Ambikapur – temple town of Chhattisgarh

Ambikapur is a popular tourist destination of Chhattisgarh with temples, caves, hills, rivers, hot water springs and spectacular waterfalls. The historic town of Ambikapur is situated near the Vindhyachal – Baghelkhand mountain ranges having connections with the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. This temple town of Chhattisgarh has something to offer for every tourist, wheather he is a nature lover, an ardent follower of religion or simply wants to explore new places.

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Picturesque Tiger point waterfall of Ambikapur

Where is Ambikapur?

Ambikapur – the temple town is in Surguja district of Chhattisgarh state in India.

About Ambikapur – temple town of Chhattisgarh

The exotic location of the place unharmed by the advancement of science and technology is bound to attract tourists. Nature in its primitive form being preserved here is perhaps the most fascinating feature of Ambikapur.
The recent excavations of various heritage monuments have made Ambikapur a popular destination of Chhattisgarh. Historians have found that some of the archaeological ruins and temples here date to an era before Christ.
The Jogimara Caves here are an example of one of the world’s first ever inscriptions on love, making it a major tourist attraction. Some of the other caves located here is an evidence of the existence of civilization here
from pre-historic times.
Historians also believe that the great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa may have spent some time in the Ramgiri mountains while he was working on his epic `Meghdoot’, written sometime between the 16th and 17th century.

In and around Ambikapur

The various temples located in and around this temple town of Chhattisgarh spiritually enlighten the tourists who have a love for religion. Among the significant temples are Mahamaya temple located east of Ambikapur, Shivpur Shiv temple, Buddha temple at Mainpat, and the Nageshwar Shiv temple.
Shivpur Shiv temple – It is a popular pilgrimage destination. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva amidst picturesque natural surroundings is a must-visit for every tourists coming to Ambikapur. During the occasion of Maha Shivratri and Basant Panchami a very big festival is organized every year.

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Buddha temple at Manipat near Ambikapur

Manipat – Located near Ambikapur, Manipat is a charming hill station known for the tiger point waterfall and the delightful Buddha temple. Woolen fabric of Manipat deserves special mention. The tiger point waterfall is extremely popular among tourists and its location amidst picturesque surrounding makes the visit to the waterfall a memorable one.
Buddha temple – The temple located at Manipat near Alampur is a popular destination for followers of Buddhism as well as for normal tourists. This beautiful temple apart from housing a wonderful statue of Lord Buddha gives a firsthand experience of Buddhist culture and religion.
Tattapani – This is a continuously flowing hot water source ideal for skin disease ailments. Water is so hot near the source of this hot water spring that even rice bundled in a piece of cloth gets cooked.
Thin-thini patthar – It is a huge cylindrical-shaped rock of about two hundred quintal resting on a ground rock. When it is stricken with a solid material, a metallic sound echoes. Different sound comes from different points of the stone.

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Wonder – Thin-thini patthar near Ambikapur

Semarsot wildlife sanctuary – Covering an area of 430.36 Sq.Km. the sanctuary has a wide variety of deer, like Nilgai, Chital, Sambar, Chinkara as well as number of Leopards sloth bears, wild boars, foxes and colorful birds. The sanctuary is covered with Sal and other deciduous trees.
Tamor Pingla wildlife sanctuary – Covering a ground of 608.55 Sq.Km this sanctuary has a mix of Sal and other deciduous trees. It is not uncommon to sight multi-hued migratory birds, a number of species of Indian deer, like the barking deer, four-horned antelope, chitals and sambar deer. One can even catch glimpses of python, cobras, striped hyenas, jackals, brown and red varieties of jungle fowl, blue bulls, and green pigeons.
Kailash caves – These cave was created by Saint Rameshwar Gahira Guruji. Temple of Lord Shiva-Parvati and also temple of different God-Goddess are there in caves. On occasion of Mahashivratri huge festival is organized here which is being attended by pilgrims from places far and near.
Ramgarh and Sita Bengra – These are the caves in which Lord Rama, and his wife Sita, are believed to have stayed during their 14 years of exile. The charming beauty of the place is really mesmerizing.
Pawai waterfall – It is a natural waterfall which flows throughout the year and is a popular picnic spot.
Ramgiri mountain is one of the exotic locations to be visited near Ambikapur. The place is believed to have been the home of Lord Rama during his days of exile.

How to reach Ambikapur?

By Air – Jabalpur is the nearest airport from where one can reach Ambikapur by train or bus or by hired vehicle.
By Rail – Bishrampur at a distance of 27 Km. from Ambikapur is the nearest railhead. Although Annupur railway station at a distance of 205 Km. is a much better option.
By Road – Ambikapur – the temple town of Chhattisgarh is well connected by buses with places like Raipur (358 Km.), Bilaspur (230 Km.), Raigarh (210 Km.), and Annupur (205 Km.)

Where to stay at Ambikapur?

Hotel Grand Basant – Hotel Grand Basant is a centrally located Ambikapur serving and catering all types of guest needs and is one of the favorable accommodation options for all the budget conscious travelers and tourists. The rooms here are tastefully designed with modern conveniences and services  offering full comfort to the guests .

To know more about this hotel call the hotel reception at its phone number of: 07774-221221, 222615 / 9407790400 / 7587101010 or log on to the hotel website at: http://grandbasant.in/ 

Hotel Birendra Prabha – Located in the heart of the city, Hotel Birendra Prabha is one of the most convenient places to stay in Ambikapur. This deluxe hotel with ultra-modern facilities is known to provide the best of services at an affordable price that will enthrall both the business traveler and the tourists travelling to this temple town of Chhattisgarh.

To know more about this hotel call the hotel reception at its phone number of: +91-7774-224477, 224577 / 09977882251 or log on to the hotel website at: http://www.birendraprabha.com/

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  1. Anupam Awasthi says:

    I would like to inform everyone that now Ambikapur is well connected from its nearest airport in Raipur which is around 350 kms from Ambikapur.

  2. anita tiwari says:

    ambikapur is now connected by rail directly to jabalpur and durg.

  3. Maa Mahamaya Mandir is really a beautiful place in Ambikapur.There is a hill beside which is awesome to see..Everyone must visit this place who goes to Ambikapur..

  4. Ambikapur is realy town of temple.it is situated about 350 km from raipur . nearest hill station is MAINPAT. MAINPAT is SHIMLA of CHHATTISGARH.

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