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Raigarh, also known as the cultural capital of Chattisgarh, is one of the fastest developing cities with many upcoming projects lined up. In fact, it won't be wrong to say that it is a place that is definitely worth your visit and time. Being the cultural capital, it is known for its different traditional art forms such as Kathak dance and classical music.

Raigarh is well-known for its coal reserves and power generation. People also know it as Sanskardhani or the cultural capital of Chhattisgarh. Despite less population in the city, it is growing each day into an industrial city. And what may intrigue you, even more, is the fact that it also has a huge contribution in the production of steel, iron, and rice as well. 

There are many events hosted to keep the art of dance and music alive. Chakradhar Samaroh is one of them as well. Owing to cultural fests like these, Raigarh has emerged as one of the most visited tourist attractions in the state of Chhattisgarh, having many sites to attract the crowd. Here you will find a plethora of temples, museums, lakes, etc. In a nutshell, it is a good destination to set your mood right for wandering. 

History of Raigarh

Its history dates back to the pre-independence era. Yes, this place was earlier the capital of the Princely state of Raigarh. And when we had redeemed our independence, it was one of the first few states to join the independent nation. There is still the presence of Royalty here. However, owing to many reasons such as inner-conflicts it seems that it has somewhat faded away from the soul of this city. 

In the beginning, it was Raja Madan Singh who had established this state. Yes, there was a time when Raigarh was a part of Sambalpur State and Madan Singh was the Samant of the King of Sambalpur state. But eventually, Madan Singh had established a separate Raigarh from Sambalpur. However, the fact that how he managed to acquire Raigarh is still unknown.

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He was a king who hailed from a small village which was located in Chanda District and was succeded by Takhat Singh, Beth Singh, Dilip Singh and Jujhar Singh, Devnath Singh, Ghanshyam Singh, Bhupdev Singh and Chakradhar Singh. The last king of Raigarh was Raja Chakradhar Singh.

Why You Should Visit Raigarh? 

It has always been the kind of place which is typically known for a variety of things such as Kosa silk, rice fields, and indigenous tribes. If you ever visit this astounding city, then you have the option to explore some of the most amazing tourist destinations in and around Raigarh such as:

Raigarh Fort

Apparently, it is one of the oldest forts in Chhattisgarh. This fort stands among the prime tourist destinations and is just the kind of place where you would like to have your presence if you are keen on exploring the beauty of the place. The city is enriched with lakes and temples also.

Ram Jharna

A famous waterfall and an incredible destination to spend quality time with your family and loved ones. It is situated at an approximate distance of 18km from the city. And if you want to spend a memorable weekend then Ram Jharna is an ideal destination to visit. Filled with natural resources and wild animals like Monkeys, deer, and birds, this place is a sight for sore eyes. As per the legend, Lord Ram himself had visited this place once during his vanvas and drank the water from this source.

Singhanpur Caves

These are one of the most popular ancient caves, located at an approximate distance of 20km away from the Raigarh. It is said that here, in Singhanpur caves, you will get to find the oldest sculptures on Earth. Apart from that, it is a wonderful place to have a delightful trekking experience in the jungle.

Gajmar Pahadi

It’s a sub-mountain region located at the border of the village of Raigarh and Odisha. This mountain range is nestled with many wild plants, fruits, and one can also find animals like leopards, bears, Hyena and rock python. If you are looking to capture some really cool and amazing moments with your loved ones then this is the kind of place which is definitely worth your shot.

Things to do in Raigarh

Indra Vihar Zoo- View the incredible species of animals here. Kids will simply love this place.

Trekking tour- Enjoy an adventurous and thrilling rock climbing session. 

Haritima- Explore the well-maintained eco-park, the best spot for nature lovers.

Events and festivals in and Around Raigarh

Rajim Lochan

Most of the renowned temples in India host a number of grand fairs in the temples for people to indulge in the history and culture of the temple as well as the place. Read More

Chakradhar Samaroh

This festival is celebrated in the home of music and dance forms of the state which is Raigarh. The place has made its own identity due to the birth of few known musicians and artists and has proved its worth in the state of Chhattisgarh. Read More

Madai Festival

The culture of this place can be experienced through the tribal culture that is distinct from any other tradition in India. It is unique, exciting and knowledgeable at the same time. Madai Festival is celebrated by the Gond community which is out there to make the most of the occasion. Read More

Best time to visit Raigarh

Visit the city in the winter season from October through March.

How to reach Raigarh?

By Air - If you want to visit Raigarh via air then you should know that Raigarh doesn’t have great air connectivity. So, it would be best to look out for some other means of travel options such as a bus or a train. It does have an airport of the same name - Raigarh Airport. It is situated near Kondatarai. However, this airstrip is majorly used for small planes and choppers.

By Road - It can be said that Raigarh has got excellent connectivity with other cities via road. Nearby places such as Bilaspur, Raipur, Ambikapur and Jharsuguda are quite well connected at an approximate distance of 170km, 270km, 190km, and 90km in that order. You can also reach this city via other metropolitan cities. From New Delhi, Raigarh is located at an approximate distance of 1,260 km. So, from here you can either take NH19 OR NH44. From Bangalore, you can take NH 30 or Bangalore Hyderabad Highway. From Mumbai, you can take NH53 or MP SH 26.

By Train - The connectivity via train network is also quite good. If you are planning to reach Raigarh via Mumbai then it will take you around 24 hours on a rough basis. Gitanjali Express, Amritsar Express are a few options for you. From Delhi as well, it may take you close to a day to reach Raigarh via Dakshin Express, Azad Hind Express. From Bangalore, it may take you close to 1 and a half-day to reach Raigarh. Lucknow SF Express, Azad Hind Express are some of the options to look for. Otherwise, you can always go on the government sites to book your train tickets. 

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