Raipur district is a district in the Chhattisgarh state of India. Raipur is the administrative headquarters of the district. The district is rich in mineral resources. There are many wild life sanctuaries and sight seeing places worth visiting. The district has the population of 30 lakhs.
As of 2011 it is the most populous district of Chhattisgarh (out of 27).
Raipur district was once part of Southern Kosal and considered to be under Maurya Kingdom. Raipur city had been the capital of the Haihaya Kings, controlling the traditional forts of Chhattisgarh for a long time. The town of Raipur has existed 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.
It is situated between 22° 33′ N to 21°14’N Latitude and 82° 6′ to 81° 38’E Longitude. It occupies the south eastern part of the upper Mahanadi River valley and the bordering hills in the south and the east. Thus, the district is divided into two major physical divisions: the Chhattisgarh plains and the hilly areas.
To the north is Bilaspur District. To the south is Dhamtari District and Gariaband District. To the east is Mahasamund District and to the west is Durg District.
The Mahanadi River is the principal river of this district.
Places of worship
There are many temples in the city some are here Dudhadhari Mandir Shri Jagannath Mandir, Gayatri Nagar Raipur Shri Digambar Jain Mandir (Mahavir Vihar),Fafadih, Raipur banjari mandir near birgaon sardani darbar near devpuri on dhamtari raod sarwa dharma temple in railway station.
Mahant Ghasidas Museum, built in 1875 by Raja Mahant Ghasidas, king of the erstwhile Rajnandgaon state.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Museum, built in honour of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur situated near Ghasidas museum.
Sushilpikangan – The Art Gallery, gallery featuring Dhokra arts.
Shabari handicrafts emporium and Chhattisgarh Haat, works by local artist and craftsman.
Mahakoshal Kala Parishad, exhibition of art and paintings.
Purkhauti Muktangan Museum, under development by the Government of Chhattisgarh, Culture Department under Ministry of Tourism. It is spread over 18 hectares exhibiting entire natural resources with existing infrastructures, industries, places of tourists attraction, etc. including the VISION 2020
Vivekananda Sarovar (Budha Talab), a lake which is as old as the city. A 37 feet (11 m) high statue of Swami Vivekananda stands in the lake. This statue has been added to the Limca Book of Records as the ‘largest model for a statue’. The lake has color-light fountains
Nandanvan, a mini zoo on the western fringes of the city on the banks of river Kharoon
Nagar Ghadi (City Clock Tower), a clock tower situated in one of the busiest squares of the city. This clock plays a different local folk tune every hour (24 tunes in a day).
Gaurav path (The pride way), a stretch of G.E road within the city which has been decorated with sculpture and plantation on both sides.
Rajiv Smriti Van and Urja Park (Energy Park), a theme park built in memory of Rajiv Gandhi. The unique feature here is that everything runs on solar energy.
Shaheed Smarak Bhavan, an art gallery and an auditorium dedicated to the freedom fighters of India
MM Funcity, a water cum amusement park in the eastern outskirts of the city .
Water World Resort, a water park on the banks of River Kharoon in the south-western part of the city.
Raipur Municipal Corporation Building (White House), a new building of the Raipur Municipal Corporation. It a 7 storeyed building built with a mix of ancient and modern architecture. The building is illuminated in blue light at night.
Mahavir Park (Anupam Garden), a city park with illuminated trees and fountains. It also has a battle tank provided by the Indian Army on display.
4D,5D and 7D shows(although all are same), Raipur is one of the cities in India which have three such theatres. These are located in Magneto Mall,Ambuja City Mall and CG City Centre
Ramkrishna Mission Vivekanand Ashram., features lecture on Gita and Ramayana by Swamijis.
Kanha National Park, Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, Amarkantak, Bhoramdeo Temple, Dongargarh, Setganga, Sirpur, Champaran, Rajim, Chitrakot Falls, Indravati National Park, Kanger Valley National Park, Gangrel Dam and Murrum Silli Dam are the other nearby attractions.