The capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur is the largest city in the state. With more than hundreds of steel mills and six steel plants. The city is known for its temples, lakes, factories, educational cen (Read More)tres as well as the development of Naya Raipur.

Here is the list of 16 Things to Do in Raipur

1. Banjari Mata Mandir

Banjari Mata Mandir

The shrines of Banjara Mata Temple are, without a doubt, its speciality. Devoted to Goddess Banjari Mata, this sacred place is famous for hosting events during the Dussehra and Navratri festivals. Many devotees from neighbouring states and across the country flock to breathe in the pleasant and sacred aura.

2. Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum

Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum

Located near the Kutchery Chowk intersection, Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum is small but packed with rich history of Raipur city. This well- maintained museum boasts an impressive collection of tribal artefacts, inscriptions, coins, carvings, models, and other things related to anthropology and natural history.

3. Swami Vivekanand Sarovar

Swami Vivekanand Sarovar

Swami Vivekanand Sarovar is also called Burha Thalab which means old lake. Fenced by a number of trees, especially palm trees, it is a tranquil place to visit. There are several food stalls just outside the park that provide cheap and good quality street food. The lake is a popular picnic spot and a joggers paradise.

4. Musical Fountains at Shadani Darbar

Musical Fountains at Shadani Darbar

Located on Dhantari road, 9 kms from Raipur, Shadani Darbar is a massive pilgrimage space spread over 12 acres. Named after Sri Shadaramji Saheb, the place has a massive hall with Dhuni Saheb's idol, and many other gods and goddesses are engraved all over the place. Besides, there are beautiful musical fountains and statues.

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5. Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium

Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium

Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, located in Raipur, at a distance of 21 kilometres from the heart of the city, is the fourth-largest cricket stadium in the world. The stadium, known for hosting IPL (Indian Premier League) matches and Ranji Trophy matches have a capacity of accommodating approximately 65000 excited fans.

6. Jatmai Temple

Jatmai Temple

Located in Gariaband, about 85 km from the city of Raipur, Jatmai temple is situated amidst lush greenery. The temple, devoted to Mata Jatmai is constructed with granite and has beautiful murals at its entrance. The holy place is lit up and decorated with great enthusiasm during the festivals of Navratri.

7. Kevalya Dham Jain Temple

Kevalya Dham Jain Temple

Spread over a large area in the outskirts of the city, Kevalya Dham has several temples within the premise dedicated to Jainism. The structure is made up entirely of marbles and is an architectural beauty. Away from the hustle bustle of city life, the temple brings peace and joy to mind the moment you step inside the place.

8. Gandhi Udyan Park

Gandhi Udyan Park

Gandhi Udyan Park is located in the heart of the Raipur city which extends till the famous Bhagat Singh Chowk. With a lot of natural vegetation spread over the park, the walking area is neatly tiled. There is also a playground where yoga classes are held early in the morning.

9. Nandan Van Zoo & Safari

Nandan Van Zoo & Safari

Nandan Van Zoo, located at Naya Raipur, is one of the famous places of visit in the city. With its primary objective to protect and conserve animals, the zoo has many species of fauna. There are jungle safari and boating rides and is a perfect spot to spend the day with kids.

10. Ghatarani Waterfalls

Ghatarani Waterfalls

Located 85 km from the city of Raipur is Ghatarani Waterfalls, the largest in the state of Chattisgarh. Surrounded by lush greenery, this breathtaking sight is a popular picnic spot. At the bottom of the waterfall lies a naturally formed pool. Enjoy a swim, play with your fam, or unwind in the pool.

11. Meditate near Kankali Talab

Meditate near Kankali Talab

Legendary sages, including the Goswami Naga sages belonging to the Dashnami Sanyasi sect, are believed to spend time near the Kankali pond. They meditated and prayed to the divine deity. Hence, they also decided to build a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the middle of the pond.

12. Stroll in Purkhauti Muktangan Garden

Stroll in Purkhauti Muktangan Garden

Keep your gadgets away and spend a day at Purkhauti Muktangan, a delightful garden reflecting the rich culture of Chhattisgarh. The Hon’ble A.P.J Abdul Kalam inaugurated the place in November 2006. Since then, this garden is a place that attracts tourists and locals alike.

13. Historical Champaran Village

Historical Champaran Village

Champaran was previously known as Champajhar. This village is of religious as well as historical significance as it is regarded to be the birthplace of the Sant Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, the founder, pioneer and reformer of the Vallabh Sect. Champaran is home to two temples that are dedicated to Shri Mahaprabhuji - the Prakatya Baithakji Mandir and Mool Prakatya.

14. City Center Mall

City Center Mall

The City Center Mall in Raipur combines entertainment and business. You can find brands like Woodland, Adidas, Lee Cooper, Wrangler, and more to shop from. After going on a shopping spree, head over to the large food court area to grab a quick bite or a multi-course meal.

15. MM Fun City

MM Fun City

MM Fun City is a one-stop destination for everyone who is looking to soak themselves in unlimited fun and entertainment. It is a hit among its visitors, providing them with fun water slides, family pool, wave pool, rain dance, a restaurant and even an exclusive kids zone.

16. Staple Food of Raipur

Staple Food of Raipur

The staple diet of the people of the city includes wheat, maize, jowar, lentils or dal along with rice. Use of leafy vegetables and curd is also common, giving rise to delicious dishes, such as kochai patta, chowlai bhajji, khoda bhaji, bohar bhaji and chech bhaji. Dhoodh fara, bidiya, gulgula, kusli, bafauli, khurmi, balooshahi are some of the local sweet dishes that are popular in the state as well as its capital.

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