About Raipur

Raipur, The Capital of Chhattisgarh

Raipur is a city in the Raipur district of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is the capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh and is the administrative headquarters of Raipur district. It is also the largest city in Chhattisgarh. It was formerly a part of Madhya Pradesh before the state of Chhattisgarh was formed on 1 November 2000. Naya Raipur is the upcoming business hub in Chhattisgarh promoted by the state government.

History
Raipur district was once part of Southern Kosal and considered to be under Maurya Kingdom. Raipur city had been the capital of the Haihaya Kings, controlling the traditional forts of Chhattisgarh for a long time. The town of Raipur has existed since the 9th century, the old site and ruins of the fort can be seen in the southern part of the city. Satawahana Kings ruled this part till the 2nd-3rd century AD.

Entertainment
Raipur has plenty of entertainment spots to choose from. Entertainment Places like cinema halls, hotels and recreational centers are open on all weekends. It has multiplexes like the PVR, INOX etc. With the development of elegant malls and shopping complexes in Raipur, you have the option of shopping and dining under a single roof. These shopping malls cater to a variety of needs by providing services ranging from restaurants, swanky showrooms, cheap grocery stores, play stations and much more.

Cuisines
The State of Chhattisgarh is known as the rice bowl of India and has a rich tradition of food culture. Most of the traditional and tribal foods are made of rice and rice flour, curd and a variety of green leafy vegetables like lal bhaaji, chowlai bhaaji, chech bhaji, kaanda bhaaji, kochai patta, kohda and bohar bhaji. Badi and Bijori are optional food categories; gulgula (bobra), bidiya, dhoodh fara, bafauli, kusli, balooshahi and khurmi fall in sweet categories. Some well known breakfast dishes made out of Rice & rice flour include fara/muthiya (rice rolls in white sauce), cheela(dosa like dish made with rice batter), angakar roti, chousera roti (rice puris), etc. One of the common meal had during the scorching summer is Bore Baasi ( literally means dipped rice from last cooked meal) which mainly consists of cooked rice dipped water/dahi/buttermilk. It is mostly accompanied by pickle and raw onion. It helps maintain the water levels in the body, keeping it cool and hydrated during the hot and arid summer days.

Culture
The Culture prevailing in Raipur district is that of Chhattisgarh. 'Chhattisgarhi' is the local language that most of the people in this area love to converse in. Chhattisgarh culture in itself is very rich and interesting. known for their modesty, kindness and adjustable nature people of this area are fond of variety in dressing, entertainment and way of living. This culture has unique styles of music and dance. Raut Nacha, Dewar Nacha, Panthi & Soowa, Padki and Pandwani are some of musical styles and dance dramas. Pandwani is a famous musical way of singing Mahabharata in this region. This particular music style has been brought into lime light by well known Teejan Bai and young Ritu Verma. Colourful dresses and variety of ornaments are worn by women and men of this part of country .

Transport
Air
Swami Vivekananda Airport or Mana Airport is primary airport serving the state of Chhattisgarh. The airport is located, 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Raipur near Naya Raipur. After recent modernisation, is one of its kind in central India and presently connects Raipur to most of the major Metro city of India.
Railway
Raipur Junction railway station is situated on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line of the Indian Railways (via Bhusawal, Nagpur, Gondia, Bilaspur, Rourkela, Kharagpur) and is connected with some major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Sambalpur, Saugor, Katni, Itarsi, Gondia, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kota, Ahmedabad, Jaipur Visakhapatnam, etc. For more details visit: www.indianrail.gov.in. For booking online tickets visit: www.irctc.co.in
Road
Raipur is surrounded by many National Highways
Raipur bilaspur expressway
National Highways connecting Raipur to various cities

 

National Highways number
Connecting cities
NH 6
Hajira-Dhule-Nagpur-Raipur- Sambalpur - Baharagora-Kolkata
Raipur-Vizianagaram Junction with National Highway No. 5 near Natavalasa
Raipur-Bilaspur-Raigarh-Kanaktora-Jharsuguda-Kochinda-Deogarh-Talcher-Chandhikhol
Raipur- Mahasamund - Gopalpur
Raipur-Jhansi


Asian Highway Number 46 - AH46 passes through Raipur

Local Transport
Raipur and Naya Raipur BRTS is a bus rapid transit system with air-conditioned (AC) and non-AC buses. Some of these buses are equipped with services like GPS and IVR which are used to track the position of the bus with information displayed on LED displays installed at the bus stops the BRTS operation between the Raipur to Naya Raipur.