Raipur is the capital of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It has both historical and archaeological importance. It was ruled by the Satawahana kings until 3rd century AD and then it went into the hands of the Gutpas who dominated till 6th century. The archaeological excavations of the city bring out the glorious past of this place.
Raipur is situated in plains and is referred to as the rice bowl of India. Vast varieties of rice are grown at this place. The River Mahanadi flows through this city making it fertile and has dense forests in the southern part. Raipur has tropical wet and dry climate with moderate temperature all through the year. The summer months of March to June are extremely hot and it is better to avoid those times to make tourist visits. The winters are mild and pleasant making it ideal for tourist activities.
Raipur has Swami Vivekananda Airport which is one of the busiest airports in Central India. The airport is located at a distance of about 15 km from the city center. Since the city is situated on the route from Mumbai to Howrah, many important trains pass through that connecting it with all major Indian cities. There are eight railway stations in the city apart from the major railway station, Raipur Junction. They are WRS Colony Railway Station, Urkura Railway Station, Mandhar Railway Station, Saraswati Railway Station, Sarona Railway Station, Telibandha Terminal and Mana. The national highways NH 6, NH 43, NH 200, NH 217 and NH 12 A connect Raipur with other Indian cities.
Raipur City Bus Limited runs city bus service for intra city travel. The auto rickshaws, tuk tuk and cars and taxis are also used for the transportation within the city. Being the major commercial center of Central India, many business people visit the city and it serves as regional hub for trade and commerce, agriculture being the prominent industry.
Some of the places of interest in Raipur are Mahant Ghasidas Museum, Guru Tegh Museum, Nanadavan, Pukhauti Muktangan Museum, Vivekananda Sarovar, Shaheed Smarak Bhavan, Mahakoshal Kala Parishad, Water World Resort and Nagar Ghadi.
Raipur is a hub for clothes and you can buy the best garments at cheap prices here at Pandri Market. Chhattisgarh mall is another place where you can buy souvenirs. Some of the good restaurants in Raipur are found in Phool Chowk, Sadar Bazaar and Mahaveer Thali Jail Road. Some good hotels are located closer to airport. For finding out the best Raipur hotels and Raipur restaurants go through the right Raipur travel guide.
There are also some attractions around Raipur and if you want to visit them you have to plan a week’s visit. Some of them are Chitrakoot Falls, Indravati National Park, Amarkantak, Dongargarh, Kanha National Park, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhoramdeo Temple. During your stay at Raipur, you can visit the 5D theatres here. It is one of the very few Indian cities having that type of theatre and they are located in Magneto Mall, City Mall 36 and CG City Center. Enjoy your days!