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The largest city of Chhattisgarh, Raipur, was once a part of Madhya Pradesh but in 2000, it was made a part of the state of Chattisgarh. It is also popularly known as the ‘rice bowl of India’ mainly because hundreds of varieties of rice are grown here. The city of Raipur has a moderate climate throughout the year. Apart from that, the lifestyle and culture of Raipur are also worth witnessing. It is one of the three metro cities of the state and thus it is highly accessible for people via any means of transportation.

History of Raipur

If the historical records of this place are to be believed then the city of Raipur has been in existence since the 9th century. Yes, this place was once a part of the Southern Kosal and was considered a part of the Mauryan empire. After this particular epoch, Raipur became the capital for the Haihaya kings for a considerable number of years.  

Between the 2nd and 3rd century it was the Satawahanas who ruled this place. And by the 4th century, it was conquered by Samudragupta. After him, this region came under the rule of Sarabhpuri Kings and Nala Kings sometime around the 5th or 6th centuries. Later on, in history, Somavanshi kings, Tumman kings also ruled this part of the geographical land. And it is also believed that King Ramachandra from this dynasty established the city of Raipur and then subsequently made it the capital of his kingdom. 

There is another interesting story about this city. According to the story, King Ramachandra’s son Brahmdeo had established Raipur. And his capital city was Khalwatika named after Brahmdeo Rai as ‘Raipur’. After the death of King Amar Singh Deo, this geographical landmass had become the domain of the Bhonsale kings of the Nagpur. When Raghuji III passed away, this territory was taken by the British government from Bhonsale’s and turned it into their headquarters.  

After the independence of our country, this place was then included under the Central Provinces. On November 1st 1956, Raipur became a part of Madhya Pradesh and then became a part of Chattisgarh on November 1, 2000.

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Why You Should Visit Raipur?

It is a very beautiful city situated in Central India. And this is the kind of place which has got just about everything ranging from lakes to ancient temples for exploration. It is a great tourist destination for people who want to explore something new and unique.

Places to visit in Raipur

Gandhi Udyan. A peaceful spot situated away from the hustle-bustle life of the city Raipur, nestled in the lush green forests. Greenery is not the only thing about this place that will leave you stunned, tiled tracks, blossoming flowers along with beautiful lighting will impress you highly too. 

Urja Park. Considered as the best place for those who wish to experience the wonderful weekend outings, Urja Park is situated at the Mana Road in the center of the city. This place has a well-maintained garden along with a sparkling lake.

Jatmai Temple. While visiting this temple you will get to explore an incredibly lush green vegetation as well where Ghatarani waterfall is the main charm that captivates a number of tourists on a yearly basis. Snuggled with various towers and some murals are also fitted at the entryway that depicts the history and myths of this place. During the occasion of Navratri, one can see a great number of devotees who come to the temple to offer prayers and getting the blessings of the Goddess.

Things to do in Raipur

Girnar Restaurant. Here you can enjoy the much famous chicken-bharta if you are a non-vegetarian. Apart from that, this place also boasts a great number of other delightful delicacies.  

Jeep safari. You will get to enjoy jeep safari during the visit of Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the kind of experience which you would surely remember for a very long period of time in your life. 

Caving. Caving is a great activity to explore a completely different side of Raipur. The Kutumsar cave situated here is the largest cave in Asia and the seventh-largest in the world. Here, somewhere, you will also find a huge rock which resembles Mount Kailash. 

Events and festivals in and Around Raipur

Gaura Gauri. This is one of the most significant festivals in Raipur. Celebrated in the month of August, the celebrations happen for a period of six days commemorating the marriage of Goddess Parvati to Lord Shiva. 

Pola Festival. This festival is dedicated to bull worship and is celebrated in the month of Shravana. It is typically a festival of the farmers. During this festival, the farmers thank their bulls and oxen for their support in farming. On the day of this festival, children are usually gifted with idols of clay bulls to play.   

Food and Clothing of Raipur

The people in Raipur are very generous. The women folk here wear traditional suits made of cotton, silk, and linen. On the other hand, men wear modern clothing like shirts, pants, and jeans. Moving to food, here one can find an abundance of it. Some of the popular dishes are Aamat, Chila, Bara, Tilgur, Bafauri, Bhajia, Faraa, etc. 

Best time to visit Raipur

From October to March is the best time to visit Raipur as the temperature remains comfortable this time.

How to reach Raipur?

By Air. The city of Raipur has its own domestic airport which is Swami Vivekananda Airport. It has direct flights from most of the neighbouring cities such as Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, etc.  

By Road. Planning a road trip, indeed, is always a fun and memorable experience. The city of Raipur is quite well connected by road to the major cities of India such as Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata. 

By Train. Raipur Junction, Saraswatinagar are a few nearby railheads. You can easily get a train from nearby and major cities of Raipur. You can consider taking Bilaspur Express, Bilaspur Rajdhani, Howrah Sup Express, Pune Hatia Superfast and so to reach here. 

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