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City Center -Mall ,Raipur City Center -Mall ,Raipur
City Center -Mall ,Raipur
The Name "City Center" in all characteristic, values and judgment stand tall compared to any other existing or upcoming malls in Raipur, the capital of newly formed Chhattisgarh State of India. The Mega Mall, justify the enormity of its size and for certain, City Center - The Mega Mall will be biggest in Chhattisgarh State.
The City Center, is much more than a mall. It is a bench mark in itself, raising the mall culture to the highest standard. An unbeatable landmark with huge business potential, is extending beyond the shopping mall ideology. World Class construction combined with state of art offering will be center of attraction for all.

City Center Mall & Multiplex,
Opposite P.F. Office Pandri, Raipur - 492 001, (C.G.)
Phone Number 91-771-2583470
Fax Number 91-771-2583470
 Email Address info@citycenterraipur.com
City Mall 36,Raipur City Mall 36,Raipur
City Mall 36,Raipur
City Mall 36 has been officially inaugarated on the 16th of August by the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and a host of other ministers of the state. It is located on the GE Road 6 kms from the city centre. Big Bazaar has been operating here for the last 15 days and has been doing brisk business. The initial euphoria will remain as this is the first mall that's come to the city. But the other malls are coming up fast Magneto and The other one in the city-Pandri are to open by the end of 2008 and Treasure Island which is the biggest is also to start in beginning of 2009. City Mall has Big Bazaar which is pulling the crowds. 4 Inox theatres have started operations and they will also do well. The major shops are garment shops and food shops. There is not much variety in the 110 shops in the other segments. So what is expected as is the case with Raipur is that business will boom till Deepawali and then the Euphoria will die down. They will be analysis and counter analysis after that and it will be a once in a while issue for the city.
City Mall36...is an excellent blend of quality & luxury, opening the door towards a whole new era of shopping experience by playing host to prominent retail brands, Food & Beverage outlets and leisure activities.

NH6 Raipur 492001 (Chhattisgarh)

Ph: 0771-4267180, 0771-4267585

Fax: 91 771-4267179

PR/Marketing/Advertising

Mr. Tabrez Rahim (Mob +91-9755552209)

Email - marketing@citymall36.com

Magneto Mall,Raipur Magneto Mall,Raipur
Magneto Mall,Raipur
Magneto-The Mall is located in Raipur, capital city of newly formed state of Chhattisgarh. The estimated population is about 1.8 million. The traditional face of the city is changing, and are now becoming an important regional commercial and industrial destination for the coal, power, steel and aluminum industries.
Raipur is India's biggest iron market - there are about 170 steel rolling mills, 170 sponge iron plants, more than 250 steel plants, 800 agro-industries and 70 ferro-alloy plants in and around the city. The State Government has proposed a new city- Naya Raipur (8000 hectares) as the administrative seat on the lines of Navi Mumbai.
Magneto-The Mall is located on NH 6 , the famous Great Eastern Road well within reachable distance from the zero point of Raipur city and within proximity of developing colonies, which are in abundance. Plush times at PVR Cinema!

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R.K. Mall ,Raipur R.K. Mall ,Raipur
R.K. Mall ,Raipur
RK Mall
Beside Hotel Piccadilly
Mahoba Bazar
Raipur West (C.G.)
Ph: 0771-4022025
Email: info@rkmall.net

Multiplex (no. Screens) With 3 Audi, sitting capacity of around 700.
Mall Timings 11 AM to 11 PM

छत्तीसगढ़ में अद्भुत शिव रूद्र प्रतिमा वाला पर्यटन स्थल -ताला छत्तीसगढ़ में अद्भुत शिव रूद्र प्रतिमा वाला पर्यटन स्थल -ताला
छत्तीसगढ़ में अद्भुत शिव रूद्र प्रतिमा वाला पर्यटन स्थल -ताला

रायपुर से बिलासपुर राजमार्ग पर ८५ किलोमीटर दूर है ग्राम ताला। यहां अनूठी और अद्भुत मूर्तियां मिली है। शैव संस्कृति के २ मंदिर देवरानी-जेठानी के नाम से विखयात है। यहां ढाई मीटर ऊंची और १ मीटर चौड़ी जीव-जंतुओं की मुखातियों से बने अंग-प्रत्यंगों वाली प्रतिमा मिली है,जिसे रूद्र शिव का नाम दिया गया है। महाकाल रूद्र शिव की प्रतिमा भारतीय कला में अपने ढंग की एकमात्र ज्ञात प्रतिमा है। कुछ विद्वान धारित बारह राशियों के आकार पर इसका नाम कालपुरूष भी मानते हैं।महाकाल रूद्रशिव की प्रतिमा भारी भरकम है। २.५४ मीटर ऊंची और १ मीटर चौडी प्रतिमा के अंग-प्रत्यंग अलग-अलग जीव-जंतुओं की मुखाकृतियों से बने हैं, इस कारण प्रतिमा में रौद्र भाव साफ नजर आता है। प्रतिमा संपादस्थानक मुद्रा में है।

इस महाकाय प्रतिमा के रूपांकन में गिरगिट,मछली,केकड़ा,मयूर,कछुआ,सिंह और मानव मुखों की मौलिक रूपाति का अद्भूत संयोजन है। मूर्ति के सिर पर मंडलाकार चक्रों में लिपटे २ नाग पगडी के समान नजर आते हैं। नाक नीचे की ओर मुंह किए हुए गिरगिट से बनी है। गिरगिट के पिछले २ पैरों ने भौहों का आकार लिया है। अगले २ पैरों ने नासिका रंध्र की गोलाई बनाई है। गिरगिट का सिर नाक का अगला हिस्सा है। बडे आकार के मेंढक के खुले मुख से नेत्रपटल और बडे अण्डे से गोलक बने हैं। छोटे आकार की मछलियों से मुछें और निचला होंठ बना है। कान की जगह बैठे हुए मयूर स्थापित हैं। कंधा मगर के मुंह से बना है। भुजाएं हाथी के सूंड के समान हैं,हाथों की उंगलियों सांप के मुंह के आकार की है,दोनों वक्ष और उदर पर मानव मुखातियां बनी है। कछुए के पिछले हिस्से कटी और मुंह से शिश्न बना है। उससे जुडे अगले दोनों पैरों से अण्डकोष बने हैं और उन पर घंटी के समान लटकते जोंक बनी है। दोनों जंघाओं पर हाथ जोडे विद्याधर और कमर के दोनों हिस्से में एक-एक गंधर्व की मुखाति बनी है। दोनों घुटनों पर सिंह की मुखाति है,मोटे-मोटे पैर हाथी के अगले पैर के समान है। प्रतिमा के दोनों कंधों के ऊपर २ महानाग रक्षक की तरह फन फैलाए नजर आते हैं। प्रतिमा के दाएं हाथ में मोटे दंड का खंडित भाग बचा हुआ है। प्रतिमा के आभूषणों में हार,वक्षबंध,कंकण और कटिबंध नाग के कण्डलित भाग से अलंकृत है। सामान्य रूप से इस प्रतिमा में शैव मत, तंत्र और योग के सिद्धांतों का प्रभाव और समन्वय दिखाई पडता है।

पर्यटन विकास में सरकारी योगदान - बिलासपुर जिले में पर्यटन की दृष्टि से देखे तो सर्वप्रथम ताला पर ध्यान जाता है। रूद्र शिव प्रतिमा,देवरानी जेठानी मंदिर के इस प्रसिध्द पुरातात्विक स्थल के विकास के लिए विभिन्न योजनाओं को सरकार द्वारा मंजूर दी गई है । सड़क पेयजल एवं छाया दार स्थलों का निर्माण, आसपास के स्थल पर आकर्षक उद्यान,फव्वारे,समीप ही बहने वाली मनियारी नदी पर एनीकट बनाकर पानी को रोकने और उसमें नौकायन की सुविधा उपलब्ध कराई गई है। सिंचाई विभाग द्वारा ३० लाख की लागत से उद्यान तथा एक करोड की लागत से मनियारी नदी के दोनों ओर १५०-१५० मीटर घाट निर्माण हेतु एक करोड व्यय किये गये है। तथा ११७ लाख की लागत से मनियारी नदी पर ताला एनीकट बनाया गया। आसपास के मंदिरों के जीर्णोद्वार के कार्य किये गये है। ताला पहुंच मार्ग के दोनों ओर वृक्षारोपण कर हरियाली लाने का प्रयास किया गया है। ताला से कुछ दूरी पर प्रसिध्द ऐतिहासिक स्थल मदकुद्वीप स्थित है। जहां प्रतिवर्ष मसीही मेला का आयोजन किया जाता है। द्वीप तीन ओर से शिवनाथ नदी और मनियारी नदी के संगम से घिरा हुआ है। वन विभाग द्वारा द्वीप में स्थित प्राचीनतम शिव मंदिरों का जीर्णोद्वार कराया गया है। विश्राम गृह का निर्माण तथा हरियाली के लिए वृक्षारोपण किये गये है। द्वीप के चारों ओर एक करोड की लागत से पीचिंग कर नदी के कटाव को रोका गया। द्वीप के समीप शिवनाथ नदी पर १५ करोड की लागत से एनीकट का निर्माण प्रगति पर है। साथ ही नदी के दोनों ओर ५०-५० मीटर तक घाट निर्माण किया गया है।

धार्मिक पर्यटन स्थल सियादेवी धार्मिक पर्यटन स्थल सियादेवी
धार्मिक पर्यटन स्थल सियादेवी

बालोद से २५ किमी. दूर पहाड़ी पर स्थित सियादेवी मंदिर प्राकृतिक सुंदरता से शोभायमान है जो धार्मिक पर्यटन स्थल कहा जाता है। यहां पहुंचने पर झरना, जंगल व पहाडो से प्रकृति की खूबसूरती का अहसास होता है। इसके अलावा रामसीता लक्ष्मण, शिव पार्वती, हनुमान, राधा कृष्ण, सियादेवी, भगवान बुद्ध, बुढादेव की प्रतिमाएं है। यह स्थल पूर्णत: रामायण की कथा से जुडा हुआ है।
ऐसा माना जाता है कि त्रेता युग में भगवान्‌ रामसीता माता और लक्षमण वनवास काल में इस जगह पर आये थे|यहाँ सीता माता के चरण के निशान भी चिन्हित किये गए हैं |बारिस में यह जगह खूबसूरत झरने की वजह से अत्यंत मनोरम हो जाती है| झरने को वाल्मीकि झरने के नाम से जाना जाता है| परिवार के साथ जाने के लिए यह बहुत बेहतरीन पिकनिक स्पाट है| यहाँ जाने का सबसे अच्छा समय जुलाई से फरवरी तक है|

जयपुर जयपुर
जयपुर

जयपुर को गुलाबी नगरी के नाम से भी जाना जाता है, भारत में राजस्थान राज्य की राजधानी है। यह जयपुर नाम से प्रसिद्ध प्राचीन रजवाड़े की भी राजधानी रहा है। इस शहर की स्थापना १७२८ में आंबेर के महाराजा जयसिंह द्वितीय द्वारा की गयी थी। आज भी यहां के महाराजा महाराज भवानी सिंह (जन्म:१९३१) हैं। जयपुर अपनी समृद्ध परंपरा, संस्कृति और ऐतिहासिक महत्व के लिए प्रसिद्ध है।यह शहर तीन ओर से अरावली पर्वतमाला से घिरा हुआ है।जयपुर शहर की पहचान यहाँ के महलों और पुराने घरों में लगे गुलाबी धौलपुरी पत्थरों से होती है जो यहाँ के स्थापत्य की खूबी है। १८७६ में तत्कालीन महाराज सवाई मानसिंह ने इंग्लैंड की महारानी एलिज़ाबेथ प्रिंस ऑफ वेल्स युवराज अल्बर्ट के स्वागत में पूरे शहर को गुलाबी रंग से आच्छादित करवा दिया था। तभी से शहर का नाम गुलाबी नगरी पड़ा है।

शहर चारों ओर से दीवारों और परकोटों से घिरा हुआ है, जिसमें प्रवेश के लिए सात दरवाजे हैं।[४] बाद में एक और द्वार भी बना जो न्यू गेट कहलाया। पूरा शहर करीब छह भागों में बँटा है और यह १११ फुट(३४ मी.) चौड़ी सड़कों से विभाजित है। पाँच भाग मध्य प्रासाद भाग को पूर्वी, दक्षिणी एवं पश्चिमी ओर से घेरे हुए हैं, और छठा भाग एकदम पूर्व में स्थित है। प्रासाद भाग में हवा महल परिसर, व्यवस्थित उद्यान एवं एक छोटी झील हैं। पुराने शह के उत्तर-पश्चिमी ओर पहाड़ी पर नाहरगढ़ दुर्ग शहर के मुकुट के समान दिखता है। इसके अलावा यहां मध्य भाग में ही सवाई जयसिंह द्वारा बनावायी गईं वेधशाला, जंतर मंतर, जयपुर भी हैं।

जयपुर को आधुनिक शहरी योजनाकारों द्वारा सबसे नियोजित और व्यवस्थित शहरों में से गिना जाता है। शहर के वास्तुकार मिर्जा इस्माइल का नाम आज भी प्रसिद्ध है। ब्रिटिश शासन के दौरान इस पर कछवाहा समुदाय के राजपूत शासकों का शासन था। १९वीं सदी में इस शहर का विस्तार शुरु हुआ तब इसकी जनसंख्या १,६०,००० थी जो अब बढ़ कर २००१ के आंकड़ों के अनुसार २३,३४,३१९ हो चुकी है। यहाँ के मुख्य उद्योगों में धातु, संगमरमर, वस्त्र-छपाई, हस्त-कला, रत्न व आभूषण का आयात-निर्यात तथा पर्यटन आदि शामिल हैं। जयपुर को भारत का पेरिस कहा जाता है। इस शहर की वास्तु के बारे में कहते हैं, कि शहर को सूत से नाप लीजिये, नाप-जोख में एक बाल के बराबर भी फ़र्क नही मिलेगा।
शहर में बहुत से पर्यटन आकर्षण भी हैं, जैसे जंतर मंतर, जयपुर, हवा महल, सिटी पैलेस, गोविंद देवजी का मंदिर, बी एम बिड़ला तारामण्डल, आमेर का किला, जयगढ़ दुर्ग आदि। जयपुर के रौनक भरे बाजारों में दुकाने रंग बिरंगे सामानों से भरी है, जिसमें हथकरघा उत्पाद, बहुमूल्य पत्थर, वस्त्र, मीनाकारी सामान, आभूषण, राजस्थानी चित्र आदि शामिल हैं। इसके अलावा ये संगमरमर की प्रतिमाओं, ब्लू पॉटरी औऱ राजस्थानी जूतियों के लिये भी प्रसिद्ध हैं। प्रसिद्ध बाजारों में जौहरी बाजार, बापू बाजार, नेहरू बाजार, चौड़ा रास्ता, त्रिपोलिया बाजार और एम.आई. रोड़ के साथ साथ लगा बाजार हैं।
जयपुर की रंगत अब बदल रही है, साथ ही बदल रही है इसकी आवोहवा, किन्तु पिछले तीन सौ साल पहले से सजे इस शहर में विकास का पहिया निरन्तर घूम रहा है। हाल में ही जयपुर को विश्व के दस सबसे खूबशूरत शहरों में शामिल किया गया है। यह जयपुर वासियों के लिये ही नहीं बल्कि सम्पूर्ण भारत वासियों के लिये गर्व की बात है। महानगर बनने की ओर अग्रसर जयपुर में स्वतन्त्रता के बाद भी कई कीर्तिमान अपने नाम किये, और साथ ही महत्वाकांक्षी निर्माण भी यहां हुये। एशिया की सबसे बडी आवासीय बस्ती मानसरोवर, राज्य का सबसे बडा सवाई मानसिंह चिकित्सालय, विधानसभा भवन, अमर जवान ज्योति, एम.आई.रोड, सेन्ट्रल पार्क और विश्व के प्रसिद्ध बैंक, महत्वाकांक्षी और उपयोगी भवन निर्माण इसी कडी में शामिल हैं। पिछले कुछ सालों से जयपुर में मेट्रो संस्कॄति के दर्शन भी होने लगे हैं, चमचमाती सडकें, बहुमंजिला शापिंग माल, आधुनिकता को छूती आवासीय कालोनियां, आदि महानगरों की होड करती दिखती हैं। पुराने जयपुर और नये जयपुर में नई और पुरानी संस्कॄति के दर्शन जैसे इस शहर के विकास और इतिहास दोनों को स्पष्ट करते हैं। प्रगति के पथ पर गुलाबी नगर पिंक सिटी गतिमान है और वह दिन दूर नहीं जब यह शहर महानगरों मे शुमार हो जायेगा।

छत्तीसगढ में नागलोक छत्तीसगढ में नागलोक
छत्तीसगढ में नागलोक
छत्तीसगढ के रायगढ जिले में एक ऎसा गांव स्थित है, जहां अब तक एक भी ग्रामीण की मौत सर्प दंश से नहीं हुई है। अब इसे आस्था कहें या दोस्ती, ग्रामीण और जहरीले सर्प घर के अंदर एक साथ रहते हैं और दोनों एक-दूसरे को कोई नुकसान नहीं पहुंचाते
रायगढ जिला मुख्यालय से 20 किलोमीटर दूर पुसौर विकासखंड क्षेत्र में स्थित गांव सोडेकेला एक ऎसा 'नागलोक' है, जहां बारिश की बूंदें पडते ही गांव के अंदर ही नहीं, बल्कि हर घर में नाग विचरण करने लगते हैं। रोचक बात यह है कि इस गांव में अब तक एक भी सर्पदंश का गंभीर मामला नहीं देखा गया है। गौरतलब है कि जिले के इस क्षेत्र में सर्वाधिक तौर पर नाग व अन्य जहरीले सर्प पाए जाते हैं। ग्रामीणों के अनुसार यहां कोई भी सांप से नहीं डरता और बच्चे भी उन्हें अपना साथी ही समझते हैं।

ग्रामीणों का मानना है कि इस क्षेत्र में भगवान शिव की विशेष कृपा है। यही कारण है कि आजकल अन्य क्षेत्रों में जहां नाग के दर्शन दुर्लभ हो गए हैं, वहीं इस क्षेत्र में भारी संख्या में नागों का वास है। ग्रामीण इन नागों को अपने इष्ट देव का रूप मानते हैं। बारिश की बूंद के साथ जब ये बाहर निकलते हैं, तो ग्रामीण इनकी पूजा करके इन्हें दूध पिलाते हैं। क्षेत्र के कई ग्रामीण इसे आस्था का प्रतीक मानते हैं तो कई दोस्ताना संबंध।

सपेरों पर है प्रतिबंध
'नागलोक' के नाम से जाने जाने वाले इस गांव में पहले कई बार सपेरों ने सांप पकडने के प्रयास किए, लेकिन ग्रामीणों ने उन्हें गांव से बाहर खदेड दिया। क्षेत्र के लोगों का मानना है कि सपेरे इन सर्पों को पकडकर अपना व्यवसाय करेंगे, जो उन्हें मंजूर नहीं है। क्षेत्र के लोग इन सर्पो को अपना भगवान मानते हैं और उन्हें किसी प्रकार का कष्ट होते नहीं देख सकते।

आस्था का रूप
सोडेकेला निवासी लोचन साव का कहना है कि पडोसी गांव में भी भारी मात्रा में नाग और अन्य सर्प थे, लेकिन ग्रामीणों द्वारा नुकसान पहुंचाने से वहां संख्या कम हो गई। हेमसागर साव व पुनीराम सारथी का कहना है कि जिले में इस क्षेत्र में सर्वाधिक सर्प पाए जाते हैं। ग्रामीण इसे आस्था का रूप मानते है और यही कारण है कि वे किसी को नुकसान नही पहुंचाते। अन्य ग्रामीणों का भी कहना है कि दुर्लभ प्रजाति के नाग इस क्षेत्र में मौजूद हैं, जिन्हें वे भगवान शिव का रूप मानते हैं।
 जतमई - घटारानी मंदिर जतमई - घटारानी मंदिर
जतमई - घटारानी मंदिर
छल छल करते मनोरम झरने और जतमई - घटारानी मंदिर जतमई और घटारानी दो अलग-अलग जगहें हैं . जतमई छत्तीसगढ़ की राजधानी रायपुर से करीब 70 किलो मीटर की दूरी पर राजिम मार्ग में है।जतमई पहाड़ी को पर्यटन केन्द्र के रूप में विकसित करने से लोग इस मनमोहक प्राकृतिक स्थल को जान व देख रहे हैं . पटेवा के निकट स्थित जतमई पहाड़ी एक २०० मीटर क्षेत्र में फैला पहाड़ है, जिसकी उंचाई करीब ७० मीटर है. यहां शिखर पर विशालकाय पत्थर एक-दूसरे के ऊपर इस कदर टिके हैं, जैसे किसी ने उन्हें जमाया हो. जतमई में प्रमुख मंदिर के निकट ही सिद्ध बाबा का प्राचीन चिमटा है, जिसके बारे में किवंदती है कि यह १६०० वीं शताब्दी का है. बारिश के दिनों झरनों की रिमझिम फुहार इसे बेहतरीन पिकनिक की जगह बना देता है , यहाँ पर्यटक नहाने का बहुत आनंद उठाते हैं .ऊपर है जतमई माता का दरबार। यहां के नजारें आंखों को बहुत प्यारे लगते हैं। जतमई के रास्ते का प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य भी देखने लायक और रोमांचक है नवरात्रि के समय यहां दर्शनार्थियों की बहुत भीड़ लगने लगी है. घटारानी जतमई से २५ कि.मी. है.यहाँ पर भी बेहतरीन जल - प्रपात है .घटारानी मंदिर कि भी बहुत मान्यता है . घटारानी प्रपात तक पहुंचना आसान नहीं है , पर पर्यटकों के जाने के लिए पर्याप्त साधन हैं . प्रकृति प्रेमियों के लिए इन जगहों पर जाने का सबसे अच्छा समय अगस्त से दिसंबर तक है
Nainital Hill Station Nainital Hill Station
Nainital Hill Station
Information:

Nainital is a beautiful hill district situated in the Central Himalayas. Nainital is known as India's 'Lake District' because numerous lakes are spread across it's boundaries with an area of 11.73 sq km.The town is set around Naini lake (tal) and hence the name and is encircled by seven hills. According to Hindu legend when the body of Shiva's consort, Sati, was dismembered, one of her eyeballs fell into the Himalayan foothills and the emerald green Naini Lake (or Tal) was formed. Whether this is true or not there is no denying that Nainital is unbelievably beautiful and a magnetic draw for thousands of Indians.

Attractions:

Nainital is divided into two segments, Tallital and Mallital, at the lower and upper ends of the lake, respectively. The North Mall running along one side of the lake, and the South Mall along the other, connect the two parts.

Naina Devi Temple On the northern side of the Naini lake is built a temple dedicated to Sati and is called the Naina Devi temple.

Naini Lake Naini Lake or Naini Taal, the picturesque blue green lake is located in the district of Nainital. It is from this lake that the city of Nainital, the beautiful settlement by the lake, derives its name.

Snow View Trek The Snow view point is located at a height of 2270 meter above sea level. It can be reached by the ropeway or the ponies available at Mallital.

Nanda-Devi Mela Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. August / September sees the whole area coming alive, when the festival held in honour of goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda, the patron goddess of Kumaon, comes around.

Dorothy's Seat: at a height of 2, 292 m is a memorial to an English lady believed to have been killed in an air crash. The spot commands a sectional view of the town and the nearby region. The peak was known as Ayarpatta Hill. Dorothy's seat is also known as Tiffin Top.
Hanumangarhi: It is a religious centre at an height of 1, 951 m. This group of temples is situated at a distance of 3.25 km on a motorable road. It is well known for it's sunset view.This temple is dedicated to the monkey god Hanuman. This is a favourite picnic place. Just 1 km further is the State Astronomical Observatory, which stands on Manora Peak, 1950 metresabove sea level . with satellite tracking cameras and a big telescope. It can be visited by prior appointment on certain days. It is four and a half kms from Tallital bus stand. It is 11 kms by motor road and looks out towards the plains.

St John-in-the-Wilderness Church: It is one of the earlieat buildings erected in Nainital and possibly the finest church in any Indian Hill station. The church was named by the bishop of Calcutta who came to Nainital in 1844, when the place was still very much a wilderness. This church contains a brass memorial to the victims of famous landslip. Bodies of few victims were buried in the graveyard here. The other two main churches in the Central Nainital are the Methodist Church on the Mall near the Flats and the Roman Catholic Church of St Francis, also on the Mall.
Travel Information:
  • By Air: The nearest airport is at Pantnagar (71 kms).
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead is Kathgodam, (35 kms) that has regular trains to Agra, Lucknow and Bareilly.
  • By Road: Direct buses ply from Delhi (322 kms via Hapur and 336 kms via Meerut) and nearby areas.
Mount Abu-Rajasthan Mount Abu-Rajasthan
Mount Abu-Rajasthan

Mount Abu - Introduction

The name Rajasthan invariably conjures up the image of a dry and arid land, devoid of all greenery and vegetation. Yet it is in this very state that one finds one of the most beautiful hill resort in India. This very hill resort, which is blessed by both nature and human hand, is known as Mount Abu. It not only boasts of picturesque beauty but also has some of the best architectural masterpieces in India. Hill resorts India offers online booking of hotels and tour packages to Mount Abu, so you simply have to make a booking online and enjoy a great holiday experience in Rajasthan.

Mount Abu-Sites to Visit

There is hardly anyone who has not heard of the Jain temples of Dilwara. These famous temples were built between the 11th and 13th centuries. They are splendid structures with exquisite intricate marble carvings that are often compared to that of Taj Mahal. The temples are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. There are five main temples, Vimal vasahi, which took 14 years to complete and is dedicated to Adinath, Lun Vassahi, Shri Risha Lhdeo, Shri Parshvanath and Shri Mahavir Swami temple. The marble used in the construction of these temples was brought from Makran, famous for its good quality marble. A lot of skilled labor went into the making of these temples and it is quite obvious as one looks at these magnificent temples.

Another major tourist attraction is the Adhar devi temple. Though one has to climb 200 steps to get to the temple, it is truly a rewarding experience. The temple is merely 3km northeast of the town center and is built inside a natural cleft in the rock. The temple site offers a splendid view of Mount Abu besides being an attraction in itself.

There is also an important Hindu pilgrimage site called Guru Shikhar. It is 15 kms from Mount Abu and is the highest peak of the Aravali range. It also offers a great view of the area below. Atop this peak is a temple in pink and white. It is dedicated to an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, known as Datta-traya. It is a great place for clicking those great holiday pictures.

If you are on a holiday to mount Abu, you should try not to miss a chance to visit the Brahmakhadd temple, which is dedicated to lord Shiva. Inside is a sacred pit, which is believed to have been made by the foot od Lord Shiva. Outside the temple is a statue of Goddess Parvati and Nandi, Shiva's bull.

Another important place one must visit while on a tour to Mount Abu is the Nakki Lake. It is the only manmade lake in India, which is at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. According to a famous legend, this lake was traced by the fingernails of a sage, balam Rasia, which explains the name 'Nakki' after nails (Nakk). Unfortunately it is a tragic story about the love between the sage and a princess, but interestingly there is also a temple dedicated to this princess called the kunwari kanya temple.

The tourists to Nakki can enjoy a oat ride on the lake and breathe the pure fresh air which is rare in the cities.

Mount Abu-Shopping

Rajasthan is known for the colorful bazaars, which sell all kinds of souvenirs and local handicrafts. Mount Abu, the famous hill resort is not very different from other parts of the state in this matter. You can shop at the Rajasthan Government Emporium for typical rajasthani crafts and artworks. If you really wish to please friends back home, you can buy gifts such as, marble artifacts, sandalwood, and beautiful jewelry for the ladies.

Mount Abu-How to Reach

The nearest airport is located at Udaipur, which is 185kms from Mount Abu. It has flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.

The nearest railhead is at Abu road. It falls on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-jaipur-delhi line.

You can also get to mount Abu by road. You can either take a bus, hire a taxi or jeep. It is about 505 km fro Jaipur, 767km from Delhi, 185 km from Udaipur and 221 km from Ahmedabad. There are two bus terminuses. One is next to the railway station at Abu road and the other bus terminus is south of Central Mount Abu.

Mount Abu-Best time to Visit

The best time to visit Mount Abu are the autumn months. Though it is a hill resort Mount Abu can be hot in summers since it is after all in Rajasthan. There is really no bad time to take a tour to this beautiful hill resort though and one can enjoy a great holiday here irrespective of the season.

Mount Abu-Where to stay

Mount Abu has a lot of luxury hotels, guesthouses and lodges. Some offer great luxuries and are a bit expensive whereas there are others that are very reasonably priced and provide accommodation furnished with all basic necessities. Food is not much of a problem in the hill station wither. Delicious and hygienic food is readily available at hotel, restaurants and eateries. You can enjoy, dishes from North India as well as Continental, Chinese and Italian. Of course, one should definitely try rajsthani and local cooking here, which is delicious and spicy.

Hill resorts India makes our travel planning easier for you by offering online booking for holiday packages and Hotel accommodation at the beautiful hill resort of India.

Pachmarhi Pachmarhi
Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi- Sites to Visit

Pachmarhi has a number of tourist attractions that tourists to Pachamarhi can visit. Indira Priyadarshini Point offers stunning views of Pachmarhi. The point was earlier known as Forsyth Point, on the name of James Froysth, who first saw Pachmarhi from this point. Jamuna Prapat is a spectacular fall above the stream. You can enjoy swimming at the various swimming pools above the fall. Dhoopgarh, the highest point in Satpura range presents stunning views of the sunset. It is where you will find most people heading in the evening. Pandav Caves located two kilometres away from Jai Stambha is another interesting tourist destination that one can visit. The other places that one can tour include Handi Khoh, Apsara Vihar, Mahadeo Hill, Jata Shankar, Catholic Church and Bison Lodge. The Bison Lodge was built by Captain Forsyth and is now a local museum.

Pachmarhi - Sites Nearby

Satpura National Park is an ideal place to watch wildlife in its natural habitat. The park was set up in 1981 and covers an area of 524 sq kilometres. The park is home to a rich variety of birds. The wild animals that you get a chance to watch include bison, tigers, leopards and four-horned deer. Tamia is another beautiful place that one can visit. It is about 78 kilometres from Pachmarhi. If you want to extend your Pachmarhi tour, you can visit Bhopal and Bhimbetka. Bhimbetka is popular for the 600 rock shelters and paintings on the caves.

Pachmarhi- Adventure Sports

Pachmarhi is an excellent place to take long walks. There are a number of options for you to choose from. Take a leisurely stroll to Jata Shanker cave or just walk up to Chauragarh. Adventure lovers can trek in the woods in the Satpura range.

Pachmarhi- Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Pachmarhi is April-July, however Pachmarhi can be visited throughout the year except during the rains.

Pachmarhi- Where to Stay

Hotels in Pachmarhi are well equipped with all the facilities and offer warm hospitality. You can stay in tourist bungalows, holiday homes, cottages and budget hotels. Hill Resorts in India offers online booking for various hotels in Pachmarhi.

Pachmarhi-Fairs and Festivals

February-March is the time to enjoy Shivratri Mela in Pachmarhi. The festival takes place at the Mahadeo Temple, 10 kilometres south of Pachmarhi.

Darjeeling  the Darjeeling the "Queen of the Hills"
Darjeeling the "Queen of the Hills"
Darjeeling is popularly known as the "Queen of the Hills" and produces the famous Darjeeling Tea, one of the world's finest teas. It is also home to the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a World Heritage Site. Darjeeling with its natural beauty provides a wide variety of activities from liesurely scenic walks to more gruelling activities such as trekking and river rafting for the adventurous ones.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) is the first, and still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger railway. It was inscribed on the list of World Heritage sites
Mahabaleshwar , India Mahabaleshwar , India
Mahabaleshwar , India
Mahabaleshwar is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot, and an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is the site of Mahabaleshwar Temple. Many tourists visit nearby Panchgani. After the construction of a new highway, it is only a five-hour drive from Mumbai. Mahabaleshwar is also known for the honey and strawberries produced here. One can visit strawberry farms to enjoy the real flavour of the fruit. It is said that the climate of Mahabaleshwar is ideal for strawberries and mulberries. One can also get a taste of "Strawberries with Cream" (season:Jan -Feb) or "Mulberries with Cream" (season: April-May). The Venna lake is one of the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. A late winter evening boat ride through the slight fog is well appreciated. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake. The Mahabaleshwar city market and the S.T. bus stand is about 2KM from the lake and makes for a nice walk during the day. Most tour operators include the Venna lake in their tours. Most buses, private vehicles will stop at the Venna lake on their way to Mahabaleshwar on request. With another popular and scenic hill resort Panchgani in close vicinity (about 20KM), most tourists often visit both places together. The 'Table-Land' phenomenon of nature at Panchgani is breath-taking.
Ooty Queen of hill stations - India Ooty Queen of hill stations - India
Ooty Queen of hill stations - India
Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the "Queen of hill stations" and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means "Blue Mountains". It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens. One can notice a marvellous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor. The establishment of numerous tea estates made Ooty famous. Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens greet the passengers on most routes. The annual Tea and Tourism Festival attracts crowds in huge numbers.
Shimla Tourism, Himachal Pradesh Shimla Tourism, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla Tourism, Himachal Pradesh
Shimla is a captivating hill station and also the capital city of the state of Himachal Pradesh.It is also lovingly referred to as the “Queen of the Hill Stations” owing to its unparalleled natural beauty.

The entire town of Shimla is replete with forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak and experiences pleasing summers and cold, snowy winters.

Besides, it is also highly acclaimed for its buildings styled in tudorbethan and neo-gothic architecture evocative of the colonial era. It was the most sought-after summer getaways and the summer capital of the erstwhile British Raj in India as well.

Shimla also ranks high among the tourist destinations of North India and is visited by hordes of tourists all the year round.

There are lots of tourist attractions in Shimla that you can come across during your tour and some of them to mention are Himachal State Museum & Library, Viceregal Lodge & Botanical Gardens, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, The Ridge, The Mall, Summer Hill, Glenn and Taradevi Temple.

Tourism in Shimla also involves various adventure activities such as skating, trekking, fishing, ice skating and camping.
The old world charm can be apparently felt in its old colonial buildings and several beautiful structures.

Shimla has been endowed with all the natural bounties and has a beautiful location, surrounded by green hills and snow clad peaks. If you are looking for a break from the usual chores, then you can surely visit this place as it is ideal for those who want some peace of mind and privacy amidst a scenic locale.

Shimla has fine lodging options for the tourists dropping in here for spending vacations. There are ample hotels warranting a great stay to the guests and could be classified into the various categories such as heritage hotels, four star hotels and three star hotels.

Besides, you can also choose from a number of other hotels that are located in Shimla and make for ideal options for enjoying the stay to the fullest.
Choose from any category of the hotels and expect the best in terms of service and hospitality.
Shimla is also well-connected by air, rail and road transport and you can reach here from any major destination of India.
Shimla has its own airport but for long distance journey, Delhi and Chandigarh would be good options. Shimla is linked with Kalka which is connected with all the major destinations of India.

The road transport is also commendable and one can reach here by the motorable network of the national highways from the key destinations of North India such as Chandigarh, Mandi and Delhi.

Kamala Nehru Park,Raigarh Kamala Nehru Park,Raigarh
Kamala Nehru Park,Raigarh

 

Located in the eastern border of Chhattisgarh is Raigarh a beautiful place blessed by nature. Endowed with lush green forests, swift rivers and enchanting waterfalls, Raigarh is fast turning into a major tourist attraction of Chhattisgarh Destination India Tourism offers to take you to this beautiful tourist destination with its Raigarh Tours in Chhatisgarh, India.

Ram Jharna a natural water source where lord Ram seems to have drank water is a fascinating picnic spot in the area. Gomarda reserve forest is a natural home for many wild species like tigers, beer etc.

You can also visit various temples like Gaurishanker Mandir, Banjari Temple and Chandrashani Temple in this district of Chhattisgarh state.

Kamala Nehru Park, Haritima and Indira Vihar are some of the beautiful parks to see in Raigarh.

Chakradhar Samaroh a musical festival is held here in the memory of great king and musician Maharaja Chakradhar.

Raigarh is well known for Dhokra casting. It is an art of producing metal ware by the process of hot wax casting. Raigarh is also a producer of Silk and mainly produce two types of silk-Tasar and Mulberry silk. People here have their own units and produce saris made of Kosa silk for export.

Places to see in and around Chhattisgarh:

Ram Jharna
Gomarda Reserve Forest
Chakradhar Samaroh
Gaurishanker Mandir
Chandrashani Mandir
Kamala Nehru Park
Haritima
Ratanpur
Malhar
Talagram etc.

Chitrakut waterfall ,Jagdalpur Chitrakut waterfall ,Jagdalpur
Chitrakut waterfall ,Jagdalpur
The Chitrakut is a waterfall located near Jagdalpur, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. This river is a tributary of the Indrawati River. The height of the falls is 100 feet.[1] The breadth of the waterfall varies, as the water level in the river goes down drastically during summer. However during a monsoon, the river flow touches both the banks of the river, and is filled with silt. In contrast, during summer the water carries no silt and looks different. The area around the falls is largely forested
Kharsia ,Raigarh Kharsia ,Raigarh
Kharsia ,Raigarh
Kharsia is a town and a nagar panchayat in Raigarh district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.
Kharsia is located at 21°58?N 83°07?E? / ?21.97°N 83.12°E? / 21.97; 83.12[1]. It has an average elevation of 245 metres (803 feet).
As of 2001[update] India census[2], Kharsia had a population of 17,387. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Kharsia has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 63%. In Kharsia, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age. Kharsia has good facilated Govt Hospital, ARTS,COMMERSE college, Kharsia has big steel company MONNET ISPAT LIMITED Masor natives are depends in agriculture. All Hindu festivals are celebrated very enthusiatically. Durga Puja is particularly popular.
Kunkuri ,Raigarh Kunkuri ,Raigarh
Kunkuri ,Raigarh

 Kunkuri is a prominent town and a well known religious place in Jashpur District. It is around 40 km south-west of Jashpur Nagar.

Kunkuri is a small town in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is located in the Jashpur district of this state. Its longitudinal position is eighty degrees and twenty-five minutes east. The town of Kunkuri is situated at the twenty-two degrees and fifty-eight minutes north latitude. The average elevation of this town is about six hundred and sixty meters above the sea level. 
The nearest town to Kunkuri in Jaspur is Belaspur. It is located at a distance of 1.4 nm towards the north of this town. Towards the south of the city of Kunkuri is the town of Karabel. Its distance from this place is approximately 8.8 nm. Towards the north of the Kunkuri city are the towns of Chota Damali, Parpatia and Darima. They are located at a distance of about 12.3 nm, 14.4 nm and 11.2 nm respectively from the Chhattisgarh city of Kunkuri. 
Sarangarh  ,Raigarh Sarangarh ,Raigarh
Sarangarh ,Raigarh

Sarangarh is one of the important district towns of the state of Chattisgarh. The town of Sarangarh falls within the jurisdiction of the Raigarh District. The Sarangarh Town acts both as a town and a Nagar Panchayat as well. The town has an altitude of two hundred and seventeen meters or seven hundred and eleven feet above sea level. The global location of Sarangarh falls within north latitude 21 degrees and 6 minutes to east longitude 83 degrees and eight minutes. 

 In accordance to the census of 2001, the population of Sarangarh is around fourteen thousand and five hundred. Sarangarh is one of the few Chattisgarh Cities and towns that have an excellent sex ratio. There are forty nine percent of females in the town and fifty one percent of males. Children under six years of age comprise almost thirteen percent of the total population. Sarangarh has also done a considerable job in the literacy drive. The town authority and the educational department of the state have contributed in its moderate success. The town has achieved seventy percent of literacy, which is at least ten percent more than the national average. About eighty percent of males are literate while sixty percent is the female literacy rate.
Loroghat ,Jashpurnagar Loroghat ,Jashpurnagar
Loroghat ,Jashpurnagar

Jashpurnagar is situated about 211 km. north-east from the district of Raigarh up on
Loro Valley. Balaji temple, Devi temple, Shiv temple, Residence of Raja's, Rani Sati
Garden, Shanti Bhawan & Church are also some most beautiful places of Jashpurnagar.  

 Loroghat :- Loroghat is just 15 km. from Jashpurnagar. It is famous for flowers and
                       its also known as the Valley of flower
(Phoolon Ki Ghati).

Chirmiri ,Sarguja  Chirmiri ,Sarguja
Chirmiri ,Sarguja

The centre point of Sarguja district is Ambikapur. Ambikapur is also a main tourist
place of Sarguja district, which is also the district headquarter.

Chirmiri :- Chirmiri is situated in Manendragarh of Sarguja district. It is famous for
                      S.E.C.L (South-Eastern Coal Fields) Ltd. It is famous for its coal deposits
                      and industries. The second largest Crane of Asia is Chirmiri.  

Ambikapur temple town of Chhattisgarh Ambikapur temple town of Chhattisgarh
Ambikapur temple town of Chhattisgarh

Shivpur Shiv temple - It is a popular pilgrimage destination. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva amidst picturesque natural surroundings is a must-visit for every tourists coming to Ambikapur. During the occasion of Maha Shivratri and Basant Panchami a very big festival is organized every year.

Manipat – Located near Ambikapur, Manipat is a charming hill station known for the tiger point waterfall and the delightful Buddha temple. Woolen fabric of Manipat deserves special mention. The tiger point waterfall is extremely popular among tourists and its location amidst picturesque surrounding makes the visit to the waterfall a memorable one.
Buddha temple – The temple located at Manipat near Alampur is a popular destination for followers of Buddhism as well as for normal tourists. This beautiful temple apart from housing a wonderful statue of Lord Buddha gives a firsthand experience of Buddhist culture and religion.
Tattapani – This is a continuously flowing hot water source ideal for skin disease ailments. Water is so hot near the source of this hot water spring that even rice bundled in a piece of cloth gets cooked.
Thin-thini patthar - It is a huge cylindrical-shaped rock of about two hundred quintal resting on a ground rock. When it is stricken with a solid material, a metallic sound echoes. Different sound comes from different points of the stone.

Semarsot wildlife sanctuary - Covering an area of 430.36 Sq.Km. the sanctuary has a wide variety of deer, like Nilgai, Chital, Sambar, Chinkara as well as number of Leopards sloth bears, wild boars, foxes and colorful birds. The sanctuary is covered with Sal and other deciduous trees.
Tamor Pingla wildlife sanctuary - Covering a ground of 608.55 Sq.Km this sanctuary has a mix of Sal and other deciduous trees. It is not uncommon to sight multi-hued migratory birds, a number of species of Indian deer, like the barking deer, four-horned antelope, chitals and sambar deer. One can even catch glimpses of python, cobras, striped hyenas, jackals, brown and red varieties of jungle fowl, blue bulls, and green pigeons.
Kailash caves - These cave was created by Saint Rameshwar Gahira Guruji. Temple of Lord Shiva-Parvati and also temple of different God-Goddess are there in caves. On occasion of Mahashivratri huge festival is organized here which is being attended by pilgrims from places far and near.
Ramgarh and Sita Bengra – These are the caves in which Lord Rama, and his wife Sita, are believed to have stayed during their 14 years of exile. The charming beauty of the place is really mesmerizing.
Pawai waterfall – It is a natural waterfall which flows throughout the year and is a popular picnic spot.
Ramgiri mountain is one of the exotic locations to be visited near Ambikapur. The place is believed to have been the home of Lord Rama during his days of exile.

How to reach Ambikapur?


By Air – Jabalpur is the nearest airport from where one can reach Ambikapur by train or bus or by hired vehicle.
By Rail – Bishrampur at a distance of 27 Km. from Ambikapur is the nearest railhead. Although Annupur railway station at a distance of 205 Km. is a much better option.
By Road – Ambikapur is well connected by buses with places like Raipur (358 Km.), Bilaspur (230 Km.), Raigarh (210 Km.), and Annupur (205 Km.)
Sihava,Dhamtari  Sihava,Dhamtari
Sihava,Dhamtari
.SIHAVA:- Situating at 140 km from Raipur and 65 km from Dhamtari, Sihava is full of natural beauty surrounded by forests and mountains. It is mainly famous for the origin point of Mahanadi river. It is also well known for the 'Ashram of saint Hringi'
 Nearest Airways :- Raipur
Nearest Railway station : Dhamtari & Raipur.
 Mode of Transport :- By road from Dhamtari & Raipur.
Hotels :- Lodges at Dhamtari.
Bailadila ,Dantewada Bailadila ,Dantewada
Bailadila ,Dantewada
 Dantewada (also known as Dantewara)  is a town and a nagar panchayat in the Dantewada district in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Dantewada District. The town is named after the goddess Danteshwari, the presiding deity of the Danteshwari Temple located in the town, 80 km from the Jagdalpur tehsil. The goddess is worshipped as an incarnation of Shakti and the temple is held to be one of the fifty-two sacred Shakti Peethas.

 Bailadila :- Bailadila is situated at 40 km. from Dantewada. Bailadila is well known for world famous iron ore mines. The iron ore extracted from these mines are exported to the Japan. Kirandul (Bailadila) - Waltair railway line is the highest railway line of Asia.
Abhujhamar ,Bastar Abhujhamar ,Bastar
Abhujhamar ,Bastar
Abhujhamar :- The area surrounded by a series of minimum 2000 feet high and maximum 4000 feet high mountains in the south-western part of Bastar is called Abhujhamar. The area is about 1500 sq. meel consisting of Dantewada district and Beejapur & Narayanpur blocks.
Some forests of this area are so dense that sunlight is also unable to reach the surface.
The population density of this area is 10 person per km. Archeaologists have found so many fossils of stone age year
 The tribal peoples of this area are called 'Madiya', which are far away from today's modern civilization.
Panchavati ,Bastar Panchavati ,Bastar
Panchavati ,Bastar
This spot is famous as "Panchavati of Chhattisgarh". Situating at 2 km. from Keshkaal on National Highway no.43, this spot was developed by Forest dept.
Shilpagram Shilpagram
Shilpagram
The Shilpagram (Kondagaon), Chattisgarh is one of the main tourist attractions in Chattisgarh. It is a project aimed to improve the popularity of local handicrafts and tribal artifacts in the state. Tourists come to the Shilpagram (Kondagaon), Chattisgarh to have a feel of the local culture and tradition. The headquarter of the Shilpagram (Kondagaon) in Chattisgarh is located in Kondagaon which is around 76 kms from the main town center of Jagdalpur. Kondagaon is a well known city in the Bastar District of Chattisgarh. It is run by a municipality and is moderately populated. The city has a population of around 26,772 people. The average literacy of the place is around 64 percent which is higher than the national average. The project headquarter is easily accessible from the main city center. Travelers can easily visit the site as there are shuttle taxis and buses which ply between Kondagaon and the main city centre. The Shilpagram (Kondagaon) is a dream project of the international famous wood crafter Jaydev Baghel. Jaydev Baghel is a major craftsman who was born in Kondagaon. He is famous for his metal works and wooden sculpture. Baghel won the National Award in the year 1977 for his wonderful achievements and his fame is spread far and wide. He has made exhibitions in various cities in the world like Berlin, London, Oxford, Moscow, Paris and other cities across the globe. The project aims to highlight the traditional methods of wood crafting and handicrafts. Wood crafting is a major occupation in the state and the Bastar district is famous for beautiful wood carved handicrafts. The project aims to provide occupation to the tribal communities by associating them in the project. Various guided tours are undertaken to the Shilpagram (Kondagaon), Chattisgarh. There are luxury tours as well as budget tours. The tours start from the main town center of Jagdalpur and are full day trips. Most trips are undertaken in cars or buses. The tourists are accompanied by guides who provide useful facts about the project. Travelers can also buy beautiful wooden handicrafts and tribal artifacts from the stores near the project. There are also some dining centers around the area where travelers can have a taste of mouth watering local cuisine and snacks.
Dancing Cactus Dancing Cactus
Dancing Cactus

Dancing Cactus - Bastar, Chattisgarh ranks among the well known tourist attractions in Chattisgarh. It is an art center and renowned all over the world. Tourists and art lovers from all over the world come to Dancing Cactus - Bastar, Chattisgarh to have a feel of the beautiful artistic culture of the place.

The Dancing Cactus – Bastar in Chattisgarh is located in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh. The Bastar district is one of the popular tourist spots in Chattisgarh and I home to beautiful landscape and rich historical relics. The district is also known for its tribal folklore and culture. The Dancing Cactus provides a platform to showcase the rich artistic tradition and culture of the place.

The Dancing Cactus – Bastar has a wonderful auditorium which is equipped with contemporary facilities and services. Various cultural performances and concerts ranging from dance shows, theaters, musical performances, recitals and other cultural activities. Exhibitions showcasing various tribal handicrafts and regional artifacts are also hosted in the centre. Dancing Cactus - Bastar, Chattisgarh also showcases the tribal culture and lifestyle by staging various tribal performances like dances, folk shows, puppet shows and so on.

The Dancing Cactus – Bastar in Chattisgarh also has a training center which is funded by the renowned Oxfam Institute of London. The training center organizes various workshops which make people aware of the tribal culture and historical tradition of the place. Eminent artists also visit the cultural center to experience the cultural richness of the place.

Various tours are undertaken to the Dancing Cactus - Bastar, Chattisgarh. Most tours start from the main city center and are done in cars and taxis. There are luxury tours as well as economy tours. The travelers are assisted by guides who provide useful facts about the various cultural relics and performances. There are some dining spots around the Dancing Cactus – Bastar in Chattisgarh where travelers can have a taste of good local cuisine. They can also buy handicrafts and local artifacts from the center and other shopping stores in the area. There are also tribal villages nearby, where travelers can go to have a feel of the tribal lifestyle and culture.

 Kanan Pendari Zoo Kanan Pendari Zoo
Kanan Pendari Zoo
Bilaspur district consists of 8 tehsils. These tehsils are Bilaspur, Pendra Road, Lormi, Kota, Mungeli, Takhatpur, Bilha and Masturi. The total number of villages in the district is 1635. The headquarters of the district is Bilaspur. It is the second largest city in the state and the seat of the High Court of Chhattisgarh. It is called Nyaydhani (legal capital) of Chhattisgarh. Bilaspur is famous for Kanan Pendari Zoo Park. Arpa is a river passing through the district, it very shallow in depth but creates havoc during rains.
Belgahna Belgahna
Belgahna
Belgahna is a township in Bilaspur District, located to the north of Kota and to the south of Gaurela. Bilaspur, the district headquarters, is about 45 km to the south.Kenda, Khongsara and Lormi are the other nearby towns. Pali is a major tourist destination near the town. Ratanpur, the former capital of Chhattisgarh, is another interesting site nearby. Bilaspur Junction Railway Station provides easy access to this region.
Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary
Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary

The Achanakmar wildlife sanctuary was constituted in the year 1975 it comprises of 557.55 Sq.km., this wildlife sanctury has become home to some of the rarest of rare animals, birds and plant species. The sanctuary is located very close to Bilaspur and Raipur. Various species of animals include; Tigers, leopards, gaur, cheetah, mouse and various species of birds. Visitors are assured to witness the best wildlife resource in the sanctuary.

General Information

Best time to visit   :  November – June           

Accommodation   : Forest cottages, Forest Rest  Houses.             

How to reach       :  Rail – Pandra Road (25 km), Bilaspur    40  km , Air Raipur (176 km)

 

Matribag ,Bhilai Matribag ,Bhilai
Matribag ,Bhilai
Bhilai - 10 km from Durg is located the industrial city of Bhilai. Chief visiting places of the city include Bhilai Steel Plant, Township, Matribag etc.
Girodhpuri Girodhpuri
Girodhpuri
Located about 135 km from Raipur, Girodhpuri is a pilgrim center in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh. It is famed as the birth place of the great Satnami saint Ghasidas, who fought against social evils and advocated social equality and development.
Amarkantak Amarkantak
Amarkantak

Amarkantak is the source of river narmada.It is a holy place with lots of forest and hills. It is 120 kms away from Bilaspur(Chattisgarh) ,254 kms from Jabalpur. To enter Amarkantak you have to cross a Reserve forest called 'Achankar Marg' Reseve forest

Places of Tourist Attraction

1. Narmada Mandir (group of temples)

         Narmdeshwar temple which has a holy kund made at the  source of river Narmada is the most important temple at Amarkantak. There are about twenty small temples in the premises of the Narmada Mandir each one of which is important in its own way. There is the Sati temple, which is, devoted to Parvati. The protected site of the ASI is close to the main Narmada temple .

2. Mai Ka Bagiya

         About one Km. from the main temple, there is a garden, which lies in a densely forested area. It is popularly believed that the Narmada devi used to pluck flowers in this garden.

3. Sonmuda

           The point of origin of the Sone river. It is also a “sunrise” point.

4. Bhrigumandal

          It is around 3 Kms. from Amarkantak on a difficult forest trek route. It is believed that Bhrigu Rishi meditated here. The  Parasvinayak and Chandi caves are on this route.

5. Kabir Chabutra

          Saint Kabir spent time here in meditation.

6. Jwaleshwar Mahadev    

    The origin of river Johilla. There is a temple deep in the forest ofJwaleshwar Mahadev . There is a 'sunset point' close to this temple.

7. Kapildhara

         At a distance of 8 Kms.from the origin of riverNarmada, the river falls from a height of 100 feet creating a waterfall known as Kapildhara. It is believed that the Kapil rishi meditated here.

6. Jwaleshwar Mahadev    

    The origin of river Johilla. There is a temple deep in the forest ofJwaleshwar Mahadev . There is a 'sunset point' close to this temple.

     

7. Kapildhara

         At a distance of 8 Kms.from the origin of riverNarmada, the river falls from a height of 100 feet creating a waterfall known as Kapildhara. It is believed that the Kapil rishi meditated here.

8. Dudhdhara

        At a distance of 1 Km. from Kapildhara there is another beautiful waterfall on the river Narmada called Dudhdhara.

9. Shambhudhara & Durgadhara

        Two other extremely beautiful  waterfalls are situated  deep in the forest. One has to walk a few Kms. to see these breathtaking waterfalls.

10. Sarvodya Jain Temple

        This temple is under construction.It is considered a construction marvel. Cement and iron have not been used in this temple and the weight of the idol to be placed in the temple is around 24 Tones.

 

HIRA GROUP OF INDUSTRIES,CHHATTISGARH HIRA GROUP OF INDUSTRIES,CHHATTISGARH
HIRA GROUP OF INDUSTRIES,CHHATTISGARH

An ISO 9001:2000 company dealing in Manganese Ore, Silico Manganese, and Ferro Manganese.....

An Overview

Manganese is the fourth most heavily consumed metal – behind iron, aluminum and copper. By virtue of its properties sulfur-fixing, deoxidizing and alloying, manganese is essential for iron and steel production. Apart from this, the growth of the automotive industry is also dependent to a certain extent on the availability of Manganese. This metal can not only reduce costs in car body components – offering less weight in auto frames, but it can also add greater structural strength.

Hira Power and Steels Limited is a leading manganese ore producing company of India. Founded in 1988, our company has transformed the steel, power and cement sector. Today the company is a leading manufacturer and exporter of Manganese Ore. Over the years, we have grown in every respect - services, people, reach, infrastructure and revenue. As we continue to grow and add value to the supply chains, we have broadened our product range to include Silico Manganese and Ferro Manganese.

Products
Hira Power and Steels Limited is engaged in the manufacture and export of the following:-
  • Manganese Ore
  • Silico Manganese
  • Ferro Manganese.

Quality
The product quality of Hira Power and Steels Limited is well established in the market which has been awarded with ISO certification. The policy of the company is to supply High Level Quality Products matching with International Standards. This has been achieved through rigorous quality control measures observed in the entire manufacturing procedure. The various steps in the quality control process are as follows:-
  • Sampling, testing, selection and approval of all basic raw materials at the mining sources
  • Testing of the raw material as per the specifications after receiving at the factory
  • Final testing and approval
  • Final inspection of packed product material before final delivery.

Our State-of-the-Art Production Facility
We are empowered by a modern infrastructure comprising of a team of experienced and skilled engineers and technicians along with a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant. The plant uses latest technology and continues to strive hard for innovation by employing the best production techniques. The advance facilities have enabled us to cater products which are made available with attributes like -superior quality, dependability, energy-efficiency, and complete value for money.

Environment Regulation
We, at Hira Power and Steels Limited, are dedicated to constantly improving our performance through the prevention of pollution, the proper use of natural resources and the minimization of any hazardous impact stemming from production, development, use and disposal of any of our products.

Group Companies
We are a business conglomerate with a large number of companies having diverse industrial interests. Our family comprises of twelve companies which are as follows:-
  • Godawari Power & Ispat Ltd. (listed in BSE)
  • Hira Cement Pvt. Ltd.
  • Hira Power & Steels Ltd.
  • Alok Ferro Alloys Ltd.
  • Hira Steels Ltd.
  • Hira Industries Ltd.
  • Maruti Clean Coal & Power Ltd.
  • Chhattisgarh Power & Coal Beneficiation Ltd.
  • RR Ispat Ltd.
  • Hira Arcade
  • Jagadamba Power & Alloys Ltd.


 

bhilai steel plant (SAIL) bhilai steel plant (SAIL)
bhilai steel plant (SAIL)

Seven - time winner of Prime Minister's Trophy for best Integrated Steel Plant in the country, Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) is India's sole producer of rails and heavy steel plates and major producer of structural. The plant is the sole supplier of the country's longest rail tracks of 260 metres. With an annual production capacity of 3.153 MT of saleable steel, the plant also specializes in other products such as wire rods and merchant products. Since BSP is accredited with ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System Standard, all saleable products of Bhilai Steel Plant come under the ISO umbrella.

At Bhilai IS0:14001 has been awarded for Environment Management System in the Plant, Township and Dalli Mines. It is the only steel plant to get certification in all these areas. The Plant is accredited with SA: 8000 certification for social accountability and the OHSAS-18001 certification for Occupational health and safety. These internationally recognised certifications add value to Bhilai's products and helps create a place among the best organisations in the steel industry. Among the long list of national awards it has won, Bhilai has bagged the CII-ITC Sustainability award for three consecutive years.

Festivals of Chhattisgarh Festivals of Chhattisgarh
Festivals of Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh is one of the most fascinating and colorful states of India. Known for its exceptional scenic beauty and the unique tribal populations, Chhattisgarh has a number of vivid and colorful festivals, held all round the year. The famous and widely celebrated festivals of Chhattisgarh include the Dusshera, Deepavali, Holi, Govardhan Pooja, Pola, Nawakhai and many others are celebrated with great vividness and festivity.

Dusshera is the most famous festivals of Chhattisgarh and is celebrated with great fanfare in Bastar region. During this occasion, all the deities from all the tribal villages congregate at the Temple of goddess Danteshwari in Jagdalpur, the district headquarter of Bastar. Dusshera in Bastar is quite different from the Dusshera of North India and has nothing to do with the triumphant return of lord Rama in Ayodhya. Bastar Dusshera is devoted entirely to goddess Danteshwari and celebrated with great gaiety by all major tribes of Bastar. Madai Festival is another famous festival of Bastar region held in the different villages extending from Mandla to Bastar. It's quite popular among Gond tribes of Bastar and thousands of devotees gather under the shade of a sacred tree to sacrifice a goat to the mother goddess and the whole night is spent in dancing, eating and making merry. Bhagoriya Festival is a popular festival among Bhil tribes of the region and Bhagoradev or the god of dance is worshipped on this occasion. During this festival young girls and boys dance with each other and express their love to opposite sex. Kajari Festival is another important festival of Chhattisgarh region, which falls on the same day as Raksha Bandhan that is on the Shravan Purnima. In addition there are many festivals in Chhattisgarh, which are related to agriculture. Hariyali, Kora, Navakhani and Cherta Festivals are the most important agricultural festivals of Chhattisgarh.

Chhattisgarh also organizes many colorful fairs in different towns and cities of the state, all round the year. Rajim Lochan Mahotsav held every year from 16th February till 1st March is celebrated with great fanfare. Bhoramdeo Mahotsav (last week of March), Chakradhar Festival (September or October), Goncha Festival (July), Narayanpur Mela (last week of February) and Sheorinarayan Fair (February) are other widely celebrated and most enjoyed fairs and festivals of Chhattisgarh.

 Gaurav Path ,Raipur Gaurav Path ,Raipur
Gaurav Path ,Raipur
Banjari Mata Mandir Banjari Mata Mandir
Banjari Mata Mandir
Banjari Mata Mandir is one of the most popular temple of Raipur. It is believed that the temple was established by Shree Harish Joshi. According to folklore Shree Harish Joshi found a stone looking like an idol of Banjari Mata. After discovering the idol he started to worship and hence got the attention of the local people. Since then that particular spot has been converted into a temple.
Jagannath temple at Raipur Jagannath temple at Raipur
Jagannath temple at Raipur
The Jagannath temple at Raipur was established in 1860. It is located at Sadar Bazaar and is the first Jagannath temple of Chattisgarh. The main festival celebrated here is the "Rathyatra". It is also known as Lord Jagannath's "Rathyatra". In this yatra Lord Balbhadra, Devi Subhadra and Lord Jagannath are taken in different chariots or raths, which are pulled by their disciples. And they are there for 15 days.
 On full moon day the Rathyatra goes back to the Jagannath temple. There is a myth that those who see Lord Jagannath, Lord Balbhadra and Devi Subhadra during this Rathyatra achieve "Moksh" and people not only in Raipur but nearby places come and become a part of the Rathyatra.
VICTORIA JUBILEE TOWN HALL ,RAIPUR VICTORIA JUBILEE TOWN HALL ,RAIPUR
VICTORIA JUBILEE TOWN HALL ,RAIPUR
Situated left side of Raipur Collectorate. Foundation by Chief Commissioner A.Makenji ESquare, C.S.C.S.I. of C.P.& Barar. Construction started in the direction of Deputy Commissioner Colonel Brice Thomas. It took 3 years. Inaugurated by Mr.A.H.L.Fraser Esquire, Commissioner Chhattisgarh Division in 12th August 1890.
Budha Talab Budha Talab
Budha Talab
Budha Talab literal meaning aged (burha) lake (talab), Burha Talab is the largest lake in the city. Its beauty is enhanced by an island, laced with green trees and gardens, situated in the middle of the lake.It is situated in purani basti opposite to Shyam Talkies.
Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum,Raipur Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum,Raipur
Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum,Raipur
Ghasidas Memorial Museum is situated near the D K Hospital in Raipur, capital city of Chhattisgarh. It was established in 1875 by Raja Mahant Ghasidas of Rajnandgaon. Different types of objects of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history are preserved here. It also contains arts, crafts, and paintings. The museum has two floors and five galleries. The first floor has objects related to nature and its history containing various mammals, snakes, and birds. The museum also houses a huge library. The museum is open on all days from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. leaving Mondays, and public Holidays. Entry fee for the museum is Rupee one per head. In the year 1875 a wave of awareness was blowing regarding preservation of archaeological heritage and as a result of that the King of Rajnandgaon a native states, Mahant Ghasidas established a museum in a historical octagonal building which is inspired by British architectural style. The dome of the building is more or less imitation of British crown. At present in this building activities of Mahakosal Art gallery are going on. The museum of Raipur is one amongst 10 oldest museums in India. Later, due to scarcity of space and increasing number of art objects another building was constructed in 1953 and was inaugurated by India’s first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Quine Jyoti Devi, donated Rs. 1 lakh 50 thousand in memory of mahant Ghasidas for the construction of the new building. She also gave another 50 thousand rupees for the establishment of a public library in the memory of Mahant Sarveshvardas. The museum and the library are housed the same building.
Magneto Mall ,Raipur Magneto Mall ,Raipur
Magneto Mall ,Raipur

Multiplex: 34,540 Sqft   Banquets: 5000 Sqft   Auto Zone: 25,000 Sqft   Shops-Anchors: 1,18,402 Sqft  Disco: 3000 Sqft  Food Court: 16,195 Sqft

Hyper Market: 52,456 Sqft   Parking Plaza: 6 Level-1000 Cars   Fine Dining: 6000 Sqft   Hotel: 1,32,786 Sqft  Offices: 1,50,000 Sqft  Toddler's Zone: 3,500 Sqft

Magneto-The Mall is located in Raipur, capital city of newly formed state of Chhattisgarh. The estimated population is about 1.8 million.
Magneto-The Mall is located on NH 6 , the famous Great Eastern Road well within reachable distance from the zero point of Raipur city and within proximity
of developing colonies, which are in abundance.

For The Whole Raipur

There are more and more business visitors to the rapidly growing Raipur city. To make special visits extremely comfortable, Magneto Mall presents a 4 star business

hotel by the famous Saraf Group (which is the franchise of Grand Hyatt in India). Exclusivity and luxury will be at offer with 108 elite rooms and we’ll see both, the rich

and famous, and the people with good choice, all enjoying the complete experience called - Magneto Mall.

•4 star business hotel   •108 rooms   •Close to Airport  •Wi-Fi Enabled

Plush times at PVR Cinema!

A movie experience can become exhilarating with plush seating and upholstery. Thats exactly what we bring along with the famous PVR
Multiplex. Watch movies with Raipur in the comfort of PVRs best. A family experience of being at one of these 4 screens makes for a
movie to be cherished for a long, long time!

Discs, Pubs and Hookah hubs.

To complete the colours of the up and coming Raipur, Magneto brings discs, pubs and hookah bars to the city. The vibrant
music, enjoyable drinks and ambience of a really well planned pub and hookah bar can change your spirits for a good time. See
your customers having a great time, understand their tastes and styles, and be a part of happening Raipur!


Shopping   Spencers

A proven success history of Spencer's around the world makes Spencer's a great store for you and us to host

at Magneto-The Mall! The Spencer's hypermarket makes for an enjoyable shopping model.

• 40,000 Sqft  • Grocery • Electronics • Apparel • Book Store

Cricket Stadium Cricket Stadium
Cricket Stadium
Raipur, Chhattisgarh’s first cricket stadium, with a seating capacity of 60,000, will be ready by August, state Sports Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said here Wednesday. “Hyderabad-based Nagarajuna Construction Company is giving final touches to the stadium located at around 20 km from here,” Agrawal told IANS. The stadium is being built at village Parsada in Naya Raipur, which will replace present capital Raipur by the year 2011. “All the major construction works including pavilion, electronic score board, media centre, commentary box and six huge stands have been completed and the stadium will be ready by the end of August,” the minister said. The government will construct an expressway to connect Raipur to the stadium, Agrawal said.
Mahamaya temple, Raipur Mahamaya temple, Raipur
Mahamaya temple, Raipur

Mahamaya temple is located in Raipur's old fort area near Maharajbandh temple. This temple originally belonging to the Kalchuri era has been renovated later.

The king had discussed with the priests. Every told that the status should be established by this raja moradhwaj. Established temple of mateshwari mahamaya devi with all tantarik and vedic condition over here. Devi is now much justified for that there is saying that At the time establishment the devi's magical status from her own placeturned forward right side and was not able to the re-establish by large effort, that is the main reason why mateshwari bhagwati can not be seen straightly. At present mahamaya temple, a pond is situated at southern door and "KAAL BHAIRAVA" and "BATUK BHAIRAVA" status are the temple renowned shakti peeth are the teller of the temple. Devi "SAMLESHWARI'S" statue situated at the west side of the temple is unique coincidence of the example. Every morning sun's first ray fall on mata samleshwari's charan and the last rays of the sun during sunset fall on the raj rajeshwari mahamaya's charan with full dedication.

Early history is some what different before 1482 b.e. it has Got some evidence in the history that haihaiwanshi kings looked after the Temple. When british came some bhosle kings looked after the temple , at that time nagpur was the capital, some promasery note was also given by which the management of the temple was done. Today no notifications about the promasery note.

After the decline of kings the temple was under the monopoly of temple prists. Like this happened here by 1914, 1919 and 1920 court proceeding we can now the human being near by tried to run the temple in systematic way by an accidental death of the priest and his son the priest's wife registered the temple. At that time the condition was that the priests had spend all the wealth donated by the king and the landlords. Only one village named jamgaon(mahamaya) was left which is situated in durg district, jamgoan is 14 miles away by which that temples management was runned and society were developed and was demolished due to their misunderstanding that case of 1931 who's result was obtained at 1937, it is an ideology for which few member had given their full devotion. After that at 1967-68 public trust was organized which is in force up till now.

NAVARATRI

At the time of navaratri there is a huge devoties at shakti peeth. It has also a historical and cultural importance. In our country their are various types of fasts and "navaratri" is one of them. Which is kept for nine days. for the begining of the aswin month of shukla pakchha the prayer of devi durga is done, during this time food is only once a day. Leaving this gold hidden in land, prayers of young girls and to donate cloths and to pray devi at "TRIKAL" (three times) is also done. During navaratra they are various ways of praying devi but at present modern ways are used for the praying. This is the easyest way for the person who are willing for their well wishes. In the durga saptasati at aswinmas navaratri the prayer held and its importance is told to bhagwati durga-on saradritu my yearly prayer is to be held. At this time who ever hears my "AARTI" with full devotion they receive wealth,meditation, son and they wishes and their is also my support to them. Who ever listen by way of origen and my victory at was they became lofty, their enemies are distroyed and they also live with piece with their family. They always recieve wealth, prestige in the society.

NAVARATRI JYOTI

The puja is started with lighting of well wishing jyoti as a form of "SHAKTI". As like other "SHAKTI" places, also in mahamaya temple, the jyotikalas are placed and after systematic praying, the jyoti kalash are lead in to the pond. The large number of devoties are placed jyoti kalash with their identity wise.

SHRI SATSANG BHAWAN

Shri satsang bhawan constructed by the wealth donated by the devotees of devi is one of the great achievement. It has been constructed in 10,000 square feet, land were regularly prayer, seminars, functions are held by the devotees of devi and by the member of the society and also for marriage the bhawan is give in rent. The building has nineteen room of 15 x 18 square feet and a huge hall of 14 x 100 square feet. The whole building is equipped by light and fans, their is a stage in the hall, the hall has three lawns of 18 feet on its sides. Baranda of 40 x 100 feet, situated just near large kitchen room. There is full supply of water and vehicle parking.

TRUSTIE'S INTRODUCTION

After the decline of kings the temple was under the monopaly of the temple prists. The prist had spend all the wealth donetated by the kings and landlord and were moving toward property. At that time near by peoples combinated them selfs and tried to run the management of the temple in fhurishing manner, by this the society were formed but due to misunderstanding. The society were collapsed and finally in Feb, 1969 to manage the shri mahamaya devi temple in the fhurishing manner. Under the guidence of shri Sharda Charan Tiwari, shri Parshu Ram Pandey, shri Shiv Kishan Vyas, shri Mohan lal Vora, shri Hari Prasad Agrawal, shri Ramjilal Mishra, shri Bansilal Sharma, shri Ram Gulam Dani etc. Peoples called upon a meeting at Shyam talkies on which they decided to compile a public trust society and by their great devotation a Public Trust Society was compiled on 12th march 1969.

Nandanwan Nandanwan
Nandanwan
It is a Garden on the bank of Kharron river, developed by Wildlife Division of Raipur Forest department. Situating at 15 km. only by road from Raipur, this garden is full of natural beauty having a zoo also. The zoo has lions, panthers, wild cats, deers etc.which are caught by foresters in the nearer villages.

Nearest Airways :- Raipur
Nearest Railway station : Raipur
Mode of Transport :- By road from Raipur.
Hotels :- Hotels and lodges at Raipur.
36 City Mall 36 City Mall
36 City Mall
City Mall 36 has been officially inaugarated on the 16th of August by the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and a host of other ministers of the state. It is located on the GE Road 6 kms from the city centre. Big Bazaar has been opearting here for the last 15 days and has been doing brisk business. The initial euphoria will remain as this is the first mall thats come to the city. But the other malls are coming up fast Magneto and The other one in the city-Pandri are to open by the end of 2008 and Treasure Island which is the biggest is also to start in beginning of 2009.
City Mall has Big Bazaar which is pulling the crowds. 4 Inox theatres have started operations and they will also do well. The major shops are garment shops and food shops. There is not much variety in the 110 shops in the other segments. So what is expected as is the case with Raipur is that business will boom till Deepawali and then the Euphoria will die down. They will be analysis and counteranalysis after that and it will be a once in a while issue for the city.

Solar Energy Park Solar Energy Park
Solar Energy Park
Energy Education Park set up by Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) at Raipur in the newly created State of Chhattisgarh is a park with a difference. It is a park on the theme of generation and usage of various forms of renewable energy sources, surrounded by a beautiful garden with abundance of greenery, colorful flowers, attractive fountain and unique water falls.
It is time that all of us realized the urgent need to use renewable sources of energy to the maximum in our day-to-day life, as conventional forms of energy are not going to last for very long. Energy education park at Raipur has been set up to create awareness and educate people in general and children in particular about various forms of renewable energy sources. This has been sought to be achieved through indoor and outdoor exhibits and through working models, inter-active games and quizzes. For toddlers, there are solar operated toy-cars. The entry fee has been kept very reasonable so that maximum people can visit the park. This park is located approximately 7 Kms. from Raipur city on airport road. So, come with your family and friends and discover the world of non-conventional energy and enjoy this unique park !
Solar Car : There are solar Cars for children up to age ten . These solar cars have a roof made of solar cell powering motor through batteries. Children can drive the car and operate its signal lights, horn etc. They can learn about the pollution free battery operated vehicles, which are coming up in near future.

Solar Boat : An artificial lake has been developed in the Park. Visitors can enjoy solar/ paddle Boats in lake. Motor of Solar Boat is driven by batteries being charged by solar modules which are mounted on the roof of the boat. Youngsters can enjoy boating in small boats by paddling.
Nagar Ghadi ,Raipur Nagar Ghadi ,Raipur
Nagar Ghadi ,Raipur

19 दिसम्बर 1995 को ५० फीट उचें स्तंभ के उपर नगर घड़ी की स्थापना की गई थी। रायपुर की पहचान बन चुकी इस नगर घडी को २६ जनवरी 2008 को आर.डी.ए. ने इलेक्ट्रानिक घडी लगा दी उक्त घडी जीपीएस प्रणाली से सेटेलाइट द्वारा निर्देशानुसार समय बताती हैं। समय के अनुसार गीतो और धुनों को घडी में स्थान दिया गया। धुनों के चयन के लिए विशेषज्ञों की मदद ली गई है। लिम्का बुक के २० वें संस्करण के मानव कथा अध्याय में नगर घडी को गाता हुआ घंटाघर बताया है।

समय के अनुसार धुन

रात १२ बजे सरहुल
१ बजे बांसगीत
२ बजे ढोलामारू
३बजे सोहर गीत
४ बजे जसगीत
५ बजे रामधुनी
६ बजे भोजली
७ बजे पंथी नाचा
८ बजे ददरिया
९बजे देवार गीत
१० बजे करमा
११ बजे भड़ौनी
दो.१२बजे सुआ गीत
१ बजे भरथरी
२ बजे डंडा नृत्य
३बजे फाग गीत
४ बजे चंदैनी
५ बजे पंडवानी
६ बजे राउत नाचा
७ बजे गौरा
८ बजे परब
९ बजे आलहा
१० बजे नाचा
११ बजे कमार

बस्तर आदिवासी सं बस्तर आदिवासी सं
बस्तर आदिवासी सं
छत्तीसगढ़ राज्य के बस्तर की सीमाएं उडीसा, महाराष्ट्र और आंध्रप्रदेश की सीमाओं को छूती है। यहां का लगग ६० फीसदी हिस्सा हरे.रे जंगलोंए पश्र्िचमोत्तर भाग ऐतिहासिक अबूझमाडी, आदिवासी पहाडि यों व दक्षिणी हिस्सा बैलाडीला की खनिज खदानों से घिरा हुआ है। कांगेर वैली राष्ट्रीय उद्यान का फैला हुआ घना एवं यानक जंगलए विभिन्न प्रकार के पेड .पौधेए प्राचीन एवं रहस्यमयी गुफाएंए सुंदर जलप्रपात और नदियांए जैववैज्ञानिकोंए रोमांचकारी खेलों के शौकीन व कलाकारों के लिए स्वर्ग समान है। मां दंतेश्र्वरीएबस्तर राजघराने की देवी हैं। कहा जाता है कि देवी इन घने पहाडी जंगलों मे राजा की रक्षा करते हुए उसका मार्गदर्शन करती है। दशहरा बस्तर का सबसे बडा, भव्य व प्रमुख त्यौहार है। मगर इसका श्रीराम अथवा उनके अयोध्या लौटने से कोई संबंध नही है। यह पर्व दंतेश्र्वरी देवी को समर्पित होता है। प्रति यहां आपको अपने संपूर्ण रूप में स्वागत करती हुई सी प्रतीत होगी।
बस्तर की सदियों पुरानी परंपराएं साधारण व जटिल कलातियों को चिन्हित करती है। इन कलातियों को आकार देने वाले कारीगर प्रातिक संसार से प्रेरित होते हैं। बस्तर की सुंदरताए कला की प्राचीनता व आधुनिकता के सम्मिश्रण में निहित हैं। कला पारखियों में बस्तर कला की लोकप्रियता बढ़ने का कारण इसमें हड प्पा और सिंधु सभ्यता का प्राव है। कोंडागांवएनारायणपुर व जगदलपुर टेराकोटा कला के लिए प्रसिद्ध है। जगदलपुर कोसा सिल्क बुनाई के लिए प्रसिद्ध है। बेल मेटल व रॉट आयरन की कारीगरी कोंडागांव और जगदलपुर की विशेषता है। लकड ी और बांस का सर्वश्रेष्ठ कार्य नारायणपुर व जगदलपुर में देखा जा सकता है। बस्तर की सबसे पुरानी हस्तकलाओं में स्मृतिचिन्ह के रूप में प्रयोग किए जाने वाले नक्काशीदार पत्थर भी शामिल है। नारायणपुर के हस्तकला केन्द्र अथवा शिल्पग्राम में आप कुछ अनुपम कलातियां चुन सकते हैं। बस्तर के वास्तविक स्वरूप को समझने के लिए हाट ;स्थानीय बाजारद्ध जो कि पूरे बस्तर में करीब ३०० हैं का भ्रमण करना चाहिए। यहां पर आदिवासी जंगल से एकत्रित की गई वस्तुओं के स्थान पर नमकए तंबाखूए कपडे व अन्य दैनिक उपोग की वस्तुएं खरीदते हैं।
धान के विस्तृत खेत, पगडंडीहीन वनों के मनोरम दृश्य, पशु.पक्षियों की अद्भुत प्रजातियांए नदियांए झरने एवं प्राचीन गुफाएं.बस्तर को प्रति प्रेमियों का स्वर्ग बनाती है। यह दुर्गम-दुर्लभ भूमि एक सुखद आश्र्चर्य है। उच्च प्रजाति के वृक्षों से सजी यह वन्य भूमि अनेक भागों में विक्त होती है। यह वन संरक्षित जंगली भैसे, शेर, तेन्दुआ, उल्लू, और भांति-भांति के पशु.पक्षियों के लिए जैसे लुप्तप्रायरू बस्तरिहा पहाड़ी मैना के लिए घर है। किसी ी जैव विज्ञानी के लिए कांगेर वैली नेशनल पार्क एक शोध का विषय है। इन दुर्गम वनों के अनोखे पर्यावरण के संरक्षण के लिए बायोस्फियर संरक्षित स्थान का प्रस्ताव है। यह घाटी सुंदर और महमोहक दृश्यों, आकर्षक जलप्रपातों, नदियों आदि एवं प्राचीन गुफाओं के लिए जानी जाती है। उनके लिए जो य प्रति का आनंद लेते हैं और प्रातिक गतिविधियों से आल्हादित होते हैं,पदयात्रा,पर्वतारोहण,अदम्य गुफाओं की खोज जैसे अनेक आकर्षण आकर्षित करते हैं। कुटुम्बसरए कैलाश एवं दंडक गुफाओं में स्टैल्गमाईट और स्टैलेसाइट ;चूने के स्तंद्ध आकर्षण का केन्द्र है। सौ फीट की ऊंचाई से गिरते तीरथगढ जलप्रपात का पारदर्शी बहाव हम सबका ध्यान आकर्षित करता है। इंद्रावती नदी से निर्मित चित्रकोट जलप्रपात नियाग्रा की यादद दिलाता है। इन स्थानों की यात्रा के साथ ही बस्तर की आदिवासी संस्ति को समझने के के लिए मानव संग्रहालय भी देखा जा सकता है।
देवी.देवताओं पर आस्था रखने वालों को जहां दंतेवाड़ा स्थित माई दंतेश्र्वरी का देवालय सुकून और शांति प्रदान करता है वहीं प्राचीन और पुरातत्व प्रेमियों के लिए बारसूर का गणेश मंदिरए मामा.भांजा मंदिर, नारायणपुर का विष्णु मंदिर, द्रकाली का मंदिर तथा पुजारी कांकेर के धर्मराज का मंदिर भी आकर्षण का केन्द्र है। पुरातत्व के शोधकर्ताओं के लिए कई गांवो में अटूट पुरातात्विक संपदा बिना उत्खनन के पडी है। अनेक अज्ञात टीले आज भी रहस्य बने हुए हैं।
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किसी भी प्रदेश की लोकाभाषा  लोक साहित्य और उसकी अपनी सांस्कृतिक परंपराएँ व प्रतीक उस देश या प्रदेश की पहचान होती है। छत्तीसगढ़ की लोक संस्कृतिए लोककला और उसकी सामाजिक संरचना किसी  भी  क्षेत्र से पिछडा नहीं है। "नेका" नाम के अंग्रेज ने एक माह चौदह दिन के अपना छत्तीसगढ प्रवास में यहाँ के लोगों को अतिथि परायण में सर्वश्रेष्ठ कहा जबकि अठारहवीं शताब्दी के मेजर एगन्यू ने अपराधों से दूर रहने वाले ईमानदार सत्यनिष्ठ स्वच्छंद और नैतिकवान कहा है।
छत्तीसगढ की लोक संस्कृति की व्यापकता व जीवंतता को यहाँ की लोकगीतोंए लोकनृत्योंए लोककलाओं आदि में देखा जा सकता है। छत्तीसगढी लोक चित्रकला इन्हीं कुछ सांस्कृतिक तत्वों में से एक है। यहाँ अनेक प्रागैतिहासिक गुफाएँ हैंए जिनमें आदिम मानवों के द्वारा बनाए गए रेखाचित्र विद्यमान हैं। इन्हीं गुहाचित्रों से लोकचित्रों का उद्भव और विकास हुआ है।
चौक : छत्तीसगढ में लगभग  सभी अवसरोंए, त्यौहारों, पर्वों  अनुष्ठानों में चौक चित्रकला छत्तीसगढी जनमानस की अभिन  व आकर्षक भवभिव्यती है। बेल.बूटोंए पग चिन्हों इत्यादि की विन्न आतियों की श्रृंखलाबद्ध सज्जा जितनी कल्पनाशील छत्तीसगढ में दिखाई देती हैए उतनी किसी अन्य अंचल में नहीं।
चौक एक ऐसी चित्रकला हैए जो लगग रंगोली के समान ही हैए परंतु इनमें एक महत्वपूर्ण अंतर यह है कि रंगोली में विभिन कलातियों को धरती पर रंगों के माध्यम से उकेरा जाता हैए जबकि चौक में बेल.बूटोंए पग चिन्हों इत्यादि की विभिन आकृतियों को गोबर की लिपाई के ऊपर भीगे चावल के घोल से चौक पुरा  जाता है, यहाँ चावल के सूखे आटे सेी चौक माडे की परंपरा है।
गोदना . गोदना जिसे अंग्रजी भाषा में टेटु कहा कहा जाता हैए छत्तीसगढी जनमानस का एक मुखय आूषण है। यहाँ की अधिकांश जनजातियाँ अपने श्रृंगार में गोदना को प्रमुख स्थान देती हैं। आूषण के तौर पर यह ना केवल स्त्रियों में बल्की पुरूषों में भी  समान रूप से लोकप्रिय है।
छत्तीसगढ की  महिलाएँ अपने इस प्रमुख आूषण को अपने बांहए हाथ पैर ठोड गाल आदि में से किसी एक ना एक स्थान पर अवश्य गोदवातीं हैं। गोदना की आति सुगढ व अर्थपूर्ण होती है।
 सामान्यतः ये आकृतियाँ किसी ना किसी पशु.पक्षीए आराध्य देवताओंए पवित्र वस्तुओं इत्यादि की होती है जो कि इनके धार्मिक भावो को आभीव्यक्त करती है। आधुनिक सर्वेक्षणों के अनुसारए गोदना शरीर के लिए हानिकारक है व कई रोगों को जन्म देता है। फिर भी  गोदना प्राचीनकाल से लेकर आजतक छत्तीसगढ़ी जनमानस के हृदय में ना केवल बसा हुआ हैए बल्कि उनकी संस्कृति का पर्याय बना हुआ है।

नोहडोरा . नोहडोरा एक प्रकार की उद्रेखण कला है जो की सामान्यतः घरों की दीवारों पर अपने घर की सुख.शांति, समृद्धि बुरी बलाओं व आपदा इत्यादि की कामना के साथ बनाई जाती है। छत्तीसगढ की  महिलाएँ नया घर बनाते समय दीवारों पर मिट्टी से सजात्मकए उठे हुए अथवा गहरे अलंकरण बनातीं हैंए जो कि आगामी कई वर्षों र्तक दीवारों पर यथावत बनें रहते हैं। इस कला को छत्तीसगढ में "नोहडोरा  डालना"कहते हैं।
बतौर कला यह एक प्रकार की उद्रेखण कला हैए जो कि गीली दीवारों पर बनाई जाती है। जिसमें उरे हुए रूपाकारों में पशु.पक्षीए फल.पत्तेए बेल.बूटए पाड .पौधे और यहाँ तक कि की.की मिथकीय कथाचित्रों का निर्माण भी  महिलाएँ कर देतीं हैंए जिनमें देवी.देवताओं की मूर्तियाँ विशेष होती हैं।
बलपुर कला : बालपुर कला छत्तीसगढ में महानदी के किनारे बसे गांवों में विभिन  पौराणिक चित्र बनाने वाले चितेरों (चितेर कलाकरों) की एक पारंपरिक कला हैए जो कि अब इनकी पृथक पहचान बन गई है।
बालपुर कला की इस लोकचित्र शैली का नाम बालपुर(उडीसा) के चितेरों के आधार पर पडा। छत्तीसगढ में महानदी के किनारे बसने वाले ये चितेर कलाकार उडीसा से यहाँ आकर बस गए
हैं। बालपुर कला वास्तव में एक विस्तृत लोकचित्र कथा हैए जिसे ये चितेरे बड़े ही आकर्षक व कलात्मक ढंग से दीवारों पर उकेरते हैं। इन चित्रकला के माध्यम से ये लगग संपूर्ण लोककथा के सी महत्वपूर्ण अंशों को दीवारों पर चित्रित कर देते हैं। ये पेशेवर कलाकार होते हैं और यह कला पीढी दर पीढी इनमें हस्तांतरित होती रहती है।

अन्य कलाए-
सवनाही . श्रावन मास की हरियाली अमावस्या को छत्तीसगढी महिलाएँ घर के मुखय द्वार की दीवारों पर गोबर से सवनाही का अंकन करतीं हैं। गोबर को हाथ में लेकर चार ऊंगलियों के सहारे घर के चारों दीवारों को मोटी रेखा से घेर दिया जाता है। मुखय द्वार के दोनों ओर की रेखा पर कुछ मानव व पशुओं की आकृतियाँ बना दी जाती हैंए इसमें शेर के शिकार का चित्र प्रमुखता से बनाया जाता है। पौराणिक मान्यताओं के अनुसार सवनाही बनाने से घर में किसी प्रकार की बाहरी बाधा या संकट नहीं आती है।

आठै कन्हैया : कृष्ण जनमाष्ठमी में मिट्टी के रंगों से भीती  पर बनाया जाने वाला कथात्मक चित्र हैए जिसमें कृष्ण की जन्मकथा का चित्रण होता है। इस पर्व में स्त्रियाँ अराध्य देव कृष्ण की आठ पुतलियाँ बनाकर उनकी उपासना करतीं हैँए इसीलिए इस चित्रकला का नाम "आठै कन्हैय" पडा।

हरतालिका : हरतालिका चित्रकला शिव.पार्वती की पूजा के पर्व का प्रतीक है। जो कि भगवन शिव को प्राप्त करना के लिए माता पार्वती की कठिन तपस्या के प्रतीक के रूप में बनाया जाता है। हरतालिका का चित्र तीज के दिन बनाया जाता है। इस दिन महिलाएँ व्रती रखतीं हैं।

गोबर चित्रकला: छत्तीसगढ एक कृषि प्रधान प्रदेश है, इसलिए यहाँ के अधिकांश पर्व, उत्सव लोककलाओं आदि किसी ना किसी प्रकार से कृषि पर आधारित हैं। दीपावली के समय गोवर्धन पूजा के दिन धान की कोठी में अनेक प्रकार के चित्र बनाए जाते हैं तथा अन्न लक्ष्मी की पूजा की जाती है। गोबर चित्रकला समृद्धि की कामना हेतु की जाती है।
Chhattisgarh Sanskriti Chhattisgarh Sanskriti
Chhattisgarh Sanskriti
भटकौला- यह खेल लडकियां अक्सर खेलती थीं । इनमें दो तरफ छह.छह गड्ढे या लकडी के पटिये पर गड्ढे बनाए या खोद लिए जाते हैं । दोंनों किनारे पर बडे.बडे गड्ढे बनाए जाते हैं । इन्हें बडा कोठी या ढाबा कहते हैं । सी छह.छह खानों में गिनकर इमली के बीज डाल दिए जाते हैं। फिर एक खिलाडी एक गड्ढे या खाने से बीज निकाल कर बाएं तरफ से प्रत्येक खाने में एक.एक बीज डालता है जहां बीज खत्म होता है उसके अगले खाने से फिर बीज निकाल कर उसी तरह प्रत्येक खाने में डालते जाते हैं यदि किसी बार बीज अगले खाने में खत्म हो जिसके अगले खाने में बीज न हो तो खिलाडी का दांव खत्म हो जाता है उसके बाद दूसरा खिलाडी अपने खाने से निकालकर यही खेल शुरु करता है जब एक खिलाडी के तरफ से सब बीज दूसरी तरफ हो जाएं तो वह खिलाडी जीत जाता हैए इस खेल में संखया ज्ञान काफी सहायक होता है और खिलाडी ऐसे घर से बीज उठाकर शुरु करता है कि विरोधी खिलाडी के तरफ के सब बीज उठाकर अपनी तरफ के खानों में डालता जाए।

डण्डा-पचरंगा - यह खेल किसी शाखादार वृक्ष के नीचे एक लकड़ी का डण्डा रख दिया जाता है। जो खिलाडी दांव देता हैए वह नीचे रहता है बाकी पांच छह खिलाडी पेड पर चढ जाते हैं। नीचे वाला खिलाडी पेड पर चढे खिलाडी को पेड पर चढ कर छूने की कोशिश करता है। वह खिलाडी बचकर नीचे आकर रखी गई लकडी को छू लेता हैए तो बच जाता है। यदि उसे दांव देने वाले खिलाडी ने पेड छू लिया तो उसे दांव देना पड ता हैए जो बच्चे या ग्रामीण पेडों पर कुशलता एवं सावधानी से चढ कर यहाँ.वहाँ जा सकते हैं केवल वे ही इस खेल में सफल हो सकते है।
टीप-रेस - इस समूह खेल मे संखया निर्धारित नहीं होती है। एक खिलाड़ी दांव देता है बाकी अलग.अलग स्थानों में छुप जाते हैं। जो दांव देता है वह छुपने वाले खिलाडि यों को खोजकर उसका नाम लेकर कहता है पहला टीप सोहन;नामद्धए दूसरा टीप राम(नाम)....,यदि छुपे हुए किसी खिलाडी द्वारा उसे छूकर रेस कहकर छू दिया जाता है तो जो पहला टीप होता है उसे दांव देना पड ता है. इसी तरह चोर.सिपाही के खेल में ी होता है। इसमें खिलाडी को अंधेरे में छिपे हुए खिलाडि यों को पहचानकर ढूंढना होता है। इससे उसकी बुद्धि कौशल का पता चलता है।
 
गिल्ली-डण्डा - इसे गांव में इब्बा भी कहते हैंए इसे दो से लेकर ८ . १० लोग समूह बनाकर खेल सकते हैं। यह शक्ति संतुलन और कल्पना शक्ति का खेल है। एक डंडा तथा छोटी सी लकडी के दोनों छोर को नुकीला बनाकरए मारकर उछालते हैं। जितनी अधिक दूर तक जाए वही जीतता है तथा दूसरे पक्ष को दांव देना होता है। यह खेल अब भी गाँवों में काफी लोकप्रिय है।

धामर-धूसर - यह गेंद से खेलने वाला खेल है। जिस खिलाड़ी के हाथ में गेंद होती है वह दूसरे खिलाडि यों को गेंद फेंककर मारता है। दूसरे खिलाडी गेंद से बचने की कोशिश करते हैं। इस खेल को की.की दो पक्ष बनाकर भी खेला जाता है। एक पक्ष का खिलाडी अपने ही पक्ष के अन्य खिलाडी को गेंद पास करता है ताकि वह नजदीक के विरोधी खिलाडी को गेंद मार सके। यहाँ पर गेंद ना होने पर कपडे की गेंद बनाकर भी खेला जाता है।

सत्तुल - इस खेल में भी दो समूह होते हैं। खिलाडि यों की संखया बराबर.बराबर होती हैए एक छोटे गोल घेरे के भीतर सात खपरैल के टुकडे एक दूसरे के ऊपर रखे जाते हैं। सबसे पहले एक समूह गेंद मारकर खपरों को गिराता हैएफिर दूसरा समूह मौका पाकर खपरों को पूर्व की भांति जमाने की कोशिश करता है। इस बीच दूसरे समूह के खिलाडी गेंद से खपरों को जमाने वाले खिलाडी को गेंद मारने की कोशिश करते हैंए और वह उनसे बचकर फिर से खपरों को जमाने की कोशिश करते हैं। यह कोशिश तब तक चलती रहती हैए जब तक की खपरे के टुकडे फिर से अपनी पूर्ववत्‌ स्थिती में जमा नहीं लिए जाते हैं। जमा लेने पर दूसरे समूह को दांव देना होता है।

धंसाउला- इस खेल को सामान्यतः बरसात के समय खेला जाता हैए जब कि मिट्टी गीली होती है। लोहे का एक नुकीला लगग एक फीट लम्बा टुकड़ा लेकर खिलाडी बिना किसी चीज की सहायता के इसे फेंककर जमीन में गडाते हैं। फिर उसे उखाड कर फिर से धंसाते हैं और काफी दूर तक निकल जाते हैं।यह प्रक्रिया तब तक चलती रहती है जब तक की वह लोहे की छड फेंकने पर ना गडे। ना गड ने पर दांव देने वाले खिलाडी को वहीं से एक पाँव पर दौड ते.दौड ते प्रारंभिक स्थान तक वापिस आना पड ता है। फिर दांव देने वाला खिलाडी इसी प्रकार दूसरे खिलाडी को पदाता है।
गेंडी खवैया - हरेली पर्व के समय गेंडी के खेल और गेंडी दौड प्रतियोगिता का आयोजन किया जाता है। इसमें बाँस के पाँच से दस फीट के डण्डे उसमें दो तीन फीट की ऊँचाई पर एक दूसरे बाँस के टुकडे को चीरकर बांध दिया जाता है। इसमें चढ कर खिसाडी रच्च.रच्च बजाकर दौड ते कूदते हैं। यह पूरी तरह संतुलन का खेल है और की.की तो इसकी ऊँचाई दस.दस फीट तक होती है।

नदी-पहाड़ - यह खेल गाँव में खेलते समय घर के किनारे बने हुए चबूतरों को पहाड तथा नीचे गसी को नदी मानकर खेला जाता है। जो खिलाडी दांव देता है वह नदी में आने वाले खिलाडि यों को दौडा.दौडाकर छूने की कोशिश करता है तथा उन्हें पहाड पर ही रहने को बाध्य करता है। यदि कोई खिलाडी नदी में दांव देने वाले से छू लिया जाता है तो उसे दांव देना पड ता है।
Shadani Darbar,Raipur Shadani Darbar,Raipur
Shadani Darbar,Raipur

संत शदाराम जी महर्ज की पुण्य स्मृति में निर्मित रायपुर स्थित माना में पुज्य शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ आज न केवल छतीसगढ़ बल्कि पूरे भारत का एक प्रमुख धर्मिक आस्था का केंद्र माना जाता हैं । 17 वी शताब्दी के महान संत शदाराम जी का शदाणी दरबार सिंधु समाज का प्रमुख धार्मिक एवं तीरथ स्थल के रुप में विख्यात हैं ।

कैसे पहुंचे :- राष्ट्रीय राजमार्ग 43 पर स्थित शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ पर सरलता से पहुंचा जा सकता है जो कि रायपुर शहर से मात्र 9 कि.मी. की दूरी पर रायपुर जगदलपुर मार्ग पर स्थित है। वायुमार्ग एवं रेलमार्ग से भी सुगमता से पहुंचा जा सकता है। इस मार्ग में 24 घंटे आवागमन की सुविधा हैं ।

पौराणिक कथा :- श्री शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ में पूरे वर्ष प्रत्येक दिन असंख्य श्रध्दालु कई मीलों की यात्रा करके इस पवित्र एवं पौराणिक स्थान पर दर्शनार्थ पहुंचते हैं। शदाणी दरबार में यात्रियों का यात्राक्रम अनेक वर्षो से अनवरत रूप से चल रहा है। जिससे स्थापित होता है कि हमारी धर्मिक एवं सांस्कृतिक परम्परा में इस महाद्वीप के जन साधरण की अटूट श्रध्दा है। सामान्य विश्वास है कि जो भी व्यक्ति सच्ची श्रध्दा से इस पवित्र शदाणी दरबार में स्थित गर्भ ग्रह में 'धूणी साहब की परिक्रमा करता है। उसकी विवाह, संतान प्राप्ति, स्वास्थ्य, सुख समृध्दि, आत्मिक शांति, व्यापार या परीक्षा में सफलता आदि से सम्बंधित सभी मनोकामनायें अवश्य पूर्ण हो जाती हैं और वह निराश नहीं लौटता। अनेक धर्मो, जातियों, मतों और सम्प्रदायों के लोग शदाणी दरबार दर्शनार्थ आते हैं क्योंकि शदाणी दरबार इन सभी विभाजनों से दूर है। शदाणी दरबार का इतिहास लगभग 300 वर्ष प्राचीन है। संत सदाराम जी भगवान शिव के परम भक्त एवं उपासक थे, जिनका जन्म सूर्यवंशी लोहाना खत्री परिवार में हुआ, आलौकिक शक्ति के मालिक संत सदाराम जी कई प्रान्तों, पंजाब, राजस्थान, दिल्ली, नेपाल, कश्मीर, उत्तर पदेश का भ्रमण करते, राम नाम का प्रचार एवं लोक कल्याण के कार्य करते सिंध प्रान्त में पधरे। वैसे भी सिंध प्रान्त महान आधयात्मिक शक्तियों के लिए एक पवित्र भूमि मानी जाती है। संत सदाराम जी के सिंध प्रान्त में चरण कमल पडते ही वहां के आधयात्मिक वातावरण ने संतों को ग्राम माथेलों (सिंध) में लुप्त सरस्वती नदी के किनारे ईश्वर भक्ति हेतु घोर तपस्या के लिए प्रेरित कर दिया एवं कई सिध्दियां प्राप्त कर समीप के ग्राम हयात पिताफी में अपना अमर स्थान बनाया।

संत सदाराम जी ने वहां धुणी रमायी एवं उससे प्राप्त धुणी (भभूत) को वरदान दिया कि हमारी यह धुणी सदैव श्रध्दालुओं की मनोकामना पूर्ण करती रहेगी, कष्ट हरती रहेगी। शिव अवतारी संत सदाराम महाराज की इस गद्दी पर ज्योति से ज्योति प्रज्जवलित होती रही और हमारे धर्म और हमारे समाज को महान संतों का मार्गदर्शन और आशीर्वाद मिलता रहा है। संत परम्परा के चलते दरबार तीर्थ के आसन परद्वितीय संत तुलसीदास जी तृतीय संत तखतलाल जी हजूरी, चतुर्थ संत तनसुख राम जी, पंचम संत माता हासी देवी जी, शष्टम संत मंगलाराम जी, सप्तम संत स्वामी राजाराम जी, अष्टम, ज्योति स्वरूप परमपूज्यनीय संत गोविन्दराम जी महाराज सुशोभित हुए।

शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ :- शदाणी दरबार जो कि एक महान तीर्थ का स्थान ले चुका है जिसका निर्माण सन् 1988 से 1991 के मधय अष्टम ज्योति संत गोविन्द राम जी ने अपनी देख रेख में स्वयं कराया। भारतीय संस्कृति और सभ्यता के प्रतीक इस दरबार तीर्थ में वैदिक कालीन ऋषियों के मंदिर, भगवान श्री कृष्ण और मां भगवती दुर्गा जी के विराट रूप दर्शन की भव्य मूर्तियां, कृष्णकालीन भारत, हिन्दू राष्ट्र नेपाल, वेदभूमि सिंध के मानचित्र तथा द्वितीय संत तुलसीदास जी के आशीर्वाद स्वरूप मनोकामना पूरक तुलसी सरोवर बना हुआ है।

दरबार तीर्थ में मुख्य दर्शन :- शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ के गर्भगृह में धुणी साहिब स्थित है। जिससे दुख भंजन धुणी साहिब कहा जाता है। एवं जहां से धुणी रूपी भभूति प्रसाद भी ग्रहण किया जाता है। गर्भगृह के बाहर, दाई और पंचम संत पूज्य माता हासी देवी जी की ऐतिहासिक खाट् साहिब विराजमान है। जो कि कष्ट एवं पीड़ा हरणी के वरदान से परिपूर्ण है। साथ ही 240 वर्ष प्राचीन कलश जो वेदमंदिर माथेलो (सिंध) से निकला था। चारों ओर शदाणी संतों की महिमा का चित्रण संक्षिप्त विवरण के साथ और देवी-देवताओं सहित 24 अवतारों की मूर्तियां स्थापित है। मुख्य मंदिर के उपर विशाल सतसंग हाल बना हुआ है। दरबार तीर्थ के दाई और विशाल भण्डारा हाल है जो कि तृतीय संत तखत लाल हजोरी भण्डारा हाल के नाम से जाना जाता है। जहां पर एक साथ, एक हजार श्रध्दालु भण्डारा ग्रहण कर सकते हैं।

समाधी स्थल :- संत तखत लाल हजूरी भण्डारा हाल के सामने अष्टम शिरोमणी संत गोबिन्दराम जी महाराज का पूज्य समाधी स्थल है, जहां पर श्रध्दापूर्वक नमन् होने पर एवं परिक्रमा करने से भक्तों पर अवश्य कृपा होती है एवं मनोकामना पूर्ण होती है। संत गोविन्दराम जी ने अनेकों मानव कल्याणार्थ कार्य किए- स्वास्थ्य के क्षेत्र में धर्माथ चिकित्सालय एवं नि:शुल्क चिकित्सा लगवाना, शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में स्कूल एवं कॉलेज खुलवाना, सामुहिक जनेउ संस्कार सामुहिक विवाह, और सदैव जरूरतमंद व असहाय व्यक्तियों की सहायता करना, उनके परम उददेश्यों में से एक था। सदैव कहते थे कि- मानव सेवा ही माधव सेवा है। आधयात्मिक विचारों के धनी थे। संत परम्परा के अनुसार आज दरबार तीर्थ में नवम ज्योति स्वरूप संत युधिष्ठिर लाल जी शदाणी दरबार के आसन पर बिराजमान हैं।

नवम ज्योति :- दरबार तीर्थ के नवम् पीठाधीश्वर संत युधिष्ठिर लाल संतों के निदेर्शित मार्ग का अनुसरण करते हुए सामाजिक, धार्मिक, आधयात्मिक एवं योग के क्षेत्र में जनसमुदाय में जागृति लाना, बच्चों व युवाओं को अच्छे संस्कार देना, नैतिक उन्नति एवं मानवता के कार्यो के लिए प्रेरित करना ही उनकी मुख्य विचारधारा का प्रमुख उददेश्य है। जिसे वे मानवता की सबसे बड़ी सेवा मानते हैं। विभिन्न आयोजनों के माधयम से अपने श्रध्दालुओं को सद्कार्यो के लिए सदैव प्रेरित करते रहते हैं।

   दरबार तीर्थ में होने वाले कार्यक्रम :-पूज्य शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ में प्रत्येक माह शुक्ल पक्ष की चौदस को मेला लगता है। जिसमें हजारों की संख्या में श्रध्दालु गण दर्शनार्थ पहुंचते हैं। माह जुलाई में पंचम संत माता हासी देवी जी का जन्मोत्सव, अक्टूबर पचीस तारीख को अष्टम संत गोविन्द जी महाराज का जन्मोत्सव बड़ी धूमधाम से मनाया जाता है। सबसे बड़ा भव्य मेला प्रत्येक वर्ष होली के पांच दिन बाद सप्तम संत राजाराम साहिब जी के त्रिदिवसीय वर्षी महोत्सव के रूप में आयोजित होता है, जिसमें देशभर के लाखों श्रध्दालु एवं पाकिस्तान से भी पांच सौ हिन्दू तीर्थ यात्रियों का जत्था दर्शनार्थ पहुंचता है। जिसे भारत के अन्य प्रमुख तीर्थ स्थानों का दर्शन कराया जाता है। दरबार तीर्थ की ओर से भारत से भी 200 हिन्दू भक्तों का जत्था पाकिस्तान स्थित हिन्दू धर्म स्थलों की यात्रा पर जाता है।

आतिथ्य :- शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ में दर्शनार्थ आने वाले श्रध्दालुओं को अतिथि देवों भव: कि अनूठी परम्परा का प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण मिलता है, क्योंकि भारत भूमि में अतिथि को देवता का स्थान प्राप्त है। वास्तव में अतिथि सतकार के पीछे भाव, मानव सेवा का होता है, लोग दूसरों की सेवा करके स्वयं को धन्य समझते हैं। उन्हें एक विशेष प्रकार का आत्म संतोश प्राप्त होता है। यही है सेवा का सच्चा मेवा। इसी भावना के साथ मेला कार्यक्रमों के समय सैकड़ो की संख्या में सेवादारी पहुंचते हैं। कार्यक्रमों के दौरान भजन, कीर्तन, प्रवचन, और भण्डारा चलता है। श्रध्दालुगण सेवा, सतसंग और दर्शन का लाभ प्राप्त कर फलीभूत होते हैं।

स्थल :- छत्तीसगढ़ के सबसे हरियाले शहरों में विशिष्ठ स्थान प्राप्त करती, राजधानी रायपुर की हरी-भरी धरती के हृदय केन्द्र में, शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ सुशोभित है। उद्यानों एवं वृक्षों की मोहक शोभा, सुआयोजित मार्गो आवासों, जंगलों एवं खुली जगहों के कारण रायपुर नगर भारत के रमणीय शहरों में से एक है। शांत एवं प्रदूषण मुक्त पर्यावरण और शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ की पवित्र आधयात्मिक उपस्थिति से अधिक सुन्दर बनता वातावरण रायपुर को विशिष्ट गौरव दिलाता है।

  साथ ही 240 वर्ष प्राचीन कलश जो वेदमंदिर माथेलो (सिंध) से निकला था। चारों ओर शदाणी संतों की महिमा का चित्रण संक्षिप्त विवरण के साथ और देवी-देवताओं सहित 24 अवतारों की मूर्तियां स्थापित है। मुख्य मंदिर के उपर विशाल सतसंग हाल बना हुआ है। दरबार तीर्थ के दाई और विशाल भण्डारा हाल है जो कि तृतीय संत तखत लाल हजोरी भण्डारा हाल के नाम से जाना जाता है। जहां पर एक साथ, एक हजार श्रध्दालु भण्डारा ग्रहण कर सकते हैं।

समाधी स्थल :- संत तखत लाल हजूरी भण्डारा हाल के सामने अष्टम शिरोमणी संत गोबिन्दराम जी महाराज का पूज्य समाधी स्थल है, जहां पर श्रध्दापूर्वक नमन् होने पर एवं परिक्रमा करने से भक्तों पर अवश्य कृपा होती है एवं मनोकामना पूर्ण होती है। संत गोविन्दराम जी ने अनेकों मानव कल्याणार्थ कार्य किए- स्वास्थ्य के क्षेत्र में धर्माथ चिकित्सालय एवं नि:शुल्क चिकित्सा लगवाना, शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में स्कूल एवं कॉलेज खुलवाना, सामुहिक जनेउ संस्कार सामुहिक विवाह, और सदैव जरूरतमंद व असहाय व्यक्तियों की सहायता करना, उनके परम उददेश्यों में से एक था। सदैव कहते थे कि- मानव सेवा ही माधव सेवा है। आधयात्मिक विचारों के धनी थे। संत परम्परा के अनुसार आज दरबार तीर्थ में नवम ज्योति स्वरूप संत युधिष्ठिर लाल जी शदाणी दरबार के आसन पर बिराजमान हैं।

नवम ज्योति :- दरबार तीर्थ के नवम् पीठाधीश्वर संत युधिष्ठिर लाल संतों के निदेर्शित मार्ग का अनुसरण करते हुए सामाजिक, धार्मिक, आधयात्मिक एवं योग के क्षेत्र में जनसमुदाय में जागृति लाना, बच्चों व युवाओं को अच्छे संस्कार देना, नैतिक उन्नति एवं मानवता के कार्यो के लिए प्रेरित करना ही उनकी मुख्य विचारधारा का प्रमुख उददेश्य है। जिसे वे मानवता की सबसे बड़ी सेवा मानते हैं। विभिन्न आयोजनों के माधयम से अपने श्रध्दालुओं को सद्कार्यो के लिए सदैव प्रेरित करते रहते हैं।

   दरबार तीर्थ में होने वाले कार्यक्रम :-पूज्य शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ में प्रत्येक माह शुक्ल पक्ष की चौदस को मेला लगता है। जिसमें हजारों की संख्या में श्रध्दालु गण दर्शनार्थ पहुंचते हैं। माह जुलाई में पंचम संत माता हासी देवी जी का जन्मोत्सव, अक्टूबर पचीस तारीख को अष्टम संत गोविन्द जी महाराज का जन्मोत्सव बड़ी धूमधाम से मनाया जाता है। सबसे बड़ा भव्य मेला प्रत्येक वर्ष होली के पांच दिन बाद सप्तम संत राजाराम साहिब जी के त्रिदिवसीय वर्षी महोत्सव के रूप में आयोजित होता है, जिसमें देशभर के लाखों श्रध्दालु एवं पाकिस्तान से भी पांच सौ हिन्दू तीर्थ यात्रियों का जत्था दर्शनार्थ पहुंचता है। जिसे भारत के अन्य प्रमुख तीर्थ स्थानों का दर्शन कराया जाता है। दरबार तीर्थ की ओर से भारत से भी 200 हिन्दू भक्तों का जत्था पाकिस्तान स्थित हिन्दू धर्म स्थलों की यात्रा पर जाता है।

आतिथ्य :- शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ में दर्शनार्थ आने वाले श्रध्दालुओं को अतिथि देवों भव: कि अनूठी परम्परा का प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण मिलता है, क्योंकि भारत भूमि में अतिथि को देवता का स्थान प्राप्त है। वास्तव में अतिथि सतकार के पीछे भाव, मानव सेवा का होता है, लोग दूसरों की सेवा करके स्वयं को धन्य समझते हैं। उन्हें एक विशेष प्रकार का आत्म संतोश प्राप्त होता है। यही है सेवा का सच्चा मेवा। इसी भावना के साथ मेला कार्यक्रमों के समय सैकड़ो की संख्या में सेवादारी पहुंचते हैं। कार्यक्रमों के दौरान भजन, कीर्तन, प्रवचन, और भण्डारा चलता है। श्रध्दालुगण सेवा, सतसंग और दर्शन का लाभ प्राप्त कर फलीभूत होते हैं।

स्थल :- छत्तीसगढ़ के सबसे हरियाले शहरों में विशिष्ठ स्थान प्राप्त करती, राजधानी रायपुर की हरी-भरी धरती के हृदय केन्द्र में, शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ सुशोभित है। उद्यानों एवं वृक्षों की मोहक शोभा, सुआयोजित मार्गो आवासों, जंगलों एवं खुली जगहों के कारण रायपुर नगर भारत के रमणीय शहरों में से एक है। शांत एवं प्रदूषण मुक्त पर्यावरण और शदाणी दरबार तीर्थ की पवित्र आधयात्मिक उपस्थिति से अधिक सुन्दर बनता वातावरण रायपुर को विशिष्ट गौरव दिलाता है।

Damakheda,Raipur Damakheda,Raipur
Damakheda,Raipur

छतीसगढ के कबीरपंथियॉ का तीर्थ स्थली दामाखेड़ा जिला रायपुर-बिलासपुर सड़क मार्ग पर सिमगा से 10 कि.मी. कि दूरी पर एक छोटा सा ग्राम हैं यह कबीरपंथियॉ ले आस्था का छत्तीसगढ में सबसे बड़ा केंद्र माना जाता हैं  कबीर साहब के सत्य, ज्ञान और मानवतवादी सिद्धांतॉ पर आधारित कबीरपंथ का दामाखेड़ा में कबीरमठ की थी स्थापना 1903 में कबीरपंथ के 12 वॅ गुरु उग्रनाम साहब ने दशहरा के शुभ अवसर पर की थी तब से दामाखेड़ा कबीर पंथियॉ के तीर्थ स्थली के रुप में प्रसिद्ध हैं

 

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest and important wildlife sanctuaries in the region. Established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary is relatively a small one covering an area of only 245 sq km. the topography of the region comprises of flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 mts. The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife.

Flora and Fauna - Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

The flora of Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises of tropical dry deciduous forest with Teak, Sal, Bamboo and Terminalia being the prominent trees. Other major plants found in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Ber and Tendu. The rich and lush vegetation cover supports a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary. The major wildlife of the Barnawapara Sanctuary include Tigers, Sloth Bear, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Leopards, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python to name a few. The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Wood Peckers, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few. Barnawapara wildlife sanctuary tour promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience for all wildlife enthusiasts, bird lovers and nature lovers.

Best Time to Visit - Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is November-June.

How to Reach - Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

The nearest airport from the sanctuary is Raipur (85 km). Mahasamund Railway Station (60 km) is the nearest railhead from the Barnawapara Sanctuary. The place is easily approachable through the PWD forest road, which connects Barnawapara with Raipur via Patewa and with Pithora on NH 6.
Barnawapara Wildlife Count: Tiger - 08, Leopard -50, Gaur - 563, Sambar - 207, Wild boar - 286, Sloth bear - 132, Nilgai - 158, Chital - 4,287.

Sanjay National Park Sanjay National Park
Sanjay National Park

Sanjay National Park (Ghasi Das National Park)

 

Located in Surguja and Koriya districts of Chhattisgarh, Sanjay National Park is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in central India. Also known as Ghasi Das National Park (in Chhattisgarh), the sanctuary is famous for its rich and diverse flora and fauna and attained the status of a National Park in 1981. Sanjay National Park covers an area of approximately 2,303 sq km and is well drained by a number of rivers, rivulets and other perennial sources of water, providing enough water supply for the for the wildlife and birds. Sanjay National Park houses a wide variety of wildlife and birds including some of the rare and endangered species and has great potential to emerge as one of the finest wildlife destinations in central India.

Flora and Fauna - Sanjay National Park

The flora in Sanjay National Park chiefly comprises of mixed forests dominated with Sal and extensive patches of Bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include Salai, Dhawada (Anogeissus latifolia), Palas (Butea monosperma), Gurajan (Lania choromendelica), Semal, Mahua, Harra, Haldu, Ber and Tendu. The rich and diverse vegetation supports a wide variety of wildlife in the Park. The major wildlife found in Sanjay National Park includes Tigers, Leopards, Chital, Nilgai, Chinkara, Jackals, Sambar, Four-horned Antelopes, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Wild Pigs, Cobra, Monitor Lizards, Python to name a few. Sanjay National Park is also a little paradise for bird lovers and houses wide varieties of avian population with prominent being the Parrots, Peacock, Bulbul, Minivets Orioles, Wagtails, Munias, Blue Kingfisher, Phakta, Ducks, Neelkanth Pigeon, Dabchick, Peafowl, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Teetar, Tree Pie, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few. A visit to Sanjay National Park promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience for all wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Best Time to Visit - Sanjay National Park
The best time to visit the Sanjay National Park is November-June.

How to Reach - Sanjay National Park

The Park is located on the Riva - Sidhi - Mirjapur - Varanasi State highway and is at a distance of about 60 km from Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh, the main entry point to the park. One can approach the park from Sidhi via villages Majholi-Chaparadol then finally at entry point near the village Dubari Vastua, 60 Km. from Sidhi. Jaora Railway Station (20 km) is the nearest railhead from Sanjay National Park.

Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
 

Located in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh, Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most famous and important wildlife sanctuaries in central India. Established in 1974 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary covers an area of approximately 556 sq km, comprising of highly undulating and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 327-736 mts. The beautiful sanctuary derives its name from the Sitanadi River that originates in the middle of sanctuary and joins Mahanadi River near Deokhut. Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its lush green flora and rich and unique and diverse fauna and has great potential to emerge as one of the finest wildlife destinations in central India.

Flora and Fauna - Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

The flora in Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises of moist peninsular Sal, Teak and Bamboo forests. Other major plants in the sanctuary include Semal, Mahua, Harra, Ber and Tendu. The rich and lush vegetation cover supports a wide variety of wildlife in the sanctuary. The major wildlife found in Sitanadi Sanctuary include Tigers, Leopards, Flying Squirrels, Jackals, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Jungle Cat, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Monkey, Bison, Striped Hyena, Sloth Bear, Wild Dogs, Chital, Sambar, Nilgai, Gaur, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Cobra, Python among many others. The sanctuary also has a sizable bird population with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, Peafowl, Pheasant, Crimson Breasted Barbet, Teetar, Tree Pie, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, and Herons to name few. Sitanadi Sanctuary is also being prepared to develop it as an important tiger sanctuary in the region. A visit to Sitanadi sanctuary promises to be an exciting and unforgettable experience for all wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Best Time to Visit - Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit the Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary is November-June.

How to Reach - Sitanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary is at a distance of about 173 km from state capital Raipur which is also the nearest airport. Dhamtari Railway Station (95km) is the nearest railhead from Sitanadi Sanctuary. The place is easily approachable through the Raipur-Deobhog State Highway.

Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary
Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary
 

Located in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh, Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is a small but an important wildlife sanctuary in the region. Established in 1983 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary covers an area of approximately 232 sq km. the topography of the sanctuary comprises of broken mass of land traversed by innumerable hill ranges intercepted by stripes of plains. The beautiful sanctuary derives its name from the Udanti River flowing from the west to east covering major part of the sanctuary. Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its population of the endangered Wild Buffalos. For their survival and growth many steps have been taken by the forest department officials. A large number of man-made tanks have been constructed all across the width and length of the sanctuary. On Udanti Wildlife Tour you can see this amazing animal among a wide variety of animals and birds.

Flora and Fauna - Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary

The flora in Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary chiefly comprises of Tropical Dry Peninsular Sal forests and Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Mixed Forests. Major flora in the sanctuary comprises of Teak, Sal, Salai, Bamboo, Mahul, Semal, Mahua, Aonwla, Tendu, Harra and Ber among others. The wildlife found in Udanti Sanctuary include Wild Buffalos, Panthers, Tigers, Chital, Four-horned Antelopes, Chinkara, Black Buck, Sambar, Nilgai, Jungle cat, Barking Deer, Sloth bear, Gaur, Wild dog, Porcupine, Monkey, Jackals, Bison, Striped Hyena, Fox, Cobras, Pythons etc. The sanctuary also has a sizable population of birds with prominent being the Parrots, Bulbul, Peafowl, Racket-tailed Drongos, Egrets, Heron, Magpie robin, Lesser whistling Teal, Pintail, Rollers and Herons to name few. A visit to Udanti sanctuary promises to be an exciting and unforgettable experience for all wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and nature lovers.

Best Time to Visit - Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary is November-June.

How to Reach - Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is at a distance of about 160 km from state capital Raipur which is also the nearest airport. Rajim (115 Kms) is the nearest railhead and the nearest bus stand from the Udanti Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is easily approachable through the Raipur-Rajim-Gariaband-Mainpur-Deobhog PWD all weather road.

Rajiv Lochan,Rajim, Rajiv Lochan,Rajim,
Rajiv Lochan,Rajim,

Temples and sculptures are a part of culture of Chhattisgarh, as much as Teejan Bai's Pandvani. Some of the remarkable temples of India are situated here.

One of the most important temple complexes stands in a place called the Prayag of Chhattisgarh. Rajim, the temple town, has earned this sobriquet because it is located near the confluence of three rivers Pairi, Sondur and the Mahanadi. Though most temple towns are infamous for the bullying pandits but surprisingly there are no pujaris or pandits here unlike at Hardwar, Puri and Kalighat.

The town a number of temples dedicated to various deities. These temples belong to different eras; most of them were either constructed in the 8th century or the 14th century AD. Of these the most famous is the Rajiv Lochan temple complex, built in the 8th century. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are intricate stone carvings all around the complex a reflection of the art that flourished in the post-Gupta period, in the region. There are many remarkable similarities in the construction and sculptures at temples here with those at Khajuraho and Konark.

The beautiful sculptures of Vamana, Trivikrama, and Narasimha are quite impressive to the eye. The massive doorframe has a sleeping figure of Vishnu placed, with his attendants surrounding him, on its lintel. It is perhaps one of the most exquisite doorways in the world.

Life-size figures of amorous couples, flower bearers and decorate the pillars supporting the mandapam of the Ramachandra Temple, which stands next to the Rajiv Lochan temple. Jewellery pieces and hairstyles are painstakingly detailed on most statues. The trends of ancient days can be studied on the sculptures scattered around the temple complex.

The temple has many small temples inside the complex, including Rajim Telin Bhaktin Mata Mandir, Sri Jagannath mandir, Lord Shiva temple, etc.

According to an ancient lore, a woman, who made her living by selling oil, decided to build a temple for lord Vishnu but she was worried that none would visit a temple made by a telin. But lord Vishnu assured her that her temple would be the first one in the complex and everyone would have to cross it to visit the Rajiv Lochan temple, which was more opulent.

Rajiv Lochan temple has several unique features. Unlike other temples in the country only kshatriyas were employed as pujaris. The idol of the temple deity, Lord Vishnu, is made in beautiful black granite and attired in unstitched garments. The turban on the idol is woven by a family that has done so for many generations. Interestingly, idol of lord Vishnu at the Rajiv Lochan temple is dressed up differently during the day to represent different phases of life. He is dressed like a child in the morning, a youth in the afternoon and as an old man in the evening.

Another legend about Rajim is that it is situated on a lotus and is also known as Panchkashi as it has five shivalingams in the different temples. Every full moon night there is some celebration or other at the temple complex. Devotees carry a gigantic pole decorated with colourful ribbons and festoons. Accompanied by loud beating of drums and pipes they carry it the bank of the rivers and plant it on the hot sands. This is called the "madai" that announces the beginning of a festive fair.

On a tiny island, right in the midst of the converging rivers there is the ninth century Kuleshwar temple. It is said that the temple becomes unapproachable during the monsoon when the rivers are in spate.

As hundreds of devotees queue up for darshan, drumbeats reverberate from one end of the bank where some people are dancing. Festivities and revelry are part of worship in this Prayag of Chhattisgarh as Rajim, the town that has been named after Rajim telin, is also known as.

Kanger Ghaati National Park Kanger Ghaati National Park
Kanger Ghaati National Park
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Kanger Ghati National Park

 

The magnificent wildlife reserves and parks of Chhattisgarh are a major crowd puller. The government of Chhattisgarh is trying to preserve the parks and reserves of this state for a healthy eco system and retain the ecological balance in the animal kingdom.. Protecting these habitats as well as preserving the existing wildlife sanctuaries is a major concern for the ecological security of our country. The Kanger Ghati National Park in Chhattisgarh bears a living testimony to the helping hands that have been forwarded by the Indian environmentalists and avid animal lovers alike. If you are considering a tour to Chhattisgarh be sure to include this exciting National Park in your travel itinerary.

Kanger Ghati National Park

Located in the Bastar district near the Kholaba river Kanger Ghati National Park provides you much more than Wildlife in Chhattisgar. The Kailash caves, the Kutamsar caves and the Dandak caves provide ample scope to the tourists for exploring this dense terrain. The park came into being in 1982. It is named after the Kanger River which flows near the Park. This 200 square kilometer National park starts from Tirathgarh waterfall and ends near the Kolab River in the Orissa border. The park is divided into two ranges- Kotamsar and Koleng which is again divided into different compartments.

The caves and the natural vegetation of the place support a wide variety of wildlife population. For instance the Kotamsar cave shelters fish. A wide variety of snakes like python, cobra, karait, dhaman, flying snake, thrives in the grasslands of the Park. Kanger Ghati National Park also has a rich variety of avian life with eagle, woodpecker, owl, red jungle fowl, peacock, and kingfisher. The whole place is a study in myriad colors. The Eastern part of the Park abounds in wild Gaurs. This part of the park is less visited by humans and tourists as it is steeper and denser.

Gadiya Mountain ,Kanker Gadiya Mountain ,Kanker
Gadiya Mountain ,Kanker
 

Gadiya Mountain ,KankerThe Gadiya Mountain came into light at the time of Kandra dynasty. When the Kandra king Dharma Dev won the Kanker. He declared his capital on Gadhiya Mountain, which is a natural form of a fort. On the mountain there is a tank which never dries and fulfill by water throughout the year. One part of this tank is called as Sonai and the other part of this tank is called as Rupai. Actually Sonai and Rupai were the two daughters of Kandra king Dharma Dev. On the southern part of this tank there is a cave named Churi pagar. The entry of this cave is very much narrow. On any outer attack the King and his family lived safe in this cave. The space of the cave is able to sit 500 peoples inside. The exit door of this cave is towards west direction. In the south east part of  Gadhiya mountain there is an other cave called Jogi cave. The length of this cave is 50 meters. In ancient time  a lot of monks lives here alone time to time for there meditation. there is a small pond this cave. the water of this cave flows on the rock like a water fall. On the bottom of Gadhiya mountain the Doodh river flows. On Maha Shivratri there is a small festival celebrated on this mountain. On that day thousand of people climb on the mountain. Now there is a concrete leader available for climbing on the mountain.

Charre-Marre Water fall

This is an other beautiful water fall situated in Kanker district. This water fall is situated 17 kilometers away from Antagarh a block of kanker district. There is a place named Charre-Marre on the way from Antagarh to Aamabera. The water fall produces by the river named Jogidahara which flows in Matla valley. The height of this water fall is 16 meters. The slop of this water fall is jig jag. Without viewing this water fall the traveling of any tourist can not be considered full. for entertainment and picnic this place is so ideal. There is no problem in reaching on this spot.

 

Malanjhkudum Water fall

Towards South direction and 15 kilometers away form Kanker, there is a small mountain. On this mountain there is a spot named Neele Gondi from where the doodh river takes its shape. After crossing the 10 kilometers length of mountaineer path there is a place named as Malanjhkudum from where the river produces three water falls, the heights of these water falls are 10 meters. 15 meters and 9 meters respectively. The slope of this water fall is like a leader. The waves of this water fall is very attractive and challenging. This spot is very good for traveling. This water fall is very popular in students, teachers, leaders and artists and officers. this is a ideal place for picnic. The road is available to reach this spot.

Shivani Temple

This temple is situated in Kanker city. This temple is called Shivani Maa temple. The statue of goddess is excellent. According to a myth this Goddess is a combination of two Goddess name Kali Maa and Durga Maa. The vertically  half part of goddess Kali and the remaining half part is of goddess Durga. This type of statue is only two in numbers in whole world. One is in Kolkata and the another is in Kanker. In this temple the Navratri  festival celebrated warmly. the people of all religions have faith in this temple.

Khairagarh Khairagarh
Khairagarh

रायपुर से १४० किमी एवं डोंगरगढ़ से ४० किमी की दूरी पर स्थित खैरागढ़ इंदिरा कला एवं संगीत विश्वविद्यालय के लिए प्रसिद्ध है | स्वाधीनता से पूर्व खैरागढ़ एक रियासत थी | खैरागढ़ की राजकुमारी इंदिरा की याद में स्थापित खैरागढ़ का इंदिरा कला एवं संगीत विश्वविद्यालय, एशिया महाद्वीप का इकलौता ऐसा विश्वविद्यालय है जो कि कला एवं संगीत को समर्पित है |
राजकुमारी इंदिरा को संगीत से बहुत लगाव था | उनकी मृत्यु के पश्चात उनके माता-पिता, राजा वीरेंद्र बहादुर सिंह एवं रानी पद्मावती देवी जो कि खैरागढ़ रियासत के भूतपूर्व नरेश भी थे, कि इच्छा थी कि राजकुमारी इंदिरा कि संगीत से लगाव कि याद अक्षुण्ण बनी रहे |
इस प्रयोजन हेतु राजा वीरेन्द्र बहादुर सिंह ने अपना राजमहल कमाल्विलास महल, संगीत महाविद्यालय की स्थापना हेतु दानस्वरूप दिया | हरे-भरे धन व कपास के खेतों के बीच में स्थित खैरागढ़, सांस्कृतिक गतिविधियों के रूप में स्थापित हुआ | इसे विश्वविद्यालय का दर्जा १९५६ में मिला | स्वतंत्रता के पश्चात् स्थापित प्रारंभिक विश्वविद्यालयों में से एक, इसका कार्यक्षेत्र सम्पूर्ण भारत में है | वर्तमान में भारत के ४६ महाविद्यालय इस विश्वविद्यालय से जुड़े हुए है | देश-विदेश से यहाँ छात्र-छात्राएं पढ़ने आते है |
विश्वविद्यालय मुख्यत: विभिन्न पारंपरिक संगीत एवं नृत्यकला की शिक्षा एवं शोधकर्ता की सुविधा प्रदान करता है |  विभिन्न विषयों जैसे कि संगीत, शास्त्रीय संगीत (जिसमे हिन्दुस्तानी एवं कर्नाटक संगीत का समावेश है), भारतीय शास्त्रीय वाध्य संगीत (सितार, वायलिन, सरोद, तबला, कर्नाटक वायलिन, वीणा इत्यादि), गीत, भजन, गजल, भारतीय शास्त्रीय नृत्यकला (कत्थक, भारतनाट्यम, कथकली, कुचीपुड़ी इत्यादि), भारतीय लोक नृत्यकलाएँ एवं लोक संगीत कलाएँ, पारंपरिक मूर्तिकला, चित्रकला, माडर्न मूर्तिकला एवं चित्रकला के इतिहास पर शिक्षा के इतिहास पर शिक्षा एवं शोधकार्य प्रदान करने की सुविधा है |
विशेष विषयों में तबला पश्वध्वज एवं मृदंगम की शिक्षा, हिन्दुस्तानी ख्याल, द्रुपद, ठुमरी एवं दादरा की शिक्षा भी प्रदान की जाती है| विभिन्न पारंपरिक एवं लोक वाद्य यंत्रो से सज्जित गैलेरी इस विश्वविद्यालय का मुख्य आकर्षण है| इसके अतिरिक्त भारतीय पारंपरिक एवं आधुनिक चित्रकला, लोक चित्रकला एवं आदिवासी चित्रकला से सज्जित गैलेरी तथा पुरातात्विक संग्रह भी इस विश्वविद्यालय के अन्य आकर्षण है | यहाँ से जुडी ४३००० पुस्तकों वाला एक पुस्तकालय (लाइब्रेरी) भी है जिसमे कि इन कलाओ के ऑडियो-विडियो क्लिपों का संग्रह है |
इंदिरा कला एवं संगीत विश्वविद्यालय ने पंडित रविशंकर (सितार), रुक्मणी देवी अरुणंदले (नृत्य), अलाउद्दीनखान (सितार), लता मंगेशकर (गायन), एम.एस. सुब्बलक्ष्मी (कर्नाटक संगीत), पपुल जयकर इत्यादि को डॉक्टरेट की मानद उपाधि से सम्मानित किया है | इंदिरा कला एवं संगीत विश्वविद्यालय, कला एवं संगीत को समर्पित एक ऐसा स्थान है जो हर एक आने वाले के मन में एक अनूठी छाप छोड़ने में सफल रहती है |
गंडई :- खैरागढ़ के नजदीक ३० किमी में गंडई है जो कि भोरमदेव से सामान दूरी पर स्थित है | यहाँ पर कलचुरी कालीन १३वी शताब्दी का शिव मंदिर है | इस मंदिर का नाम देऊर मंदिर है | त्रिरथ नागर शैली में बना यह भव्य मंदिर कलचुरी कालीन वास्तु विन्यास और मूर्ति निर्माण की समृद्ध परंपरा का जीता जागता उदाहरण है | गंडई से कुछ दूरी पर घटियारी गाँव में शिव मंदिर के भग्नावशेष है | इस मंदिर में मंडप अंतराल और गर्भगृह निर्मित है | यह पंचायतन शैली का है | मंदिर से प्राप्त नटराज की अष्टभुजी मूर्ति अत्यंत आकर्षक है | इसके अतिरिक्त अंधकासुर वध मूर्ति एवं चतुर्भुजी शिव प्रतिमा भी आकर्षक है | घटियारी के समीप कटंगी गाँव में भी १२वी शताब्दी का शिव मंदिर है जहाँ एक भव्य शिव प्रतिमा मिली है |

Ramgarh Sarguja(Chhattisgarh) Ramgarh Sarguja(Chhattisgarh)
Ramgarh Sarguja(Chhattisgarh)

रामगढ:

यह सरगुजा के एतिहासिक स्थलो में सबसे प्राचिन है। यह अम्बिकापुर- बिलासपुर मार्ग में स्थित है। इसे रामगिरि भी कहा जाता है,  रामगढ पर्वत HAT (टोपी) की सकल का है। रामगढ भगवान राम एवं महाकवि कालीदास से सम्बन्धित होने के कारण सोध का केन्द्र बना हुआ है । एक प्राचीन मान्यता के अनुसार भगवान राम भाइ ल्क्ष्मण ओर पत्नी सीता के साथ वनवास काल मे निवास किए थे यहीं पर राम के तापस वेस के कारण जोगी मारा, सीता के नाम पर सीता बेंगरगा एवं ल्क्ष्मण के नाम पर ल्क्ष्मण गुफा भी स्थित है ।

संस्कृत विद्वान रामगढ को महाकवि कालीदास की रामगढ की पहाडी बताते है जहां उन्होने बैठकर अपनी कृति मेघदुत की रचना की थी।  कालीदास ने मेघदुत मे रामगढ के पहाडी के बारे मे जैसा लिखा है उसकी रुप रेखा आज भी दिख पडता है यहां पर विश्व की प्राचींनतम गुफा नाट्य शाला स्थित है इसे रामगढ नाटय शाला कहा जाता है।

सरगुजा जिलें के धार्मिक स्थल

महामाया मन्दिर

तकिया

कुदरगढ

पारदेश्वर शिव मंदिर

शिवपुर

देवगढ

 

महामाया मन्दिर


अम्बिकापुर शहर

सरगुजा जिले के मुख्यालय अम्बिकापुर के पूर्वी पहाडी पर प्राचिन महामाया देवी का मंदिर स्थित है। इन्ही महामाया या अम्बिका देवी के नाम पर जिला मुख्यालय का नामकरण अम्बिकापुर हुआ। एक मान्यता के अनुसार अम्बिकापुर स्थित महामाया मन्दिर में महामाया देवी का धड स्थित है इनका सिर बिलासपुर जिले के रतनपुर के महामाया मन्दिर में है। इस मन्दिर का निर्माण महामाया रघुनाथ शरण सिहं देव ने कराया था। चैत्र व शारदीय नवरात्र में विशेष रूप अनगिनत भक्त इस मंदिर में जाकर पूजा अर्चना करते है।

तकिया


अम्बिकापुर शहर

अम्बिकापुर नगर के उतर-पूर्व छोर पर तकिया ग्राम स्थित है इसी ग्राम में बाबा मुराद शाह, बाबा मुहम्मद शाह और उन्ही के पैर की ओर एक छोटी मजार उनके तोते की है यहां पर सभी धर्म के एवं सम्प्रदाय के लोग एक जुट होते हैं मजार पर चादर चढाते हैं और मन्नते मांगते है बाबा मुरादशाह अपने "मुराद" शाह नाम के अनुसार सबकी मुरादे पूरी करते हैं। इसी मजार के पास ही एक देवी का भी स्थान है इस प्रकार इस स्थान पर हिन्दू देवी देवता और मजार का एक ही स्थान पर होना धार्मिक एवं सामाजिक समन्वय का जीवंत उदाहरण है।  

कुदरगढ


अम्बिकापुर -> सुरजपुर -> भैयाथान ->ओडगी रोड->  कुदरगढ

कुदरगढ सरगुजा जिले के भैयाथान के निकट एक पहाडी के शिखर पर स्थित है। यहां पर भगवती देवी का एक प्रसिद्ध मंदिर है, इस मंदिर के निकट तालाबों और एक किले का खंडहर है कहा जाता है कि यह किला विन्ध क्षेत्र के राजा बुलन्द का है कुदरगढ मे रामनवमीं के अवसर पर भारी भीड रहती है और इस समय यहां विशाल मेला लगता है ।

 

पारदेश्वर शिव मंदिर


अम्बिकापुर -> प्रतापपुर-> बनखेता-> पारदेश्वर शिव मंदिर

पारदेश्वर शिव मंदिर प्रतापपुर विकास खण्ड् से डेढ किमी. दक्षिण की ओर बनखेता में मिशन स्कूल के निकट नदी किनारे स्थापित है। इस शिव मंदिर में लगभग 21 किलो शुद्ध पारे की एक मात्र अनोखी "पारद शिवलिंग" स्थापित है।  

शिवपुर


अम्बिकापुर -> प्रतापपुर-> शिवपुर

अम्बिकापुर से प्रतापपुर की दूरी 45 किमी. है। प्रतापपुर से 04 किमी. दूरी पर शिवपुर ग्राम के पास एक पहाडी की तलहटी में अत्यंत मनोरम प्राकृतिक वातावरण में एक प्राचीन शिव मंदिर है। इस पहाडी से एक जलस्त्रोत झरने के रुप में प्रवाहित होता है। यह झरना शिव लिंग पर गंगाधारा के रुप में प्रवाहित होता हुआ नीचे की ओर बहता है। इस मनोरम दृश्य को देखकर आध्यात्मिक आनंद की अनुभूति होती है। इसे लोक शिवपुर तुर्रा भी कहते हैं। यह स्थान पवित्र माना जाता है एवं जन सामान्य द्वारा पूजित है। यहां पर महाशिव रात्रि पर मेला लगता है। शिवपुर तुर्रा को 1992में शासन द्वारा संरक्षित घोषित किया गया है।

देवगढ


अम्बिकापुर -> लखनपुर-> देवगढ

अम्बिकापुर से लखंनपुर 28 किमी. की दूरी पर है एवं लखंनपुर से 10 किमी. की दूरी पर देवगढ स्थित है। देवगढ प्राचीन काल में ऋषि यमदग्नि की साधना स्थलि रही है। इस शिवलिंग के मध्यभाग पर शक्ति स्वरुप पार्वती जी नारी रुप में अंकित है। इस शिवलिंग को शास्त्रो में अर्द्ध नारीश्वर की उपाधि दी गई है। इसे गौरी शंकर मंदिर भी कहते है। देवगढ में रेणुका नदी के किनारे एकाद्श रुद्ध मंदिरों के भग्नावशेष बिखरे पडे है। देवगढ में गोल्फी मठ की संरचना शैव संप्रदाय से संबंधित मानी जाती है । इसके दर्शनीय स्थल, मंदिरो के भग्नावशेष, गौरी शंकर मंदिर, आयताकार भूगत शैली शिव मंदिर, गोल्फी मठ, पुरातात्विक कलात्मक मूर्तियां एवं प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य है।

सरगुजा जिलें के दर्शनीय स्थल

पुरातात्विक स्थल

रामगढ

लक्ष्मणगढ

कंदरी प्राचीन मंदिर

अर्जुनगढ

सीता लेखनी

डीपाडीह

महेशपुर

सतमहला

 

< < दर्शनीय स्थल

 

रामगढ


अम्बिकापुर -> लखनपुर-> उदयपुर -> रामगढ

यह सरगुजा के एतिहासिक स्थलो में सबसे प्राचिन है। यह अम्बिकापुर- बिलासपुर मार्ग में स्थित है। इसे रामगिरि भी कहा जाता है।

लक्ष्मणगढ


अम्बिकापुर-> उदयपुर->केदमा मार्ग़-> महेशपुर-> लक्ष्मणगढ

अम्बिकापुर से 40 किमी. की दूरी पर लक्ष्मणगढ स्थित है। यह स्थान अम्बिकापुर - बिलासपुर मार्ग पर महेशपुर से 03 किमी. की दूरी पर है। ऐसा माना जाता है कि इसका नाम वनवास काल में श्री लक्ष्मण जी के ठहरने के कारण पडा।  य़ह स्थान रामगढ के निकट ही स्थित है। यहां के दर्शनीय स्थल शिवलिंग(लगभग 2 फिट), कमल पुष्प, गजराज सेवित लक्ष्मी जी, प्रस्तर खंड शिलापाट पर कृष्ण जन्म और प्रस्तर खंडो पर उत्कीर्ण अनेक कलाकृतिय़ां है।

 

कंदरी प्राचीन मंदिर


अम्बिकापुर -> कुसमी-> सामरी मार्ग> कंदरी

अम्बिकापुर- कुसमी- सामरी मार्ग पर 140 किमी. की दूरी पर कंदरी ग्राम स्थित है। यहां पुरातात्विक महत्व का एक विशाल प्राचीन मंदिर है। अनेक पर्वो पर यहां मेले का आयोजन होता रहता है। यहां के दर्शनीय स्थल - अष्ट्धातु की श्री राम की मूर्ति, भगवान शिव की मूर्ति, श्री गणेश की मूर्ति, श्री जगन्नथ जी की काष्ठ मूर्ति और देवी दुर्गा की पीतल की कलात्मक मूर्ति और प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य है।

अर्जुनगढ


अम्बिकापुर -> राजपुर->शंकरगढ-> जोकापाट -> अर्जुनगढ

अर्जुंनगढ स्थान शंकरगढ विकासखंड के जोकापाट के बीहड जंगल में स्थित है। यहां प्राचीन कीले का भग्नावेष दिखाई पड्ता है। एक स्थान पर प्राचीन लंबी ईंटो का घेराव है। इस स्थान के नीचे गहरी खाई है, जहां से एक झरना बहता है। किवदंती है कि पहले एक सिद्धपुरूष का निवास था। इस पहाडी क्षेत्र मे एक गुफा है जिसे धिरिया लता गुफा के नाम से जाना जाता है। अर्जुनगढ मे प्राचीन पुरातात्विक पुरातात्विक महत्व के अवशेष आज भी देखनें को मिलते हैं।

सीता लेखनी


अम्बिकापुर -> सुरजपुर-> महुली->सीता लेखनी

सुरजपुर तहसील के ग्राम महुली के पास एक पहाडी पर शैल चित्रों के साथ ही साथ अस्पष्ट शंख लिपि की भी जानकारी मिली है। ग्रामीण जनता इस प्राचीनतम लिपि को "सीता लेखनी"  कहती है।

डिपाडी


अम्बिकापुर -> राजपुर->शंकरगढ->  कुसमी रोड -> डिपाडीह

डिपाडीह कनहर,सूर्या तथा गलफुला नदियों के संगम के किनारे बसा हुआ है। यह चारों ओर पहाडियों से घिरा मनोरम स्थान है। यहां चार पांच किलोमीटर के क्षेत्रफल में कई मन्दिरों के टिले है। मान्यता के अनुसार यहां पर आठ्वी शताब्दी में स्थापित कई मूर्तियां है उसमें प्रमुख रूप से भगवान शिव एवं देवी की मूर्तियां मिली है। ऐसा भी माना जाता है कि यह नौवीं शताब्दी में शैव सम्प्रदाय का साधना स्थल रहा होगा।

महेशपुर


अम्बिकापुर -> उदयपुर->केदमा मार्ग़-> महेशपुर

महेश्पुर, उदयपुर से उत्तरी दिशा में 08 किमी. की दूरी पर स्थित है। उदयपुर से केदमा मार्ग पर जाना पड्ता है। इसके दर्शनीय स्थल प्राचीन शिव मंदिर (दसवीं शताब्दी), छेरिका देउर के विष्णु मंदिर (10वीं शताब्दी), तीर्थकर वृषभ नाथ प्रतीमा (8वीं शताब्दी), सिंहासन पर विराजमन तपस्वी,  भगवान विष्णु-लक्ष्मी मूर्ति, नरसिंह अवतार, हिरण्यकश्यप को चीरना, मुंड टीला (प्रहलाद को गोद मे लिए), स्कंधमाता, गंगा-जमुना की मूर्तिया, दर्पण देखती नायिका और 18 वाक्यो का शिलालेख हैं। 

सतमहला


अम्बिकापुर -> लखनपुर->कलचा ग्राम-> सतमहला

अम्बिकापुर के दक्षिण में लखनपुर से लगभग दस कि.मी. की दूरी पर कलचा ग्राम स्थित है, यहीं पर सतमहला नामक स्थान है। यहां सात स्थानों पर भग्नावशेष है। एक मान्यता के अनुसार यहां पर प्राचिन काल में सात विशाल शिव मंदिर थे, जबकि जनजातियों के अनुसार इस स्थान पर प्राचीन काल में किसी राजा का सप्त प्रांगण महल था। यहां पर दर्शनीय स्थल शिव मंदिर, षटभुजाकार कुंआ और सूर्य प्रतिमा है।

Tala - chattisgarh Tala - chattisgarh
Tala - chattisgarh
Around 29 km's South of Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh (India) there are ruins of two temples popularly known as Devrani and Jethani on the banks of the river Maniyari at Tala or Talagaon. Fragmented sculptures lie scattered all around. During the site clearance operations, (although it is named so but factually it was a large scale excavation carried out around the temple ruins) very many huge sculptures, most of them broken, were recovered from under the soil. The complex looked like a grave yard of sculptures. Amongst them one was unique in the sense it defied all attempts to identify it with anything known so far.

sculptures are not made mindlessly. Normally they are supposed to conform to the Shilpa Sastra and the characters are from various mythological beliefs. The one we are talking about, which got christened as Rudra Shiva, does not fit into the framework of known characters. The intricacy of carvings encountered at Tala (Bilaspur) is superb. The ruined structures are massive. Scholars have so far failed to associate them with any of the known art forms viz. Gandhara, Mathura and so on. The period being 6th century AD, one would be tempted to assume that the temple and the art associated with it are derivatives of the Guptan style at its zenith still quite distinctly different. The closest match could be the ruins at Sisdevri of Baloda Bazaar Tahsil in Raipur District of Chhattisgarh.


Devrani Temple Ruins
Although it is very difficult not to talk of very many other features which lend grace to every thing there, we need to confine ourselves to the mystical execution of the so called Rudra Shiva alone for which this post is intended. If one looks at the huge sculpture which is almost 8 feet in height and weighs more than 5 tonnes, it would appear as if it is a massively built demon with emphasis on muscular strength. The sculptor seems to have used every conceivable creature to energize and to form part of its anatomy; serpent seems to have been a favorite. One may even feel as if evolution of life on earth is taken as a theme for this creation. Coming to its various bodily parts, we may perhaps start from top progressively going down.
Jethani Temple Ruins

Two snakes make the head dress. They are tied around like a turban and the hoods crossing each other to give a bow like impression. Two serpent hoods are found above each shoulder. We do not know where the tails rest. The ears are adorned by Peacocks. The nose is made of a descending lizard and so are the eye brows. Eyelashes are either in the pattern of an open mouth of a frog or the mouth of a roaring lion. The upper lip and moustaches are made of two fishes while the lower lips and chin are shaped like a crab. Crocodiles have been depicted as shoulders and both the hands look like coming out of its mouth. Seven human heads are engraved in various parts of the body. Of these a pair of small heads may be seen in either side of the chest. A bigger face forms the abdomen. These three faces have moustaches. Each thigh consists of a pair of heads of which two smiling faces are carved on the front side, while the other two are carved on both sides. Heads of lion are depicted on each knee. The waist band is also designed like a snake and the finger tips on both the arms end with snake heads. The genital organ (Penis) is made of head and neck of a tortoise. Two bell-like testicles are designed as forelimbs of the same animal. A snake is also shown entwining the left leg. Probably the legs are also formed like that of an Elephant but it is not very clear due to the bottom being broken.
At the time of the discovery of this massive idol, it was found lying in a 10 x 4 trench (on the front right of Devrani temple) which was laid out with stone slabs at the bottom. Some mud was poured into it before the sculpture was put down with head downwards and later on filled with soil. There appears to have been a deliberate attempt to bury it under the soil and not due to any accidental fall as otherwise the sculpture could have been found broken. At least the head could not have sustained the fall. Why then this marvelous sculpture was discarded. The only plausible reason seems to be that it was no longer required. Even today we find many construction sites displaying a demon like head to ward off evil eyes. This sculpture too could have been created for a like purpose and when the construction of the temple got completed, this evil catcher was consigned to the grave. A senior archaeologist is of the opinion that there would have been two such sculptures and the second one still remains to be discovered.
Lafagarh -chhattisgarh Lafagarh -chhattisgarh
Lafagarh -chhattisgarh

Lafagarh is situated around 70 kms away from Korba(Chhattisgarh).

Lafagarh Fort, located on the highest peak of Mekaal Mountain,it is situated at a height of 3060 height on the hill top.The fort lies on the Korba-Bilaspur road. It was constructed by Raja Pratwidev First.

The fort has three main entrances which are named as Menaka, Humkara, and Sinhadwar.A small temple, situated at the main entrance of the fort, is noteworthy. Another point of attraction is the big dome supported by five rows of pillars with each row having five pillars. The main outer door of the fort is called Jhandi or Dinda door. The second door is popularly known as Manka Dawar whereas the third one is called Hukhra Dawar.
mainpat-surguja-chattisgarh mainpat-surguja-chattisgarh
mainpat-surguja-chattisgarh
Buddha Temple, Mainpat, Surguja, Chhattisgarh: Mainpat is called the `Shimla of Surguja`. Tibetians, the chief residents of this rehabilitation centre run small industries of designer mats (Kalin) and woolen cloths. For facilitation of their worship, they have constructed a Buddha Temple. They are followers of the Dalai Lama, who have changed the atmosphere of Mainpat to a humanitarian one. This particular Buddha Temple is built in the lines the Buddha Viharas (from Tibet).
Ranidah Waterfall Jashpur Ranidah Waterfall Jashpur
Ranidah Waterfall Jashpur
Rani Dah is a picturesque waterfalls, located about 12 km from Jashpur Nagar, in Jashpur District of Chhattisgarh. It is noted for its scenic surroundings comprising dense forest and hills. The highlight is a water pool.
ShivriNarayan Temple ShivriNarayan Temple
ShivriNarayan Temple

Shivrinarayan will surely come among the religiously important Chattisgarh Cities and Towns. Only sixty-five Kilometers from Bilaspur City, Shivrinarayan Town has strong historical and mythological connections. It falls within the Jangjir and Champa District of the state.

According to the census of 2001, the town of Shivrinarayan has a population of more than eight thousand. Shivrinarayan in Chattisgarh has quite a good sex ratio with forty eight percent females and fifty two percent males. The literacy rate of Shivrinarayan is more than the national average. With a male literacy rate of seventy three percent and female literacy rate pf fifty three percent, the town has an average of sixty three percent literacy rate.

There is mention of the town's name in the great Indian epic, Ramayana. It is believed that while passing through the Shivrinarayan area, King Rama savored the delicious 'Ber' - a type of berry. The ancient temples of the region attract thousand of visitors and tourists every year. Two of the most frequented temples in the area are the Chandrachudeswar Temple and the Narayan Temple. Another exciting temple is the Shivrinarayan Temple, which is situated at the meeting point of the sacred Mahanadi River and Shivnath River. This temple has emerged as a great tourist destination for its religious value and scenic beauty.

The nearest airport from Shivrinarayan is the Raipur Airport. It is also well connected with Bilaspur via frequent bus service and other road transports. The Bilaspur Railway Station is the nearest one.

Jindal Power Limited Jindal Power Limited
Jindal Power Limited

Jindal Power Limited, subsidiary of JSPL, has set up a 1000 MW O P Jindal Super Thermal Power Plant at Raigarh, with an investment of over Rs. 4500 crore. The last unit was commissioned in the first week of September, 2008.

JPL has planned more hydro & thermal power projects and has an aggressive blueprint to increase domestic Power production to help in contributing towards achieving Govt.of India's goal of "affordable power for all by 2012". JPL has signed an MOU for setting up 2520 MW plant with an investment of over Rs.11, 340 crore in Chhattisgarh and 2640 MW with an investment of over Rs.11, 880 crore in Jharkhand.

JSPL has acquired the development rights for 20 billion tonnes of EL Mutun Iron Ore Reserves in Bolivia , South America. It plans to invest US $2.1 billion in the next few years for mining and setting up of an integrated 1.7 MT Steel Plant, 450 MW Power Plant, 6 MT Sponge Iron and 10 MT Iron Ore Pellet Plant. The project will generate gainful employment for thousands of people and catalyze economic growth for the Republic of Bolivia. This is the largest investment by an Indian company in Latin America and also the largest foreign investment in a single project in Bolivia.

Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd
Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd

Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd. (BALCO) is complying with applicable Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment (OHSAS) certification rules and regulations, and seeks to provide a safe and environment friendly work atmosphere.

The company has taken steps towards conservation of raw materials, water and energy and wherever possible, recycles water and reduces waste. BALCO is committed to environment protection and minimizing health hazards.

BALCO has a gas cleaning and cryolite regeneration plant to minimize emission of gases since inception. It has mud ponds for disposal of red mud generated from Bauxite. Electrostatic precipitator is provided to check emission of solid particles into the atmospheres

CSEB,Chhattisgarh CSEB,Chhattisgarh
CSEB,Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh has excellent power evacuation infrastructure. It can transport and sell power to deficit areas in any part of India. CSEB levies minimal wheeling charges. The State has 44% forest cover; even so, Chhattisgarh Environment Protection Board pursues proactive policies so that power generation is environmentally sustainable. An added reason for investing in Chhattisgarh’s power generation sector is our prograssive power policy, that allows third party sales to buyers outside the State, with or without wheeling from CSEB. This also overcomes the usual escrow/guarantee bottleneck.

CSEB is one of few profit making State Electricity Boards. Power Sector Reforms are underway in Chhattisgarh. The user-pays regime has been adopted. There is no free power in the State. Subsidies, where applicable, are targeted. The process of Tariff rationalization is on. A hundred percent Electronic Metering project has been started.

We see Chhattisgarh emerging as the Power Hub of India - we have the capacity to cover half the demand-supply gap in the entire country, and have already tied up over 5000 MW of power generation in one year alone.

NTPC Limited NTPC Limited
NTPC Limited

NTPC Limited (Formerly National Thermal Power Corporation) is the largest power generation company in India. Forbes Global 2000 for 2009 ranked it 317th [1]in the world. It is an Indian public sector company listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange although at present the Government of India holds 89.5% of its equity. It was founded on November 7, 1975.
NTPC's core business is engineering, construction and operation of power generating plants and providing consultancy to power utilities in India and abroad.

NTPC’s share at 31 Mar 2001 of the total installed capacity of the country was 24.51% and it generated 29.68% of the power of the country in 2008-09. Every fourth home in India is lit by NTPC. 170.88BU of electricity was produced by its stations in the financial year 2005-2006. The Net Profit after Tax on March 31, 2006 was INR 58,202 million. Net Profit after Tax for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 was INR 15528 million, which is 18.65% more than for the same quarter in the previous financial year. 2005).

Pursuant to a special resolution passed by the Shareholders at the Company’s Annual General Meeting on September 23, 2005 and the approval of the Central Government under section 21 of the Companies Act, 1956, the name of the Company "National Thermal Power Corporation Limited" has been changed to "NTPC Limited" with effect from October 28, 2005. The primary reason for this is the company's foray into hydro and nuclear based power generation along with backward integration by coal mining.

Tirathgarh Falls, Bastar Tirathgarh Falls, Bastar
Tirathgarh Falls, Bastar

Tirathgarh falls are located approximately 38km from Jagdalpur in Bastar district. The water falls from a height of 100 feet on a river which originates in a lake not very far away from this point. The lake is locally known as Pool. The surroundings are pristine and covered with thick vegetation.

Indravati National Park Indravati National Park
Indravati National Park
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Indravati National Park

 

Indravati National Park is the finest and most famous wildlife parks of Chhattisgarh. Also the only Tiger Reserve in the state, Indravati National Park is located in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. The Park derives its name from the Indravati River, which flows from east to west and forms the northern boundary of the reserve with the Indian state of Maharashtra. With a total area of approximately 2799.08 sq km, Indravati attained the status of a National Park in 1981 and a Tiger Reserve in 1983 under the famous Project Tiger of India to become one of the most famous tiger reserves of India. The topography of the Park mainly comprises of undulating hilly terrain with altitude ranging between 177 to 599 m above the sea level. The Park is famous for its unique and diverse wildlife and bird species including some of the most endangered species such as Wild Buffalos and Hill Mynas. A series of beautiful hill ranges with lush green vegetation and unique and varied wildlife make Indravati National Park a must visit for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Best Season to Visit - Indravati National Park
The best season to visit the Park is from 15th December to 15th June.

How to Reach - Indravati National Park

Indravati National Park is easily approachable from Jagdalpur, the district head quarter of Bastar. The village Kutrue, the main entry point of the park, is situated at the distance of 22.4 km north of Jagdalpur- Bhopalpattanam road. The Kutrue link road is at the distance of 145.6 km from Jagdalpur. Raipur (486 km) is the nearest airport and Jagdalpur (168 km) is the nearest railhead from the Indravati National Park.

Ram Tekri Bilaspur Ram Tekri Bilaspur
Ram Tekri Bilaspur
Ram Tekri in Bilaspur has derived its name from the Ram-Janaki mandir with its splendid granite statues of Lord Ram, Sita and Lord Hanuman. Maratha king Shivaji Rao Bhonsle was the one who built this temple.It has immense historical as well as archaeological importance.It is just at a distance of 3 km from Ratanpur and can be reached as the road is motorable but a bit steep as well that makes the journey quite exciting.
Civic Center, Bhilai Civic Center, Bhilai
Civic Center, Bhilai
Nighttime view of splendid Arjuna's Rath (Chariot) at Civic Center, Bhilai, Chhattisgarh state, India.
Talagram Talagram
Talagram
Talagram - famous for Deorani-Jethani Temple with a huge statue. Bilaspur also has few enchantingly beautiful dams, which are also popular picnic spots of the region. Kutha Ghat, Belpan and Khadia Dam are most famous among them.
Ratanpur Temple Ratanpur Temple
Ratanpur Temple
Ratanpur was once the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is situated about 25 km from Bilaspur on the Katghora Road. As per the belief of the locals, the place Ratanpur was important in all the 4 yugs (ages) of Hinduism - Sat yug, Treta yug, Dwaapar yug and Kal yug. Temples of Ratanpur, Bilaspur attract tourists from far and wide places. Ratanpur is a holy land and one of the most important holy places in Bilaspur.
Mata naina devi Mata naina devi
Mata naina devi
Mahamaya Temple Mahamaya Temple
Mahamaya Temple
High Court Bilaspur High Court Bilaspur
High Court Bilaspur
The Chhattisgarh High Court is one of the newest High Courts in India. It was established on 2000-11-01 after the Madhya Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2000 was passed. It has jurisdiction over the state of Chhattisgarh. High Court of Bilaspur is the 19th High Court of India.
Hallahar Bilaspur Hallahar Bilaspur
Hallahar Bilaspur
Ghansidas University Ghansidas University
Ghansidas University
Bilaspur C.G. State, established under Central University Ordinance 2009, No. 3 of 2009. Formerly called Guru Ghasidas University (GGU), established by an Act of the State Legislative Assembly,was formally inaugurated on June 16, 1983. GGU is an active member of the Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Engineering College Bilaspur Engineering College Bilaspur
Engineering College Bilaspur
Government Engineering College Bilaspur is situated on the Korba Road, amidst the peaceful and natural region of Koni village in Bilaspur, Chattisgarh.Government Engineering College Bilaspur has been approved by All India council for Technical Education, AICTE, New Delhi and affiliated to the Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University, Chattisgarh.
BHILAI STEEL PLANT BHILAI STEEL PLANT
BHILAI STEEL PLANT
CHHATTISGARH is a relatively new State, but it has quite a few inherent advantages that will be major factors in its industrial progress; foremost among them is its huge reserve of mineral deposits. The main objective of the new industrial policy of the State is to derive maximum value from these resources and create jobs by setting up industries in all the districts.

The State government has realised that Chhattisgarh can become a "developed State" only if its industrial growth rate increases substantially and that can only happen when there is a favourable environment for investment. Hence, attempts are on to make the administration investor-friendly and to provide the necessary infrastructure.

Special importance is given to private sector participation as well as industrial development in the backward regions. Entrepreneurs from the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes are encouraged to participate in the process of industrial development. Some of the thrust industries identified by the State are - automobile and auto components manufacturing units, medicinal, aromatic and dye plants, engineering, food processing, downstream products based on aluminium, information technology and bio-technology, food processing and electronic consumer products and pharmaceuticals.

The industrial sector contributes around 30 per cent of the State's gross domestic product (GDP). Quite a few industrial units have been set up. These include seven large cement plants with installed capacities of 12 million tonnes per annum; 23 sponge iron units with a capacity of 22 lakh tonnes; 99 steel re-rolling mills with a capacity of 12.7 lakh tonnes and 16 ferro-alloy units with a capacity of 2.1 lakh tonnes. Of these, 30 re-rolling mills and 13 ferro-alloy units, which were closed, have re-commenced production in the past three years.

Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) has plans to increase production capacity from the present 1 lakh tonnes to 4 lakh tonnes, with an investment of around Rs.6,000 crores. Apart from these large- and medium-scale industries which employ more than 230,000 people, the small-scale sector also provides substantial job opportunities. The State commands the top position in sponge iron production, at over 50 lakh tonnes a year. The annual production of aluminium has increased in a very short time from 1 lakh tonnes to 3.45 lakh tonnes.

Nagpura Tirth Nagpura Tirth
Nagpura Tirth
Nagpura Tirth
Nehru Art Gallery Civic Centre Nehru Art Gallery Civic Centre
Nehru Art Gallery Civic Centre
Nehru Art Gallery Civic Centre
Civic Centre ,Bhilai Civic Centre ,Bhilai
Civic Centre ,Bhilai
Civic Centre Bhilai
Maa Chandi Mandir,Durg Maa Chandi Mandir,Durg
Maa Chandi Mandir,Durg
Maa Chandi Mandir Durg
Kila Mandir Dhamdha Kila Mandir Dhamdha
Kila Mandir Dhamdha
Kila Mandir Dhamdha
Kendriya Vidyalaya,Durg Kendriya Vidyalaya,Durg
Kendriya Vidyalaya,Durg
Kendriya Vidyalaya Durg
Jhalmala Mandir Jhalmala Mandir
Jhalmala Mandir
Jhalmala Mandir
Jama Masjid,Sector - 6, Bhilai Jama Masjid,Sector - 6, Bhilai
Jama Masjid,Sector - 6, Bhilai
Jama Masjid Sector - 6, Bhilai
Income Tax Office,Durg Income Tax Office,Durg
Income Tax Office,Durg
Income Tax Office Durg
Hindi Bhawan,durg Hindi Bhawan,durg
Hindi Bhawan,durg
Hindi Bhawan Durg
Ganga Maiya,durg Ganga Maiya,durg
Ganga Maiya,durg
Ganga Maiya Mandir
Chatholic Church ,durg Chatholic Church ,durg
Chatholic Church ,durg
Chatholic Church Durg
Bhilai Mahila Mahavidyalaya,Sector - 9, Bhilai Bhilai Mahila Mahavidyalaya,Sector - 9, Bhilai
Bhilai Mahila Mahavidyalaya,Sector - 9, Bhilai
Bhilai Mahila Mahavidyalaya Sector - 9, Bhilai
Collectorate,Durg Collectorate,Durg
Collectorate,Durg
Collectorate,Durg
Maa Bambleshwari,(Dongargarh) Maa Bambleshwari,(Dongargarh)
Maa Bambleshwari,(Dongargarh)
Dongargarh is located at a distance of 40 kms from district headquarter Rajnandgaon and well connected with buses from Rajnandgaon. Dongargarh is also well connected with trains. Its on Bombay - Howrah main line at a distance of 170 kms from Nagpur and 100 kms from Raipur. The nearest airport is at mana (Raipur), around 110 kms from Dongargarh.

tehsil headquarter, Dongargarh is the main tourist as well as piligrimage of the district. The famous temple of MAA BAMBLESHWARI, is on a hilltop of 1600 feet in the town of Dongargarh. This temple is referred as BADI BAMBLESHWARI. Another temple at ground level is situated about 1/2 k.m. from the main temple complex. This temple is reffered as CHOTTI BAMBLESHWARI. Lakhs of people from in and around Chattisgarh flock the shrine during the navratris of Kavar (during Dashera) and Chaitra (during Ramnavmi). During these navratris melas (fair) are organised in the premises of the temple, which run 24 hours. Many companies and organisations display their product during this mela. The added tourist attraction is the ropeway. It is the only passenger ropeway in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Temple Timings on Weekdays - 4.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
1.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m..
on Saturdays - 5.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. & Sundays .
During Navratri - 24 Hours.
Kutumsar Cave, Bastar Kutumsar Cave, Bastar
Kutumsar Cave, Bastar
Kutumsar Gufa (Kutumsar Cave) is really astonishing. Being 330 metres long, it is the longest natural cave of the world! Having in mind that the longest cave of the world is Mammoth Cave in the U.S.A. which is some 572 kilometres long, we really giggled when reading this. There are numerous sources on the web about this cave, most seem to be copies of the same unintentionally funny text. Other texts are obfuscating the cave description. One is talking about "India's first and the world's seventh underground cave" (we can only imagine they mean length) and tells the cave was 35m below ground level and 1371m long. Another text calls it "the world's second longest natural caves", but we have no idea what they mean when they talk about "several blind wells". A text also calling it the second longest natural cave in the world claims its length to be 330m. One says "Kotumsar Caves are the caves which are about 2 km (1 mi) deep" and despite the fact that the conversion rate between kilometres and miles is somewhat strange, we are sure the caves are not that deep, we guess they also talk about the length.

But the most funny story tells about the lack of oxygen deep inside the cave, as the reason for access restrictions. There are various reasons for such a dangerous situation, normally a high amount of carbon dioxide which forms "lakes" in lower sections. This may happen in karst caves, but is extremely uncommon. Long time ago there was an accident with people suffocating in a cave, which very well may be an Indian urban legend, but makes visitors and cave management equally nervous. Many show caves in India have unnecessary ventilation systems.

Bastar Bastar
Bastar
Chitrakote waterfalls lie in the midst of Kanger Valley National Park (Bastar district). This horse-shoe shaped fall is 40 km from Jagdalpur. It is the biggest in the country. Situated at the mid-point of the Indravati river, the drop of the Chitrakote waterfalls is about 100 ft, with the water flow reaching a staggering volume of over 1,845 cu metres per second during the monsoons. It constanty has a rainbow hovering over it. The falls are illuminated at night as well

Chitrakote Falls, the Niagara-like horseshoe waterfall created by Bastar?s Indravati River. You?ll have plenty of time to take pictures and be mesmerized by the rainbows arching across the turbulent flow. On your way back for lunch at the hotel. We?ll be stopping at the Anthropological Museum to give you an interesting insight into Bastar?s tribal culture. After lunch we?ll drive to Nagarnar, famous for its terracotta handicrafts. Vrindavan, one of the local craftsman, participated in the Festival of India held in London in 1981.

 Ratanpur, Bilaspur Ratanpur, Bilaspur
Ratanpur, Bilaspur
was once the capital of Chhattisgarh. It is situated about 25 km from Bilaspur on the Katghora Road. As per the belief of the locals, the place Ratanpur was important in all the 4 yugs (ages) of Hinduism - Sat yug, Treta yug, Dwaapar yug and Kal yug. Temples of Ratanpur, Bilaspur attract tourists from far and wide places. Ratanpur is a holy land and one of the most important holy places in Bilaspur.

Ratanpur is mainly visited for its ruins of an old fort which stands tall over the small town. Striking temples can be seen dotted all over this place. Of all the temples of Ratanpur in Bilaspur, this fort features an attractive stone sculpture over the frame of the Ganesh gate. The entrance has Shiva's Tandav Dance and statues of Lord Bramha and Lord Vishnu. Inside, you shall come across the famous Sitchourai and Jagarnath temples.

While on a visit to various temples of Ratanpur in Bilaspur, India you will be fascinated by the beauty and sculpture of some temples. An 11th century temple, dedicated to the Goddess Mahamaya, was built during the reign of Calturi the king of Raja Ratnadev. There are ponds near the temple. Just opposite to this temple is another striking temple which features the Kantideval of Maratha Period. This has been renovated by the architecture department.

There are many attractive temples in Ratanpur. Little far from the palace of Ratanpur is temple of Baba Bairavnath which features a nine foot tall idol. Inside the palace of Ramtekri one can visit the temple of Ram Panchayat. Perched on a hillock is the Bhuddeshwar Shiv Temple built by Bhimbhaji Bhosle. Tucked away on a hilltop is the Laxmi Temple, also called Ekbira Temple. There is also the Ratneswar Mahadev Temple.

Hence temples of Ratanpur, Bilaspur are highly acclaimed and draw hundreds of tourists every year. Some of these temples are believed to be very auspicious. Wishes are granted at these sacred temples of Ratanpur, Bilaspur.

Bhoramdev (Dist - Kawardha) Bhoramdev (Dist - Kawardha)
Bhoramdev (Dist - Kawardha)
The Shiva Linga in the temple is beautifully carved and the artistic appeal beckons the visitors. The Bhoramdeo temple has a resemblance with the Sun temple of Konark and the Khajuraho temple, and that is why it is also called the Khajuraho of Chhattisgath. With a background of natural beauty, this temple is also unique for its architecture. Cunningham had termed it as one of the most beautifully decorated temples seen by him The main temple is in front of a tranquil and cool lake.

This medieval temple has been constructed upon a five feet high sprawling platform including a ‘Mandapa’ and ‘sanctum’ (Garbhagriha). This east-facing temple has three openings except in the west. In the 60 ft. X 40 ft. area of the temple the Mandap is square shaped having four pillars in the centre and the rest in periphery and associated with high roofs. There is a half shelter also on every entrance.

In the 9 X 9 Sq. ft. sized ‘Garbhagriha’ a Shiva Linga’ is installed. Near the entrance on the outer walls, the sculptures of Lord Vishnu and his other incarnations can be seen, besides those of Shiva, Ganesha etc. The row of idols from top to bottom have a size of one, one-and-a-half, and two feet height respectively.The bottom part of the temples has four structures to keep the main body of the temple intact braving adverse wheather conditions. There is no ‘Kalasha’ on the top of the same.

The idols of elephants and lions are queued up on the top to give the temple a decorative look. The main idols in the temple are those of Uma-Maheshwar, Natraj, Narsimha, Vaman, Krishna, Surya, Kaal Bhairava, Nritya Ganesh, Kartikeye, Tandul, Shivgang, Chamunda, Ambika, Sapta-Matrika and Laxmi-Narayan.The traces of ‘Ramakatha’ are also engraved here on stones.Amidst a variety of idols the carved eternal sculptures of the temple are known worldwide for their exquisite carving in different erotic poses, obviously to reflect the lifestyle of those historic periods. In the north near this temple, there is a brick-structured temple. On the north-east and south portions of the ‘Garbhagriha’, the right-angled projections add attraction to the site having big one in the middle and smaller ones on the outer sides. The brick temple also has similar square Garbhagriha, as in the main temple but there is no ‘Mandapa’ in the front and only an open projected wall is there, which contains ‘Alinda’. The entrance of the ‘Garbhagriha’ is completely stone carved having one central pillar and three adjoining pillars still intact. Inside the main temple, there are the Shiva Linga and idols of Uma-Maheshwar. The king and queen are standing in the front as the worshippers.

Sirpur Sirpur
Sirpur

Sirpur is located at a distance of 77 km from Raipur.It was the capital of Daxin Mahakaushal ( i.e. Chhattisgarh) situated on the bank of Mahanadi. The modern Sirpur, which contains the remains of the ancient and medieval Buddhist era, is one of the most treasured places for the Buddhists and historians.

Lakshman Temple : The 7th century Laxman Temple (dedicated to lord Vishnu) is considered as one of the finest brick temples of India with a stone doorframe.Built by Vatasa, the mother of King Balarjuna, the Lakshman temple is dedicated to the Hindu lord Vishnu. The temple, rich in magnificent medieval Indian architecture, is still a place of worship for the Hindus.

Hirapur Museum : The Hirapur museum, which is located at the back of the Lakshmana temple, contains a rare collection of statues representing the culture of various religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

The most interesting feature of the Sirpur is that archeological objects associated with the various sects and religions like Shaiv, Vaishnav, Jain and Buddhism (of approximately the same age) have been found side by side. Buddha Vihar, Swastik Vihar, Laxman Temple and the Museum are the main attractions of Sirpur.

Rajim Rajim
Rajim
Rajim is a small but historically important town of Chhattisgarh. Located at just 35 km from Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, Rajim is famous for its rich cultural heritage and the beautiful ancient temples. Situated on the right bank of the river Mahanadi, Rajim was once considered an important urban center in the Mahakoshal region. Visit Rajim and see the amazing temples and sculptures and discover the ancient cultural heritage of the region on your Rajim Tour.

Known as the Prayag of Chhattisgarh, Rajim is located on the sangam (meeting points) of three rivers- Mahanadi, Pairy and Sondhu. The prime attraction of Rajim is the Rajivalochana Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has 12 exquisitely carved pillars with tall single figures with faces of various gods and goddesses sculptured on them. In proximity to the Rajivalochana Temple, there are many other temples dedicated to different incarnations of lord Vishnu such as Vamana (dwarf), Narasimha (human body with face of a lion), Badrinath and Jagannath. The temple of Rajivalochana attracts thousands of devotees from all over India and abroad throughout the year. There is also a magnificent black stone statue of the lord Buddha meditating under the Bodhi tree.

Another major attraction of Rajim is its Annual Fair known as the Rajim Lochan Mahotsav, organized every year from 16th February to 1st March. With the recent efforts made by the Ministry of tourism, the Fair is now organized on grand scale, attracting thousands of visitors from all corners of the country. The colorful cultural programs of folk music, dance and drama are part and parcel of this beautiful Fair and never fail to fascinate the audiences. Explore this colorful and culturally rich town of Chhattisgarh on your Rajim Tour

Champaran (Raipur) Champaran (Raipur)
Champaran (Raipur)
Located at about 60 km from Raipur, Champaran (earlier known as Champajhar) is a small but famous village as it's the birthplace of the saint Vallabhacharya, the reformer and founder of the Vallabh Sect. A beautiful temple has been built in honor of this great saint, which has enhanced the religious sanctity of the place. The temple of Champakeshwara Mahadeva is another attraction at Champaran, worth visiting on your Champaran Tour.

But the greatest attraction of Champaran is its Annual Fair, which is held with great fanfare in the month of Magh (January - February), every year. Another attraction of Champaran is the birthday celebrations of the saint Vallabhacharya on 11th day of Baisakh (April-May) when thousands of devotees assemble at the temple to pay their homage to the holy soul.

 Dantewada (bastar) Dantewada (bastar)
Dantewada (bastar)
Dantewada is one of the most beautiful and picturesque districts of Chhattisgarh, located in the famous and enchanting Bastar region. Also one of the famous ancient towns of India, Dantewada had been the capital city of a glorious Kingdom in its golden past. It was known as Tarlapal and Dantawali in pre-historical days, mention of which can be found on the stone carvings found in the district.

Dantewada is blessed with exceptionally beautiful natural landscapes comprising of scenic hills and valleys, lush green sal and teak forests and young and lively rivers. Indravati, Godavari, Shabhari, Shankhini and Dankiny rivers flow all through the length and breathe of Dantewada. All these rivers with many enchanting waterfalls provide a unique charm to Dantewada, making it one of the loveliest destinations in Chhattisgarh. Apart from its scenic beauty, Dantewada also has a number of beautiful temples and important historical sites, worth visiting on your tours to Chhattisgarh.

The major tourist attractions of Dantewada include the famous Danteshwari Temple, Bhairon Baba Temple, the historic sites of Barsoor and Bhadrakali, Bailadila Iron ore Project Township and hilltop habitations of Aakash Nagar and Kailash Nagar. The annual Dusshera Festival celebrated by all the major tribes of the region at the Danteshwari Temple attract thousands of visitors every year.

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
This wonder of the ancient World was located in the island of Pharos just off the coast of the city of Alexandria in Egypt. The great Lighthouse served to guide the sailors that traveled to the city founded by Alexander the Great.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria worked by 15 centuries and it was the last of the six lost wonders of the ancient world that disappeared. It was one of the greatest architectural feats of the antiquity.
Besides, the Lighthouse was the only wonder that was constructed with practical purposes; since it helped seafaring ships to find the harbor safely. The lighthouse served also as a military lookout for approaching enemy ships and a tourist balcony, because it had two observation platforms.
The Lighthouse had two beacons near its summit. At night a great bonfire generated the light and during the day a great mirror made with a concave disc of polished metal, reflected and directing the sun rays. The colossal building was constructed with large blocks of light colored stone and it was composed by 3 basic structural elements: a rectangular base, an octagonal midsection and a cylindrical upper section where the beacons were. Access to the entrance was up a long vaulted ramp, from which a spiral staircase led up to many chambers which were used probably by beasts of burden to carry fuel for the fire of the beacons. According to ancient stories the lighthouse could be seen from up 35 miles (56 Km) away and according other legends, the light of the beacons could burn enemy ships, but this legend is very difficult to believe.
It believes that the Lighthouse was between 330 and 600 feet (100 – 180 m) height and it was the highest building of the world except the Great Pyramid of Giza. Some texts mentioned a statue which was placed at top of the lighthouse and a poet named Poseidipos of Pella who lived in Alexandria in the III century BC, wrote talking about a statue depicted Zeus the Savior which was accompanied by Poseidon the Lord of the Sea
The Temple of Artemis, Turkey The Temple of Artemis, Turkey
The Temple of Artemis, Turkey
This wonder of the ancient world is also known as the Temple of Diana. The temple was located in Ephesus an ancient Greek city around 50 Km from the actual city of Izmir in the territory that today occupies Turkey
The temple was dedicated to Artemis the Greek goddess, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who occupied the place of Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon.
This deity was passionately venerated as an archaic pre-Hellenic icon. The original statue that represented to Artemis was carved in wood. The statue had many breasts which denoted her fertility, rather than the virginity that Hellenic Artemis assumed.
The Greek Artemis was a little different from the Artemis that was adored in Ephesus. The Ephesus 's goddess was a deity of the fertility; whereas the Greek Artemis was traditionally the goddess of the hunt. Therefore, it believes that the cult to the Artemis of Ephesus began several centuries before the Hellenic period. Probably the worship to Artemis derived from the ancient worship that Ephesians gave to Cybele.
The temple was built, destroyed and reconstructed many times since Bronze Age. But the temple that was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World was a project of 120 years which was started by Croesus of Lydia.
Antipater of Sidon described the temple using the following words: I have set eyes on the wall of lofty Babylon on which is a road for chariots, and the statue of Zeus by the Alpheus, and the hanging gardens, and the colossus of the Sun, and the huge labor of the high pyramids, and the vast tomb of Mausolus; but when I saw the house of Artemis that mounted to the clouds, those other marvels lost their brilliancy, and I said, Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on aught (anything) so grand .
Pliny was who described the temple with more detail. According to his description the temple was 377 feet (115 m) long and 180 feet (55m) wide, with an area three times as large the Parthenon in Athens. It was made mainly of marble and was enclosed in colonnades of 127 Ionics columns, each column was 60 feet (18 m) height. The temple was always surrounded by priests and priestesses, musicians, dancers and acrobats.
Delta Works, Netherlands(Region: Rotterdam ) Delta Works, Netherlands(Region: Rotterdam )
Delta Works, Netherlands(Region: Rotterdam )
The Delta Works is one of the most impressive structures in the world with its hydraulic system improves water balance which protects Netherlands from storms and high sea levels.

The flooding in 1953 made it very clear how vulnerable the land and the people living there were. Therefore a huge effort the Delta Works project was made to create a new and better protection to make sure this would not happen again.

The Delta Works protects a large area of land around the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta from the sea. Delta Works is a very complicated collection of locks, sluices, channels, bridges, slides, dams, dikes, storm surge barriers and gates working together.

The aim of the dams, sluices, and storm surge barriers was to shorten the Dutch coastline, thus reducing the number of dikes that had to be raised. This dam consists of several strings of gates and their massive supporting pylons which, in normal weather, allow tidal sea waters to ebb and flow in the Eastern Schelde estuary, thus benefiting the fish, bird life and the local fisheries. The four great estuaries in the south-western Netherlands should be closed with dams. These closures should be done in a special order because of tidal movements of shipping and fishing, this guarantees for the economy of the country.

The piers and their mechanisms had to be lifted into precise positions in the estuary. But the type of equipment needed for such gargantuan and specialized tasks did not exist anywhere in the world; it had to be invented. The piers support 300- to 500-ton steel gates and their hydraulic machinery, as well as a roadway above and load-bearing beams below.

The Oosterscheldedam is on one of the two artificial islands situated in Zeeland, just an hour and a half driving distance from Amsterdam and half an hour from Dordrecht where the structure is located; it is a recommend for those interested in water management. Three kilometres long, this anti-tempest dam is constituted of 65 pillars between which one can slide 62 iron flood-gates.

The height of one pillar is 38 meter and its weight 18.000 tons. When the sea becomes dangerous, one hour is enough to lower the flood gates. This system affords to keep 75% of the tide amplitude as well as the fishing industry, the breed of mussels and oysters and above all, the unique eco-system of The Biesbosch.

One of the latest improvements of the Delta plan was the storm surge barrier in the New Waterway near Hoek van Holland built in 1997. It consists of two enormous doors mounted on swing arms that can be used to close the estuary if storm and high water requires in order protecting the country.

Empire State Building, United States(Region: New York ) Empire State Building, United States(Region: New York )
Empire State Building, United States(Region: New York )
The Empire State Building in New York City is one of the most famous skyscrapers in the world known over for its history, architecture, and as a symbol of American industry.

The Empire State Building located at Fifth Avenue at 34th Street in Manhattan. Ever since it was built, the Empire State Building has captured the attention of young and old alike, every year, millions of tourists flock to the Empire State Building to get a glimpse from its 86th and 102nd floor observatories; the image of the Empire State Building has appeared in hundreds of ads and movies.

The Building Materials on the exterior is Indiana limestone and granite, trimmed with aluminium and chrome nickel steel from the 6th floor to the top, the interior the lobby was made by Ceiling high marble, imported from France, Italy, Belgium and Germany. The facade is composed of more than 200,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone and granite, and utilizes several setbacks to offset the optical distortion.

It has height 448 meters to top of antenna, 391 meters to 102nd floor observatory, 320 meters to 86th floor observatory. And cover an area of 83,860 square feet. The top of the Empire State Building is lit up at night in different colours to celebrate various holidays. For a long time after Sept. 11, 2001, it was continuously lit red, white, and blue. The height of the antenna has been increased from 443.2 meters to 448.7 meters.

The Empire State Building Observatory on the 86th and 102nd floors provides incredible views of Manhattan. It's one of the most popular tourist destinations in New York City on a clear day you can see up to 80 miles in any direction.

The observatory is open daily from 9:30am to midnight. All visitors must enter through the Fifth Avenue entrance and security is strict so expect a wait. You'll want to bring some quarters for the coin operated telephoto viewers on the observation deck.

Itaipu Dam, Brazil(Region: Foz do Iguacu ) Itaipu Dam, Brazil(Region: Foz do Iguacu )
Itaipu Dam, Brazil(Region: Foz do Iguacu )
The Itaipu Dam is one of the largest operational hydroelectric power plant output of any dam in the world.

The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Plant is located on the Parana River between Brazil and Paraguay. The Parana River is the seventh largest river in the world and the second largest in South America. Itaipu Dam is the world’s largest hydroelectric power facility and it is a joint effort of the governments of Brazil and Paraguay.

The project ranges from Foz do Iguaçu, in Brazil, and Ciudad Del Este in Paraguay, in the south to Guaira and Salto Del Guaira in the north. The name Itaipu was taken from an isle that existed near the construction site. In the Guarani language, “Itaipu” means the sound of a stone.

The Itaipu Reservoir is 170 km long with an area of 1.35 km2 and has a volume at maximum normal level of 29 billion tons of water. It consists of a series of various types of dams the height of the dam reaches 196 m, its length 7.76 km. The Powerhouse is located at the toe of the main Dam, most of it on the river bed and the rest on the Diversion Channel.

The main structure, a hollow, concrete gravity dam, has a powerhouse capable of generating 14,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity. The main powerhouse has 18 Francis turbines each with a rated power of 715 MW. The Spillway is located on the right bank, and it has 14 segmented sluice gates with a total discharge rate of 62,200 cubic meters per second.

The volumes of construction in Itaipu are also impressive. The volume of iron and steel utilized in the Dam structure would be enough to build 380 Eiffel Towers, and the volume of concrete used in Itaipu represents 15 times the volume utilized to build the Channel Tunnel between France and England.

The power plant is a major tourist attraction in the Foz do Iguacu area. More than nine million visitors from 162 countries have visited the structure since it was completed in 1991.

Panama Canal, Panama (Region: Panama City ) Panama Canal, Panama (Region: Panama City )
Panama Canal, Panama (Region: Panama City )
The Panama Canal is a major ship canal that traverses the Isthmus of Panama in Central America, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It has had an enormous impact on shipping between the two oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America.

The 50 miles long (80 km) international waterway known as the Panama Canal allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8000 miles (12,875 km) from a journey around the southern tip of South America, Cape Horn. The Canal itself is made up of the Gaillard Cut channel and the artificial Gatun Lake. The lake was formed by the damming of the Chagres River.

The chambers of the locks are wide and 33.53 meters from 304.8 meters long. The water to get on and off the ships in each set of locks is obtained by gravity from Lake Gatun. The water enters the locks through a main sewer system, which extends below the chambers of the locks from the side walls and the central wall.

The narrowest part of the Canal is the Culebra Cut, which extends from the far north of the Pedro Miguel Locks to the southern tip of Lake Gatun in Gamboa. This segment, approximately 13.7 km long, was dug through rock and limestone of the Cordillera Central. The maximum size of vessel that can use the canal is known as Panamax; an increasing number of modern ships exceed this limit, and are known as post-Panamax or super-Panamax vessels.

Since opening, the canal has been enormously successful, and continues to be a key conduit for international maritime trade. The canal can accommodate vessels from small private yachts up to large commercial vessels. For every ship that passes the canal is used about 197 million litres of fresh water, which flows by gravity through the locks and dumped into the ocean. The Canal operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing transit service to ships of all nations without discrimination.

CN Tower, Canada(Region: Toronto ) CN Tower, Canada(Region: Toronto )
CN Tower, Canada(Region: Toronto )
The CN Tower is the World's Tallest Building and Free-Standing Structure and has the world's highest public observatory, although it is not considered to be a traditional building. At a height of 553.33m, it is an important telecommunications hub. It is almost twice as tall as the Eiffel Tower and more than three times the height of the Washington Monument.

Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the southern end of town to the north shore of Lake Ontario, the CN Tower is easily accessible from many major streets and highways. It was erected as a communications and tourist tower.

The CN Tower consists of a main hexagonal hollow pillar of concrete containing the elevators, stairwells and power and plumbing connections. To the main pillar are attached the broadcast antenna and the two main visitors area. The main pillar has three supporting legs giving it the appearance of a camera tripod.

Some floors of the Main Level are open to the public. At 342 m is the Glass Floor and Outdoor Observation Deck. The Glass Floor consists of thermal glass units that are 64mm thick. The floor has an area of 24sq metre and can withstand a pressure of 600psi. At 346m is the Horizons Cafe and Look Out level.

There is a rotating restaurant at 351m called the 360 Restaurant. It revolves completely in 360 degrees every 72 minutes. The rotation is slow enough that you can enjoy the fantastic views of Toronto without realizing your view is changing every moment. Below the Main Level is the tower's microwave receiver shaped like a big white donut.

The Sky Pod is presently the highest observation deck in the world. From here, you can see 100-120 km away, to the city of Rochester across Lake Ontario in the US, and see the mist rising from Niagara Falls.

The CN Tower has the tallest metal staircase in the world. At the 1776th step, the staircase reaches the Main Level. The staircase is intended only for emergency use, and is not open to the public outside three times a year during the charity stair-climbing events.

At the base of the Toronto CN tower is an attraction called the Tour of the Universe. For the price of entry you can walk through a simulated space port, see a laser show and experience what it’s like to fly through space. Tour of the Universe is open daily from 10am until 10pm. The CN Tower is open 364 days a year (closed on Christmas Day). Hours of Operation are daily from 9am-10pm January-April; 8am-11pm May-December. Cost is $16 for adults.
Channel Tunnel, France Channel Tunnel, France
Channel Tunnel, France
The Channel Tunnel also called the Euro Tunnel is a rail link under the English Channel between Cheriton near Folkestone, Kent, and Coquelles near Calais. The tunnel is one of the greatest civil engineering projects of the 20th century, has an ultimate design capacity of 600 trains per day each way.


The Channel Tunnel is 50 km (31 mi) long, out of which 39 km (24 mi) are undersea; it comprises two railway tunnels and a service tunnel. The two rail tunnels have 7.6 m in diameter, and the central tunnel has 4.8 m in diameter that is used for maintenance and ventilation, and if necessary, passengers could escape into it on foot in the event of an emergency on board a train. There are also several "cross-over" passages that allow trains to switch from one track to another.


The depth of the tunnels below the seabed averages about 45 m. The total number of track is 195 kilometers (120 miles), of which 45 kilometers (28 miles) outside the terminal in the United Kingdom and 50 km (31 miles) to the French terminal. The journey takes less than 30 minutes

Victoria Falls, Zambia Victoria Falls, Zambia
Victoria Falls, Zambia
The Victoria Falls is called Mosi-oa-Tunya by the local people, the smoke that thunders, and constitutes one of the best spectacular natural wonders of the world. With its 1708 meters wide became it in the largest curtain of water in the world also by its remarkable falls. The waterfall is situated in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It boasts of being the largest waterfall in the world with the most unusual in form and having the most diverse and easily seen wildlife of any major waterfall site.

The Victoria Falls still inspires visitors as it did with David Livingstone in the 1860s. The falls and surrounding area of this remarkable preserved natural state have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization.

During the flood season from February to May is impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face, and the walks along the cliff opposite it are in a constant shower and shrouded in mist. The minimum flow occurs in November.

Two cities are part of Victoria Falls: at the eastern end of it, Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe lies on the southern bank of the Zambezi River and at 18km south of town, Victoria Falls Airport has international services to Johannesburg and Namibia. The second city, Livingstone in Zambia is a historic colonial city and tourism centre for Victoria Falls lying 10km south on the Zambezi River. Its airport has connections to Lusaka and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Victoria Falls - Livingstone sideMosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia is an UNESCO World Heritage site along is twinned to the Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. It covers 66km2 from below the falls in a north-west arc along about 20km of the Zambian river bank.
Both Parks contain abundant wildlife including sizable population of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, vervet monkeys, baboons and a variety of antelope. Lion and leopard are occasionally seen. The river above the falls contains large populations of hippopotamus and crocodile. Klipspringers and clawless otters can be glimpsed in the gorges, but they are mainly known for 35 species of raptors. The Taita Falcon, Black Eagle, Peregrine Falcon and Augur Buzzard breed there. Above the falls, herons, Fish Eagles and numerous kinds of waterfowl are common. The most notable aspect of the area's vegetation though is the rainforest nurtured by the spray from the falls, containing plants rare for the area such as pod mahogany, ebony, ivory palm, wild date palm and a number of creepers and lianas.

Some activities can be undertaken such as the “Flight of Angels” providing an superb vista of the falls, the upstream river and its many islands. For more adventurous the “Microlighting” with stunning views of Victoria Falls. Rafting is the most popular adventure. Visitor can also kayak, canoe, go on guided walking safaris, ride on horseback and lunch on Livingstone’s Island.

The Devil´s Swimming Pool is a famous feature naturally formed, near the edge of the falls, accessed via Livingstone Island. People can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls without continuing over the edge and falling into the gorge due to a natural rock wall that stops their progress despite the current.

The Great Barrier Reef , Australia The Great Barrier Reef , Australia
The Great Barrier Reef , Australia
This wonderful corals reef is the only live collective organism that can be seen from the orbit of the Earth. The Great Barrier Reef is an amazing site of extraordinaire beauty located in the northeastern coast of Australia, where it can find almost all corals species of the world. It is the largest corals ecosystem of the planet and without doubt one of the most beautiful places of the Earth.

This place is named thus; because is an outer reef located along the Australian coast, but with a channel between the continental coastline and the reef whose depth is around 60 meters. This Reef has over 1000 islands, most of them encircled by coral reefs; these islands are the home of a great number of animals and forests; therefore these islands are one of the main attractions of the Great Barrier Reef. The Barrier Reef is composed by around 9000 islands and 2800 individual reefs, it spreads along 2600 Kilometers, occupying almost 344 400 square kilometers. Each individual reef has a size between 1 and 10 000 hectares. Besides, this marvelous ecosystem hosts also around 400 coral species, 1500 fish species, 4000 kinds of mollusk and several mammals and reptiles endangered such as the large green turtle or the dugong (also known as sea cow)

. There is also a great population of birds in the islands. Because of this variety Australia owns one of the richest seas of the world; therefore the country receives every year around one billion dollars thanks to the fishing industry.

The great variety and number of corals in this site is due to the ideal conditions of temperature and light of this region of the planet. The shallow and warm waters (around 18 ºC and 30 meters depth) of the zone combined with the sunshine that illuminates these waters during the entire year provide a perfect environment for the development of corals, which created also an ideal ambient for the other species that inhabit the ecosystem.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful underwater spectacles of the world; therefore is a true paradise to do scuba diving. This activity is also the best way to know the Great Barrier Reef. Diving in this natural wonderful is the opportunity to enter into an amazing universe of color, created by the abundant marine life. The reef looks like an endless set of gardens in bloom under ocean.

Unfortunately like most underwater paradises of the world, the Great Barrier Reef has been affected by the human contamination, which comes mainly of the rivers of the northeastern Australia, which transport to the ocean the remains of the fertilizers and pesticides used by the farmers. These chemical residues cause the decreasing of the oxygen in the water killing many corals and other species. The over fishing is also a great threat for the balance of the ecosystem.
Paricutin Volcano, Mexico Paricutin Volcano, Mexico
Paricutin Volcano, Mexico
Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano in the Mexican state of Michoacán, close to a lava-covered village of the same name. It is part of the Michoacán-Guanajuato Volcanic Field which covers much of west central Mexico.

Dioniso Pulido, a Tarascan farmer, along with his wife and their son witnessed the initial eruption of ash and stones first-hand as they plowed the field, that began as a fissure in his cornfield. Much of the volcano's growth occurred during its first year, while it was still in the explosive pyroclastic phase. Nearby villages Paricutín (after which the volcano was named) and San Juan Parangaricutiro were both buried in lava and ash; the residents relocated to vacant land nearby.

After one year, the volcano had grown 336 meters tall, for the next eight years it would continue erupting, but the activity would slowly decline. In 1952 the eruption ended and Parícutin went quiet, attaining a final height of 424 meters above the cornfield from which it was born. Like most cinder cones, it is a monogenetic volcano which means that it will never erupt again.

Parícutin is the youngest of more than 1400 volcanic vents in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and North America. Three people died as a result of lighting strikes caused by the eruptions, but no deaths were attributed to the lava or asphyxiation.

During the active phase of Parícutin volcano, shots were included in the film Captain from Castile by the 20th Century Fox’s, released in 1947.
Actually two different elevation are attributed to Paricutín: 3170 meters by the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program and SummitPost.org and 2774 meters by Peakbagger.com and Bartleby.com along with GPS measurements on Google Earth.
The most recent volcano formed on the Western Hemisphere, from its birth of the eruption between 1943 and 1952, it has represented a dramatic period in the lives of Parícutin people, who losing crops, livestock and suffered substantial property damage during the natural disaster.
Mount Everest, Nepal Mount Everest, Nepal
Mount Everest, Nepal
The Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth with 8.848 meters above sea level, is part of the Himalaya range in High Asia and is located on the border between Sagarmatha Zone, Nepal and Tibet, China. It is called Sagarmatha, Chomolungma, Qomolangma or Zhumulangma. Name in Nepal is Sagarmantha which means “goddess of the sky” and the name in Tibet is Chomolungma which means “mother goddess of the universe”.
Around 1856 when the Great Trigonometric Survey of India established the height of Everest 8,840 m, the mount was known as Peak XV. In 1865 upon recommendation of Andrew Vaugh, the British Surveyor General of Indi, the English name was official “Everest”. He was unable to purpose a local name in common for Nepal and Tibet people however Chomolungma had been use by Tibetans for centuries.
The Mount Everest attracts climbers of all levels, from experienced to novice climbers which willing to pay substantial sums to professional mountain guides to complete a successful climb. The mountain still has many inherent dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind. In spite of that information by the end of the 2007 climbing season, there had been 3679 ascents to the summit by 2436 individuals, which this means climbers are a significant source of the Nepal tourism. The government requires to prospective climbers to obtain an expensive permit, coasting up to $25,000 per person. Everest has claimed 210 lives, including eight who perished during a 1996 storm high on the mountain.
Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro Harbour is located on the south-western shore of Guanabara Bay, which is surrounded by the city of Rio along a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains: Sugar Loaf Mt, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca. The harbour was formed by the Atlantic Ocean which wore out the soil and rocks along the coast.
The naked and lopsided mountain called Pao de Acucar evoked the sugarloaves fashioned on the island of Madeira, guarding the entrance to the bay. The highest mountain was called Corcovado “the hunchback” due to its humped profile. Nowadays a statue of Christ the Redeemer crowns the 2,300 foot-high peak.
The geology of this amazing place is admired by people who said: “God made the world in six days and on the seventh, he concentrated on Rio”. Its climate is wonderful and the beaches are free to everyone.
Grand Canyon, United States Grand Canyon, United States
Grand Canyon, United States
The Grand Canyon more than an awe-inspiring view, is a colourful, steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in northern Arizona, United States. The canyon is a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It contains one of the first national parks in the US. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, visiting on numerous occasions to hunt mountain lion and enjoy the scenery.

The canyon was created by the Colorado River over a period of 17 million years according to the research released in 2008. With 446 km long, ranging in width from 6.4 to 29km and attaining a depth of more than 1.6 km. Six million years ago, the canyon started from the west, then another formed from the east, and the two broke through and met as a single majestic rent in the earth, it merger apparently occurred in the area known as the Kaibab Arch.

The area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and many caves. People considered it as a holy site. The first European, García López de Cárdenas arrived in 1540. In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell with a thirst for science and adventure, made the first recorded journey through the canyon as “leaves in a great story book”.

The Grand Canyon offers to visitors, amazing vistas on the rim which mean an unmatched throughout the world. In spite of not being the deepest canyon in the world, is known for its overwhelming size and its intricate and colourful landscape. These thick sequences of ancient rocks are beautifully preserved and exposed in the walls of the canyon. Also the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the world’s premier natural attractions with around five million visitors per year.
Colorado Plateau has been created by the movements of sediments thousands of feet upward. The higher elevation has resulted in greater precipitation in the Colorado River drainage area, but still not enough to change the semi-arid characteristic. The uplift of the Colorado Plateau is uneven, and the north-south trending Kaibab Plateau that Grand Canyon bisects is over a thousand feet higher at the North Rim than at the South Rim. Colorado River flows in a curve around the higher North Rim part of the Kaibab Plateau and closer to the South Rim part of the plateau is also explained by this asymmetry. The result is deeper and longer tributary washes and canyons on the north side and shorter and steeper side canyons on the south side. In addition the best views of the expanse of the canyon are from the North Rim, so temperatures and lower because of the greater elevation, but heavy rains are common on both rims during the summer months. The uplift has steepened the stream gradient of the Colorado River and its tributaries which has increased their speed and thus their ability to cut through rock due to the great depth of the Grand Canyon.
During the ice ages, weather conditions increased the amount of water in the Colorado River drainage system. Approximately 5.3 million years ago the Gulf of Californian changed the base level and course of the Colorado River when it opened and lowered the river’s base level. About one million years ago, volcanic activity deposited ash and lava over the area, which at times completely obstructed the river, but these volcanic rocks are the youngest in the canyon.
The Golden Gate Bridge, United States The Golden Gate Bridge, United States
The Golden Gate Bridge, United States
The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay onto the Pacific Ocean. As part of both U.S. Route 101 and State Route 1, it connects the city of San Francisco on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula to Marin County.

The Golden Gate Bridge had the longest suspension bridge span in the world (4,200 foot) when it was completed in 1937 and has become an internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco and California.

Despite its red appearance, the colour of the bridge is officially an orange vermilion called international orange. The colour was selected by consulting architect Irving Morrow because it blends well with the natural surroundings yet enhances the bridge's visibility in fog.

The bridge's two towers rise 746 feet making them 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument. The five lane bridge crosses Golden Gate Strait which is about 400 feet, or 130 meters, deep. The bridge consists of two towers of 746 feet this makes it 191 feet higher than the Washington Monument. The five lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge are about 400 feet or 130 meters deep.

The towers that support the Golden Gate Bridge's suspension cables are smaller at the top than at the base, emphasizing the tower height of 500 feet above the roadway Coit Tower is another San Francisco landmark with an Art Deco design.

Linking San Francisco with Marin County the Golden Gate Bridge is a 1.7 mile-long suspension bridge that can be crossed by car, on bicycles or on foot. On an average day 118,000 vehicles cross the bridge. The bridge has six total lanes of vehicle traffic, and walkways on both sides of the bridge.

The speed limit on the Golden Gate Bridge was reduced from 55 mph (89 km/h) to 45 mph (72 km/h) on 1 October 1983. The eastern walkway is for pedestrians and bicycles during the weekdays and during daylight hours only, and the western walkway is open to bicyclists on weekday afternoons, weekends, and holidays.

It united three Boroughs of New York: Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. It remains the largest vertical-lift bridge in the world. It joins three giant bridges into one and consists of 13,500 feet of elevated viaduct and fourteen miles of roadway, all travelling over Randall's and Ward's Islands. Since its completion, the span length has been surpassed by eight other bridges. It still has the second longest suspension bridge main span in the United States, after the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York City.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq
Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Iraq
The legend says that the King Nebuchadnezzar constructed the gardens to please his wife Amytis. They were amazing terraces with beautiful flowers and tree around the palace of Nebuchadnezzar in the city of Babylon
These famous gardens were one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World which was described by the Greek historian Herodotus. The oldest descriptions about the gardens were written by Greek sources like Strabo or Philo of Byzantium. These historians described the gardens as one of the most impressive sites of the World.
Some stories tell that the hanging gardens towered above hundreds of feet into the air but archaeological investigations indicate a more modest height, but still impressive to the time. The hanging Gardens did not really “hang “in the exact sense of being suspended from cables or ropes. The origin of the name is an inexact translation of the Greek word “kremastos” which mean “hanging”, but it means also “overhanging” such as a terrace or balcony.
The Greek Historian Strabo (first century BC) described the gardens with these words: “Babylon, too, lies in a plain; and the circuit of its wall is three hundred and eighty-five stadia (an ancient unit of distance). The thickness of its wall is thirty-two feet; the height thereof between the towers is fifty cubits (an ancient unit of measure); that of the towers is sixty cubits; and the passage on top of the wall is such that four-horse chariots can easily pass one another; and it is on this account that this and the hanging garden are called one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The garden is quadrangular in shape, and each side is four plethra (an ancient unit of measure) in length. It consists of arched vaults, which are situated, one after another, on checkered, cube-like foundations. The checkered foundations, which are hollowed out, are covered so deep with earth that they admit of the largest of trees, having been constructed of baked brick and asphalt — the foundations themselves and the vaults and the arches. The ascent to the uppermost terrace-roofs is made by a stairway; and alongside these stairs there were screws, through which the water was continually conducted up into the garden from the Euphrates by those appointed for this purpose. For the river, a stadium in width, flows through the middle of the city; and the garden is on the bank of the river”.
Another Greek historian named Diodorus Siculus tells that the gardens were around 400 feet wide by 400 feet long and almost 80 feet high. Garden´s height is very controversial, since Herodotus said it was 320 feet high, but this point seems too exaggerated
Other source described the hanging gardens as follows: "The Hanging Garden has plants cultivated above ground level, and the roots of the trees are embedded in an upper terrace rather than in the earth. The whole mass is supported on stone columns... Streams of water emerging from elevated sources flow down sloping channels... These waters irrigate the whole garden saturating the roots of plants and keeping the whole area moist. Hence the grass is permanently green and the leaves of trees grow firmly attached to supple branches... This is a work of art of royal luxury and its most striking feature is that the labor of cultivation is suspended above the heads of the spectators".
Aurora, United States Aurora, United States
Aurora, United States
Aurorae are natural colored light displays in the sky which are usually observed in the polar zone at night. They occur in the ionosphere in this way some scientists call them “polar auroras”. The effect is known as the aurora borealis in northern latitudes, “Aurora” is for Roman goddess of dawn and “boreas” is for Greek name for north wind. Also called the northern polar lights because it is only visible in the Northern sky from the Northern Hemisphere and it most often occurs from September to October and from March to April. The Cree call it the “Dance of the Spirits”. In southern parts is called aurora australis or southern polar lights with similar properties, “australis” is the latin word for “of the south”.

Often it appears as a greenish glow or sometimes a faint red, as if the sum was rising from an unusual direction, generally it extends east-west direction. So it appears as curtains and some times they form “quiet arcs” and active aurora evolving and changing constantly. Each curtain consists of many parallel rays, each lined up with the local direction of the magnetic field lines such as the aurora is shaped by Earth’s magnetic field.

Benjamin Franklin brought the attention to the “mystery of Northern lights” and theorized the shifting lights to a concentration of electrical charges in the Polar Regions intensified by the snow and other moisture.

The collision of charged particles from Earth’s magnetosphere, electrons, protons and heavier particles with atoms and molecules of Earth’s upper atmosphere produce the Auroras. The particles have energies of 1 to 100 keV, which originate from the sun and arrive so near to the Earth with a relatively low energy of the solar wind. Many factors influence in the color of the aurorae, most of them are green and red emission due to atomic oxygen, low level red and very high blue/violet aurorae are produced by molecular nitrogen and nitrogen ions. The ionic nitrogen produces light blue colors and the neutral nitrogen gives off the red and purple color with the rippled edges. In addition the interacting of gases, different compounds of oxygen and nitrogen with the upper atmosphere will produce different colors, and the level of solar wind activity from the sun can also influence in the color of aurorae.

Aurora frequency of occurrence is common in the Poles in temperate latitudes, when a strong magnetic storm temporarily expands the aurora oval. The most common large magnetic storms are during the peak of the eleven year sunspot cycle or during the three years after that peak. Actually the geomagnetic storms that ignite aurorae occur during the months around the equinoxes and are tied to Earth’s seasons while polar activity is not.

On August 28, 1859 and September 2, 1859 as a result of the “great geomagnetic storm” are produced the auroras, the most spectacular ever witnessed throughout recent recorded history. Probably the aurora was produced by one of the most intense coronal mass ejections in history, very near to the maximum intensity of the sun. Some telegraph lines seem to have been of the appropriate length and orientation which allowed a current to be induced in them and actually used for communication. The following conversation occurred between two operators around two hours using no battery power at all and working solely with the current induced by the aurora.

Timbuktu (12th century) Mali Timbuktu (12th century) Mali
Timbuktu (12th century) Mali
Timbuktu (12th century) Mali
MALI
In the 12th century, Timbuktu was at the crossroads of the four most important
caravan paths supplying the Arab world, which then spanned from the Middle East
all the way to Spain. The accumulation of wealth made it one of the wealthiest
places on earth at the time. This allowed one of the first universities in the
history of humankind to be established– the celebrated Islamic university
called the Koranic Sankore, where 20,000 students studied law, medicine,
rhetoric, etc. Today, it remains with us as a powerful myth and, in this way,
resembles another Ancient Wonder, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Sydney Opera House (1954 - 73) Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House (1954 - 73) Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House (1954 - 73) Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House (1954 - 73) Sydney, Australia
AUSTRALIA
When the Sydney Opera House was finished in 1973, this landmark building - in
the true sense of the expression, - put the whole continent of Australia on
the world map. This building does not imitate or reflect what we generally
imagine an opera house might look like, indeed, it is a completely abstract
interpretation. The ability to create abstract art only developed after the
invention of photography in the late 19th century, when painters first
began to experiment with an abstract, cubist interpretation of reality.
Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom
Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom
Stonehenge (3000 B.C. - 1600 B.C.) Amesbury, United Kingdom
UNITED KINGDOM
Construction of Stonehenge took place between ca. 3000 and 1600 B.C. With each
stone weighing around 50 tons, it is regarded as a truly amazing feat of
engineering. Although it is not clear who built the monument, nor for what
purpose, it has been speculated that it was either a temple dedicated to the
worship of ancient earth deities, an astronomical observatory or a sacred burial site.
The Statue of Liberty (1886) New York City, U.S.A. The Statue of Liberty (1886) New York City, U.S.A.
The Statue of Liberty (1886) New York City, U.S.A.
The Statue of Liberty (1886) New York City, U.S.A.
UNITED STATES
The Statue of Liberty was a gift of the French government to the United States
to honor the ideals of freedom and independence. It was a very early gesture of
national generosity. This huge statue became a symbol of hope and freedom for
many hundreds of millions of people who immigrated to the United States during
the 20th century to find a new life of peace and prosperity. It is also the one
New7Wonders candidate that most closely resembles one of the Ancient 7 Wonders -
The Colossus of Rhodes.
The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt
The Pyramids of Giza (2600 - 2500 B.C), Egypt
EGYPT
The Pyramids of Giza, the oldest and only Ancient Wonder still standing, are
testimony to perfection in art and design, never subsequently achieved. They
were built by planners and engineers purely to serve their earthy
rulers - who were also their gods. Philosophy did not exist at this time,
and creation was not subject to any questioning. The pyramids are the purest
of constructions, built for eternity. After careful consideration, the New7
Wonders Foundation designated the Pyramids of Giza - the only remaining of
the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World - as an Honorary New7Wonders Candidate.
Therefore, people could not vote for the Pyramids of Giza as part of the New7
Wonders campaign. This decision has also taken into account the views of the
Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt and the Egyptian Ministry of
Culture. The Pyramids are a shared world culture and heritage site and
deserve their special status as the only Honorary Candidate of the New7
Wonders of the World campaign. The New 7 Wonders of the World were chosen by
the people across the globe from the remaining 20 New7Wonders candidates.
Neuschwanstein Castle (1869 -1884) Schwangau, Germany Neuschwanstein Castle (1869 -1884) Schwangau, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle (1869 -1884) Schwangau, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle (1869 -1884) Schwangau, Germany
GERMANY
Neuschwanstein Castle was built in a time when castles and fortresses were no
longer strategically necessary. Instead, it was born of pure fantasy – a
beautiful, romantic composition of towers and walls in the perfect setting
of mountains and lakes. The combination of various architectural styles and
intrinsic craftwork has inspired generations of adults and children alike.
The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece
GREECE
Built atop what is known as the “Sacred Rock” of Athens, the Acropolis was to
radiate power and protection for its citizens. The temples of the Acropolis
have become the some of most famous architectural landmarks of ancient and
modern history. Today, the Parthenon in particular is an international symbol
of Greek civilization. A graphic illustration of the temple also appears in the
UNESCO logo, representing culture and education.
Kiyomizu Temple (749 - 1855) Kyoto, Japan Kiyomizu Temple (749 - 1855) Kyoto, Japan
Kiyomizu Temple (749 - 1855) Kyoto, Japan
Kiyomizu Temple (749 - 1855) Kyoto, Japan
JAPAN
Laid out in 794 A.D., the palaces and temples of Kyoto were the residences of
Japan's emperors and shoguns for more than 1,000 years. The Japanese
Emperor is enthroned at the Imperial Palace of Gosho. Among other
significant works are the Higashi Nonganji and Nishi Hoganji temple
complexes, the Kinkakuji Temple with its 'Golden Pavilion' and the Kiyomizu
Temple, the temple of “clear waters.” The Kyoto sites have been
destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout history and are today among Asia's
greatest cultural heritage sites.
The Hagia Sophia (532 - 537 A.D.) Istanbul, Turkey The Hagia Sophia (532 - 537 A.D.) Istanbul, Turkey
The Hagia Sophia (532 - 537 A.D.) Istanbul, Turkey
The Hagia Sophia (532 - 537 A.D.) Istanbul, Turkey
TURKEY
The Hagia Sophia was erected during the reign of Emperor Justinian (532 - 537 A.D.),
when the Byzantine Empire was at the height of its power and
influence. The massive dome, which is the prominent architectural feature,
has since often been used as a model for the design of Islamic
mosques. Indeed, after the fall of Byzantium, the Hagia Sophia was converted
into an Ottoman mosque. Today, the monument is a museum serving both
Christians and Muslims.
The Eiffel Tower (1887 - 89) Paris, France The Eiffel Tower (1887 - 89) Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower (1887 - 89) Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower (1887 - 89) Paris, France
FRANCE
The creation of Gustave Eiffel, this magnificent steel tower has come to serve
as a symbol of Paris, as well as of France itself. The structure is not only
a landmark that is recognized all over the world, but is perhaps the
most popular architectural achievement in the Western world. It was the
tallest man-made structure in the world until the Empire State Building was
constructed. The tower is visited by six million people every year.
Statues of Easter Island , Chile Statues of Easter Island , Chile
Statues of Easter Island , Chile
Statues of Easter Island (10th - 16th Century) Easter Island, Chile
CHILE
Discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722 by Dutch explorer Jakob Roggeveen, this
collection of 25 meter-high stone sculptures still puzzles historians and
archaeologists as to its origins. It is believed that a society of
Polynesian origin settled here in the 4th century and established a unique
tradition of monumental sculpture. Between the 10th and 16th centuries, they
erected the enormous stone figures, known as the Moai, which have long
fascinated the entire world and endowed this island with a mythical atmosphere.
Angkor  Cambodia Angkor Cambodia
Angkor Cambodia
Angkor (12th century) Cambodia
CAMBODIA
Angkor is the most important monument of the south-east Asian Khmer Empire and
the world’s largest sacred temple. Built during the reign of King
Suryavaman, at the beginning of the 12th century, Angkor is noted for its
intricate ornamentation and striking beauty. With its water moats,
concentric walls and magnificent temple mountain in the center, Angkor Wat
symbolizes the Hindu cosmos, with its oceans at the periphery and the
Meru mountain at the center of its universe.
Alhambra  Granada, Spain Alhambra Granada, Spain
Alhambra Granada, Spain
Alhambra (12th century) Granada, Spain
SPAIN
Mohammed I, the first king of the Nasriden – a Moorish dynasty in Granada -
converted a 9th-century castle into his private royal residence, and it is this
which we now know as the Alhambra. The structure, which covers an area of 13
hectares, is renowned for its stunning frescoes and interior detail. The
building is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world
and is among Europe’s most-visited tourist attractions.
The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece
The Acropolis of Athens (450 - 330 B.C.) Athens, Greece
GREECE
Built atop what is known as the "Sacred Rock" of Athens, the Acropolis was to
radiate power and protection for its citizens. The temples of the Acropolis
have become the some of most famous architectural landmarks of ancient and
modern history. Today, the Parthenon in particular is an international symbol
of Greek civilization. A graphic illustration of the temple also appears in the
UNESCO logo, representing culture and education.
Chichen Itza,Mexico Chichen Itza,Mexico
Chichen Itza,Mexico
The Pyramid at Chichen Itza (before 800 A.D.) Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
MEXICO
Chichén Itzá, the most famous Mayan temple city, served as the political and
economic center of the Mayan civilization. Its various structures - the pyramid
of Kukulkan, the Temple of Chac Mool, the Hall of the Thousand Pillars, and the
Playing Field of the Prisoners – can still be seen today and are demonstrative
of an extraordinary commitment to architectural space and composition. The
pyramid itself was the last, and arguably the greatest, of all Mayan temples.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Christ Redeemer (1931) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
BRAZIL
This statue of Jesus stands some 38 meters tall, atop the Corcovado mountain
overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Designed by Brazilian Heitor da Silva Costa and
created by French sculptor Paul Landowski, it is one of the world’s
best-known monuments. The statue took five years to construct and was
inaugurated on October 12, 1931. It has become a symbol of the city and of
the warmth of the Brazilian people, who receive visitors with open arms.
Colosseum in Rome Colosseum in Rome
Colosseum in Rome
The Roman Colosseum (70 - 82 A.D.) Rome, Italy
ITALY
This great amphitheater in the centre of Rome was built to give favors to successful
legionnaires and to celebrate the glory of the Roman Empire. Its design concept still stands to this very day, and virtually
every modern sports stadium some 2,000 years later still bears the irresistible imprint of the
Colosseum's original design. Today, through films and history books, we are even more
aware of the cruel fights and games that took place in this arena, all
for the joy of the spectators.
Great Wall of China Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China (220 B.C and 1368 - 1644 A.D.) China
CHINA
The Great Wall of China was built to link existing fortifications into a united
defense system and better keep invading Mongol tribes out of China. It is
the largest man-made monument ever to have been built and it is disputed
that it is the only one visible from space. Many thousands of people must
have given their lives to build this colossal construction.
Taj Mahal , Agra, India Taj Mahal , Agra, India
Taj Mahal , Agra, India
The Taj Mahal (1630 A.D.) Agra, India
INDIA
This immense mausoleum was built on the orders of Shah Jahan, the fifth Muslim
Mogul emperor, to honor the memory of his beloved late wife. Built out of white
marble and standing in formally laid-out walled gardens, the Taj Mahal is
regarded as the most perfect jewel of Muslim art in India. The emperor was
consequently jailed and, it is said, could then only see the Taj Mahal out of
his small cell window.
Machu Picchu , Peru Machu Picchu , Peru
Machu Picchu , Peru
Machu Picchu (1460-1470), Peru
PERU
In the 15th century, the Incan Emperor Pachacútec built a city in the clouds on
the mountain known as Machu Picchu ("old mountain"). This extraordinary
settlement lies halfway up the Andes Plateau, deep in the Amazon jungle and
above the Urubamba River. It was probably abandoned by the Incas because of a
smallpox outbreak and, after the Spanish defeated the Incan Empire, the city
remained 'lost' for over three centuries. It was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
Petra , Jordan Petra , Jordan
Petra , Jordan
Petra (9 B.C. - 40 A.D.), Jordan
JORDAN
On the edge of the Arabian Desert, Petra was the glittering capital of the
Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV (9 B.C. to 40 A.D.). Masters of water
technology, the Nabataeans provided their city with great tunnel constructions
and water chambers. A theater, modelled on Greek-Roman prototypes, had space
for an audience of 4,000. Today, the Palace Tombs of Petra, with the 42-meter-
high Hellenistic temple facade on the El-Deir Monastery, are impressive
examples of Middle Eastern culture.