Chhattisgarh makes remarkable progress in tourism sector
has made new dimensions of development in almost all sectors within the
one-and-half decades of its formation. The progress made by the state in the
basic services like road, electricity, drinking water, education, food and
health could clearly be seen, besides the remarkable work done in the tourism
development area of the state.
According to the
figures of Union Tourism Ministry, tourism in Chhattisgarh has grabbed a place
among the top 10 tourist attractive states of India. As per the figures, 2.28
crore tourists visited Chhattisgarh during 2013, credit of which goes to the
tourism policies of the state.
As far as tourism
is concerned, Chhattisgarh is considered as the best state in the country. The
sanctuaries, remains of river-valley civilization, archaeologically important
monuments, rivers, waterfalls, rivulets, mountains, lakes, wildlife, religious
places, vegetation and bio diversity, cultural heritage, different kinds of
festivals, including 75-day long famous Dussehra and Rajim Kumbh being
organised every year are worth viewable. The traditional tribal metal sculpture
and Kosa silk prepared from Mahin thread are world famous.
Nature has also a
special affection for Chhattisgarh. Kaushalya, the mother of Lord Ram and
daughter of King Bhanumant of Dakshin Kosal, was born in this blessed land. In
the birthplace of Lord Ram, Dakshin Kosal of Chhattisgarh, situated in the lap
of nature, on the one hand has rivers like Chitrotpala Ganga mentioned in the
scripture, Mahanadi, Shivnath, Indriwati, Hasdeo, Arpa, Pairry, Sondhur,
Maniyari, Mahan, Haff, Leelagar, Dankini and Shankhini and on the other has
waterfalls like Chitrakot and Teerathgarh.
religious tourism, Chhattisgarh has various places of adventure tourism. As
Vaishnav areas, there are Padmavati Nagari Rajim, Shivarinarayan and religious
place Danteshwari Mandir Dantewada, Mahamaya Ratanpur Bambleshwari Dongargarh,
Khallari Mai Khallari, Mahasamund Mahamaya Ambikapur etc.
In the form of
Shaiv religious places, there are Rajim Panchkoshi, Kuleshwar, Pateshwar,
Champeshwar, Brahmaneshwar, Kupeshwar, Phanikeshwar, mammoth natural Shivling
Bhuteshwarnath, Gariyaband, Budhamahadev Ratanpur, Devgarh and Sarguja etc.
Moving on Dakshinpath road of Ramayan era, the visitors could see various
religious places in the present era also.
About 44 per cent
land of Chhattisgarh is covered by forest, where, along with different kinds of
forest wealth and wildlife bio diversity could also be seen. For the protection
of wildlife and the forests, there is Guru Ghasidas National Park in Indrawati,
Kanger and sanctuaries like Achanakmar, Badalkhol, Barnvapara, Semarsot,
Sitanadi, Tomar Pingla, Bhairavgarh, Bhoramdev, Gomdra, Pamed and Udanti.
Indira Garden, Kanan Pendari, Maitri Bagh, Nandan Van Raipur zoos and Kotmi
Sonar Crocodile Park in the state makes tourism interesting. Forests of
Chhattisgarh are not less than a heaven for forest and wildlife lover
Trees like Saal,
Teak, Baint, Dhavada, Haldu, Tendu, Kullu, Kusum, Aaola, Karra, Jamun, Sonha,
Mango, Baheda, Bamboo etc are available in the national parks and sanctuaries,
besides medicinal plants like Safed Musli, Kali Musli, Tejraj, Satawar,
Ramadtoun, Jangli Pyaj, Jangli Haldi, Tikhur, Sarpagandha etc.
Wildlife like Lion,
Panther, Tiger, Deer, Sambhar, Lakadbagha, Bear, Kakad, Fox, Ghadiyal, Wild
Boar, Languor, Sehi, Mouse, Chhind, Chirkmale, rabbit, sivet, lomdi, blackbuck,
udbilav, gour, bison, different kinds of snakes and birds like cock, peacock,
dhanesh, Mahokh, tripai, baaz, cheel, hudhud, kingfisher, basantgouri,
nightjar, ullu, parrot, beeit, bagula, maina are available here.
For the visitors of
ancient places, treasures of crafts are spread from Bastar to Sarguja. Ancient
places like Barsur, Narayanpal, Dantewada, Tular, Gupteshwar, Dhandhorepal,
Bhongapal, Aarang, Ratanpur, Madku, Bhoramdev, Madva Mahal, Pacharahi,
Chaturbhuji Dhamdha, Malhar, Nakta Mandir Janjgir, Shivnarayan, Tala, Sirpur,
Khallari, Nagpura, Kharkhara, Devbaloda, Singhoda, Balod, Turturiya, Palari,
Giroudpuri, Damakheda, Sihava, Chandkhuri, Damaudhara, Pali, Laphagarh,
Chaitugarh, Sita Baingra, Ramgarh, Sitamarhi, Harchowka, Devgarh, Harra Tola,
Belsar, Satmahla and Deepadih are important in the state.
From the beginning
of human civilization of pre-historic era, Chhattisgarh had been the place of
visitation and dwelling of man, proof of which is available in Singhanpur,
Kabra Pahad, Basnajhar, Bosalda, Ongna Pahad of Raigarh district and
Chitvadongri of Rajnandgaon district. Different equipments made and used by
pre-historic man are available on the banks of Kanhar, Maniyari and Kero
rivers. The rock art of Singhanpur and Kabra are specially under debate among
pre-historic era rock paintings because of their diversity and style. The
wonderful beauty of Kutumbsar and Kailas caves of Bastar are excellent proof of
Complete beauty of
nature and cultural diversity could be seen in Chhattisgarh.