A place of forests and hills, Ambikapur in Chattisgarh is an ancient city that dates back to the mythological epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. It is widely believed that Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita visited this region during their 14-year-long exile
A number of rivers flow through its beautifully sculpted terrain, adding to the scenic landscape. Archaeological remains from past eras dot Ambikapur, even as ancient temples and Buddhist stupas attract many religious devotees to their thresholds through the year.Agriculture is the main source of revenue for this region and mineral resources like coal and bauxite are also mined extensively. The locals have been residing here for generations and mostly belong to the Pando and Korwa tribes. They believe that they are descendants of the Pandavas and the Kauravas from the Mahabharat.With hills, mountains, cave temples, waterfalls and other such stunning attractions, it is no wonder that Ambikapur is quickly making its mark on the tourism map.Belonging to the Kalchuri era of around the 12th century, the Mahamaya Temple in the Surguja region of Ambikapur is perhaps the most visited tourist and religious destination in the area. Dedicated to Goddesses Lakshmi and Saraswati, the architecture of this ancient temple is one of its biggest draws.If you’re looking to have a picnic with your family and friends amidst the bounty of nature, head to the Kendai Waterfall in Surguja. Situated in a densely forested region, with myriad flora and fauna evident in their natural habitat, this is a great escape for nature enthusiasts.The other notable waterfall here is the Tiger Point Waterfall which has a beautiful old Buddha Temple nearby. Semarsot Hill has a cave temple with a Shivling that is thronged by many devotees all year round. Ramgarh Hill, Pawai Waterfall and the Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary are other natural tourist spots you are bound to enjoy on your trip to Ambikapur. Local buses and auto-rickshaws are easily available almost anywhere in Ambikapur, and will take you to most of the tourist destinations in the region. But for a comfortable experience, hire a car or private taxi to explore all the sites this lovely place has to offer.Always opt for a trusted and experienced tour guide to take you around, but be careful of touts and those who will try and fleece you.Avoid stepping out after dark
Ambikapur is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Ranchi at a distance of 217kms.
Airports: Birsa Munda Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Ambikapur from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Ambikapur