Chhattisgarh is known for its rich, varied and colorful culture as well as colourful soft Kosa silk saris, handloom woven and an aromatic rice variety named Doobraj rice. Raipur is the capital city of Chhattisgarh and listed as one of the fastest growing Indian city as well as the planned town ship of Naya Raipur. Bilaspur is the second largest city of the state and home to largest High Court of Asia, headquarters for South East Central Railway Zone, 4th longest railway platform in India and also the 3rd cleanest railway station in India.
Must visit tourist places in and around Bilaspur and Raipur include Naya Raipur,Turturiya, Sonmuda,Talagram,Bhoramdeo Temple,Ratanpur Fort,Ghadi Chowk,Amarkantak,Marine Drive and the tallest Indian flag of Chhattisgarh.
Sirpur is an important centre for tourism in the state of Chhattisgarh, located 78 km away from Raipur on the banks of the river Mahanadi. The historical town of Sirpur is famous for Laxman Temple,Gandheshwar Temple and the Buddha Vihara.
Champaran or Champajhar village is famous for religious significance, located about 60 km from the Raipur. The village of Champajhar has famous temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva and 2 temples of Vallabhacharya.
Rajim is the place of holy confluence of three rivers with Mahanadi, hence known as Prayag of the Chhattisgarh. The holy town is located 45 km from Raipur and famous for rich cultural heritage and the beautiful ancient temples.
Jatmai Ghatarani Waterfalls is the biggest waterfall in Chhattisgarh, surrounded by thick forests and located about 75 KMs from Raipur. Jatmai temple and waterfalls are among the top 10 tourist attractions in Raipur.
Nandan Van Nature Center is recenlty opened tourist attraction in Raipur and one of the largest man made jungle safari. The Nandan Van Zoo and Safari is located at 35 km from the main Raipur Railway station in Naya Raipur.
Mahamaya Temple in Ratanpur is one of the 52 Shakti Peethas of India, situated around 25 km from district Bilaspur. The temple of Mahamaya along with temple of Kantideval,Kadeideol Shiva temple and Kalbhairva temple are the majour attractions near Bilaspur.
Devrani and Jethani temple is located 29km from Bilaspur on the bank of Maniyari river at Talagaon. The ancient Rudra Shiva idols and partially ruined temples have put the Talagaon village on the tourist map of Chhattisgarh.
Kutaghat Dam is among the top 15 attractions in Bilaspur, located at 12 km by road from Ratanpur. The dam is a very popular picnic spot, surrounded by forest and hills.
Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary in Bilaspur district is part of the Achanakmar Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve and a Tiger Reserve. The park is home to list of endangered species of animals such as Bengal tigers,gaur, Indian leopard,four-horned antelope,Ussuri dhole and Black Panther. The sanctuary is close to Amarkantak and an important wildlife corridor for Kanha tiger reserve.
Malhar town has an archaeological significance, situated 40 km away in Bilaspur district and home to many ancient temples. Pataleshwar Kedar temple, the Devri temple and Dindeshwari temple are the main attractions of Malhar Bilaspur and the town is listed as ancient monuments and archaeological sites by Archaeological Survey of India.