THE ESSENCE OF IN­CRED­I­BLE IN­DIA

Airports India - - CHHATTISGARH -

Ev­ery place has some­thing unique. It takes a lot of con­sid­er­a­tion while we look to de­cide on a travel des­ti­na­tion. One may be try­ing his best to iden­tify the spot that of­fers what you need. You may love to reach out to a place that has great mon­u­ments or some­where that gives you spec­tac­u­lar land­scape. You may have a pas­sion for palaces and you may be in­ter­ested in a place that boasts of high cul­tural val­ues and tra­di­tion. Your in­ter­ests may be di­ver­si­fied and hence you may seek a place that of­fers the best of both worlds in which case, Ch­hat­tis­garh is the jus­ti­fied op­tion for you. Places in Ch­hat­tis­garh have a lot to of­fer in­clud­ing stun­ning wa­ter­falls, scenic land­scapes, caves, tem­ples, her­itage sites and paint­ings. It is in­deed a tough task to choose the top 10 among the many places to visit in Ch­hat­tis­garh. Here is an at­tempt at iden­ti­fy­ing the top 10 places you need to visit on your tour to Ch­hat­tis­garh. Ch­hat­tis­garh is In­dia’s 10th largest state and sit­u­ated in the heart of In­dia, is en­dowed with a rich cul­tural her­itage and at­trac­tive nat­u­ral di­ver­sity.

TOURISM

Tourism has emerged as global in­dus­try and has a cru­cial role in eco­nomic growth. The Ch­hat­tis­garh Gov­ern­ment has kept tourism on its pri­or­ity list, es­sen­tially for its po­ten­tial to spur eco­nomic growth and gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment. In view of this, a growth model with tourism as one of the main in­gre­di­ents will take the state to the pin­na­cle of so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. The state is full of an­cient mon­u­ments, rare wildlife, exquisitely carved tem­ples, Bud­dhist sites, palaces, wa­ter­falls, caves, rock paint­ings and hill plateaus. Beau­ti­ful wa­ter­falls in Ch­hat­tis­garh are Akuri Nala and Am­rit Dhara wa­ter­falls, Chir­im­iri is the Jan­nat Of Ch­hat­tis­garh.the nat­u­ral beauty of Koriya is known all over In­dia. The place is full of dense forests, moun­tains, rivers and wa­ter­falls. Am­rit Dhara Wa­ter­fall in Koriya is among the most fa­mous wa­ter­falls in Koriya. Koriya in Ch­hat­tis­garh was a princely state dur­ing the Bri­tish rule in In­dia. Koriya is also known for the rich min­eral de­posits. Coal is found in abun­dance in this part of the coun­try. The dense forests present here have a rich wildlife too. The cli­mate of Koriya is quite pleas­ant. The mild sum­mers and cool win­ters make Koriya a suit­able place to visit through­out the year. The Am­rit Dhara Wa­ter fall, Koriya is a nat­u­ral wa­ter­fall which orig­i­nates from the Hasdo River. The fall is sit­u­ated at a dis­tance of seven kilo­me­ters from Nag­pur. The wa­ter­fall is ideally lo­cated on the Ma­nen­dra­garh-baikun­th­pur road. The Am­rit Dhara Wa­ter­fall in Koriya in Ch­hat­tis­garh in In­dia falls from a height of 90 feet. The wa­ter­fall is about 10-15 feet wide. The point where the wa­ter falls, there, a cloudy at­mos­phere is formed all around. The spot where Am­rit Dhara Wa­ter­fall, Koriya is sit­u­ated is also fa­mous for a very aus­pi­cious Shiva tem­ple. Around this spot a very fa­mous mela is held ev­ery year. The mela was started by Ra­manuj Pratap Singh Judeo, who was the King of Koriya State, in the year 1936. The fair takes place dur­ing the fes­tive oc­ca­sion of Ma­hashiv Ra­tri and lakhs of devo­tees come to this place dur­ing the fair. The area around is also a fa­mous pic­nic spot. Peo­ple go for pic­nic and fam­ily get to­gether to this place. The beauty of the place en­chants ev­ery vis­i­tor and lures them to visit the place on and of­ten. The Am­rit Dhara wa­ter­fall is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from Koriya and other parts of Ch­hat­tis­garh. Gavar Ghat wa­ter­fall, Ram­daha wa­ter­fall in Koriya dis­trict, Tiger point wa­ter­fall at Main­pat in Sur­guja dis­trict and Chi­trakot and Ti­rath­garh wa­ter­falls in Bas­tar dis­trict.

No­table and an­cient tem­ples in Ch­hat­tis­garh in­clude: Bho­ramdeo tem­ple near Kawardha in Kabird­ham dis­trict, Ra­jivlochan tem­ple at Ra­jim and Cham­paran in Raipur dis­trict,

Chan­dra­hasini Devi tem­ple at Chan­dra­pur, Vishnu tem­ple at Jan­j­gir, Da­mud­hara (Rishab Tirth) and Si­vari­narayana Laxmi­narayana tem­ple in Jan­j­gir­champa dis­trict, Bam­blesh­wari Tem­ple at Don­gar­garh in Ra­j­nandgaon dis­trict, Dan­tesh­wari Tem­ple in Dan­te­wada dis­trict, De­o­rani-jethani tem­ple at Tala gram and Ma­hamaya tem­ple at Ratan­pur in Bi­laspur dis­trict, Lax­man tem­ple at Sir­pur in Ma­hasamund dis­trict, Uwasag­ga­haram Parshwa Teerth at Nag­pura in Durg dis­trict, Pali with Lord Shiva tem­ple and Kharod with Lak­sh­maneswar tem­ple, Patal Bhairavi tem­ple in outer area of Ra­j­nandgaon.

Gi­raudh­puri is a re­li­gious place for the Sat­namis. They are the fol­low­ers of Sat­nam Panth. Sir­pur is pro­posed world her­itage site and Mal­har are of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance, as they were vis­ited by Xuan­zang, the Chi­nese his­to­rian. Mam­abachha tem­ple at Bar­soor. The hot spring is known as Taat Pani, the hot spring flows in Bal­ram­pur dis­trict. This hot spring flows through­out the year and is re­puted to have medic­i­nal prop­er­ties due to its high sodium con­tent. Na­tional Ther­mal Power Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited is de­vel­op­ing a geo­ther­mal power plant at Taat Pani, which is de­scribed as the first geo­ther­mal power plant in In­dia. Gadiya moun­tain in Kanker dis­trict, Ko­tum­sar cave in Bas­tar dis­trict, Kailash gufa, Ram­garh and Sita Ben­gra in Sur­guja dis­trict and Sing­han­pur cave in Raigarh dis­trict with pre-his­toric paint­ings are well known. There are cave paint­ings at On­gana and Kabra Pa­had near Raigarh, though most of the paint­ings lie in open and have been over writ­ten by graf­fiti.

Fa­mously known as Ni­a­gara Falls of In­dia, Chi­trakot Wa­ter­falls is lo­cated 38 km away from Jag­dalpur. The falls is the broad­est in In­dia, it falls from a height of 96 ft, and dur­ing the sea­son, the width is above 1000 feet. The shape of the wa­ter­falls re­sem­bles horse­shoe. The for­est area around the wa­ter­falls of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views. The lo­ca­tion of Kawardha Palace it­self is amaz­ing. It is lo­cated at 941 me­ters al­ti­tude above sea level on Maikal Ranges. It palace is in a mas­sive 11 acre-land and you will be spell­bound by the lovely gar­den. Ital­ian marbles and stones were used in con­struct­ing the palace, which dates back to the 1930s. The palace is a glo­ri­ous ex­am­ple of the cul­ture of the place. The palace is de­clared as a her­itage ho­tel and you will love to find your­self ac­com­mo­dated here. The lush gar­dens make you feel close to na­ture. Achanaku­mar Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary is sit­u­ated at a dis­tance of 60 km from Bi­laspur. It was es­tab­lished in the year 1975. The dense for­est is home to var­i­ous wild an­i­mals, which in­clude tiger, bi­son, leop­ard, bear, sam­bar, hyena and so on. Watch­tow­ers are the best way to view wild an­i­mals in ac­tion as the den­sity of the for­est and its to­pog­ra­phy make it dif­fi­cult to view wildlife. Kailash and Ko­tum­sar Caves are lo­cated near Ti­rat­garh Wa­ter­falls amidst the dense forests lo­cated at a dis­tance of 40 kilo­me­ter from Jag­dalpur. Ranked sec­ond in the list of long­est nat­u­ral caves all over the world, Ku­tum­sar Caves are not ac­ces­si­ble be­yond a cer­tain limit. The re­stric­tion of move­ment is owing to non-avail­abil­ity of oxy­gen in­side the two-kilo­me­ter deep caves. Kailash Cave was dis­cov­ered in the year 1993. Sit­u­ated on a small hill, the im­por­tant fea­ture of the cave is the mu­si­cal sounds cre­ated on strik­ing of hand in the hol­low walls. The name Maitri Bagh means Gar­den of Friend­ship. This is a re­sult of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dian and Rus­sian gov­ern­ments. Maitri Bagh was es­tab­lished by Bhi­lai Steel Plant. The zoo cum park of­fers var­i­ous at­trac­tions and it is one of the fa­mous pic­nic spots in the state. There are beau­ti­ful lakes and gar­dens and the mu­si­cal foun­tains in the gar­den is a feast to eyes. It is the big­gest zoo in Ch­hat­tis­garh. Most of th­ese sites are un­touched and

un­ex­plored and of­fer a unique and alternate ex­pe­ri­ence to tourists, com­pared to tra­di­tional des­ti­na­tions which have be­come over­crowded. For tourists who are tired of the crowds at ma­jor des­ti­na­tions will like the Bas­tar dis­trict, with its unique cul­tural and eco­log­i­cal iden­tity. The green state of Ch­hat­tis­garh has 41.33% of its area un­der forests and is one of the rich­est bio­di­ver­sity ar­eas in the coun­try.

DIG­I­TAL IN­DIA

Dig­i­tal In­dia is an ini­tia­tive by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia to en­sure that Gov­ern­ment ser­vices are made avail­able to cit­i­zens elec­tron­i­cally by im­prov­ing on­line in­fra­struc­ture and by in­creas­ing In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity. It was launched on 1 Septem­ber 2015 by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi. The ini­tia­tive in­cludes plans to con­nect ru­ral ar­eas with high­speed in­ter­net net­works. Dig­i­tal In­dia has three core com­po­nents. Th­ese in­clude, the cre­ation of dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture, De­liv­er­ing ser­vices dig­i­tally, Dig­i­tal lit­er­acy. A two-way plat­form is cre­ated where both the ser­vice providers and the con­sumers stand to ben­e­fit. The scheme is mon­i­tored and con­trolled by the Dig­i­tal In­dia Ad­vi­sory group which is chaired by the Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and IT. It is an in­ter­min­is­te­rial ini­tia­tive where all min­istries and de­part­ments shall of­fer their own ser­vices to the pub­lic Health­care, Ed­u­ca­tion, Ju­di­cial ser­vices etc. There are plans to re­struc­ture the Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­tre. This project is one among the top pri­or­ity projects of the Modi Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ch­hat­tis­garh gov­ern­ment cel­e­brated Dig­i­tal In­dia event. It is ex­e­cuted un­der Dig­i­tal Ch­hat­tis­garh pro­gramme un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Ch­hat­tis­garh In­fotech Pro­mo­tion So­ci­ety (CHIPS). Slo­gan of the pro­gramme is ‘any­time, any­where’. The vi­sion of this pro­gramme is to train peo­ple and make them It-en­abled so that they can avail max­i­mum ben­e­fit of the

gov­ern­ment schemes.

WOMEN EM­POW­ER­MENT

Ch­hat­tis­garh had been rec­og­nized as an ideal state in the coun­try in the field of women em­pow­er­ment. The po­si­tion and sta­tus of women all over the world has risen in­cred­i­bly in the 20th cen­tury. We find that it has been very low in 18th and 19th cen­turies in In­dia and else­where when they were treated like ‘ob­jects’ that can be bought and sold. For a long time women in In­dia re­mained within the four walls of their house­hold. A long strug­gle go­ing back over a cen­tury has brought women the property rights, vot­ing rights, an equal­ity in civil rights be­fore the law in mat­ters of mar­riage and em­ploy­ment (in In­dia women had not to strug­gle for vot­ing rights as we find in other coun­tries). The cus­toms of pur­dha (veil sys­tem), fe­male in­fan­ti­cide, child mar­riage, sati sys­tem (self-im­mo­la­tion by the women with their hus­bands), dowry sys­tem and the state of per­ma­nent wid­ow­hood were ei­ther to­tally re­moved or checked to an ap­pre­cia­ble ex­tent af­ter in­de­pen­dence through leg­isla­tive mea­sures.

Ch­hat­tis­garh em­pow­ers women with Swavlamban Yo­jana. In last three years, 500 women have availed the ben­e­fits of the Swavlamban Yo­jana that en­sure job-ori­ented pro­gramme to make the ben­e­fi­ciary self re­liant in terms of em­ploy­ment. The Swavlamban Yo­jana was started in 2009-10 in Ch­hat­tis­garh. The scheme is be­ing im­ple­mented by the women and child wel­fare depart­ment of the state gov­ern­ment. About Rs 1.07 crore had been spent in the scheme. The of­fi­cials in­formed that un­der the pro­gramme, com­puter typ­ing, short­hand,

tally ac­count­ing, cook­ing course, sewingem­broi­dery cour­ses have been in­cluded. The ap­pli­cant can choose course of her in­ter­est. The widow, di­vorcee and un­mar­ried women in the age group of 35-40 years be­long­ing to the poor fam­i­lies are pro­vided free of cost train­ing in var­i­ous pro­gramme so that they can start self­em­ploy­ment and be­come fi­nan­cially self­de­pen­dent. in year 2010-11, 305 women were pro­vided train­ing un­der the scheme while 150 ben­e­fi­cia­ries were en­rolled for dif­fer­ent cour­ses in the fi­nan­cial year 201112. The fig­ure how­ever came down in the

fol­low­ing years as only 50 women have availed the ben­e­fits of the Swavlamban Yo­jana in year 2012-13. Fol­low­ing 50 per cent reser­va­tion for women in Pan­chay­ats, a large num­ber of women have got the op­por­tu­nity to oc­cupy about 56 per cent of the posts in Gram Pan­chay­ats, Jan­pad Pan­chay­ats and Jila Pan­chay­ats in the state. In spite of such draw­backs and hur­dles that still pre­vail, In­dian women (es­pe­cially ed­u­cated) are no longer hes­i­tant or apolo­getic about claim­ing a share and vis­i­bil­ity within the fam­ily, at work, in pub­lic places, and in the pub­lic dis­course.

In­dus­tri­al­ists should come for­ward to in­vest in states like Ch­hat­tis­garh with­out any pre­con­ceived no­tions. Each place has its own pe­cu­liar­i­ties. Some think that oth­ers have no place in com­pe­ti­tion, while a few feel their own as­sess­ment alone should pre­vail in de­ci­sion-making. If a pro­posal is tech­ni­cally fea­si­ble and fi­nan­cially vi­able one should take up the project. A lit­tle ad­just­ment in lo­ca­tion of units ac­cord­ing to sen­ti­ments of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion would in­still con­fi­dence in their minds about the en­tre­pre­neur and his in­ten­tions.

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