Raipur is a city in the east-central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, and also the capital city of the state. It is bordered to the east by the Mahanadi River, a major river in the country which drains over an area of around 141,600 square kilometres (i.e., 54,700 sq. mi) and has a total course of 858 kilometres.
Some of the best places to see in Raipur include the following:
- Nandanvan Zoo – A zoo featuring many wild animals like lions, tigers, and various species of monkeys, birds, etc
- Naya Raipur Central Park
- Ghatarani Waterfalls – Scenic waterfalls flowing over large rocks
- Urja Park
- Saint Vallabhacharya Temple
- ISKCON Temple Raipur
- Dushadari temple
- Shadani Darbar
Some major festivals of Raipur are:
- Gouri Goura – A prominent Hindu festival in Raipur, celebrated in the month of August over a period of six days; it is to commemorate the marriage of the Goddess Parvati to Lord Shiva.
- Festival of Pola – A festival dedicated to bull worship; clay dolls of Bulls are distributed to children, and some interesting games and plays are also performed along with worship.
- Hareli – Another major festival in Raipur, this is celebrated in July. The festivities include farmers putting leaves of a tree (Bhelwa) on their crops and praying for a good harvest.
- Surti – A festival celebrated in the month of October.
- Teej – A festival celebrated in December; where women dress up beautifully in traditional wear, deck themselves with jewellery, etc and pray for their marriage and husbands’ good health.
Some of the best museums to visit in the city are:
- Mahant Ghasidas Sangrahalaya – A museum originally built in 1875 (by Raja Mahant Ghasidas), and again revamped in 1953 (by Queen Jyoti Devi); It contains many royal artefacts including weapons.
- Chhattisgarh Science Centre – A modern museum with attractions such as 3D illusions, mirror effects etc.
- DKNS Memorial Geological Museum – A museum displaying a of collection of minerals, rocks, semi-precious and precious stones.
Raipur has many markets and interesting things to shop for such as home décor showpieces, wood and bamboo products, bell metal and wrought iron goods, terracotta products, stone sculptures, cotton fabrics, and handloom items. Here are some shopping spots that can be checked out at Raipur:
- Pandri Market
- Gol bazaar
- Phool Chowk
- Shastri Market
- Sadar Bazaar
- Ambuja City Center Mall
- 36 Mall
- Magneto the Mall
- City Centre Mall
- Aamat – A stew made of mixed vegetables cooked along with the ginger garlic paste and various spices; traditionally prepared in bamboo shoots.
- Bara – A fried snack made from the fermented Urad Dal batter.
- Muthia – A snack prepared with rice or gram flour dough, steamed and then sauteed with a tempering of mustard, sesame seeds and curry leaves.
Some of the best restaurants in Raipur city include the following:
- Noah’s Ark
- Momo Cafe
- Girnar Restaurant
- Sukhsagar Restaurant
- Yo China
Raipur has many good hotels for a comfortable stay. Here are some of the best places to stay at in Raipur:
- Hotel the Golden Oak
- Courtyard by Marriott Raipur
- Hyatt Raipur
- Hotel Siddhi Vinayak
- Club Paraiso
- Sayaji Hotel
- Hotel Babylon Inn
- Ariena – The Boutique Hotel
Raipur also has some good pubs and bars with a good ambience, food and drinks, such as:
- Restrobar Zouk
- Tito’s Disco
- 10 Downing Street, Raipur
- London Bar
- Octopus Bar
- Tantraa Lounge & Bar
- Patiala Peg Bar
- Raipur STD Code – 0771 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Police – 112
- Healthcare and Counselling – 104
- Ambulance – 102, 108
- Child Helpline – 1098
- Women Helpline – 1091
Chhattisgarhi and Hindi are the most common language found on the tongue of local folks of Raipur
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad