An industrial town with more than 200 steel mills, Raipur is an important economic power. Many of those who visit this bustling Indian city use it as their gateway to places like Kanha Tiger Reserve, Chitrakot Falls and Bhoramdeo Temple. These, along with several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are huge draws to the eastern region of Chhattisgarh, of which Raipur is the capital.
You can fly to Raipur from seven UK cities including London, Belfast, Manchester and Glasgow. The journey will include at least one stop since there are currently no direct flights there from the UK. You can sometimes save money by stopping more than once, but this will add hours onto your journey time, so make sure it's worth it. With just one stop in Delhi, your journey time could range from 15 - 29 hours flying with Air India.
Raipur has a tropical savanna climate. From March - June temperatures soar to around 40°C, and the rest of the year they hover around the 30°C mark. The monsoon season is from June - early October. Hareli is celebrated in July or August, and it marks the beginning of the holy month for Hindus. During the month, small children walk around fields on bamboo stilts in celebration.