After I reached my hotel, I took ample rest and got ready for my lunch. I am a complete foodie and so, I ordered local delicacies and the mouth watering delicacies made my day. As I had enough time, I planned to visit Nandanvan Nature Center.
I booked a taxi and started heading towards Nandanvan which was almost 16 kms away from Raipur city. As soon as I reached there I saw many families flocking here as this place is a perfect weekend getaway. I was astonished to see that the center covers an area of 10 hectares. Being a nature lover myself, watching this center was a treat for me. The objective of starting this center was to give shelter to stray wild animals and I must say it has been beautifully undertaken. They have successfully created awareness of nature amongst the city dwellers.
The entry fee of the center is Rs 10 and the center also acts as a biological park wherein they have maintained some common forestry plants as well. There is also a small zoo where children flock in large numbers to watch wild and domestic animals in their natural habitat. It is a good exercise for children, especially from an education point of view. Above all, the animals are really in good shape and state which really made me very happy. It was thrilling to watch a white tiger, lion and panther in close proximity.
It doesn’t end here as the center boasts of beautiful garden, lush greenery, nice huge playgrounds and most importantly jogging areas. I also took a nice stroll and it was very refreshing, especially after a journey. Not only this, I also enjoyed boating here. The most important feature of this center is – cleanliness and the authorities take good care of the visitors. I saw families carrying picnic baskets who then sat under the trees relishing food. Some families were also resting and taking naps in the garden and it was a déjà vu moment for me. After a nice day spent, I headed back to my hotel to plan my next outing.
After a scintillating getaway at Chitrakot Waterfalls, I started heading back to Raipur. Before heading to Chitrakot Waterfalls I had checked out of my previous hotel so I had to get hold of a new hotel. After travelling for almost 6 hours, I wanted to have a comfortable stay and the name suggested to me by my driver was – Hotel Corbiz Tower, Raipur.
As soon as I reached the hotel, I was enthralled to see the mind blowing ambience. I thanked my driver for bringing me to this lovely place. The hotel had one of the best interiors, along with a classy décor. The rooms here had such rich furnishings that my leisure stay became a luxurious one.
My room was so trendy and thoughtfully furnished that it gave a luxurious touch. I love wooden flooring and my room had one, so it was like icing on the cake. The room was also well-equipped with necessary amenities right from air conditioning, mini bar, colour television, refrigerator to safe and telephone. The best part was I had internet access which helped me to browse my social media accounts.
I was very tired, but before going to bed, I relished a sumptuous meal that was served at the in-house multi-cuisine restaurant ‘Crispiz’. The next morning, I planned to explore the hotel. The first thing I did was that I availed massage services at the beauty salon. Believe me; it was rejuvenating, especially after a hectic journey. I was blessing my driver again and again for suggesting this place. After a nice revitalizing massage, I then headed to the hotel’s coffee shop – ‘Cossips’. The menu card of the coffee shops was quite interesting as they served some premium international coffees with exciting flavors along with mock tails and iced teas.
Cossips was a treat for a foodie like me and it had some amazing dishes complemented by mouthwatering desserts. Additionally, hotel also had a banquet hall called ‘Capris’ and a business centre called ‘Crome’. On request, the hotel also provides laptops and computers in cabins and assists in travel management. With so many facilities around, my stay turned out to be a memorable one !
Moong Dal Halwa : I have a sweet tooth and moong dal Halwa is one of my favorites. It’s the most delicious as well as the healthiest dessert I have ever eaten as moong dal is acclaimed to be very good for our health. The other ingredients are milk, water and sugar and you can add what you wish for the final seasoning like cashew nuts or pistachios. Once you taste it, you become a slave of this dessert!
About Lakshmana Temple Chhattisgarh : If you wish to see the ancient history monument, then do visit the Lakshmana Temple, Chhattisgarh. This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located in the village of Sirpur. This temple is one among the best examples of brick temples of ancient India. The popular Sirpur Music and Dance festival take place annually in the month of January.
Narration : If you are looking for luxury and ultimate comfort on your trip to the state of Chhattisgarh, than The Taj Gateway Hotel GE Road is an ideal place. This hotel has plenty to offer in terms of all sorts of amenities. It has many crucial landmarks nearby that you can visit on your stay here. The four in-house restaurants offerers Indian and International mouth-watering delicacies. Stay here to experience its world class services firsthand.
Summarization : On my trip to Chhattisgarh, I got a chance to visit the Mahant Ghasidas Memorial Museum, one of the oldest museums in the country. This place is apt for history lovers. Various types of archaeology, anthropology, and natural history are preserved here. The two floored with galleries, museum has arts, crafts and paintings. Except Mondays and public holidays, you can visit here all day from 10am to 5pm.
Description : I always dreamed about visiting a spiritual place that would leave me surprised with its charm and beauty. I got to fulfill my wish on my visit to the state of Chhattisgarh. The Rajiv Lochan Mandir, which is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu was one such place. The rich heritage and its spectacular architecture make it a must visit place. The temple structure is resting on 12 columns and the stone carvings bear the faces of the various Gods in Hindu mythology. The famous Rajim Lochan Mahotsav takes place during 16th February to 1st March.
About Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary Chhattisgarh : I would like to share one of my best memories that I experienced on my visit to Chhattisgarh. I visited the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary, which is known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife. The flora and fauna of this place will surely astonish you. This sanctuary is perfect to be visited by all wildlife enthusiasts and bird lovers and for sure they will take back unforgettable memories. The best time to visit this place is November-June.
Tandula Dam Chhattisgarh : "One of picnic hotspots is the Tandula Dam that attracts many tourists from all over the country. This dam is located on the banks of the river Tandula at a distance of 60 kms from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. The dam project was completed in 1921 at the confluence of Tandula and Sukha Nala rivers. For the tourists, there are many rest houses built nearby to the dam. This dam supplies water to the Bhilai Steel Plant."
Residing in a busy city like Bangalore is a big challenge. Being a Pharmacist, my job schedule is hectic but I still spare time for myself by shopping and most importantly travelling. I love to travel and share my experiences and one such memorable journey was from Bangalore to Chhattisgarh.
I, Soumya Shetty chose to travel by air because I was looking for a comfortable as well as a quick journey. I decided to travel on two routes. My first route was from Bangalore to Mumbai and then from Mumbai to Raipur. So, I chose to travel by Indigo Airlines because it offers low fares along with on-time flights and a stress free experience. I decided to take the early morning flight because it would be hassle free to travel again from Mumbai to Raipur.
I started in the morning at 5:20 am from Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore. I feel that starting early in the day is bliss because once you reach your destination you get ample time to rest. My flight experience was simply awesome and very comfortable. The best part was I had downloaded the cleartrip app which I believe is the best travel app I have ever come across.
With the help of this app, I kept myself updated with all minute details of the flight. Finally, my flight reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, Mumbai at around 6:55 am. My next flight was at 9:40 am and so I had enough time to check out the Mumbai Airport. While leaving early morning, it is impossible to gorge anything and so I relished some nice delicacies in the vicinity of the airport, followed by a nice nap in the waiting lobby. My next lap of journey kick started after I boarded the flight from Mumbai to Raipur. After a comfortable and cozy journey I finally reached Raipur at 11:25 am.
I was so happy to have the next entire day to rest and also to explore some nearby places. First thing first, I checked out nice budget hotels and finally booked one. Now I had a big task of planning my itinerary.
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Sharing is what I always believe in, since childhood I have been most expressive kid in my family. Making new friends, jelling up with people, traveling or participating in any event, I have always been in the fore front. Hello friends this is Soumya Shetty a Pharmacist, I love reading, travelling to places, visiting spiritual places the rich history behind the existence attracts me. Moreover, at the same time I too enjoy shopping with friends, movies, food, and parties. Most importantly, “sharing” so here is crazy Soumu sharing her experiences and life with you friends. Hope you would like being part of my life’s journey.