- Capital: Raipur
- Population: 20.8 million
- Area: 135,000 sq. km
- Language: Hindi
- Best Season: October to March
- Weather: Summers 22°-45°C. Winters 8°-36°C
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Ancient name of Chhattisgarh state is Southern Kosal. It is situated in the heart place of India's & Madhyapradesh's south eastern portion. It includs sixteen districts like Bilaspur, Raigarh, Sarguja, Raipur, Durg, Korea, Korba, Dantewada, Mahasamunda,Kavardha,Champa,Janjgir, Jashpurnagar,Kanker, Dhamtari, Rajnandgaon & Bastar. Chattishgar is surrounded by mountain's series of Mekal, Sihava & Ramgiri. Its holyland is irregated by Mahanadi, Shivnath, Indravati, Hasdo & Kharun river. From historical point of view, Chhattisgarh state is so rich & from traditional point of view it is always a place of central attraction.
The state was formed on 1 November 2000 by partitioning 16 Chhattisgarhi-speaking south-eastern districts of Madhya Pradesh. Raipur was made its capital city. Chhattisgarh borders the states of Madhya Pradesh in the northwest, Andhra Pradesh in the south, Odisha in the east, Jharkhand in the northeast and Uttar Pradesh in the north. Currently the state comprises 27 districts. Chhattisgarh is renowned for its heritage tourism; Bhoramdeo, Dantewada, Deepadih, Dongargarh, Jogibhatta, Rajim, Sirpur, Malhar, Sita Bhengra, and Sheorinarayan are some of the popular heritage sites.
Mineral resources are Chhattisgarh's biggest strength. It has deposits of limestone, iron-ore, copper, rock phosphate, manganese, bauxite, coal, asbestos and mica. Chhattisgarh accounts for about 16 per cent of the nation's coal reserves. The state also has proven diamond reserves along with potential gold reserves. Chhattisgarh is presently one of the few states that has surplus power. It is also among the few profitable states in terms of utility-based electricity. Presence of coal makes Chhattisgarh an ideal location for setting up pit-head based thermal power plants for both, merchant sales and state consumption. Korba in Chhattisgarh is termed as the "Power Capital" of India with National Thermal Power Corporation's (NTPC) super thermal power plant working at around 79 per cent Plant Load Factor (PLF).