Chhattisgarh provides a rich showcase of tribal culture found in the primeval forests, hills and plains. The State is full of ancient monuments, rare wildlife foud in wildlife sanctuaries, intricately carved temples, Buddhist sites, palaces, water falls, caves and rock paintings.Much of Chhattisgarh is unexplored which give tourists a unique experience in comparison with traditional destinations, which have become overcrowded. Major attractions in Chhattisgarh are the 3 National Parks and 11 Wildlife Sanctuaries. Many of these protected areas are home to the endangered wild buffalo and the even more endangered Hill Myna which are the State animal and State bird.Adventure sports such as water sports, trekking, rock climbing, parasailing and bungee jumping can also be enjoyed while visiting Chhattisgarh.
Sirpur is historically significant as it dates back from the 5th to the 8th C. The Laxman Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is one of the oldest brick temples in India. The Laxman temple is noted for the interesting carvings and has become a major tourist attraction.Sirpur has also been the sight of many archeological finds associated with the various religions such as Shaiv, Vaishnav, Jain and Buddhism. Excavations have uncovered a Buddhist monastery, which suggests that Sirpur was an important Buddhist center.
Kanger Valley National Park
Kanger Valley National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks of India. Located on the banks of Kholaba River, the park consists of ancient forest and was named for the Kanger River, which flows throughout. The forest consists mainly of Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees.Tourist attractions within Kanger Valley National Park include the Kutamsar Caves, Kailash Caves, Dandak Caves and Tiratgarh Waterfalls. The Bhaimsa Dhara is a park area that is the habitat for crocodiles and turtles.Wildlife includes deer, boars, sloth, leopard, tiger, jackals, lizards and snakes. Wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and bird watchers can enjoy the diversity of Kanger Valley National Park. The bird species found here are the peacock, parrot, spotted owl, heron, red jungle fowls, hill myna and the steppe eagles.
Kawardha is a small town that is famous for its natural beauty and unique cultural heritage. Kawardha lies in the tribal region of the Gond and the Baiga tribes. The tribes inhabit the forested areas and allow visitors a chance to discover tribal life.Travelers can enjoy excursions to the Shiva Bhoramdeo Temples featuring exquisite stone carvings and images of local deities, or visit the famous 19th C Radha Krishna Temple with its underground rooms and holy water tank.Palace Kawardha is the home of of Maharaja Vishwaraj Singh. Guests may visit and enjoy the gracious surroundings, take in the natural beauty of the area, or explore the nearby villages. Accommodations are available at Palace Kawardha, which include meals and daily excursions.
Raipur is the state capital of Chhattisgarh. The state of Chattisgarh was formed on November 1, 2000. Raipur was formerly within the boundaries of Madhya Pradesh.Places of interest while visiting Raipur include Burha Talab, a large lake that features an island of greenery in the middle of the lake; Dudhadari Temple, this 500 year old temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Ram; and the Shaheed Smarak Complex with an auditorium, library, museum and art gallery.