If you happen to be in the city of Raipur, there are a lot of new things you’ll see, to begin with :
A. THE PEOPLE AND THE LIFE.
(Every Sunday, people from all over the city, from the Collector himself to labourers, gather in Marine Drive to conduct an interesting series of games including “donut eating” and marathons. The environment is filled with such energy that when you’re there, it feels like an imaginary world where all everybody cares about is happiness and fun).
2. The LOCAL
(The annual festival where start up businesses or rather, young individuals find a perfect platform to display their talents and specialities. A team of creative young people, the Local is one of the most impressive and highlighted events of the city, and most highlighted ones as well, because everything there is, is related to someone talented and struggling. Even the band is from a local school, to take an example.)
3. Foodie? Artist? You are at the perfect place.
(If there is something that really make you fall for the city, its the creativity of the people. You’ll see no walls in Raipur stained with dirt or ‘paan’, all you’ll see on the main roads are colourful walls with messages promoting campaigns like MAKE IN INDIA and SWACCH BHARAT. You’ll find cafes everywhere, including CAFE JUNOON with exclusive refreshing drinks the owner himself serves, such that you’d never have tasted and, NUKKAD THE TEAFE that hires only the deaf and mute, and serves the best tea in the city.)
4. Dialogue in the Dark.
(The world of those who cannot see. Experience the thrill of the black world, lit up by perceptions and feelings. Dine and identify what you ate, feel and understand how much you paid, touch, feel and differentiate between water and land, and see how it is to live as the visually impaired.)
B. PLACES TO VISIT – Within the city
1. Swami Vivekananda Sarovar
(A lake with a statue of Swami Vivekananda, who was originally from the state of Chhattisgarh. Boating facility available.)
2. New Raipur Jungle Safari
(Recently inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi, popular for its tigers.)
3. Nandan Van- the Zoo
(Home to a variety of animals including Jackals, Crocodiles, Peacocks and 10 leopards)
4. Mahadev Ghat
(The embankment of the river Mahanadi, the longest river of the state. Also, there is a renowned temple of Lord Shiva.)
5. Chhattisgarh Science Centre
(Witness miracles entirely well defined in the scientific world.)
6. Mahant Sarveshwar Das Sangrahalaya
(Fine presentation of the ornaments and lifestyle of major tribes in Bastar and other parts of the state. Centre of archaelogy.
**Bastar Art has a prominent place in the global world of creative excellence.)
7. M M FunCity
(The most popular water park of the city with amazing rides and pools.)
C. PLACES TO VISIT- outside and around the city
1. Chitrakut Waterfalls
(Nature, at its best.)
(A number of temples, representing the culture and history of the state, all clustered together in one place.)
3. Dongargarh Temple
(A 1,000 stairs climb, to the temple of the Goddess Durga. That one divine spot hundreds of devotees visit every Vasant Navratri, bare-footed and filled with mirth and holiness.)
4. Kutaghat Dam – The Trek
(Midnight Trek, climb up to see the Sun welcoming and smiling back at you when you’re at the top.)
( A bog, covered by firm land, such that you have a natural trampoline to jump upon and have your spirits raised.)
(The natural treasure of the state, with the most mind blowing sceneries and a holy Jain Temple, believed to make all your wishes come true, but darkened by the evil intentions of Naxalites, who appear to have a firm control over the area.)
So, that happens to be the city of Raipur, Capital of Chhattisgarh. Also, there is a sky walk in construction right now in the very heart of the city and the project of New Raipur, awarded the best integrated city of the country. Therefore, clearly, there’all be a lot more to see in the years to come.