About DurgIf you are planning to travel various cities of Chhattisgarh then Durg must not miss out from the list. Being the third largest city of Chhattisgarh, Durg holds the merit of being a major industrial & agricultural center. It is located south of the Upper Sheonath-Mahanadi valley just east of the Seonath River (Shivnath River). Durg falls under the Durg-Bhilai region and is endowed with an abundance of mineral resources.
Counted as an important agricultural hub, rice & pigeon peas are the main crops grown extensively here. After the setting-up of a large steel plant at Bhilai, the city became a famous industrial centre and is sometimes also known as the Steel city of Chhattisgarh. Other main industries in Durg are oil pressing brass working & bell-metal working, mining, and weaving. Durg being an industrial hub, people from all corners come to the city in search of new opportunities. The city has a cosmopolitan culture and is fast growing into a well- developed & modern city with lots of potential in terms of infrastructure development & economic growth.
Durg: Past & PresentAs per the historians Durg was earlier under the ‘Dakshina’ or the ‘Kosala’ Rule. Later it came under Ashoka Rule followed by Marathas and then finally the British. In 1906, Durg was separated into a district and played an important role during the Freedom struggle with many freedom fighters visiting the place. After independence, it became a part of Chattisgarh state and has shown considerable progress in terms of infrastructure, facilities & industrial growth. Due to the presence of multiple tribal communities, the city has a unique cultural heritage and depicts a perfect blend of modernism & traditional values. People of the city are simple & hardworking who lead a peaceful life in perfect harmony with each other. Read More......
Tourism in DurgThe ancient city of Durg which finds mention in Mahabharata & Chinese manuscripts also has been attracting tourists from far & wide. The district is an important pilgrimage centre with many temples like the famous Deorbhijia Temple & Chandi Mandir in its vicinity. The city invites a number of tourists to its warm embrace, especially during the time of festivals & Melas. Durg is also a hikers' and bird watchers' paradise with its greenery & natural resources.
October to March is the best time to visit Durg when the weather is pleasant and temperatures and humidity levels are low. Hindi Bhawan, Durg District Court, Jain Temples of Nagpura are some of the famous tourist attractions of Durg. The easy availability of buses, trains & local transportation help the tourists to reach the attractions of Durg comfortably. Read More......
Geography & Climate of DurgDurg city is the headquarters of Durg District, the third largest district of Chhattisgarh. It located in the south-western part of the Chhattisgarh and has a hilly terrain in the southern and north-western regions. Durg is bestowed with an abundance of mineral resources & forest area. Sheonath originating from Panabaras Hill and a part of Mahanadi is the main river of Durg which flows towards north-east. Sheonath, being the main River of the Durg District, is the main tributary of the Mahanadi River. The total length of Sheonath River is nearly 345 km and it has a tributary called Tandula River. Kharkhara is the other river which runs through Durg. Durg is has a dry tropical weather with high temperatures in summers with temperatures reaching up-to 45°C in May/June. Monsoon starts from the month of July and extends up to September with maximum, average & minimum rainfall of the District being 1477.2 mm, 1071.16 mm & 781.5 mm per year respectively. Durg lies at an altitude of 20°23' and 22°02' N and a longitude of 80°46' & 81°58 E. The temperatures range from 33°C - 41°C in summers and from 10°C -22°C in winters. The coldest months being December and January with temperatures dipping to 10°C in some areas.
Art and Culture of DurgDurg boosts of a rich cultural heritage and the people of the city pride themselves on their folk dance, music and drama. Durg has a tribal influence due to the over 35 different tribes inhabiting the district. People of all major religions like Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity live in the city displaying its unity in diversity. Traditional folk music and dances are popular among the residents here. The most famous dance form of Durg is Pandwani which narrates the Mahabharata epic in the form of a folk ballad. Another popular folk dance is Raut Nacha which is mainly performed by the Yadava Caste entailing shepherds & cowherds. In this dance form Lord Krishna is worshipped.
The State cultural department in recent times has been organising various fairs and cultural programs to revive the traditional art forms of the district. Hareli a beautiful dance drama represents the rich heritage of the region. It is based on mythological folklores, religious & historical events along with enacting of mythological or legendary characters. Hindi & Chhattisgarhi are the main languages which are spoken in Durg. Durg is famous for its traditional & unique cuisine which includes delicacies like Jalebis, Rakhia Badi, Petha, Bafauri, Sabudana Ki Khichadi, Kusli, Khurma & Arhar Dal besides many others.Navratra is another famous festival of the region. Other festivals like Holi, Diwali, Eid, Christmas & Rakhi are also celebrated with great enthusiasm by the people of Durg. Read More......
Shopping in DurgDurg is fast growing into a well-developed city with the opening of many shopping centers, fast food joints & cinema halls. Shri Shivam Shopping Market, Indira Market and Hatari Bazaar are some of the popular shopping points with many shops and restaurants. The restaurants and eatery joints in Durg serve the best of dishes to both the residents & tourists ranging from local dishes to cosmopolitan cuisines.. Shoppers can explore the the narrow lanes of the streets that have a treasure of souvenir shops. One can shop for limestone & traditional handicrafts, paintings and Wood Carvings from these shops; the city has something to offer to everyone.
Transportation in DurgA well- developed transportation system helps in the overall development of the city. Durg is well- connected to other parts of the country by rail, road & air. People can opt from the various modes of transport available as per as their choice & budget preferences. Durg is connected to Nagpur & Raipur (Capital of Chhattisgarh) by road and lies on National Highway No. - 6 (GE Road). Lying on the Mumbai-Howrah main line; Durg Railway Station is the main railway station of the region. The nearest airport is Raipur at a distance about 54 KM which is directly connected to the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Kolkata, Bhubneshwar, Chennai, Ranchi & Vishakapatnam. Buses, taxis, tempos and autos are the main modes of local transportation.
Durg is a heavily populated city and has markets, shopping malls, fast food joints & cinema halls spread across the city. Durg has a number of tourist attractions & pilgrimage places which attracts tourists from all walks of life to this city. Being well connected via Rail, Air and Road routes, it is fairly easy to reach Durg and enjoy the attractions the city has to offer.
Durg at a glanceState: Chhattisgarh
Municipal Area: 137 km2 (53 sq mi)
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Chhattisgarhi and English
Altitude: 290 meters above sea level
Pin Code: 491001
Winter Temperature: 10°C -22°C
Summer Temperature: 33°C - 41°C
Best Time to Visit: October to March
STD Code: 0788
Major Tourist Attractions: Deorbhijia Temple and Ganga Temple
Major Festivals: Navratra, Bastar Dussera, Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas, etc.
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