Chhattisgarh: An introduction
One needs a different
approach altogether for Chhattisgarh as it is very different from
other well-known tourist destinations in India. It has in its
bouquet some totally unique sites, which are enticing to a varied
spectrum of travelers.
Chhattisgarh is a new destination and has gained popularity in the
last couple of years after the creation of this new State. The
fact that the tourism potential of Chhattisgarh was totally
neglected when it was part of Madhya Pradesh has created an aura
of remoteness for the green State. Due to this remoteness and
isolation, the human intervention in the jungles is minimum and
one can enjoy the nature's beauty. There are long stretches of
virgin forests that take you back in time.
What is important for visitors to note is that the Tourism
industry in Chhattisgarh is in its infancy which in other words
means that you need to do your home work before you get down here.
You need to be very organized and chalk out an exact itinerary
well in advance. The Tourist Spots in Chhattisgarh are scattered
all across the State and unfortunately there is no effective
public conveyance facility available that connects all these
places. Some of the important spots are way into the countryside
off the National Highways. Similarly the accommodation facilities
are also limited to the major cities only. As a result of this,
one has to spend a lot of time traveling between the destinations.
This also gives a chance to explore the beautiful countryside and
recall life when foliage was the only word associated with the
jungles and to understand what we have lost for the concrete. We
can touch, through these journeys the lifestyle of the natives and
can witness the varying colors and facets of the local culture. It
is indeed a great experience to drive along as the roads are
excellent. So just prepare yourself for a journey into a
destination that takes you back in time and pampers your senses
with some of the best and the most soothing sites that you will
ever see in your lifetime.
How to get there:
By Air :
The capital city of Raipur is the only commercial airport in
Chhattisgarh. It is well connected with all the major cities in
India with daily direct flights to Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata.
Other than the government airlines i.e. Indian Airlines, private
airlines like Jet Airways and Kingfisher operate regular flights
Chhattisgarh is very well connected through railways with the
other parts of the country. Raipur and Bilaspur are the two most
important railway junctions in Chhattisgarh and they are connected
with almost daily trains to almost every part of the country.
These two stations are on the main trunk line that connects Mumbai
and Kolkata and are just an overnight journey from these two
cities. However, itís a 24hr journey by train from New Delhi to
reach either Raipur or Bilaspur. Hence you can club your visit to
Chhattisgarh with a legendary train journey through the Great
Indian Railways. To find out about the train connectivity you can
There is an elaborate road network spread all across the State.
There are 11 National Highways crossing through the State. Road is
the best means to travel within Chhattisgarh once you have
arrived. Most of the important destinations are approachable by
road only and road travel offers an excellent opportunity to
experience the country side. The road conditions are generally
very good with some exceptions.
When to go:
Chhattisgarh is a destination which can be explored through out
the year depending upon the interest of the visitor. The weather
is generally not extreme although summers can be sometimes very
hot especially in the Central part of the State. The rains are
there during July till September and it is a good time to the see
the many wonderful waterfalls but during this time all the
sanctuaries and the National Parks are closed. September till
February can be termed as one of the best time to visit as during
this time you can also visit the National Parks and
Sanctuaries and some of the important tribal festivals like
the Bastar Dusshera , Narayanpur Madai etc
are organised during this period. It may get a bit hot from April
to May but then it is a good time to explore the wildlife of the
parks clubbed with the numerous magnificent archaeological