Raigarh TourismThe city of Raigarh was a princely state before independence. Raigarh has plenty of attractions that will leave you in a state of awe. This small city which is gaining popularity as the industrial hub has already acquired the title of cultural capital of Chhattisgarh. With a strong cultural heritage and adapting to the new ethics of technology, the city encompasses both the ways of the old and new. From the number of attractions, it’s the caves in the vicinity that sets this town apart from the rest.
With so much to do, this city makes a great tourist spot to visit with friends and family. From carefully built temples to wildlife sanctuaries for the adrenal junkies to picnic spots engulfed by Mother Nature, Raigarh has it all. The festival named ‘Chakradhar Samaroh celebrated during Ganesh chaturthi every year attracts thousands of tourist and performers from all over India in which artist display their art of music and dance.
Best Time to Visit Raigarh ?Raigarh is a popular tourist spot with people
coming from all over to take in the beauty the city has to offer. The
best time to visit Raigarh is during the seasons of autumn and winter as
the climate is relatively cool during this time. During most part of
the year the climates dry, with summers being warm and dry and winters
cool and pleasant.
Helplines and Important Contact Numbers
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board
Address: Paryatan Bhawan, G. E. Road,
Raipur - 492 00 (C.G.) India
Phone: +91 771 4028635, 4028636,
Fax : +91 771 4066425
Raigarh District Collector and Magistrate
Address: Office of collector, Chakradhar Nagar, Raigarh District, raigarh- 496-001
Phone: 07762-222103, 07762-222101
Places of Interest In and Around Raigarh
Kabrapahad near Raigarh
In close proximity to Raigarh lies the famous rocks of Kabra pahad. Here you’ll find a number of paintings which are mostly saffron in color. The paintings here are well preserved as compared to the ones at Singhanpur. You will find paintings of animals like wild buffaloes, turtles along with geometrical patterns too. The paintings here mostly portray ritualistic tribal dance. Even though these paintings are a thousand years old, most of these dances depicted in the paintings still remain the same in the tribal communities even today
Singhanpur near RaigarhSinghanpur is the place to visit if you’re an archeological buff. Located 40 km away from Raigarh, this city is home to some of the oldest sculptures found till date. These ancient caves hold some sculptures that date back to 30000 BC. All the sculptures here are of great archeologist value and look very similar to the Mexican and Spanish sculptures. The paintings here are the oldest among the region. The images depicted at these caves are of elongated male figures, mermaids, animal motifs and hunting scenes. There have been over 300 paintings discovered on the outskirts of the village Basnajhar, 17 kms south-west of Singhanpur.
Gomarda Reserve ForestIf you are looking for wildlife and
adventurous trip, Gomarda Reserve Forest is the place for you to visit.
This sanctuary spread over 278 km2 is inhabited by various
species of different kinds of animals and birds. It is a natural home
for many wild animals. Although this sanctuary is open throughout the
year the best time to visit is from November to June. They have plenty
of exotic flora and fauna. In the forests you can find evergreen
precious teak, sal forests and many other trees along with animals like
tigers, panther, antelope, deer, chinkara, gazelle and sambhar etc.
You can also find other species like the Nilgai, Chausingha, sloth bear, wild boar, jackal and hyena. There are plenty of birds too like the fowl, quail, pigeon, parrot, peacock and stork. There are also migratory birds that visit this place. You can find a lot of rare and stunning birds at this sanctuary making it every bird watchers paradise.
Ramjharana near RaigarhThis tourist spot lies 18km from Raigarh district. It shows us how beautiful Mother Nature really is with its numerous waterfalls. Though they may be small they are absolutely breath taking and definitely worth a visit. This place makes a perfect picnic spot with a scenic view. This place received its name from Lord Ram who is said to have drank the water from the source.
Temples in RaigarhBalaji temple is an extremely popular tourist spot in Raigarh. Known for its famous wall painting of Lord Ram’s Life, people from all over come to visit. The temple has been around for a long time. It was built by Shri Balbhadra Dasji and Shri Bhosleji in the year 1610. Lord Balaji is the main deity which is worshiped in the temple. Some of the other famous temples found in and around Raigarh are Gaurishankar Mandir, Shayam Mandir, Banjari Mandir 20 km from District Headquarters, Pahadh Mandir, Goga Peer Mandir Jute Mill Road, Chandrahasini Mandir etc. Kamla Nehru Park, Haritima, Indira Vihar, Rose Garden, Eco Park are some of the most famous parks frequently visited by tourist.
How to Reach Raigarh ? Raigarh is well connected with many major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna, Ahmedabad, Jaipur etc. The Bilaspur railway station is a regional hub which can take at a distance of 132km from Raigarh. Raigarh Junction is located within the radius of the city. Another sub station known as Kirodimal Nagar railway station is also there.
The nearest airport is located in the city of Bilaspur. In July 2013, Chhattisgarh government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Airport Authority of India to make Raigarh airport as the states second airport for domestic flights. There is also a private airport located 10km north west of the city owned by the Jindal Steel and Power Limited.
Where to Stay in Raigarh?Because of its popularity, stay is never a problem in Raigarh. There are plenty of hotels in Raigarh that you can hire at affordable prices thus ensuring your comfortable stay in the city is an enjoyable one. Most of the hotels here are located at convenient places which can be reached without any hassle. Some of the best hotels to stay in are:
Hotel Jindal Regency
Address:Jagatpur, Dhimrapur Road, Raigarh (C.G) - 496001
Phone: +91 7762 235171-72-73
Fax: +91 7762 235170
Le Spirit Pvt Ltd
Address: Kharsia Road JSPL,, Raigarh, Chhattisgarh 496001
Phone:098 27 477132
Hotel ANS International
Address: Jagatpur, Bhimiapur Road, Raigarh HO, Raigarh-Chhattisgarh - 496001
Phone: (07762) 235301, (07762) 235304, (07762) 329678, (07762) 235305
Address: Jindal Road, Bhagwanpur, Raigarh(Chhattisgarh) Pin - 496001
Address: Civil Lines, Near Natwar High School, Raigarh HO, Raigarh-Chhattisgarh - 496001
Phone : +(91)-9300982824, 9827485857
All the above places are a great tourist spot in the district of Raigarh. You have a variety of options to choose from taking in the beauty of nature by having a picnic next to the luscious waterfalls to taking a walk on the wild side by witnessing wild animals up close and personal and for the less adventurous and daring type you have the beautiful age old cave paintings. Each place is unique in its own way and makes Raigarh an attractive and a must see tourist destination.
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