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Chhattisgarh won the BHA for 2017's Emerging State for Tourism - Here's Why!

Chhattisgarh won the BHA for 2017's Emerging State for Tourism - Here's Why! chitrakoot.info

Yes! The BHA has voted Chhattisgarh as India’s top Emerging State for Tourism. Are you wondering why? Read on then and you will know.

1. Forests: When nature calls

Forests: When nature callssource: echhattisgarh.co.in

44 percent of Chhattisgarh is covered in forests rich in teak, Sal, bamboo, sheeshal and mahua. And in the heart of it all is the verdant Barnawapara Sanctuary. It is home to tigers, leopards, hyenas, antelopes, porcupine, and many types of avifauna, sloth bears and flying squirrels. 

HolidayIQ reviewer Tomesh Verma says, “Chhattisgarh has a beautiful sanctuary here at Barnawapara. Though known for Naxalism, I did not feel any hint of it. It was all alright and I experienced one of my greatest adventure, the safari through Barnawapara, known for Asiatic tigers. I will visit with my family again.

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2. Tribal culture: The vibrant life of adivasis

Tribal culture: The vibrant life of adivasissource: echhattisgarh.co.in

The magic of Chhattisgarh lies in retaining the culture of the natives. It hosts a tribal belt with more than 30 separate and distinct tribes. The best part is they are very warm. They welcome you to share their forests, history, culture and ways of life.

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3. Sirpur Festival: Achieved international acclaim

Sirpur Festival: Achieved international acclaimsource: Chhattisgarh Tourism Board

The Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival is organised every January by Chhattisgarh Tourism Board in order to promote Buddhist sites in Sirpur. In just three years, it has gained global acclaim. Being a heritage town, it’s culturally rich setting serves as the perfect backdrop to the Festival. The centre stage itself is set into the backdrop of the famous Laxman Temple, an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 7th century.

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4. The Chitrakote Falls: One of the largest in India

The Chitrakote Falls: One of the largest in Indiasource: arakuvalleytourism.in

The Chitrakote aka Chitrakoot falls is a natural waterfall located to the west of Jagdalpur. One of the largest falls in India, it is a mesmerising sight.

HolidayIQ reviewer Souvik Roy says, “The road to the falls is very well maintained and very good for a long trip. It's a wonderful experience viewing such a waterfall but the place is difficult to reach. You have to book a car from Jagdalpur. If you have time in hand, please make sure to visit Dantewada Maa Kali Temple, about 3 hours from the falls. Near the falls, there is only one hotel to stay in.

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5. Buddha Vihar: Mystical and archaic

Buddha Vihar: Mystical and archaicsource: wikimedia.org

Buddha Vihar is one of the oldest monasteries in India, dating back to 8th century CE. It consists of the remnants of 100 Buddha Viharas, 4 Jain Viharas, 200 mounds and more than 100 Shiva temples. There is also a nine-room area which was excavated, with eight ladders leading to the rooms. Sounds like a complete archaeological spectacle out there!

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6. A Laxman Temple: 7th century remnant

A Laxman Temple: 7th century remnantsource: wikimedia.org

7th Century Laxman Temple is one of the oldest and most beautiful brick temples in India. It has rightfully achieved a World Heritage Site status. Beautifully maintained, it has thousands of years’ worth stories to tell through its carvings and sculptures. Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival is hosted here. 

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