Raipur is a very small district in Chhattisgarh. Although it is a very small place, it has some of the most beautiful attractions which are visited by people throughout the year. This city is culturally as well as religiously very rich and it is surrounded by calmness and tranquility. The wildlife sanctuaries, as well as the zoological gardens, attract a large number of people every year. The varied attractions of the place bind the people together with the place.

25 Places to See in Raipur

1. Rajivalochana Temple, Rajim

Rajim is located on the right-hand bank of River Mahanadi and the popular attraction is the Rajivalochana Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There are twelve pillars in the temple which have sculptures of carved incarnation of Vishnu, Yamuna, Ganga, Durga with eight arms, Narasimha, Varaha, and many others. It also houses several other temples and also a stone statue of Lord Buddha. In this statue, you can see Buddha meditating under the Bodhi Tree. Rajivalochana Temple is one of the important places to see in Raipur.

Timings: Rajivalochana Temple is open between 5.00 am and 9.00 pm.

2. Mahamaya Temple

Another interesting place to see in Raipur is the Mahamaya Temple. This ancient 11th-century temple is situated in the old fort area of the city. It is located on the banks of river Khaaroon. Popular festivals like the Durga Puja and Navratri is celebrated in a very grand way in this temple. Thousands of devotees from all over the country come to visit this temple during that time. Within the same compound, the Samleswari Temple is located.

Timings: Mahamaya Temple remains open all throughout the week. It is best to visit between 6.00 am and 8.30 pm.

3. Hajra Waterfall

Hajra is a very popular place in Raipur. It is popular for a 46 meters high falls. It is located amidst hills, tunnels, and dense forests. This place is located in Dongargarh. It is also a very popular picnic spot. You can see lush greenery all around this fall during the monsoons. It is a great place for nature lovers as well as for adventure seekers.

Timings: It is open 24 hours and can be visited as you wish.

4. Jatmai Temple

This temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of a small forest in Gariaband which is 85 kilometers from Raipur. It is beautifully made with granite. Various small shikaras or towers have carved out. There are various murals too depicting all the characters of mythology. There’s also Ghatarani Waterfalls which is also a very popular picnic spot. The temple is filled with pilgrims and devotees all throughout the year.

Timings: Jatmai Temple is best to visit between 6.00 am and 6.00 pm. The temple remains open all throughout the year.

5. Saint Vallabhacharya Temple, Champaran

This place is very popular for its religious significance. The founder of the Vallabh sect, Saint Vallabhacharya was born in Champaran and this temple was constructed to honor him. According to the Hindu calendar, a village fair is hosted here in the month of Magh. It is located very close to the Champakeshwara Mahadeva. On the eleventh day of the month of Baisakh the saint’s birthday is celebrated with lot of grandeur. It is the important place to see in Raipur for various reasons- to appreciate and understand the different strands of Hinduism, discover the museum that explains the lifestyle of Vallabhacharya, opulent decorations, and architecture, learn the ways and customs of community life and how people have survived during that period.

Timings: This temple remains open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.

6. Telibandha Talab

It is a popular place in Raipur. It is a very calm and serene place where you can just sit and relax for a while. Here most of the rites of the Hindu religion are performed. It spreads to a very large area and has a breezy wind blowing over the place. It makes it look even more beautiful during the winter months. The serenity of the place attracts many locals as well as tourists to this place.

7. Madku Dweep

This island is located on the Shivnath River. It is located at a distance of 80 kilometers from Raipur. This place is naturally very beautiful with a lot of lush greenery, ruins of temples, waterfalls, coins, pottery and epigraph. There are 19 temples in the Madku Village. Christian Mela is very popular here. Various rides, stalls and activities are done over here during this time. It is filled with tourists and locals during this time. It is a calm island where one can seek great peace. You can just sit and relax in this place for a while.

Timings: It is best to visit between 7.00 am and 2.00 pm and 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm.

8. Urja Park

This is a great place for adventure seekers, experience seekers and wanderers. This is a zoo cum garden on the outskirts of the city. It is a great place to seek some solitude and have a day outing here. Apart from having some peaceful time over here, it is a great place to know about energy sources. This park is an excellent combination of knowledge and fun. There is no entry fee to enter this park.

Timings: It is best to visit Urja Park between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm.

9. Nandanvan Zoo and Garden

This beautiful garden is located on the Khaaroon River. Here one can spend some ideal time in the city. It is filled with a huge number of tourists every year. There is also a mini zoo which is simply loved by kids. It houses various animals like panthers, beer and tiger. It is good for fun lovers as well as for loners. It is spread in a large area of around 202.87 that is divided into 8 zones. It includes Management Zone, Parking Zone, Monument Zone, Zoo Zone, Waiting Zone, Water Zone, Administrative Zone, and Safari Zone.

Timings: It is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. The zoo remains closed on Mondays.

10. Shadani Darbaar

If you are a Nirvana seeker or a God lover, you will surely love this place. It is located on the Dhantari road in Raipur. It is a very popular centre of pilgrimage for the Sindhis. It was founded by Sant Shadaramji Maharaj. Besides sacrificing his life for mankind, he was considered to be the incarnation Lord Shiva.

Timings: It is recommended to visit the darbar from 6.00 am to 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm.

11. Rajiv Smriti Van

It is located on the Jawahar Navoday Vidyalay on Dhamtari Road. It is a great choice for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Since it is located on the outskirts of the city, it spans up to an area of 1 acre. This van or garden was built in the living memory of late Rajeev Gandhi. It is a great place to travel with kids. It was built to spread awareness by conservation of nature.

Timings: It is open from 8.00 am to 6.30 pm.

12. Nagar Ghadi

It is located at Ghadi Chawk in Supela in Bhilai. It is located centrally and is a very popular landmark. There is also a huge clock tower having four clocks on four sides of it. It also houses a lush green park where you can roam around or explore the place. It is a great option to spend your leisure time with your kids, family or friends.

Timings: It is open 24 hours.

13. Gandhi Udayan

If you just wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life, you should definitely try visiting the Gandhi Udayan. The beautiful lush green surroundings of the place will bring peace to your mind and will help to relax and rejuvenate yourself. You can spend some leisure time with your family here too. The locals of the place come here for jogging or running or for some exercise.

Timings: It is open from 5.00 am to 10.00 pm.

14. Budha Talab

It is located in Ozero Buda in Raipur. It is a very popular attraction of Raipur and is often referred to as the Vivekananda Sarovar. It is a very beautiful place where you can even do some boating. It is located in one of the oldest settlement of Raipur, which is in Purani Basti. Over here you can even find a huge statue of Vivekananda. It adds grace to this place. It is also referred to as Swami Vivekananda Sarovar.

Timings: It is open from 6.00 am to 9.00 am and 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

15. Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

It is a wonderful place for bird lovers. It is a bird watcher’s paradise. Here you can spot more than hundred of species of migratory birds of varied kinds. Not only is it one of the finest sanctuary of the place but is also one of the biggest sanctuaries. You should definitely explore this sanctuary. It was built in the year 1976. It is a lovely place for both wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Thousands of wild animals have their natural habitat in this wildlife sanctuary.

Timings: This wildlife sanctuary is open from 6.45 am to 11.00 am and then again from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

16. Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum

This museum is located in Garhi Chowk and is a wonderful place for experience seekers, history buffs and photo fanatics. From this memorial museum, you can get a proper insight into the history of the place. This place is historically very rich. It was constructed by Maharaja Mahant Ghasi Das Memorial Museum. There you can find five unique galleries in the museum. They all have their own uniqueness. This museum was built in the year 1875.

Timings: It is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

17. Narpura

This is a very religious place. It has various Jain temples and many other temples. This is the prime reason why this place is filled with tourists and pilgrims throughout the year. It is also very popular for the Uwasaggaharam Parshwa Teerth. It is a wonderful place for all the pilgrims and devotees and is religiously and spiritually a great place of visit.

Timings: It is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

18. Banjari Mata Mandir

This temple was established by Shree Harish Joshi. There was a legend behind the establishment of this temple. Here Shree Harish Joshi had found a stone. It looked like the idol of the Banjari Mata. Soon he started worshipping this idol and began the construction of this temple. Now it is one of the most renowned places in Raipur and is visited by many.

Timings: It is open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

19. Burha Talab

This beautiful talab is located in the Purani Basti. It is basically the largest lake in the city of Raipur. Talab means pond and Burha means old. So it is an old pond. In the middle of the place is an island. The entire place is surrounded by gardens and green lakes. There is also a beautiful musical fountain which is also a major attraction here. When you visit during early mornings, you can see the boats and the fisherman bringing some fresh seafood for locals.

Timings: It can be visited anytime.

20. Bhilai steel plant

It is one of the most popular steel plants in India. It is a huge producer of steel plates. It produces steel rails. USSR has helped in producing the steel plant. The longest rails of 260 meters are produced over here. It produces heavy steel plates and structural rails. Many people visit this place to get knowledge about the steel plants and how they work.

Timings: It is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

21. Udanti Sanctuary

It is located in the Gariaband Taluka of Raipur District. It spreads to an area of 247 sq. km. It was established in the year 1983. After the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 was passed, this sanctuary was established. The sanctuary had derived its name from the Udanti River that flows through the sanctuary. The sanctuary had wild buffaloes, hyenas, cobras, black bucks, foxes, jackals, herons, magpie robins and many more. It has a tropical dry peninsular type of flora which is the most common variety.

Timings: It is open from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.

22. Bhand Dewal Temple

This temple was built during the medieval period. It has a Jain style of architecture. It is a dilapidated Jain Temple. It is located in Arang in Raipur. It has an 11th-century Bhumija style. It is a huge five-storeyed temple. It has six offsets and is stellate on plan. It has a lofty socle and two bands of sculptures. It also has a regional Kalchuri style.

Timings: It is open from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.

23. Balaji Temple

This is a very popular temple in Raipur. There is a shrine which is dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Vishnu, and Balaji. This place is filled with devotees and pilgrims throughout the year. The temple remains crowded during the Hindu festivities. It is architecturally and culturally very rich which attracts a huge number of tourists every year.

Timings: It is open from 6.00 am to 7.30 pm.

24. Arang

This town is located on the eastern side of the Raipur City. This is a Nagar Panchayat where the 11th-century Bhandewal Jain Temple is located. It is also commonly called the City of Temples. There are Jain temples, Danteshwari temples, Mahamaya temple, and Baaghdewal Temples. It is frequently visited by many people throughout the year.

25. Sheorinarayan Temple

It is a 13th-century temple which has a ruined Shikara. It has a clustered turrets. It is located on the banks of the River Mahanadi. It has a Vaishnav Shaili. It was built by the Hayhay Vansh. The Sheorinarayan fair was organized in the month of February during the February in the month of Magh. It is a great place of interest for the visitors to visit. Various festivals are celebrated in a very grand way in this temple.

Timings: It is open from 6.00 am to 7.30 pm.

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