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Raipur Tourism

The capital of Chhattisgarh, Raipur is the largest city in the state. With more than hundreds of steel mills and six steel plants, Raipur is also one of the largest industrial centres of the country. Besides steel, it is also home to the aluminium and coal industries. A primary business and industrial hub, Raipur is even fast emerging in the tourism sector, attracting tourists from across the world. The city is known for its temples, lakes, factories, educational centres as well as the development of Naya Raipur. Naya Raipur is a newly planned city and is about 17km away from the current town. The Swami Vivekananda Airport lies in between Raipur and Naya Raipur facilitating travel.

Raipur has a rich history and until 2000 was a part of Madhya Pradesh. After the formation of the new state of Chhattisgarh, Raipur was made its capital, primarily because of its centralised location. Located in the centre of the plains that are also called the ‘rice bowl of India’, Raipur is surrounded by the districts of Durg and Bemetara. The city is a bustling capital city with a multicultural and multi-religious society. With many festivals, shopping outlets and city landscapes Raipur is also an excellent base for venturing into the surrounding attractions. These include the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandak Caves, Bilaspur, Chitrakoot Falls, Amarkantak, Bhilai, Kanha National Park and the Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Visit Raipur to explore its various natural, wildlife and historical tourist attractions. Chhattisgarh is mostly a forested region. Raipur understands the importance of maintaining its ecological balance, and there is a government proposal under works to construct a micro-forest in the heart of the city. Raipur is also about its various festivals, such as Hareli, Champaran Mela, Pola and Teeja that are celebrated during monsoons. And no city in India is complete without a taste of its unique flavours. Raipur is no different offering its many fascinating cuisines and street food that are an integral part of the city’s cultural and social layout.

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History of Raipur

The history of the city and its region dates back to it being a part of Southern Kosal under the Mauryan Empire. It later became the capital of the Haihaya Kings until the Satawahana Kings ruled the area till the 3rd century AD. Samudragupta conquered this region in the 4th century, but it was again captured by the Sarabhpuri Kings followed by the Nala Kings in the 5th and 6th centuries.
Later, the Somavanshi kings ruled over the region and made Sirpur their capital city. Today Sirpur is 84km from the city of Raipur and can be visited for its archaeological importance and Buddhist influence. With structures dating back to the 6th to 10th century, Sirpur gives an insight into the history of the region. Visit the Gandheshwar Temple, Buddha Vihar, Laxman Temple and the museum to understand the rich history of the area.
After the Somavanshi kings, the Kalchuri kings of Tumman ruled the region and made Ratanpur their capital city. It was King Ramachandra of the Kalchuri dynasty that established the town of Raipur and in later years made it his capital.

However, there is another historical reference to the city. Some sources identify Brahmdeo Rai, son of King Ramachandra, as the founder of the city of Raipur. His initial capital was Khalwatika, known as Khallari today. He built the new city of Raipur and named it after him. In 1402 AD he also constructed the Hatkeshwar Mahadev temple that is still found on the banks of the river Kharun in Raipur and is one of the oldest landmarks of the city.
The Bhonsle Kings of Nagpur then ruled the region after the death of Amarsingh Deo. But after the end of Raghuji III in the Bhonsle dynasty, the kingdom was taken over by the British Government, and Chhattisgarh became a Commission on its own with Raipur as its capital in 1854.
After independence Raipur district became a part of the Central Provinces and Berar, on 1st November 1956, it became a part of Madhya Pradesh, and in November 2000 it became the capital of the newly founded state of Chhattisgarh.

Geography of Raipur

Geographically Raipur is located between 22deg 33” N to 21deg 14”N and 82deg 6”E to 81deg 38”E. It is 298m above sea level, and the city is surrounded by rivers, forests, plateaus and fertile soils. On the east flows the mighty river Mahanadi and the south of the city are the extensive forests. The Maikal Hills border the city on the northwestern flank as the land north of the city gradually becomes a part of the Chhota Nagpur plateau and continues northeast to enter the state the Jharkhand. South of the city lies the Deccan Plateau.
Various other rivers flow through the Raipur district, such as the Pairy, Sendur, Kharun, Joan, Shivnath and Sondur. The fertile plains of the region are in fact, attributed to the network of the various waterways.
Besides, Chhattisgarh is rich in mineral deposits. Raipur and the surrounding areas are known for limestone, dolomite and iron ore deposits. Hence both agriculture and industries play an essential role in the economy of this geographical region.

Restaurants and Local Food in Raipur

Raipur food is an excellent blend of traditional and modern cuisines. Due to a high tribal, ethnic population of the region, Raipur also has a wide variety of tribal foods served in its restaurants and made in its homes.
Raipur is located in the region which is also called the ‘rice bowl of India’. Hence most of its food specialities are made from rice or rice flour. In breakfast, the most popular traditional dishes are the fara, muthiya, angakar roti and chousera roti.

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. Dal is another favourite of the region and the Bafauri made from chana dal is a delightful delicacy eaten with rice or chapatti. Another delicious local curry called Rakhia badi is made from rakhia fruit, coriander, chillies, ginger and black grams.

The Mahuwa tree is prevalent vegetation in the Chhattisgarh region, and the fruit of the tree is considered to be nutritious and healthy with proteins, minerals and vitamins. The fruit is eaten as a vegetable whereas the oil is used for various purposes, such as making soap, lighting lamps, cooking and so on. The Mahuwa fruit is an essential ingredient in traditional tribal foods. Other tribal foods include the Petha and Rakhia badi. Both are prepared during festivals or special occasions.
The Bore Baasi is a Raipur speciality that is ideal for the summers. It keeps the body hydrated and fresh and helps maintain the water level of the body. Made from cooked rice dipped in buttermilk or yoghurt it is eaten with raw mango or pickles.

Sweet Dishes of Raipur
Raipur is also famous for its sweet tooth. There are a variety of interesting sweet dishes that are found in local outlets and restaurants. 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. The petha and jalebi are the other common sweet dishes.
Like any city in India, street food is a large part of the cultural landscape of the city. Raipur being the capital city is known for its various localities and outlets that specialise in the wondrous pohas, jalebis, chats, samosas, kachoris, dahi vadas, moong dal halwas, aallo tikkis, gupchup and more. The Gandhi Chowk, Rathore Chowk, Shankar Nagar, VIP Road, Jail Road, Ramsagar Para are some areas where street food stalls and outlets are ubiquitous.

Raipur is emerging as a tourist destination, and hence many restaurants cater to the global taste. The capital city is bustling with many restaurants and hotels that serve continental, Chinese, Indian, Mughlai dishes along with the traditional foods.
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