Must See Attractions to Visit in Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh is a classic introduction to India’s famous tourism spots especially for the first time visitors on holidays in India. If you’ve never been to the place before, start here for it could not get any more better and enriching cultural experience than this unexplored beautiful holiday package.

Chhattisgarh tour covers the most prominent tourist destinations in the central heartland of India. These excursion offers one of the finest cultural experience in India along with visit to some of the finest monuments and unexplored archaeological sites.

Bhoramdeo Temple

Bhoramdeo Temple

Bhoramdeo Temple

It is also known as ‘Khajuraho of Chhattisgarh’ which is located at Bhoramdeo. It is located around 21 kms away from Kawardha and is prominently famous for its captivating 11th century lord Shiva temple complex. It lies in the banks of river Sakri. This temple was built by King Ramchandra of Nagar dynasty who married Princess Ambika Devi of Hairya dynasty. The Temple of Bhoramdeo has a special attraction for the lovers of archaeology and history.

The curves and the angular projections of the temple here represents structures depicting the local style of architecture which is a fusion of the retreating mountain range style that is found in the Shikara (top) of the temples in Khajuraho and the short blocked curvilinear form that can be witnessed in the temples of Orissa. The façade of such Shiva Bhoramdeo Temples near Kawardha exhibit magnificient sculptures.

The visitors can visit the temple and stay at the nearest resort to this temple. However one who visits here can also choose to stay at Raipur, where many hotels are available. The nearby places to visit are Bhilai, Arang, Durg, Rajim, Champaran, Sirpur, Turturiya, Kawardha, Ratanpur, Kanker, Lutasheriff, Champa, Malhar, Keskal, Girodhpuri, Seorinarayan, Saroda Reservoir and Kanha National Park.

Lakshamana Temple

Lakshamana Temple

Lakshamana Temple

The Lakshamana temple is located in the village Sirpur in Mahasmand district of Chhattisgarh at a distance of 90 km from the state capital of Raipur. The name Sirpur has been derived from the ancient name Sripura which was once the centre of power of South Kosalas during the rule of Sarabhapuriyas and Panduvamsis during 6th – 8th century AD.

The archaeological remains in and around Sirpur consists of both Hindu and Buddhist monuments in the form of temples and monasteries. Among them, the most well preserved magnificent temple is the east facing Lakshmana temple built by Vasata, the mother of Mahasivagupta Balarjuna in 7th century AD.

This brick temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu which stands on a high massive platform accessible by steps in the north and the south. The plan of the temple consists of a garbagriha, antarala and a mandapa. The mandapa now in ruins was originally upheld by stone pillars in rows. The exquisitely carved doorframe depicts figures of Seshasayi Vishnu along with his other incarnations. This temple is one among the best examples of brick temples of ancient India.

Sirpur Town

Sirpur Town

Sirpur Town

Home of one of the oldest brick temples of India, east facing 7th century Laxman temple, Sirpur is a sleepy and unexplored village on the right bank of Mahanadi and some 84 km east of Raipur. It is one of the beautiful excavations founded by the archaeologists. It is also referred as “Goldmine of Indian history” and considered much more developed than Harappan Township.

Archeological remains on the bank of Mahanadi establish the presence of a port and trading route to East India. In the ancient time, the town of Sirpur would have been an important trading town which was well connected with other Buddhist center of Orissa via waterways. Famous Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang who traveled to Sirpur in 7th Century AD highlighted the grandeur of Sirpur in his travel memoir.

Embark on a cultural odyssey of India with as you visit the incredible Chhattisgarh.

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Chhattisgarh came into existence as a state on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 south-eastern districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh. It shares its border with six states, namely Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the north-east, Madhya Pradesh in the north-west, Uttar Pradesh in the north, Maharashtra in the west and Andhra Pradesh in the south. The state is endowed with a rich cultural heritage that includes its varied crafts, folk dance, food and theatre, and attractive natural diversity. It is also home to some of India’s ancient caves, finest waterfalls, picturesque palaces, temples, Buddhist sites, rock paintings, hill plateaus and rare wildlife. While the northern and southern parts of the state are hilly, the central part is fertile plain. Mountains, plateaus and plains constitute roughly a third each of the state’s physiography. Major rivers of the state include Mahanadi, Indravati, Godavari, Narmada, Hasdo, Shivnath and Arpa. Identified as one of the richest biodiversity habitats in the country, Chhattisgarh has one of the densest forests in India, rich wildlife, several species of exotic flora and fauna and abundant non-timber forest products, with tremendous potential for value addition. Following its formation as a state, the nine original districts were further bifurcated, and as a result, the state now has 27 district administrative units. In the last phase of reorganization of districts, nine new districts were created and notified on 26 January 2012 to bring administration and governance closer to people, and also to address the spatial and other challenges that the state faces. There are a variety of tourist places in Chhattisgarh most of which lie virtually unexplored. The unspoilt green forests, dotted with picturesque waterfalls, scenic plateaus and winding rivers offer a feast to eyes. The caves and forts of a forgotten era add to the variety of tourist attractions in Chhattisgarh. Myriads of wild lives hide in the forests of Chhattisgarh, which occupy a huge 42% of the state’s land surface. Last but not the least important to mention is the lure of exotic tribal life of Chhattisgarh that acts as a magnet to attract tourist to the city of Chhattisgarh. *Copyright of Pictures and Information in this page might belong to someone else as all the data in this page are taken from different sources.

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