Chhattisgarh, the 26th State of India, was carved out of Madhya Pradesh on 1st Nov 2000. This predominantly tribal State has over 35 big and small tribes and is perhaps the most economically growing region of the country. The State is blessed with rich minerals and forest wealth. The major mineral resources include coal, iron-ore, limestone and dolomite (used by the cement manufacturing industries). There are also diamond mines in the State and it has been estimated that Deobhog area in Raipur district, if successfully exploited, can generate large revenue for the State. NTPC's Thermal plant at Sipat, Bilaspur, Steel plant at Bhilai and Aluminium plant at Korba are some of the major heavy industries of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh's immense forest cover is a safe haven for wildlife and fine game reserves are located here. The State's rich cultural heritage and natural beauty has the potential to attract visitors from all over the world.
Main languages: Chhattisgarhi, Baighani, Bhulia, Hindi, English
When to go: mid September to March
Getting There & Away: How to reach Chhattisgarh
Road: Chhattisgarh is covered by an excellent roadway network which connects all major cities, towns and villages with the rest of India. NH-6, NH-16 and NH-16 are the major National Highways crisscrossing the state.
Rail: Raipur and Bilaspur are the two major railway junctions.
Air: Raipur is the only airport in the State operating daily domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.