THE ESSENCE OF INCREDIBLE INDIA
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 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 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
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.