Rajnandgaon has a rich history and religious legacy, having been ruled over by both Hindu and Mughal emperors. Not surprisingly, it is a popular pilgrimage site in Chattisgarh, and makes for an interesting stopover for any discerning traveler, looking to explore India
Also known as Shanksardhani, the landscape of Rajnandgaon is exquisite, surrounded by rivers and ponds. This makes it a perfect tourist destination, offering much respite to the locals and visitors alike.The harmonious lifestyle and hospitable nature of the locals are probably the most striking features to most tourists who visit the city. Hindu festivals such as Lakshmi Puja, Ganesh Puja, Diwali and Navratri are celebrated with great gusto, as the city quite literally lights up. Fairs, festivities and regional bazaars open up to all, as the district comes alive in celebration. A visit to Rajnandgaon during the festive period would be an experience to remember.Dongargadh is perhaps the biggest tourist attraction and pilgrimage site in Rajnandgaon. There are two temples on the premises, both dedicated to Goddess Bamleshwari. The one named Badi Bamleshwari is situated on a hilltop and offers stunning panoramic views of the surroundings. Choti Bamleshwari is at ground level, about half a kilometer from the main, larger temple complex. The temples draw hundreds of thousands of devotees every year, and the numbers only swell during the festive period. If nothing else, the views from the temples will make your trip completely worthwhile.Mata Sheetala Devi Shakti Peetha is another temple that is about 2,000 years old, and it is a popular tourist site in the region. Created with pink sandstone and marble, this is a stunning example of the beautiful temple architecture, characteristic of the area.Other sites, worth visiting, include the Gayatri Mandir and the Barfaani Ashram.Cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaws are available fairly easily in Rajnandgaon. These are most convenient for traversing short distances. Buses also run throughout the city and can also get you to destinations in the surrounding areas. Private cabs or cars can be also hired in the city if you’d prefer to travel in comfort and at your own pace.Women should avoid travelling alone and should avoid venturing out after dark.Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples and religious sites.Pay heed to messages and warnings about curfews or disturbances in nearby areas
Rajnandgaon is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Raipur at a distance of 73kms.
Airports: Raipur Airport
There is no regular trains to Rajnandgaon from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Durg which is located at a distance of 28kms.
Railway Station(s): Durg