Chhattisgarh, the state that was partitioned into a separate state in 2000, is bound by 6 different states, and is situated almost at the heart of our country. It is a relatively offbeat destination for tourism which makes it an amazing place to visit, especially for those who absolutely love secluded and less-crowded places.
It is a stunning state filled with heritage sites, beautiful waterfalls, sanctuaries and everything you need to visit for a satisfying vacation. The best time to visit Chhattisgarh is between late June to January, when it faces monsoon and winter seasons. The climate is pleasantly cool during this time.
Following are the places that you need to visit on your vacation at Chhattisgarh.
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Chitrakoot waterfalls, which is also known as Chitrakote Falls, happens to be India's widest waterfall. Due to this, it has the nickname of Niagara Falls of India. It falls from a beautiful height of 95 ft and is particularly magnificent to look at during the monsoon, since it tends to gush with full force. The falls is located 276 km from Raipur, capital city of Chhattisgarh.
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One of the most important pilgrimage sites of Chhattisgarh, Bhoramdeo Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The complex has four temples, wherein the main temple is constructed using stone. The style of architecture and certain features like the erotic sculptures, resemble that of the Khajuraho Temple and Konark Sun Temple. The temple is located 132 km from Raipur.
Kanger Valley National Park
To explore the wildlife of Chhattisgarh, visit the Kanger Valley National Park. It is a magnificent park that is filled with thickets of forests, therefore famous for its rich biodiversity. Perfect for nature lovers, some of the animals that you might come across includes tiger, chital, leopard, striped hyena, jackal, to name a few.
The national park is surrounded by some beautiful places that you must visit as well. Some of them are Tirathgarh Falls, Kanger Dhara, Dandak Caves, etc. From Raipur, the national park is located about 306 km away.
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Kotumsar Cave is one of the major tourist attraction of Chhattisgarh that is named after a nearby village called Kotumsar. It is located about 29 km from the town of Jagdalpur.
The cave is formed from a vertical fissure in a hill, which also happens to be the entrance of the cave. The tunnel is almost 200 m with some passages. Kotumsar Cave is believed to be a place of religious significance, where some pilgrims light incense sticks and camphor in the cave.
Sirpur Group of Monuments
Located in the Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh is the Sirpur Group of Monuments, a place of great archaeological value. This site consists of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist monuments that were built between 5th to 12th centuries. It is nestled by the banks of river Mahanadi.
According to recent excavations, there have been 12 Buddha Viharas, innumerable temples, 1 Jain Vihara and an underground granary market. This location is surely a delight for all those history buffs. It is located 83 km from Raipur.