautiful water fall is surrounded by lush green forests that enhance the beauty of the falls. Apart from being a tourist destination, the mesmerizing waterfall has a religious important. It is believed that the waterfall is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati in ancient times. The falls still holds the religious significance. Pilgrims from every corner of the country visits the place to offer prayers. Near the falls, a small temple of Lord Shiva is also built were the devotees offers their prayers. The best season to visit the spectacular falls is from October to February.

Amrit Dhara Falls

Waterbodies in ChhattisgarhThe spectacular and the mesmerizing fall is located on Hasdo River in Koriya district. The water gushes down the cliff in cascading manner and creates a misty ambiance. This fall also holds religious importance and a small temple is situated nearby for pilgrims. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Manendragarh is the nearest railway station from where tourist can get buses to travel to visit the fall.

Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls

Chitrakote is place with several small and big waterfalls. The place is home to yet another thundering fall known as Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls. The water fall is located in a secluded and isolated location but in recent years with the development of roads, tourists have started travelling to the spectacular waterfall. The best season to visit Tamra Ghoomar Waterfalls is during the monsoon season. Due to the regular influx of tourists several hotels and small restaurants have mushroomed in the area that offers proper accommodation and fooding facilities near the waterfall.

Apart from these ther are many others like Rajpuri Waterfall near Jashpur which is an attractive waterfall and a popular picnic spot. Similarly Danpuri Waterfall is a pictorial waterfall in the middle of the forest. Rani Dah Waterfall is a popular famous spot, situated in the middle of hilly forests near Jashpur in Chhattisgarh. Malanjhkudum Waterfalls near Kanker has three falls, of 10, 15 and 9 meters in height. The waterfall is situated 15 km from Kanker, on the Doodh River. The waterfall is a good picnic spot. Another one that is Ramdaha Waterfall in Koriya is a natural waterfall on the Banas River, near Bhavarkhoh village. The waterfall is about 160 km from Baikunthpur. The waterfall is about 100-120 feet high and 20-25 feet wide, and it is surrounded by forests and rocks.Gavar Ghat Waterfall is a beautiful natural waterfall on the Hasdo river. The waterfall is at a distance of about 40 km from Baikunthpur and 5 km from Tarra village. It is 50-60 feet high and 10 feet wide,. It is in an area full of forests and rocks.Akuri Nala is a small waterfall about 65 km from Baikunthpur, near Bansipur village. The waterfall is surrounded by rocks and forests. Even in summer, the area is cold, giving it the feel of "the natural air conditioner."

If you are planning to visit the state of Chhattisgarh, the do not forget to enjoy the spectacular waterfalls especially during the monsoon season.

Religious Places in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh is a state of mythological history, ancient culture and traditional heritage. There are many religious places present in the state that are very popular and attract immense amount tourism.


Religious Places in Chhattisgarh
Ganesh Temple in Barsoor

Barsoor is located on the banks of the Indrawati, and is about 75 km from Jagdalpur. The place is situated to the south west of Jagdalpur. Barsoor was once an epicentre of Hindu civilization. It is believed that there were 147 temples and an equal number of ponds here. The ruins of these temples, dating back to the 10th and 11th centuries can be seen even today. Some beautiful images of Lord Vishnu can also be seen.


Ratanpur was once the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is situated about 25 km from Bilaspur on the Katghora Road. According to the locals, the place had an importance in all the 4 yugs (ages) of Hinduism - Sat yug, Treta yug, Dwaapar yug and Kal yug. The ruins of an old fort can also be seen. The old fort has an attractive stone sculpture over the frame of the Ganesh gate. The entrance gate of the old fort has Shiva's Tandav dance and statues of Lord Bramha and Lord Vishnu. Inside, there are the Sitchourai and Jagarnath temples. An 11th century temple, dedicated to Goddess Mahamaya, is also located in Ratanpur. The temple was built during the reign of Calturi the king of Raja Ratnadev. Ratanpur is also home to a temple of Baba Bairavnath, with a nine foot tall idol. At the palace of Ramtekri there is a temple of Ram Panchayat. At the top of the hill is the Laxmi Temple, also called Ekbira Temple. There is also the Ratneswar Mahadev Temple.

Laxman Temple

Chhattisgarh famous templesLaxman Temple is one of the finest brick temples in India. The temple in Mahasamund is distinguished by exquisite carvings and precise construction.

Danteshwari Temple

Danteshwari temple is an ancient temple. The temple is at the confluence of the Dankini and Shankini rivers. It was built by the Chalukya kings of Bastar in honour of their family Goddess, Devi Danteshwari. Both Hindus and the tribals of the entire Bastar region offer prayers to this goddess. Danteshwari Temple in Dantewada comes to life during the Bustar Dassera festival season.

Uwasaggaharam Parshwa Teerth

Uwasaggaharam Parshwa Teerth in Durg is a Jain shrine established in 1995. The teerth is located on the banks of the Sheonath River. The entrance to the dazzling marble temple of Shri Parshwanath is through a 30 feet gate that has the idol of Parshwanath, supported by four pillars (representing the four essentials of spiritual atonement, i.e., wisdom, introspection, good conduct, penance), being worshipped by two elephants. Ganga Maiya Temple is located at Jhalmala, 58 km from Durg.

Kunkuri Cathedral

Kunkuri Cathedral is about 40 km from Jashpur. It is Asia's second largest Catholic Church. It took 15 years to build this church. The church has a seating capacity of 5,000 people. It is embroidered with seven arcades in the shape of arch and seven sacraments symbols made of angle iron. A beautiful shrine, dedicated to Mother Mary, can be seen in front of the cathedral building.

Shivani Temple

Shivani temple of Kanker has one of the 2 statues of the world of half Goddess Kali and half Goddess Durga. The other one is in Kolkata. The Navarathri festival is celebrated enthusiastically in this temple.

Gandheswar Temple

Gandheswas temple is situated on the banks of the Mahanadi River. The temple was built using the architectural remains of ancient temples and vihars. The effect is quite artistic. Various pictures of 'Shiva-Leela' adorn the top of the entrance. Inside there is a statue of Buddha touching the earth, as well as statues of Natraj, Shiva, Varah, Garud Narayan, and Mahisasur Mardini.


The village Champaran was formerly known as Champajhar. The place near Raipur also has religious significance, as it is the birthplace of Saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and the founder of the Vallabh Sect. A temple is constructed in his honour. An annual fair is held here every year, in the month of Magh (January - February). It is also customary for followers of Saint Vallabhacharya to celebrate his birth anniversary every year on the eleventh bright day of Baisakh (April-May).


The village Turturiya situated on the banks of the Turturiya spring (also called Sursuri Ganga), is surrounded by forests. It has many Buddhist ruins from the 8th century AD, as well as Brahmanical ruins of a later period. You can see many exquisitely sculptured pillars, remains of a brick stupa, traces of bathing ghats, lingams, figures of four armed Vishnu, and Ganesha idols. It is located near Raipur.

Apart from these there are many others like Mahamaya temple which is a simple temple to the east of Ambikapur town. Thinthini Patthar is a 200 quintal rock which is cylindrical in shape. When you strike it, you get a metallic echo. It is popularly believed to be divine. Kudargarh is a place of worship, which is dedicated to Goddess Kudargarhi. The place is situated on a hill. People come here to seek fulfillment of their wishes. Deepadih is about 70 km from Ambikapur. It is a Shankar Temple and is surrounded by 4 gods - Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, and Lord Vishnu with his all avtars (forms) and Goddess MahaDurga - who are there to guard and serve Lord Shiva. Ramgarh and Sita Bengra are the caves in which Lord Rama, and his wife Sita, are believed to have stayed during their 14 years of exile. The locals know many stories about the caves, handed down through generations. Mallhar is about 14 km from Bilaspur. It has remains from 1,000 BC onwards. 10th and 11th century temples can also be seen here.

Museums in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh is a historical place and has a glorious past. The mention of the place can be found even at the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata, two epics of Indian Culture. There are plenty of museums spread across the state which represent the culture, history, tradition and heritage of the state.

Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum: Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum, Raipur is the prime museum of that region. It is one of the popular museum that has a wide range of collections of paintings, sculptures, inscriptions, coins and many others. The museum holds a great significance in the cultural history of the region.

Timing: 9 PM to 6 PM
Address: Garhi chowk, Near DK Hospital, Raipur, Chhattisgarh 492001
Phone:077142 24600

Anthropological Museum: This museum in Jagdalpur is another key museum of the state. It has a great role in depicting the lifestyle of the tribal people of the area. The tribal culture of Chhattisgarh is considered to be the heritage of the state. The purest form of heritage and culture can be visited at the museum with ultimate amusement and energy.

Timing: 8.30 PM to 6 PM
Address: Vijay Bhavan, Jagdalpur Ho, Jagdalpur - 494001, Dharampura

Archaeological Museum: Archaeological Museum, Mahasamund is in Sirpur. The museum established and run by Archaeological Survey of India is famous for the collection of yesteryears. The rarest collection of sculptures and other antique stuffs are absolute amazement.

Address: Sirpur, Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh

Guru Tegh Bahadur Museum: It is a famous museum built in Raipur. The museum is built in the honour of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur Jee. The museum is a key destination to explore the enriched culture and history of the Chhattisgarh State. It also has many antique and unique collection of the glorious past of the nation.

Address: Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Sushilpikangan: The Art Gallery and museum is a collection art and culture of the region. Located in the capital city of Raipur, the museum is a special place for the Dhokra Arts of Chhattisgarh. The art museum is actually endorsing and preserving the heritage of Chhattisgarh art and tradition.

Address: Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Forts in Chhattisgarh

The name of Chhattisgarh has come arguably come from the "Chhattis Garhs" or 36 Forts in past. There are many prominent, small and ruined forts present at the state across many locations.

Forts in Chhattisgarh
Chaiturgarh Fort

Ratanpur Fort

Ratanpur fort is situated 25 km away from the main city of Bilaspur. The fort has a huge historic importance in the country. In Chhattisgarh, the Ratanpur fort is known to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the city. The fort was built in ancient time and the exact date of construction is still unknown. With the span of time, the great majestic and impressive form has now turned into ruins and has lost its splendor. The tourists’ visits the fort to see the great historic construction that now lies in dilapidated state. The Ganesh sculpture at the entrance gate of the fort provides a quick glance in past. At Ratanpur fort pone can still have a look at ruined idols of Ganga, Yamuna, and Lord Shiva in famous tandav pose. Several dynasties have ruled the fort but now it lies in silence.

Chaiturgarh Fort

The great fort of Chaiturgarh is located in Korba district of present state of Chhattisgarh. The historic monument is well protected by Archeological survey of India. Due to the strategic location of the fort, it is well protected by natural walls to prevent foreign invasion. The fort constitutes three main entrance gates called Menaka, Humkara, and Simhadwar. The fort is located on hillocks surrounded by five ponds which get filled during the monsoon season. The fort is also located near famous Mahishasur Mardini temple that observes a huge influx of devotees all around the year. The majestic fort was built by Raja Prithvideva I of Kalchuri dynasti. The fort is now one of the major tourist attractions in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Kawardha Palace

This is a 20th century Palace built by Maharaj Dharamraj Singh in 1930. The dexterity of the beautiful palace and the fort depict multiple culture and style. The elegance of the Italian, Mughal and British are combined together in this palce. This is one of the most famous tourist attraction in Chhattisgarh. There are many small and big temples in and around the palace.

Kanker Palace

The Royal Palace of Kanker was actually the residence of the British Raj. It was made on close proximity of Keshkal Hills. The beautiful picturesque and beauty make the palce even more attracting and stylish.

Malhar Fort

The astonishing fort is one of the most important forts of Chhattisgarh. The fort is in Bilaspur. The history of the forts dates back to 2000 years. The Malhar Fort is one of the prime tourist spots in Chhattisgarh.

Where to Stay in Chhattisgarh ?

Chhattisgarh has evolved as a crucial tourism centre in India. After the state has been formed, the administration and authority has pushed the eco tourism to the entire nation. Many resorts with ultimate facilities and beautiful scenic are present in the state. Many hotels too have developed all across the state. Hotels of different ranges and affordability are easily available in different locations of Chhattisgarh.

Naman Bastar
Naman Bastar ResortIt is one of the most beautifully managed and built resort in Jagdalpur . It is the prime resort available in the extremely popular Jagdalpur area of tourism. The high quality food, comfortable stay, and other facilities like swimming pools, gym and others make it a great place to stay.
Address: Chitrakote Road, Village Palli, Jagdalpur, Pin no:494005
Phone :+91-07782-204901, 229740 / +91-07782-229750
Mobile : +91-75877 75500 / 94242 86000

Hareli Eco Resort: It is one of the highly regarded and visited resorts present in the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary near Raipur. It provides the ultimate atmosphere of the wildlife and also has security and comfort along with it.

Address: Mahasamund Ho, Mahasamund - 493445, Barnawapra

Muba’s Machan: It is also situated in Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary and provides a thrilling experience of jungle and wildlife. It is one of the most visited and desired resorts present in the Raipur area.

Address: Mahasamund Ho, Mahasamund - 493445, Barnawapra

Bastar Jungle Resort: Chhattisgarh has places to camp and enjoy the dense forest. However, the interest and enjoyment increases exponentially once it is located at the Bastar Jungle Resort. This is made and equipped to be a resort for camping and has all kind of facilities for the tourists. The resort is present near the Jagdalpur city of Chhattisgarh.

Address: Village Kurandi,Dist - Bastar, Jagdalpur HO, Jagdalpur – 494001
Phone: 9425591172

Hyatt Raipur
Hotels in RaipurIt is one of the most luxurious and comfortable hotels across the country. The ultimate hotel is considered one of the best hotels present in the country. It is located at the heart of the city and is in close proximity to all the connecting and required points of the capital city of Raipur.

Address:" Magneto The Mall, N.H. 6
Labhandi, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India, 492 001
Tel: +(91 771) 424 1234
Fax: +(91 771) 424 1235
Email: [email protected]

Hotel Mayura: It is a luxurious, comfortable hotel yet very affordable in range. It has a good reputation of service, quality of hospitality. Situated in the capital city of Raipur, it is one of the best hotels across state.

Address: Near Raj Talkies, GE Road, Raipur, Chhattisgarh 492001
Phone: 077142 00500

Courtyard by Marriott in Bilaspur: It is a highly ranked hotel present at the Bilaspur area. It is the top most choice of the people when it comes to touring in and around areas of Bilaspur. The hotel enjoys very positive feedback from the visitors and also offers decent pricing.

Address: City mall 36, Mangla Chowk Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh 495001 India

Hotel Akansha: This famous customer friendly hotel is located in Jagdalpur. It has a quite impressive ambiance and affordable range. Tourists have ranked the hotel very high in terms of quality of service and affordability.

Address: Motitalab Para, Jagdalpur, Bastar (C.G.)
Phohe: (+91) 7782 225335, 225336, 222349
Mobile: (+91) 920028 6055, 89649 11725
Email: [email protected]

Hotel Grand Dhillon: This one is one of the popular hotels present in the Durg-Bhilai area. It is highly ranked and known for its quality services. The service and food quality are highly rated and liked by the visitors.

Address: A-1, Nehru Nagar Square,G.E. Road, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh-490020
Phone : Tel : +91 788 4044000(100 lines)
96177 74101, 96177 74102
Fax : +91 788 4044001
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How to Reach Chhattisgarh?

The air infrastructure as of now in the state is not well equipped. Raipur, the capital city, is the sole commercially operating airport of the state. , Raipur has air links to top four cities of the country i.e. Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. The rail network in Chhattisgarh is centered on Bilaspur, which is the zonal headquarters of South East Central Railway of Indian Railways. Other main railway junctions include Raipur, Durg, and Champa. These junctions are well connected to all the major cities of India.The state has a vast network of highways and is well connected by other parts of the country by road.

Swami Vivekananda International Airport
Mana Airport
Location: Mana, Raipur, India

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