• About Raipur

About Raipur         The city of Raipur is located near the centre of a large plain, sometimes referred as the "rice bowl of India" - where hundreds of varieties of rice are grown. It is the capital of Chhattisgarh. The city believed to be founded in the 14th century AD by the Kalchuri King Ram Chandra is centrally located in Chhattisgarh. Raipur is the biggest city of the region and a fast developing important industrial centre. The city lying on the Mumbai - Nagpur - Howrah mainline is well connected by air and rail and is a good base to visit the tourist centers of the region.

        Raipur district is important in historical and archeological point of view. This district was once part of Southern Kosal and considered to be under Mourya Kingdom. Raipur city had been the capital of the Haihaya Kings, controlling the traditional forts of the Chhattisgarh for a long time. The town of Raipur has been in existence 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.

        In the 4th Century AD the king Samudragupta had conquered this region and established his domination till Fifth-Sixth Century AD when this part had come under the rule of Sarabhpuri Kings. For some period in Fifth-Sixth Century A.D., Nala kings dominated this area. Later on Somavanshi kings had taken the control over this region and ruled with Sirpur (Sripur-The city of Wealth) as their capital city. Mahashivgupt Balarjun was the mightiest emperor of this Dynasty. His mother, the widow Queen of Harshgupta of the Somavansh, Rani Vasata built the famous brick temple of Lakshman. The Kalchuri Kings of Tumman ruled this part for a long time making Ratanpur as capital. The old inscriptions of Ratanpur, Rajim and Khallari refer to the reign of kalchuri kings. It is believed that the King Ramachandra of this dynasty established the city of Raipur and subsequently made it the capital of his kingdom. Click to view Enlarge Map

How to reach Raipur

Air  :
Raipur is linked by air to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jabalpur, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal and Nagpur (Maharashtra) by regular Indian flights.

Rail  :
Raipur is one of the main junctions in the state on the route of express and passenger trains that connect Chhattisgarh to other parts of India. Rajdhani Express connects Raipur to New-Delhi. Bilaspur-Nizamuddin Gondwana Express runs thrice a week and travels from New Delhi to Raipur via Bilaspur. Passenger and mail trains connect most big and small towns within the state to Raipur.

Road  :
Raipur is connected to places in neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh by road network. Interstate and national highways connect raipur to Bhopal, Nagpur, Jhansi, Jabalpur, Kolkata and Bhubaneshwar
Raipur Airport