Chandrapur District of Maharashtra is situated between Wainganga and Wardha river basins. It is situated on the banks of the Irai River. It is also known as the �City of Black Gold� because it has numerous coal mines. It draws a fair number of tourists from all over the country due to its closeness to the wildlife park and many ancient temples. Half a dozen rivers flowing through the town has been the strength of its economy. More than ten dams have been constructed in and around Chandrapur in the past few decades to meet its irrigation and power needs. The temples and forts are the major tourist attractions of Chandrapur. The town is an important camping ground as well for those interested in wildlife expeditions in the neighboring Tiger Park.
PLACES TO VISIT
Mahakali Temple is one of the famous temples in Chandrapur, and can be called the representation of the city. The main goddess in this temple is Mahakali Mata. It is usually jam-packed by pilgrims during the month of April, especially on the eve of Hanuman Jayanti. Devotees may have to queue up outside the temple for as long as four to five hours at this time of the year. There are two main entrances to the temple, a back entrance featuring a Ganesh temple and a Shani temple, which is a common place of worship on Saturdays, and the front entrance featuring Lord Hanuman.
Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station
Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) is the largest thermal power station of Maharashtra State Electricity Board. It is situated at a distance of about 6 km from the city, this thermal power station lies on the main route that leads to Tadoba National Park. The capacity of this power station is over 2340 MW. At a distance of 15 km from this thermal power station, a dam on Erai River has also been constructed. 420 m long, this dam caters to the water requirements of the thermal power station. The effective water storage capacity of this dam is around 198 million cubic metres.
Gond Raja Fort
This Fort was built by the Gond kings between the late 15th century and early 16th century. The main purpose for constructing this fort was to protect the king and the army from enemy attacks. The construction of this fort was started by Babji Ballal Sah, after his death in 1597, the work was carried further by Dhundya Ram Sah. Although the construction was completed by Dhundya Ram Sah, the building originated under Khandkya Ballal Sah (1470-1495). The fort measures around 15 to 20 ft by height, and covers a massive area of around 7.5 miles.
This ashram is located in the town of Warora, which is just a few kilometres from Chandrapur city. It is basically an ashram, this center mostly serves as a community rehabilitation center for patients suffering from leprosy. It also serves the disabled, from downtrodden sections of society.
The Ancient Caves are located very close to the city of Chandrapur. These caves were constructed during the 8th century; these caves house about nine smaller caves that were engraved for Buddhist monks. These were basically used by the monks for meditation and thus feature a large number of carved Buddhist sculptures.
HOW TO VISIT?
The nearest airport to Chandrapur is Sonegaon at a distance of 150 km.
If you are planning to go by train, you can reach the Chandrapur railway station directly. It is located on the route of the main New Delhi-Chennai railway line.
Chandrapur is also connected to cities in Maharashtra by the MSRTC buses. These buses ply to Nagpur, Gondia, Amravati, Akola, Shirdi, Aurangabad, Nanded, and Hyderabad.
WHEN TO VISIT?
The appropriate time to visit Chandrapur is between August and January, after this particular period the weather becomes hot and dry. If you love the rain and want to enjoy it in Chandrapur, monsoon begins from June here.