“The Land of Surprises”, Chhattisgarh is a Central Indian province offering diverse experiences for travellers amidst its greenery, rivers and waterfalls.
From rich cultural heritage to diverse flora and fauna to pristine tourist attractions, there is a lot to explore here. Take a look!
Famed as the mini-Niagara Falls of India, Chitrakote Falls is the country’s widest natural waterfall cascading dramatically amidst all greenery surrounding it. This horse-shaped waterfall is an ideal spot for a day-long outing in the lap of nature where the gushing waters fall from a height of 75 feet and are a sight to behold. Part of the Indravati River, it is among the six waterfalls of India that are considered as geo-heritage sites. Visit it during monsoons, between the months of July and October when the falls look all the more appealing.
Also known as the “Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh”, Bhoramdeo Temple is a complex of Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is visited by devotees and tourists from all corners of the world. It has the picturesque backdrop of the Maikal range of hills, and appeals to travellers with its incredible historical architecture and scenic views.
The capital city of Chhattisgarh, Raipur attracts travellers with its rich history, stunning architectural wonders and large steel markets. Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum is one major tourist attraction in the city where a fine collection of items used by the tribes of the state can be witnessed. Besides, tourists visit the Doodhadhari Monastery and Temple, Budhapara Lake, Vivekananda Sarovar, Hajra Waterfall and Nandavan Garden.
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering a total area of 245 sq km, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the major tourist attractions of Chhattisgarh, situated around 100km from Raipur and 45km from Mahasumund. Famed as the land of the virgin wood, this sanctuary is home to Bar and Nawapara forest villages and is where you get to spot the fearless Indian Bison, also known as “Gaur”. The flat terrain of the sanctuary, with occasional low and high hillocks, can be a treat to explore. Besides, wild boar, neelgai, cheetal and sambhar can also be spotted at the park.
Sirpur Heritage Site
A prominent archaeological site lying along Mahanadi River, Sirpur Heritage Site is one of the state’s major tourist attractions. Situated 84kms from Raipur, you can explore the traditional cultural heritage and architecture through its fascinating architectural remains here. The slow paced life at this quaint village is sure to appeal to the city dwelling tourists. One of the major attractions of this site is the Laxman Temple, billed as the first temple in India constructed using bricks.