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Raipur is the state capital of the newly formed Chhattisgarh state. Raipur was originally established by the Kalchuri King, Ram Chandra, in the last quarter of the 14th century and today is an important industrial center for the area. Along the river Shivnath there were 18 garhs (forts) each and that is where the name Chhattisgarh comes.
Just 175 kilometers from Raipur is Udanti Sancturary home to wild buffalo an endangered species found only in Chattisgarh and Assam. Also the Udanti is home to the rare black panther.
Chhattisgarh is known for some of the best waterfalls in the world. Chitrakot falls, about 200 kilometers from Raipur is often compared to Niagra falls.
Chhattisgarh has forty four percent forest cover which amounts to 12% of Indias forests.
Chhattisgarh has three national parks and eleven wildlife sancturaries. Looking at Raipur you would hardly beleive it 200 kilometers from the jungle that was Rudyard Kiplings inspiration for the Jungle Book.
Barnawappa sancturary is 80 kilometers from Raipur. February to June is the best time to visit Barnawappa. The park is closed because of monsoons July 1-October 31.