Welcome to Chhattisgarh, a young state, but an ancient land. A thickly-forested, tribal-dominated state, and one of India’s richest bio-diversity habitats, it came into being in 2000, as India’s 26th state; carved out of the then largest state, Madhya Pradesh. It is blessed with the densest forests in the country and 44% of it is under forest cover, including three National Parks and ten wildlife sanctuaries. The region is covered with nature’s canopy of sal, teak and bamboo trees, and carpeted with lush vegetation. Its people revere the land; each day is a celebration of life, in which visitors are welcome to participate.
Besides India’s finest waterfalls and other picturesque sites, the state has ancient caves, princely palaces, fairs and festivals, hill stations and exquisitely carved temples. The state is also filled with ancient monuments, Buddhist sites, rock paintings and hill plateaus.Most of the sites are untouched and unexplored and offer a unique experience compared to traditional overcrowded destinations.
One-third of the population is tribal, whose traditional artefacts, made of bell metal castings (dokra) make wonderful additions to the living or work space. The rhythmic folk music, dances and drama are part of the unique tribal culture. The tribal medicine pre-dates Ayurveda, India’s ancient healing science, and combined with the over 90 species of medicinal plants in the forests, it could well be the next big thing in natural cures. Chhatisgarh is also fast becoming a hub for bio-diesel.
Some of the places to visit are Bilaspur, Durg, Jashpur, Kanker, Korba, Raipur, Raigarh and Rajnandgaon. Besides having a number of large water bodies, the state boasts of several forms of wildlife: tiger, leopard, wild boar, cheetal, langur, rhesus monkey, bison, wild buggalo, civet cat, bear. The various fairs held are the Bastar Dussera, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Ramaram, Ma Bambleshwari, Ratanpur, Shivrinarayan, Sihawa, Bhoramdeo, Girodhpuri, Damakheda.
Places to visit: Kailash Gufa, Kutumsar Cave, Kanger Valley national park, Chitrakot waterfall, Tiratgarh waterfall, Kawardha Palace, Kanker Palace, Laxman Temple, Barsoor, tribal villages, Haat bazars, Dantewada National Park, Kanger Ghati (Bastar), Sirpur, Rajim, Barnawapura Wildlife Sanctuary, Chanparanya, Gangrel dam, Tirathgarh, Dongargarh, Ratanpur, Tala, Achanakmar, Girodhpuri, Malhar, Manipat, Madkudweep.
State capital: Raipur
Airport: linked by air
Railhead: Raipur lies on the Bombay-Nagpur-Harora railway line
Road: Connected by road
Official website: www.chhattisgarhtourism.net