A state capital of Chhattisgarh since the year 2000, Raipur has been in existence since the 9th century and shares much of its origins and heritage with that of the rest of Central India. Various temples and archaeological evidence have been found to support this fact.
Although one of the fast growing cites of India, Raipur is famous for its efficient administrative authorities, which have ensured planned development. Thus one can find all the amenities of a big city with none of the negative impact, such as over population and pollution. It is also an industrial and educational hub.
Raipur enjoys tropical weather, which means that it is moderate all year round, except in the months of March to June, when the heat is rather excessive. The winter months (November to February) are the best time to visit Raipur as the weather is most pleasant and enjoyable at this time.
Raipur, being a state capital, is very easily accessible by road, rail and air. Five of our National Highways are connected to it and the railway routes connect Raipur to all other major cities. The airport, located in the outskirts of the city, is also similarly well-connected to the metropolitan cities.
1. Madku Dweep
Located at a short distance from Raipur, the Madku Dweep is a clean and untouched island on the Shivanth River. It is dotted with natural attractions such as waterfalls. Rich in historic and cultural significance, the ruins of 19 temples, as well as sculptures, artwork, coins and other artefacts from ancient times have been unearthed here, mostly dedicated to Hindu deities. Hindu and Christian religious festivals of great significance take place here annually.
2. Shadani Darbar
Established in Lahore by Sant Shree Shadaram Sahib Ji, who many believe to be the incarnation of Lord Shiva himself, in the 1708, the Shadani Darbar shifted to Raipur after the Partition of India. A place of worship close to the main city of Raipur, popular opinion of the Darbar says that it is one of the most serene places where one can meditate and worship the almighty. Clean and beautifully built, with helpful staff and entrancing bhajans, this place is a treat for the mind and soul.
3. Urja Park
Built in the memory of Rajiv Gandhi by the Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA), the Urja Park is a not only a treat for the senses but also an educational experience where one can learn all about sustainable solar energy, which, interestingly, is used to fuel the entire park. The well maintained gardens also feature various engaging facilities for the family such as a toy train for kids and a musical fountain. Located close to the airport, this place is ideal for pleasant picnics with friends and family.
4. Saint Vallabhacharya Temple
Located in the small town of Champaran about 60 kilometres from Raipur, the Saint Vallabhacharya Temple is dedicated to the renowned Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, who is credited with founding and reforming the Vallabh sect. There are two temples here as well as a small tributary of the Yamuna. Annual religious festivals take place here.
5. Vivekananda Sarovar
Also known as Budha Talab, this lake is as old as the city of Raipur itself. Said to have been a favourite spot of the great Swami Vivekananda during his travels, it features a 37 feet tall statue of the Swami in the centre of the lake. It is surrounded by lush, well maintained gardens ideal for picnics. Boating facilities are also available here.
6. MM Fun City
Water-cum-amusement Park on the outskirts of Raipur, MM Funcity makes for a wonderful outing with family and friends. Clean and well maintained, the park with its water slides, pools, wave pool, rain dance, dry rides and video game zone is widely recommended for visitors as well as locals. Facilities available include restaurants with mouth-watering cuisines and provisions for staying over the weekend.
Raipur, as a growing city that lies in the heart of the nation, has many stories to tell. A must visit, to explore the culture and customs of Chhattisgarh.