Arang is an old city which is about 36 km from Raipur. The city is known for its ancient temples among which the popular ones are Bhandadeval Temple and Mahamaya Temple. Bhandadeval Temple is popular for its architecture. The temple has three huge idols of Jain Tirthankars which are made in black stone.
Similarly, the Mahamaya Temple also has three big idols of the Jain Tirthankars and also has a huge stone with all the 24 Jain Tirthankars carved on it. The other important temples in the city are Danteshwari Temple, Chandi Maheshwari Temple, Panchamukhi Mahadev Temple and Panchamukhi Hanuman temple.
This beautiful natural waterfall in Koriya district on the Hasdo river is about 7 km from Hara Nagpur on the Manendragarh-Baikunthpur Road. About 80 to 90 ft high, it creates a beautiful misty ambience. There is a Shiva Temple here too. According to history, in 1936, Ramanuj Pratap Singh Judeo, the King of Koriya (then Sarguja) State, started a fair here on Mahashivratri, and the practice is followed till today.
Bailadila is a beautiful hill range in Chhattisgarh which is known for its huge deposits of iron ore. The surface of the mountain looks like the humps of an ox, thus, giving it the name Baila Dila which means the hump of ox.
Bailadila, which is an industrial area, is divided into two towns - Bacheli and Kirandul. The maximum deposits of iron ore are found on the highest peak of the hill range known as Aakash Nagar. However, to visit this peak, the permission should be taken from the National Mineral Development Corporation. The peak is also a place that offers views of lush forests and beautiful landscapes.
Apart from archaeology and pilgrimage sites, Bilaspur also nestles wildlife. Some of the impenetrable forests along with hills and rivers are found in this area of the country. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous sanctuaries of Chhattisgarh.
It houses innumerable endangered species like leopards, Bengal tigers and wild bison. Other animals include chital, striped hyena, canis, sloth bear, dhole, sambar deer, nilgai, Indian four-horned antelope and chinkara. Established in 1975, Achanakmar is also a tiger reserve.
Sprawling over an area of 557.55 sq km, variety of wildlife resides here. It is situated at a distance of 55 km north-west of Bilaspur. Tourists are prohibited to enter in the monsoon season. It is linked to Kanha-Achanakmar Corridor, which is a part of the tiger reserve of Kanha, Madhya Pradesh. Sal, saja, bija and bamboo are found in high frequency throughout the forest.
Ghongapani Jalashya is a dam situated on the way to the sanctuary. Tourists do not have an option to stay there. The day view of the dam is bewitching. Government guest houses are available beyond the wildlife sanctuary at Achanakmar, Keonchi and Lamni. They are well maintained and the forest guest house at Lamni was constructed during the British period.
Belgahna is the nearest railway station while Bilaspur station is also accessible. Apart from rental cars and buses, tourists can reach this sanctuary by any other vehicle. It is indeed a good place for ecotourism.
Bel Mahadev is a religious place which is situated on a hilly region and is 2 km away from Jashpur. It is a cave and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During the festival of Mahashivratri, many devotees visit here to take the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Anthropological Museum in Jagdalpur was established in the year 1972 with the sole purpose of providing a fascinating insight into the cultures and lifestyles of Bastar tribes. The museum is located at a distance of 4 km from the Jagdalpur city centre and houses a fine collection of of numerous objects of ethnographic interest.
Some of the rare collections found at the museum include headgears, footwear, ornaments, musical instruments, dresses, paintings, wood carvings, weapons, masks, art work, sculptures and a wide variety of objects that were used in daily life. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh that serves as a window to the lifestyles and ethnic cultures of various tribes in Bastar.
Bastar Palace is another historical remain that is seen in Jagdalpur. It was the headquarters of Bastar Kingdom. It was built by the rulers of Bastar state when the capital of Bastar Kingdom had been shifted from Barsur to Jagdalpur. At present the royal family of Bastar is residing there.
Barsur happens to be a small sleepy village near Dantewada. In the past, the village used to be called the city of temples and ponds and is believed to have around 147 temples and an almost equal number of ponds in it.
Century after century, the place lost its glory and now all that remains are the ruins of the temples that were once the pride of the place. The ruins of the temples speak about its rich past. Some of the noted temples are Mama-Bhanja Temple, Chandraditya Temple and Battisa Temple. A huge statue of Lord Ganesh is also worth visiting.
Ambikapur is the headquarter of Surguja district and was once the capital of the princely state of Gujarat under the reign of the 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 45 km from Ambikapur and takes more than one hour. Tiger Point waterfall situated at Mainpat is breathtaking.
The Buddha Temple is another attraction which is a religious place for Tibetians. Small industries 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 49k m from Ambikapur. It is highly crowded during Maha Shivratri and Basant Panchami.
Kailash Caves are 60 km from Ambikapur. Saint Rameshwar Gahira Guruji created these caves. There is a 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. 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 12 km.
The town of Sirpur is known for its Buddha Vihars, among which the most famous one is that of Anand Prabhu Kudi Vihar. This Buddha Vihar was built by Bhikshu Anand Prabhu who was a follower of Buddha.
The structure contains fourteen rooms and a main entrance. It also has several stone pillars which have beautiful carvings on them. Inside the building, there is a 6 ft tall statue of Lord Buddha that touches the earth. The other attractions that are near to Anand Prabhu Kudi Vihar are Lakshman Temple, Turturiya and Gandheshwar temple.
This is a small waterfall in the Koriya district about 65 km from Baikunthpur, near Bansipur village, in an area surrounded by rocks and forests. Even in summer, the area is cold, giving it the sobriquet of the natural air conditioner of Koriya.
Are you a nature lover? Then this is definitely a place you must visit. Located in the northern part of Mahasamund District, the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 245 sq km. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act in the year 1972.
The sanctuary is a mixture of plain and hilly terrains with an altitude that falls in the range of 265 m to 400 m. The wildlife here includes four horned antelopes, tigers, leopards, bison, pythons, barking deer, hyenas, porcupine, chinkara and black bucks.
This place has a lot to offer for all the bird lovers too. The birds seen here include herons, bulbul, egrets and parrots with other bid species. The forested area is rich with dry deciduous trees and other trees that incude tendu, ber, seemal, sal, teak and bamboo.
BadalKhole Abhyaran or sanctuary is situated 160 km away from Raipur in the Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh. This sanctuary is situated on the banks of rivers Eib and Dorki. The area is rich in flora and fauna and the majority of the area is covered with sal trees.
A large variety of animals like panther, monkeys, bear, wolf, hyena, tigers, jungle cat, jackals, etc. can be spotted in the sanctuary. Migratory birds can also be observed here. The pleasant climate of the place makes it a favourable hill station for tourists. The best time to visit is from January to June.
Known as one of the important pilgrimages of Chhattisgarh, the Adbhar Ashtbhuji, is a very ancient religious site which is dedicated to a female deity known as Goddess Devi, an eight-armed Goddess. Lamps, popularly termed as the ‘Joyti Kalash’ are lighted here during the Navratri festival, which makes a beautiful sight for the visitors to enjoy.
The Adbhar Temple has a great architectural design and is said to follow the rituals and traditions firmly. The Adbhar Ashtbhuji temple is easily reachable from all major parts of Chhattisgarh, which allows a large number of visitors to throng the place.
Bhoramdeo Temple is situated at a distance of 17 km from the district headquarter. Amidst bewitching surroundings, the temple carved out of stone looks splendid. It follows the Nagara style of architecture and Lord Shiva is worshipped here.
The Shivalinga in the temple is very artistic, which attracts tourists from all over the state. It was constructed in 1089 AD by the king of Fani Nagvansh, Gopal Dev. The temple looks similar to Khajuraho temples and therefore, is also known as Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh.
Other than its fascinating backdrop, the architecture is amazing. Two parts of the temple are made of ishtika and stone. A serene and calm lake is situated in front of the temple. It is five feet tall and the temple is divided into a mandap, an antarala and a garbhagriha.
It can be entered from all directions except from the west. The Shivalinga is situated at the garbhagriha. Sculptures of Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Ganesha can be seen on the outer walls of the temple. Idols of lions and elephants give the temple a royal touch.
Uma Maheswar, Natraj, Narsimha, Krishna, Nritya Ganesh, Kartikeya, Chamunda, Sapta Matrika, Laxmi Narayan and idols of some other gods are found in the temple. Traces of Ram Katha is found inscribed on the walls of the temple.
Carnal sculptures in various erotic poses are famous all over the world. They reflect the social lifestyle of people during that period. The walls with traces of turmeric reflect various holy rituals that take place in the temple.