One Day Trip to RaipurRaipur is rich in natural beauty and historical legacy. Its hills, rivers, ancient art and architecture will leave every tourist enthralled. Following independence from British rule, the district of Raipur was integrated in Central Provinces and Berar. When the new state of Chhattisgarh was formed in the year 2000, Raipur became its capital. There are lot more to find and explore in this part of Chhattisgarh. If traveling to Raipur and looking to cover all famous destinations then plan your trip wisely to make your stay enjoyable and memorable. No doubt it will be quite tough to explore all the famous destinations in a day yet
How to reach Raipur ?
Raipur is a fast-emerging and well-connected city. It is equipped with its own railway station and airport which connect the city to all major cities of India. Raipur can also be accessed by road through the National Highway. Air connections to the city were invigorated after Raipur became the state capital. Swami Vivekanand Airport, the only commercially operating airport of Chhattisgarh, is situated 15 km south of the main city. A good network of roads criss-cross Raipur and the state of Chhattisgarh. Prominent national highways cut through this city making it well-connected with the rest of India.The ubiquitous auto-rickshaws and tuktuks are popular modes of transport for reaching one part of the city from another.
Approximate Cab Charges:Half Day City Tour of Raipur (4 to 5 hours/ 4 hours 40 kms package):
Budget: Rs. 650-900
SUV: Rs. 1000-2250
Group Travel: Rs. 1500
Full Day City Tour of Raipur (8 to 9 hours/ 8 hours 80 kms)
Budget: Rs. 1100-1500
SUV: Rs. 1750-4500
Group Travel: Rs. 2750
Visit popular temples during morning hours
You can start your day with a visit to the beautiful Mahamaya Temple and the Doodhadhari Monastery & Temple. The 11th century Mahamaya Temple is located in the old fort area. The temple is dedicated to Devi Durga. Samleswari Temple located in the same compound is dedicated to Devi Samlai. The temples infact reflect the cultural ambiance of the region which is evident in its art and architecture. There are various historical ruins scattered across the city where you can visit to get the first hand experience of its history.
Explore wildlife during noonAfter a peaceful and refreshing beginning to the day with divine blessings, you can plan out your afternoon for picnic. Near to Mahamaya temple there are a few more attractions which make for pleasant picnic spots. Lake Maharaja Bandh, Kho-Kho Lake, and Budhapara Lake. Budhapara Lake was built by Kalchuri emperor King Brahmadeo. Dating back from 1402 AD, the lake is a much-loved picnic spot in the region. You can head to Udanti Sanctuaty famous for wild buffalo and other species to get close view of mother nature.
Spend evening in a relaxed mannerOne can spend the evening in a relaxed way at the calm and leisurely environs of a restaurant and relish the delicious food of Raipur at various restaurants open near the tourist places. Reasonably priced, the variety of delectable food preparations of diverse cuisines are a boon for the hungry travellers. There are a number of pocket friendly dhabas and other eating joints besides chic restaurants for those who want to splurge. From local dishes to international cuisines, vegetarian to non-vegetarian, traditional food to popular fast foods, the restaurants present a wide range of choices to visitors. One must not forget to try out the local delicacies. The special delicacies of Raipur and Chhattisgarh are the sweet items Petha, Rakhia Badi and Jalebi.
Shopping is a must-do activity to wrap up the day. The city of Raipur boasts of a rich heritage and a promising future. Raipur may not be your usual shopping haven for high-end labels. But what it offers you is both unique and beautiful. Those with an eye for exotic handcraft items and ethnic wear are sure to have a delightful shopping experience in Raipur. The masterly skill of the tribal people here in producing handcrafted items from natural raw materials is unmatched. Bell metal, terracotta, wrought iron items, stone sculptures, candle stands, toy musicians, animals besides ritual items like Jhaari and Laman Diya are a must buy.
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