Raipur is the capital city of the state of Chhattisgarh, India. The population is 1,560,667 (as per census of India, 2001). The city is the administrative headquarters of Raipur District. It was formerly a part of Madhya Pradesh before the state of Chhattisgarh was formed on November 1, 2000. A city, Naya Raipur is being developed near Raipur.
The future of Raipur city is well and there are many opportunities for making fortune. The city is developing to rural to urban. Many companies are coming in this city to setting their own hub for business. So it will be good decision to take the opportunity in right way and time. Raipur is among the richest cities & India’s biggest iron market - there are about 173 steel rolling mills, 170 sponge iron plants, more than 250 steel plants, 800 agro-industries and 70 ferro-alloy plants in and around the city. There are more than 300 rice milling plants, and all major and local cement manufacturing companies have a presence in the city. Like many other Tier II Indian cities, is experiencing a boom in construction and development. The new airport along with improved road and rail infrastructure is expected to give a general filip to the city. Raipur is geographically located near a region which is often referred to as the rice bowl of India. This area is an extensive and very fertile plain which is conducive for the growth of various types of rice and hence such a name. There are dense forested lands to the south of this city. Raipur has a river bordering it on its eastern side—the Mahanadi river. The famous Maikal hill range lies to the north west of this city. North of Raipur the elevation of the land increases until it merges with the ancient and extensive Chhota Nagpur Plateau. This plateau extends northwards up to the state of Jharkhand. Towards the south of Raipur lies another plateau region known as the Bastar region.
Raipur is a well connected city through roads and railways. It is connected with other major cities such as Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi, Howrah, Patna, Dhanbad, Amritsar, Kochi, Bangalore, etc. It can be accessed through the Howrah to Mumbai route of the Eastern Indian Railways. The national highway number six (NH 6) passes through Raipur thereby establishing its links to the other Indian cities like Jabalpur, Visakhapatnam, Vilaspur, etc. After Raipur became a state capital, many new air routes were opened connecting this city with the rest of the country.
The airport located just outside the city is in a small bordering town called Mana. Hence, it is also known as the Mana Airport. Indian Airlines has a series of domestic flights to and from Raipur linking it with Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Nagpur, Mumbai, Bhubaneshwar, New Delhi and Kolkata. Private airlines such as Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways also have flights plying from Raipur and connecting it with the rest of India. These flights include cities like Indore, Ahmedabad and Ranchi as well as the major cities like the four metropolitan cities mention earlier.
There are a number of colorful festivals held in this part of India that interests a lot of visitors and tourist.