ABOUT RAIPUR

Raipur district occupies the South eastern part of the upper Mahanadi valley and the bordering hills in the South and the East. A panorama of small rice fields with narrow earthen banks – broken only by the cluster of mud houses.

Rice not only forms the staple diet of the majority of people, but also bears a large influence on their life and economic condition. People eat rice morning, noon and night and spent their lives growing rice. Their health, wealth and happiness depend on it. Rice rules their lives.

In contrast to earlier description Raipur is a fast developing smart city with excellent infrastructure and civic amenities. New Raipur is serving as the administrative capital of the Chhattisgarh State. The urban design of the new city incorporates the best of international cities as well as traditional Chhattisgarh culture. Naya Raipur is India's sixth planned city after Jamshedpur, Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh and Navi Mumbai. Swami Vivekananda Airport separates the old and new cities. Apart from looking at its novel architecture Purkhauti Muktangan Museum, an open air art Museum cum Park andJungle Safari occupying land area of 202.87 Hectare are places worth visiting in Naya Raipur.

ABOUT THE VENUE

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Auditorium is situated at Science College campus occupied 3 acre of lands. A state of art complex includes main auditorium of 1,500 capacities and 2 additional conventional halls. It has separate board room for a board meeting, cafeteria and several other facilities. Basement has parking arrangement for 100 vehicles at a time.



AMARKANTAK : THE BIRTH OF SACRED RIVER

Distance from Raipur:- 214 Kms / 4 Hrs
Amarkantak is the origin place of Narmada at an altitude of 3,750 feet in the Satpura mountain ranges. Narmada flows and follows path of the Sun. the town of Amarkantak is dotted with holy kunds and temples.

CHAMPARANYA: THE BIRTH PLACE OF SAINT VALLABHACHARYA

Distance from Raipur:- 58 Kms / 1 Hrs 4 min
The Temple is open from 8-00 AM to 1-00 PM and 3-00 PM to 7-00 PM.
Champaranya is a land of great historical significance. Blessed by the righteous Hindu saints who was the pioneer and founder of the Vallabh sect.

SIRPUR: AN ANCIENT CITY OF SOUTH KOSALA


Distance from Raipur:- 85 Kms / 1 Hrs 33 min

Buddhism has flourished in many places and one of lesser known settlement was in Chhattisgarh. In 6th Century BC, it found its quiet destination in Sirpur little after spread of Buddhism at adjacent to Orissa. Here, hidden from mankind for centuries’ lies a remarkable piece of history written in stones towards nirvana. One of the neatly preserved Buddhist monasteries, AnandPrabhuKutiVihara, dates back to the 7th cent with imposing statue of sitting Buddha, his right hand falling below knee to touch the earth, called as Bhumi-sparsha mudra.In January 2014, the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama meditated for 20 minutes at the “Chanda Dai caves” near Sirpur on the hills of Singhadhurva. According to the Archaeological experts, Nagarjuna, who is considered the most prominent Buddhist philosophers after Lord Buddha had meditated in these caves somewhere between first and second century.

Laxman Temple is built entirely in red- brick. This east facing temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, a small dimension structure is in good shape. The doorway’s carved stones engraved Vishnu on Sheshnag, while the pillars carry figures of Vishnu incarnates. The idol was replaced with one of a Nagpurush, possibly Sheshnag, of whom Laxman is said to be his avatar. The original black granite statue of Vishnu is now located in the museum at the backyard.

POST CONFERENCE VISIT

Jungle of Central India: first glimpses of winter forest

(Opens on 1st October)

ACHANAKAMAR – SAL VALLEY

Distance from Raipur :- 214 Kms / 4 Hrs Distance from Bilaspur :- 100 Kms / 2 Hrs
The Sanctuary is full with Hilly terrain mainly of Sal, Bamboo and mixed forest which creates deeps valleys, high cliffs and ranges. The fauna of Achanakamar are Tiger, Leopard, Cheetal, Sambhar, tour homed antelope, Barking deer, Wild dog, Wild boar, Giant squirrel, Rattell, Civet cat, Jungle Cat, Caracle.

KANHA NATIONAL PARK : MESMERIZING MEADOWS

Distance from Raipur:- 250 Kms / 5 Hrs

Today Kanha is among the few most scenic and beautiful wildlife reserves in Asia. This Tiger Country is the ideal country for both predator and prey. By far the most striking features of this region are the open grassy meadows, where sighting swamp deer, sambhar and cheetal common. Kanha is renowned not only for its high tiger concentration but also as the last remaining habitat of the hard ground “barasingha” or swamp deer which was brought back from the brink of its extinction by Kanha’s conservationists.

NAGZIRA TIGER RESERVE: THE KING IS HERE

Distance from Raipur: - 100 Kms / 2 Hrs
Distance from Nagpur:- 120 Kms

Recently declared a Tiger Reserve National Park, Nagzira Tiger Reserve is an upcoming attraction in the wildlife circuit. Apart from the game drives even the calmness and freshness of this jungles brings every heart closer to nature.


PENCH NATIONAL PARK: MOWGLI’S LANDS

Distance from Raipur:- 260 Kms / 7 Hrs

Distance from Nagpur – 70 Kms

Pench National Park or Tiger Reserve is one of the premier tiger reserves of India and the only one to straddle across two states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The major attraction of Pench is its Central location in India. It is just 70 kms from Nagpur. This Park boosts of having a very high density of Tigers along with almost all major species of birds commonly found in Central India. The famous character of Rudyard Kipling “Mowgli” was found at this park only.


TADOBA NATIONAL PARK :TIGER’S PARADISE

Distance from Raipur:- 340 Kms / 7 Hrs

Distance from Nagpur:- 151 Kms

Probably the best place to sight a tiger in recent years. This is recently becoming the paradise for tiger photographers all over the world. The best part of this park is the availability of other carnivores in abundance likely Wild dogs & Leopards. Both this species are commonly sighted here. The other animals include sloth bears and Indian Gaur.