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Raipur Travel Guide, India

Chhattisgarh is one of those states in India that were officially given the status of a state in the 21st century. Chhattisgarh became a state on 1st November, 2000. Before the formation of Chhattisgarh, Raipur was a city under the state of Madhya Pradesh but once Chhattisgarh was born Raipur was named the capital of Chhattisgarh.

Raipur wasn’t that huge and important city for India but after it was named as capital the government has taken considerable amount of steps to improve the standard of living in Raipur. As a result, Naya Raipur (which means New Raipur) is being established next to the original Raipur. Naya Raipur will have all the facilities which are part of various famous cities around the planet.

Raipur is located in the ’rice bowl of India’ and it is the reason why people of Raipur (as well as the rest of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh) love rice a lot. Rice bowl of India boasts of hundreds of varieties of rice and many which one might not find anywhere else.

The east border of the city is covered by Mahanadi River while the southern border is covered by extremely dense forest. South of Raipur lays Baster Plateau while Maikal Hills cover Raipur from the north western side. On the north of Raipur the border rises and merges with Chota Nagpur Plateau.

Temperature of Raipur is bearable like the rest of Chhattisgarh and the city is famous for huge rainfall that it experiences. Time period between March and June are hot, but the 1300 mm of rainfall, which the city receives throughout the year, is enough to cool the atmosphere. Winters are between November and January. Lowest temperature can reach as low as 5 degree Celsius during mid winters.

The capital of Chhattisgarh is connected to the rest of the country by all possible means of transport. Raipur is located on the Howrah Mumbai railway line and this line connects Raipur to many major cities in India. NH - 6 (National Highway six which connects Kolkata to Mumbai) passes through Raipur and National Highway 200, 43, and 12 A also links the city with major neighboring cities. An expressway with four lanes was recently built to connect Raipur to Durg and Bhilai. Indian Airlines, Air Deccan, Jet Airways, and Kingfisher Airlines connect Raipur to almost every city of India.

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