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The geography of Chhattisgarh is easy to ascertain; it is located in the central India and is spread across 135,194 sq km, making it the tenth largest state of the Indian Union. However, it is very likely that after your first visit to this enchanting state, a slice of Chhattisgarh would mingle in your senses, which is not that easy to locate. That Chhattisgarh would only linger in your feelings and induce you to come to its earthy, forested charm again and again. Though its geographical boundaries are only seven years old- it came into existence only in November 2000- but the region of Chhattisgarh has a history that dates long back, and gets amalgamated into the times of mythology and folklore. The history of Chhattisgarh is truly rich and chequered and contributes to the state's vibrant heritage.

The newly-formed state of Chhattisgarh is a state characterized by a great history and fascinating wildlife. The state also has a rich variety of tribal groups, who have their singular lifestyle, festivities and handicrafts. The tribal culture of Chhattisgarh can lead to wonderfully surprising explorations. Heritage, tribal tapestry and wildlife account for great potential for the tourism of Chhattisgarh.

The rich cultural climate of Chhattisgarh has a predominantly tribal character and is manifested in the cuisines of Chhattisgarh, which includes exotic items like red ant chutney and mahua. Similarly, the handicrafts of Chhattisgarh, which is characterized by exquisite bamboo works, wood works, paintings and terracotta works, are other timeless cultural expressions of this state, which can be manifested as prized mementos in your well-adorned drawing rooms, on the other side of the planet. The costumes of Chhattisgarh also have a tribal influence. The costumes of the tribals of Chhattisgarh have loud-coloured fabrics, metal jewellery and wooden bangles, all of which make the state's tribal women more lively and colourful. Tribal men, with dhotis and headgears of cotton turbans, complement their womenfolk's ethnic fashion statements.

The tribal state takes its music and dances seriously and the various tribal dances of Chhattisgarh are animated, earthy and exuberant; exuding a universal and perennial force of life, which is sure to infect your city-bred inhibitions and induce you to shake a leg or two.

Language is another expression of culture of the people. Chhattisgarhi is the most prominent among the languages of Chhattisgarh, which is similar as well as different from Hindi. Hindi is the official language of the state. Politics is a necessary evil, which people and state can't do without. The politics of Chhattisgarh is dominated by BJP, Congress and BSP, and till now, only BJP and Congress have managed to access the portals of power in this verdant state.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01