Raipur is a charming city that offers many sightseeing opportunities.

It was known for housing the region’s steel and heavy industries, but Raipur has really come into its own ever since it was made the capital of Chhattisgarh. It offers its own rugged charm and is a good place to visit if you’re looking for a quiet holiday.

The best time to visit is during the months of October to March, because the weather is quite pleasant during this time and you can drive around the city and explore it to your heart’s content.

But what do you do when you hop off your Delhi to Raipur flight? Here’s outlining your itinerary for your Raipur visit:

* Book a flight on a leading airline

The benefits of travelling with an airline that takes care of all your needs, are often underrated. You realise these only when you step off your Delhi to Raipur flightwell rested and feeling energetic. Make sure you book domestic flight that offers comfortable seating, plenty of leg room, good inflight entertainment, and attentive service on board. When you alight at Raipur, you will be raring to go instead of seeking your hotel bed right away.

* See the sights – there are so many

Raipur has its own small-town charm, though it is also developing by leaps and bounds. There are many interesting places to check out, and you must put them in your itinerary to make the most of your visit. Here’s our list of recommendations: Town Hall, Champaran village, Vivekananda Sarovar, Gandhi Udyan Park, Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Nandanvan Zoo, PurkhautiMuktangan, Ghatarani Waterfalls, and Mahant Ghasi Memorial Museum.

* Do a temple run

Those of a religious and spiritual bent of mind must certainly book a Delhi to Raipur flight. There are many temples and meditation places to visit in the city. During your visit, check out Banjari Mata Mandir, Jatmai Temple, Rajiv Lochan Mandir, Shadani Darbar, Kandali Talab and Mahamaya Temple, among others.

* Go shopping

A lot of shopping malls have sprung up in Raipur over the years. But the best shopping is to be found in the old markets, notably at ChhatisgarhHaat, and the beautifully constructed Ambuja Mall. You can stock up on clothing, footwear (leather juttis are quite famous here), handicrafts, spices, perfumes and incense sticks of different kinds.

* Eat to your heart’s content

Raipur has many options for eating out, though you will probably be disappointed if you are looking for all-night eating joints or swanky pubs. But if it’s delicious, wholesome food you’re looking for, you should tuck into aamat (a kind of dal or sambhar), chila, muthia, bhajjia, bara (a snack like the meduvada, eaten with spicy chutney), bafauri, khurma and dubki kadhi, among many others.

Be sure to book your Delhi to Raipur flight as soon as you can – it gets full pretty quick, so it’s best to get the booking out of the way.