Ambikapur is the headquarter of Surguja district and was once the capital of the princely state of Gujarat under the reign of British. Ambikapur is named after Goddess Ambika or Mahamaya Devi, which is the centre of attraction of this place. It is constructed by a hill which adds beauty to the temple. Mainpat is a scenic hill station and is known as Shimla of Chhattisgarh. It is 45km from Ambikapur and takes more than one hour.
Tiger Point waterfall situated at Mainpat is breathtaking. Buddha Temple is another attraction which is a religious place for Tibetians. Small industry of carpet and woollen clothes are run by them. These Tibetians are followers of Dalai Lama and have developed serene atmosphere all through Mainpat. Deogarh is another pilgrimage attraction of Ambikapur tehsil.
Ambikapur also nestles other temples like Shivpur Shiv Temple. It is 49km from Ambikapur. It is highly crowded during Maha Shivratri and Basant Panchami. Kailash Caves is 60km from Ambikapur. Saint Rameshwar Gahira Guruji created these caves.
There is temple of Lord Shiva-Parvati apart from temples of other gods and goddesses. Yagya Mandap, Sanskrit school, Gahira Guru ashram are some other attractions of Kailash Caves. Ramgarh lies at the peak of a high hill. It lies on the east of the road that runs between Allahabad and Rameshwaram. It rises from Rampur Tappa of Gujarat district.
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Ambikapur is a storehouse of bauxite and paddy crops, apart from various forest products. It is well connected by railways and roadways all through the state. Buses are readily available from Bilaspur. Though Ambikapur has no airport of its own, Darima airstrip is located at a distance of 12km.