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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 time. Being the cultural capital, it is known for its different traditional art forms such as Kathak dance and classical music.

Also, this city is well-known for its coal reserves and power generation facility. Despite less population in the city, it is growing each day into an industrial hub. 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 in this city. Chakradhar Samaroh is one of them. 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 activities. 

History of Raigarh

Its history dates back to the pre-independence era. Earlier, it was known as the Princely state of Raigarh. During the time of independence, it was also one of the first few states to join the independent nation of India. However, due to various inner-conflicts, the soul of this city has somewhat faded away.

In the beginning, it was Raja Madan Singh who had established this state here. 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 city of Raigarh. 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 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.

Major Attractions in and Around Raigarh

1. 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 local history.

2. 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, it is believed that Lord Ram himself had visited this place once during his vanvas and drank water from the waterfall. Since then, it has been named Ram Jharna.

3. Singhanpur Caves. These caves are quite ancient and are located at an approximate distance of 20km from Raigarh. It is said that here, in Singhanpur caves, you can find the oldest sculptures on Earth. Apart from that, it is the right place to have a great trekking experience in the jungle.

4. 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 if you are lucky, you might spot leopards, bears, Hyena, and rock python. 

How to Reach Raigarh 

The highlighting factor of Raigarh is its coal reserves. And due to its scenic urban vistas, it can be a great travel getaway to explore for travellers. Raigarh is situated at a distance of 1,254, 1,379, 687, 1,625 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Let’s see how you can reach Raigarh by the following routes.

By Air. The city of Raigarh doesn’t have very good connectivity via a flight. However, it does have its own airport of the same name but it is not very well-connected. Thus, it would be best suitable for anyone to look for some other means of travel options like a bus or a train.

But still, if you want to travel here by air then your best option would be Swami Vivekananda International Airport. It is located at a distance of 243 km via NH49 or NH53. Formerly known as the Raipur Airport, it is the primary airport that serves the state of Chattisgarh and is considered as the 28th busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic. This airport has only a single runaway and is also equipped with CAT-1 Instrument Landing System.

  1. Delhi - Board IndiGo, AirIndia, Vistara airlines from Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000
  2. Indore - Board IndiGo, AirIndia, Vistara from Indore airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,500
  3. Nagpur - Board AirIndia, IndiGo flights from Nagpur Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,500
  4. Lucknow - Board IndiGo, Vistara, AirIndia from Lucknow Airport. The airfare price is starting from Rs.5,000

After you deboard at the airport, you will need to take some mode of public transportation like a cab or a bus.

By Road. The city of Raigarh has fairly good connectivity with other nearby Indian cities. You can also consider travelling from interstate buses. Here is the route you can take to reach here. You can also consider travelling here by interstate or private buses.

  1. Delhi - 1,276 km via NH19 or NH44
  2. Agra - 1,060 km via NH19 or Agra-Lucknow Expressway
  3. Indore - 981 km via NH47 or NH53
  4. Bhubaneswar - 392 km via NH49 or NH57
  5. Jamshedpur - 428 km via NH49 or NH43
  6. Puri - 456 km via NH55 or NH49
  7. Raipur - 250 km via NH49 or NH53

By Train. The overall connectivity via train is good. Raigarh has its own railhead of the same name. This railway station is responsible for serving Raigarh and the nearby cities like Ambikapur, Sarguja, Dharamjaigarh, and Sarangarh. After you deboard at the railway station, you can always take a cab or some other means of public transportation to reach your destination. Here is how you can reach here by train.

  1. Delhi - Board KalingaUtkal Express from Hazarat Nizammudin and deboard at the Raigarh station
  2. Pune - Board Azad Hind Express from Pune Junction and deboard at the Raigarh station
  3. Bilaspur - Board Gitanjali Express from Bilaspur Junction and deboard at the Raigarh station
  4. Nagpur - Board Azad Hind Express from Nagpur station and deboard at the Raigarh station
  5. Raipur - Board Howrah Mail from Raipur Junction and deboard at the Raigarh station

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