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Chattisgarh's Capital City of Raipur

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Raipur rose to fame as the capital city when the state of Chattisgarh was formed in the year 2000. The city has carved a place for itself in the commercial and industrial plans of the country. It also is vital to tourism in the state and provides a window to the many travel destinations in Chattisgarh. Raipur district is key to the historical events of India and also an exciting place where archaeologists have made important discoveries. Situated in plains that have agriculture as the mainstay activity, and where many varieties of rice is grown; Raipur is rather green and beautiful.

The bustling city has many attractions, some old and the others modern where the locals and travellers learn, relax and admire. Be it a spiritual journey or a relaxing evening at the park, Raipur can provide travellers with interesting holiday options. Here are some places in and around Raipur that is worth a visit.

Doodhadhari Monastery and Temple

Doodhadhari Monastery and Temple

An interesting place to visit in Raipur is the Doodhadhari Monastery and Temple. The temple was built in the 17th century in the worship of the Hindu Lord Rama by King Jaitsingh along the ancient river of Maharajbandh. The temple structure flaunts detailed carvings and also displays some stunning wall murals. The monastery was formed in the name of Swami Balbhadra Das, who is said to have survived solely by drinking milk and nothing else.

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Vivekananda Ashram

Vivekananda Ashram

One of the branches of the mission started by Swami Vivekananda, the ashram in Raipur is a beautiful and calm place. Based on the high ideals of self-emancipation and welfare to all people, the ashram is the place for meditation and spiritual awakening

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Vivekananda Sarovar

Vivekananda Sarovar

Among the places to visit in Raipur is the large water body of Budha Talab or Vivekananda Sarovar. The lake has a large statue of Vivekananda that is surrounded by lights, making the lake rather lovely in the dark. Fountains and the glistening waters makes it a great place to spend a laidback evening just enjoying the scenery.

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Mahakaushal Kala Parishad

Mahakaushal Kala Parishad

Among the interesting places to visit in Raipur is the Mahakaushal Kala Parishad. The octagonal shaped building is made of carved stones. Built by Mahant Ghasidas, the place was converted to form a museum and now functions as an art gallery. The display ranges across paintings, sculptures and other works of various eminent artists.

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Mahavir Park

Mahavir Park

A tourist place in Raipur city is the Mahavir Park, also locally called the Anupam garden. The beautiful park has lighting provided for trees and fountains making it a rather cheery sight in the evenings. Another feature to note is the Indian Army tank on display at the park.

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Rajiv Smriti Van and Urja Park

Rajiv Smriti Van and Urja Park

An educating trip to the Rajiv Smriti Van and Urja Park in Raipur is a must for every traveller visiting the city. The place is great for the entire family to spend time, learning more about science and technology. The centre founded in the memory of Rajiv Gandhi is also popular for promoting eco-friendly usage of resources and most electricity consumed on the campus is provided by solar energy.

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Nandavan

Nandavan

A place to take children for a fun evening is the Nandavan zoo located on the outskirts of the city along the banks of river Kharoon. The zoo consisting of gardens and walking tracks is open all through the week, except on Sundays between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Nagar Ghadi

Nagar Ghadi

Do clock towers even need to be recognised on the list of places to be visited in a city? Well, we think the Nagar Ghadi or clock tower of Raipur definitely is worth mentioning. Located at the heart of the city, the clock goes unnoticed for its simple beauty and is rather looked at as a landmark point. Made of marble the tower is surrounded by garden and fountains. But the most unique feature is that this clock tower sings! Yes, you read that right. The clock tower plays folk Chattisgarh music before every hourly bell. And what's better is that the tune matches the mood of the time.

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Food and Stay

Food and Stay

cuisines catering to every palate. The local tribal cuisine consists of leafy vegetables, curds and pulses. Chattisgarh is known for its sweets, so make sure to buy some yummy Jalebis as well.

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How to Reach Raipur

How to Reach Raipur

By Road: Raipur being the capital city is well-connected by road to all major destinations in the state. Highways such as the NH-6 connect Raipur to other destinations outside the state.

By Rail: The Raipur Railway Junction has trains to all major cities in India.

By Air: The Raipur Airport has regular flights to major cities in the country. The nearest international airport is Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Airport in Nagpur, located at a distance of 285 km.

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