Chhattisgarh, situated in the heart of India, is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and attractive natural diversity. Ancient monuments, rare wildlife, exquisitely carved temples, Buddhist sites, palaces, waterfalls, caves, rock paintings and hill plateaus, the nascent state has a lot to offer to the traveller. Even though the state has been carved recently out of Madhya Pradesh, the land is ancient. In the ancient texts, the region which forms the present-day state of Chhattisgarh is called “Dakshin Kosala”.
From industrialized Bhilai to tribal epicenter of Dantewada, Chhattisgarh presents a wide spectrum of destinations for the tourists. Magnificent palaces of Kanker and Kanwardga narrate the tales of the region’s ancient glory, with their grand architecture. The gurgling waterfalls at places like Chitrakoot, Chitradhara, Tamda amongst others which have become popular tourist spots.
Chhattisgarh has 41.33% of its area under forests and is one of the richest bio-diversity areas in the country. The wildlife sanctuaries of Barnawapara, Sita Nadi and Sanjay Gandhi National Park are nature lovers havens.
Chhattisgarh’s capital, Raipur is a flourishing center of industrial enterprise and other urban activity. It is situated on the banks of the river Mahanadi. Beautiful and charming temples are major attractions of the city. The prominent sightseeing zones of Raipur include:
Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum
Hatkeswar Mahadev Temple
Mahakoshal Art Gallery
On the other hand, Bastar is renowned for its tribal heritage. It is home to the most of Chhattisgarh’s native tribes like Marias and Gonds who live in the isolated forests of the district. Kawardha district is home to Kanha National Park, one of the most renowned wildlife sanctuaries in the country. Jagdalpur in Dantewada district is famous for the ancient temple of the Goddess Danteswari.
Chhattisgarh is a unique mix of ancient and modern. The state offers the traveller a respite from heavy crowds of other more popular tourism destinations with its beautifully understated destinations. With its breathtaking sights, rich culture and vast biodiversity, Chhattisgarh is a treasure trove yet to be discovered.