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Chhatisgarh is an Indian state that was formed on the 1st of November, 2000. It lies in the central region in India and is a major hub for steel production and electrical power. Raipur is its capital city and the language widely spoken is Chhattisgarhi and Hindi. Chhatisgarh is the tenth largest Indian state in terms of area.

Chhatisgarh gained statehood, when the sixteen southeastern districts of Madhya Pradesh were separated from it. The state has 27 districts, which are divided into the Bastar, Durg, Bilaspur, Raipur and Sarguja divisions.

Why Visit Chhatisgarh

Chhatisgarh is the heartland of India and is blessed with a rich culture and biodiversity. There are numerous temples, Buddhist sites, waterfalls, palaces, hill plateaus, caves and rock paintings. The waterfalls in the state are Amrit Dhara, Akuri Narula, Gavar Ghat waterfall, Chitrakot waterfall, Amrit Dhara and the Ramdaha waterfall.

The caves found in the state are Kutumsar cave, Kailash Gufa located in Bastar, Gadiya Mountain located in the Kanker district and Sita Bengra in the district of Sarguja. The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Bilaspur district, is a popular national park. Some other parks that you can find here are the Indravati National Park, Kanger National Park and the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary.

The archeological sites in the state are Barsoor (located in Dantewada), and Ratanpur and Malhar, located in Bilaspur. Some of the famous temples that you can find in the state are the Bhoramdeo temple, Rajivlochan temple, Chandrahasini Devi temple and Champaran. Giraudhpur and Sirpur are religious sites in the state. Chhatisgarh is home to two dams - the Lormi and Khutaghat dams and the Khudiya dam.

Exploring the Culture of Chhatisgarh

The state is home to many religious sects, such as the Kabirpanth, Satnami Panth, Ramnami Samaj and many more. The cultural heritage from nearby Orissa is prominent in some parts of the state. Chhatisgarh is famous for its ‘lost wax art’ and ‘kosa silk’. The fabric is used to make saris, stoles, lehengas, shawls and menswear too. Lost wax metal sculptor Sushil Sakhuja's Dhokra Nandi is widely popular and can be found at government’s SHABARI handicrafts store in Raipur.

The dance forms of the state are Rawat Nacha, Panthi, Soowa Pandwani and Karma. Local theater is termed as Gammat in the state and acclaimed plays of Habib Tanvar like Charandas Chor showcase the different forms of the Chhattisgarhi Theater and use Chhattisgarhi folk music and songs. Chhattisgarh is called as central India’s rice bowl. The traditional and tribal foods are made of rice flour and rice, green leaves and curd, e.g. - chech bhaji, bohar bhaji, kohda, and lal bhaji.

More than 65% of the people in Chhatisgarh are Hindus. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the transcendental meditation center, belonged to Jabalpur. Most of the tribal people in the state are Christians.

Facts for Tourists

To prevent unprecedented risk, women should avoid wearing revealing clothes. Chattisgarh is a very humid state and hence consuming a lot of fluids is advised. The use of drugs is prohibited in the state.

The ideal time for visiting the state is during the winters as the summers are very hot and sightseeing becomes very difficult.




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