The state of Chhattisgarh came into being only in the beginning of this millennium. In November 2000, Chhattisgarh has been carved out of Madhya Pradesh to form the 26th state of the Indian Union.
Historians say the ancient Dandakaranya, which is today a part of Chhattisgarh was peopled by the earliest inhabitants of India. The place finds mention in the ancient epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
A powerful Rajput family, known as the Kalchuri dynasty, had ruled this region between 10th to 16th centuries. There were 18 Garhs (Forts) to the north of river Shivnath and another 18 forts to the south of the river all of which belonged the Kalchuris. Hence, the total of 36 (Chhattis in Hindi) Garhs (Forts) formed the basis of naming this region as Chhattisgarh.
How to Reach Chhattisgarh
The state of Chhattisgarh sounds inviting with its lure of virgin forests, meandering rivers, waterfalls, ancient caves and temples and rich tribal population.
Worried about how to reach Chhattisgarh? Located in the central part of India, the state of Chhattisgarh is completely land-locked, which has provided the state with easy means of communication from any part of the country. So the question how to reach Chhattisgarh should bother you the least.
Chhattisgarh has a domestic airport, which is linked, to almost all major airports in the country. Indian Airlines operates regular flights to and from Raipur.
Two major railway stations in Chhattisgarh- Raipur and Bilaspur- connect the major railway stations in India. Since Raipur comes almost in the middle point between Mumbai and Howrah, two most important railway stations in west and east India respectively, it is served by important trains regularly.
Road-network in Chhattisgarh is excellent. The NH 6, NH 16 and NH 43 are the national highways that connect all the major cities and towns of Chhattisgarh to other parts of the country.
Shopping in Chhattisgarh
Shopping in Chhattisgarh is a delightful experience. The tribes of Chhattisgarh are amazingly skilled in making a wide variety of handicrafts. Such handicrafts have already earned worldwide acclaim and make wonderful showpiece, gift or utility item. So great is the attraction of these handicrafts, shopping in Chhattisgarh is almost an irresistible activity for the tourists who come to visit Chhattisgarh.
Bell metal items
Wrought iron items
Such variety and degree of craftsmanship is not a common sight else where in India and possibly the world too. You might be spoilt for choice while shopping in Chhattisgarh.
To facilitate your shopping in Chhattisgarh, there are countless Government Emporia and private shops dotted in all over Chhattisgarh.
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Last Updated on : September 6, 2014