From Temples to Natural Wonders: A Guide to Top Raipur Tourist Places

From Temples to Natural Wonders: A Guide to Top Raipur Tourist Places
23 Jun, 2024

Raipur is the largest city of Chhattisgarh. The city has 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.

When the new state of Chhattisgarh was formed, Raipur was made its capital, primarily because of its centralized location. Located in the centre of the plains that are also called the ‘rice bowl of India’, Raipur is surrounded by the districts of Durg and Bemetara. The city is a bustling capital city with a multicultural and multi-religious society. With many festivals, shopping outlets and city landscapes Raipur is also an excellent base for venturing into the surrounding attractions. These include the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandak Caves, Bilaspur, Chitrakoot Falls, Amarkantak, Bhilai, Kanha National Park and the Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

The city of Raipur understands the importance of maintaining its ecological balance, and there is a government proposal under works to construct a micro-forest in the heart of the city. Raipur is also about its various festivals, such as Hareli, Champaran Mela, Pola and Teeja that are celebrated during monsoons. And no city in India is complete without a taste of its unique flavours. Raipur is no different offering its many fascinating cuisines and street food that are an integral part of the city’s cultural and social layout.

Nandan Van Zoo & Safari, Raipur


The Nandan Van Zoo, present in Naya Raipur, is one of the top tourist attraction in the city. The Zoo protects and conserve animals, the zoo has many species of fauna. There are jungle safari and boating rides too. In the Zoo 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.

Purkhauti Muktangan, Raipur


The Purkhauti Muktangan, a beautiful garden reflecting the rich culture of Chhattisgarh. The Hon’ble A.P.J Abdul Kalam inaugurated the place in November 2006. Since then, this garden is a attraction among visitors. 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.


Vivekanand Sarovar, Raipur


Swami Vivekanand Sarovar is also famous by the name 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 in travelers.

Gandhi Udhyan Park, Raipur


Gandhi Udyan Park is located in the center of the Raipur city which extends till the famous Bhagat Singh Chowk. Filled with 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.
Senior citizen, young adults and children visit the park for playing, walking or exercising — some just visit to sit and enjoy nature within the park.

MM Fun City, Raipur


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 kids zone. It is famous for its exciting rides, modern features and excellent service.

Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum, Raipur


Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum is a well- maintained museum which has an impressive collection of tribal artifacts, 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. There is an open-air restaurant present at the ground floor of the museum to experiment with cheap but good tribal food.

Banjari Mata Mandir, Raipur


The shrines of Banjara Mata Temple is devoted to Goddess Banjari Mata, this sacred place is famous for hosting events during the Dussehra and Navratri festivals. 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 which attracts devotees who visit the place to seek blessings.

Jatmai Temple, Raipur


Present in Gariaband, just about 85 km from the city of Raipur, Jatmai temple is located 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. This place has such peaceful vibes and positivity.

Champaran, Raipur


Champaran is the village 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. Champaran is home to two temples that are dedicated to Shri Mahaprabhuji - the Prakatya Baithakji Mandir and Mool Prakatya and also holds an annual festival.

City Center Mall, Raipur


The City Center Mall in Raipur is a combination of entertainment and business. After going on a shopping spree, one can enjoy head over to the large food court area to grab a quick bite or a multi-course meal. The mall also has a multiplex with five screens where one can enjoy the latest films with your friends and family.

Best time to visit Raipur


The best time to visit Raipur is the winter months of November to January, where the temperatures range comfortably between 14 ºC and 28 ºC. March to June can become extremely hot, with temperatures soaring up to 48 ºC. The city receives an average rainfall of 1300 mm in the monsoon months of June, July, and August.

Conclusion


Raipur offers an amazing travelling experience to all the visitors who visit here. Raipur has everything to offer from Spiritual temples to peaceful lake. Raipur is a stunning, serene and captivating destination for travelers. So, pack your bags and move on a journey to Raipur and enjoy your one in life traveling experience.

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