: The capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur is the largest city in the state. With more than hundreds of steel mills and six steel plants, Raipur is also one of the largest industrial centres of the country. Besides steel, it is also home to the aluminium and coal industries. A primary business and industrial hub, Raipur is even fast emerging in the tourism sector, attracting tourists from across the world. The city is known for its temples, lakes, factories, educational centres as well as the development of Naya Raipur. Naya Raipur is a newly planned city and is about 17km away from the current town. The Swami Vivekananda Airport lies in between Raipur and Naya Raipur facilitating travel.
Famous Places in Raipur: Ghatarani Waterfalls, Nandan Van Zoo, Purkhauti Muktangan, Swami Vivekanand Sarovar, Gandhi Udyan Park, MM Fun City, Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum, Banjara Mata Temple, Champaran, Jatmai Temple, City Center Mall, Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Kevalya Dham Jain Mandir, Rajiv Lochan Mandir, ISKCON Raipur, Shadani Darbar, Solar Energy Park, Town Hall, Mahamaya Temple, Kankali Talab.
Ghatarani Waterfalls: Located 85 km from the city of Raipur is Ghatarani Waterfalls, the largest in the state of Chattisgarh. Surrounded by lush greenery, this breathtaking sight is a popular picnic spot. Ghatarani Waterfalls is a favourite picnic spot to go to on the weekend along with your friends and family. A small trek through a forest would lead you to this beautiful natural beauty. At the bottom of the waterfall lies a naturally formed pool. Enjoy a swim, play with your fam, or unwind in the pool. Although the waterfall’s beauty enriches in the rainy season – when the water is in full flow – it is best to avoid going during this time because of slippery terrains and mudslides.
Nandan Van Zoo: Nandan Van Zoo, located at Naya Raipur, is one of the famous places of visit in the city. With its primary objective to protect and conserve animals, the zoo has many species of fauna. There are jungle safari and boating rides and is a perfect spot to spend the day with kids. It is fascinating to watch the animals wander around the jungle, and it also gives an exposure to many species which are not very popular and on the verge of extinction. Also, the facilities provided by the zoo are comfortable and affordable.
Purkhauti Muktangan: Keep your gadgets away and spend a day at Purkhauti Muktangan, a delightful garden reflecting the rich culture of Chhattisgarh. The Humble A.P.J Abdul Kalam inaugurated the place in November 2006. Since then, this garden is a place that attracts tourists and locals alike. Folk art, life-like tribal figures, vibrant sceneries add on to the beautiful experience. Not only is the garden eye-catching to visitors, but it also spreads cultural awareness about preserving our bio-cultural diversity.
Swami Vivekanand Sarovar: Swami Vivekanand Sarovar is also called Burha Thalab which means old lake. Fenced by a number of trees, especially palm trees, it is a tranquil place to visit. There are several food stalls just outside the park that provide cheap and good quality street food. Apart from that, the lake is a popular picnic spot and a jogger’s paradise. The best time to visit the lake is in the evening, just before sunset.
Gandhi Udyan Park: Gandhi Udyan Park is located in the heart of the Raipur city which extends till the famous Bhagat Singh Chowk. With a lot of natural vegetation spread over the park, the walking area is neatly tiled. There is also a playground where yoga classes are held early in the morning. With a walking area of about 400 meters, it is an excellent place for a morning or evening walk.
MM Fun City: MM Fun City is a one-stop destination for everyone who is looking to soak themselves in unlimited fun and entertainment. Located in the outskirts of the capital city, it is Chhattisgarh’s largest water amusement park. The park has been set up in a tranquil and serene environment, away from the city’s busy life. It is a hit among its visitors, providing them with fun water slides, family pool, wave pool, rain dance, a restaurant and even an exclusive kid’s zone. It is famous for its exciting rides, modern features and excellent service.
Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum: Located near the Kutchery Chowk intersection, Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum is small but packed with rich history of Raipur city. This well- maintained museum boasts an impressive collection of tribal artefacts, inscriptions, coins, carvings, models, and other things related to anthropology and natural history. There are five galleries spread on two floors and a vast library that you won’t be able to miss. Head over to an open-air restaurant located at the ground floor of the museum to experiment with cheap but good tribal food. You get to learn a lot about Raipur’s past, its culture and how it went on to become the big city it is in the present times.
Banjari Mata Temple: The shrines of Banjari Mata Temple are, without a doubt, its speciality. Devoted to Goddess Banjari Mata, this sacred place is famous for hosting events during the Dussehra and Navratri festivals. Many devotees from neighbouring states and across the country flock to breathe in the pleasant and sacred aura. One can feel the calmness lingering in the air. The temple is open all days of the week and can be visited between 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM. The temple’s exquisiteness and authenticity is the reason why thousands visit the place to seek blessings.
Champaran: Champaran was previously known as Champajhar. This village is of religious as well as historical significance as it is regarded to be the birthplace of the Sant Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the founder, pioneer and reformer of the Vallabh Sect. It is thus, a popular Vaishnava Peeth. Champaran is home to two temples that are dedicated to Shri Mahaprabhuji – the Prakatya Baithakji Mandir and Mool Prakatya (more commonly known as Chatti Baithak) and also holds an annual festival.
Jatmai temple: Located in Gariaband, about 85 km from the city of Raipur, Jatmai temple is situated amidst lush greenery. The temple, devoted to Mata Jatmai is constructed with granite and has beautiful murals at its entrance. The holy place is lit up and decorated with great enthusiasm during the festivals of Navratri. It is a place which has such peaceful vibes and positivity.
City Center Mall: The City Center Mall in Raipur combines entertainment and business. You can find brands like Woodland, Adidas, Lee Cooper, Wrangler, and more to shop from. After going on a shopping spree, head over to the large food court area to grab a quick bite or a multi-course meal. What next? The mall also has a multiplex with five screens where you can enjoy the latest films with your friends and family.
Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium: Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, located in Raipur, at a distance of 21 kilometres from the heart of the city, is the fourth-largest cricket stadium in the world. The stadium, known for hosting IPL (Indian Premier League) matches and Ranji Trophy matches, acts as a platform of international importance, with a capacity of accommodating approximately 65000 excited fans.
Kevalya Dham Jain Temple: Spread over a large area in the outskirts of the city, Kevalya Dham has several temples within the premise dedicated to Jainism. The structure is made up entirely of marbles and is an architectural beauty. Away from the hustle bustle of city life, the temple brings peace and joy to mind the moment you step inside the place. With large open spaces and serene gardens, the temples are equally liked by kids who want to frolic around.
Rajiv Lochan Mandir: Popular for its magnificent architecture and rich heritage, Rajiv Lochan Mandir is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Located in Rajim – 1-hour car ride away from Raipur – the temple’s edifice rests on 12 columns with aesthetic stone carvings around them. The best time to visit this holy sight is from 16th February to 1st March, when the sacred Rajim Lochan Mahotsav is hosted.
ISKCON Temple: ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) has famous temples all over the country, and the one in Raipur city is a recent addition, with ongoing construction. Temporarily, the idols have been shifted to another temple while the main building is still being made. Nonetheless, the elegance of the temple can still be witnessed. The white marble reflects pureness and looks even better with decorative lights at the night time.
Shadani Darbar: Located on Dhantari road, 9 kms from Raipur, Shadani Darbar is a massive pilgrimage space spread over 12 acres. Names after Sri Shadaramji Saheb, the place has a massive hall with Dhuni Saheb’s idol, and many other gods and goddesses are engraved all over the place. The devotees perform Dukh Bhanjan Dhuni every day. Besides, there are beautiful musical fountains and statues. Other attractions include musical fountains with religious idols and statues.
Solar Energy Park: Energy Park is also called as Urja Park is an energy education park whose primary objective is to create awareness and perpetuate the habit of energy saving. It is fun-based theme park where the kids can learn while they play. The park has a garden of trees giving exposure to many kinds of fauna all of which are maintained neatly.
Town Hall: Chowk in Raipur is the Town Hall which is a government office as well as a tourist site. The place brims with rich history. It houses information about all kinds of dynasties and kings that once ruled the city of Raipur. Tourists visit here majorly due to the rich and well-known history of the building. Constructed in the year 1889 and inaugurated in 1890, the town hall also witnessed and survived the struggle of independence. It has been renovated once. Earlier known as the Victoria Jubilee Hall, the Town Hall was constructed from stones transported from Raipur Fort in 1887. The place was renovated lately by the Nagar-Nigam and has regained its old splendour. It is also one of the historical prides of Raipur and serves as a well-visited tourist destination.
Mahamaya Temple: In addition to devotees, the 900-year-old Mahamaya Temple also attracts historians and archaeologists due to its rich history and architecture. With home to several gods and goddesses including Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Lord Bhairav, and more, this holy sight is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated in the state of Chattisgarh. 18 inch thick walls surround the temple, and 16 thick stone columns support the temple’s structure. It indeed showcases mastery in architecture. According to historians, the temple was built by King Ratnadev in the 11th century.
Kankali pond: Legendary sages, including the Goswami Naga sages belonging to the Dashnami Sanyasi sect, are believed to spend time near the Kankali pond. They meditated and prayed to the divine deity. Hence, they also decided to build a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the middle of the pond. There are stones arranged on the sides of the pond which enhances the temple’s antiquity. Even in the present times, sages can be seen meditating peacefully near the pond.