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Location : Chhattisgarh
Popular As : Capital of Chhattisgarh
Attractions : Burha Talab, Dudhadari Temple, Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum, Shaheed Smarak Complex, Banjari Mata Mandir etc.
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Introducing Raipur
Dudhadari TempleRaipur, the administrative capital of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh is one of the most important industrial and trading centres of Central part of India. Situated on the banks of Mahanadi river, Raipur shared boundaries with Bilaspur in the north and the famous Bastar tribal region in the south. Founded in the 9th century, Raipur had remained an important regional center under different kingdoms. Raipur is a historic place and it was once part of Southern Kosal and considered to be under Mauryan Kingdom. The city also remained the capital of the Haihaya kings, who controlled the traditional forts of Chhattisgarh for a long duration. Due to its historical and archaeological significance Raipur attracts large number of tourists from far and wide. Raipur is also considered the gateway to unique and charming Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Moreover, visit the city of Raipur this vacation and explore this enchanting part of Chhattisgarh on your own and experience the unique culture of the region as well.

How to Reach Raipur
By Air : Raipur has its own airport which is also the only commercial airport in the state. Indian Airlines connect the Raipur airport to Delhi via Nagpur and to Mumbai. The airport is 12 kms from city centre, taxis are available from the airport to different parts of the city.
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By Train : Raipur railway station is well-connected to the rest of the country with a number of express and super fast trains. The railway station is located just 3 kms away from Jaistambh Chowk, the main centre of Raipur. From the railway station tourist taxis and auto-rickshaws are available for transfer to different parts of the city.

By Road : A very good network of roads connect Raipur with rest of the state and other neigbouring states. Bhopal is 656 kms from Raipur via Nagpur which is 300 kms west of Raipur. Buses are available from Raipur to nearby towns of Chhattisgarh and cities of other states also. For local transport taxis and auto-rickshaws are available in Chhattisgarh.

Places Where You Can Stay
As Raipur is a large trading centre of Central India, so it is dotted with a number of good economical hotels. Equipped with all the contemporary amenities the hotels of Raipur provide a comfortable stay to guests. Most popular hotels of Raipur include Babylon International, Hotel Mayura, Hotel Celebrations, Hotel Madhuban, Hotel Batra Palace etc.

Tourist Attractions in Raipur
Burha Talab : Burha Talab literally meaning 'aged lake' is a huge lake and the largest of several lakes in the city. Beauty of the lake is enhanced many folds by an island, situated in the middle of the lake with green and gardens.

Dudhadari Temple : Close to the Burha Talab is the 500 year old Dudhadari Temple. Dedicated to the Lord Rama, this beautiful temple has elaborate carvings and offers a refreshing tranquil environs to visitors.

Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum : Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum was established in 1875 by Raja Mahant Ghasidas of Rajnandgaon. The museum has two floors with five galleries and a library with a fine collection of records of the major happenings of town's history. A well-managed museum, Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum has a good collection of inscriptions, images, coins, sculptures etc. You will also see some interesting objects related to nature like mammals, snakes, and birds.

Shaheed Smarak Complex : One of the city's major attraction, Shaheed Smarak Complex is a brilliantly conceptualized architectural masterpiece of Prasanna Kothari. A memorial of freedom fighter, Shaheed Smarak Complex has a big auditorium, library, museum and an art gallery.
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Banjari Mata Mandir : Banjari Mata Mandir is one of the most popular temple of Raipur. It is believed that the temple was established by Shree Harish Joshi. According to folklore Shree Harish Joshi found a stone looking like an idol of Banjari Mata. After discovering the idol he started to worship and hence got the attention of the local people. Since then that particular spot has been converted into a temple.

Other Attractions of Raipur
Educational Institutes : Hidayatullah National Law University has been established here which is sixth in a series on the lines of the National Law School at Bangalore. Raipur has one Medical College - Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College, one National Institute of Technology (NIT) and three engineering colleges.

Tourist Attractions Around Raipur
Champaran : Champaran is small town located at a distance of 60 kms from Raipur. The town has religious significance as the birthplace of the Saint Vallabha Acharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh sect. A temple had been constructed here to honour Guru Swamy Vallabha Acharya. Close to the temple there is the temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva. Every year in the Hindu month of 'Magh' (January - February), an annual fair is held here. Birth anniversary of Swamy Vallabha Acharya is celebrated on eleventh full moon day of 'Baisakh' (April - May) when large number of followers assemble to pay homage.

Shripur : Shripur also known as Sirpur is 78 kms away from Raipur on National Highway No 6 on way to Sambalpur. A historic place Shripur is home to two temples namely - the Lakshamana Temple and Gandheshwara Temple. Lakshamana Temple was built by Vasata, the widow queen of Harsh Gupta of the Somvansh. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is originally a brick temple having a stone door frame and a figure of reclining Vishnu on the Sheshnag. Gandheshwara Temple is an interesting temple because of encompassing the Epigraphic records and Genealogy of the Kings of the Somvansh.

Turturiya : Turturiya, originally a forest village lies at a distance of 78 kms from Raipur. Situated on the bank of a spring called Sursuri Ganga, Turturiya is home to several Buddhist remains of 8th century A.D and also the Brahmanical remains of later period. Here you will see many exquisitely sculptured pillars, remains of Stupa made of fine bricks, traces of bathing ghats, figures of four armed Vishnu, Ganesha etc.

Shopping in Raipur
Shopping in Raipur is a delightful experience, and any trip to the city is incomplete without shopping. Though Raipur doesn't have only one shopping mall, 'City Mall 36' but the markets of the city offer almost everything. You may buy traditional items in the shops of Raipur, to keep them as souvenir. If you wish to buy branded items then visit the mall where you will find shops of a number of national and international brands.

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