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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 Nagpur. When Raghuji III passed away, this territory was taken by the British government from Bhonsale’s and turned 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.

Places To Visit In Raipur

Raipur is among the best tourist places in Chhattisgarh. If you are traveling to Raipur then make sure you explore these places.

1. 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 beautiful lighting will impress you highly too. 

2. Urja Park

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

3. Jatmai Temple

While visiting this temple you will get to explore 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.

How to Reach Raipur

Raipur, the capital of Chattisgarh is also its largest city. The highlighting point of Raipur is that it is considered the largest industrial center of India. To reach here you will need to cover an approximate distance of about 1,226, 1,127, 940, 1,373 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transportation. 

By Air

The city of Raipur has its own domestic airport i.e. Swami Vivekananda Airport (RPR). Its erstwhile name was Raipur Airport, however, on January 24, 2012, it was renamed to its current name. In terms of passenger movement, it is considered the 28th busiest airport in our country. Several major airlines operate to and fro this airport connecting nearby and faraway regions via direct and connecting flights. From the airport, you can easily book a cab or avail some other means of local conveyance to reach your destination.

  • From Guwahati - Board Spicejet, IndiGo, Air India flights from Guwahati Airport. 
  • From Lucknow - Board Air India, IndiGo flights from Lucknow Airport.
  • From Bhubaneswar - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Bhubaneswar Airport.

By Train

Raipur Junction is the best option to reach here by train. It is situated on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line. Due to good connectivity and passenger traffic, this railway station is considered one of the few highest revenue-generating railway stations. Because of all these factors, it was even given the tag of being an A-1 grade station in our country. From the station, you can easily get yourself a cab or some other means of local transportation. 

By Road

Planning a road trip, indeed, is always a fun and memorable experience. The city of Raipur is quite well connected by easily accessible roadways and highways to the major cities of India. From the nearby regions and cities, you can book online interstate/private buses at affordable prices. Otherwise, you can also consider taking your own vehicle or book a cab to reach here. 

  • From Bhubaneswar - 550 km via NH57 or NH53
  • From Bilaspur - 118 km via NH130 or NH30
  • From Nagpur - 283 km via NH53

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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