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About Ambikapur



Ambikapur is a city in the Surguja district of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is the District headquarters of Surguja district, one of the oldest districts of Chhattisgarh. Recently, two more districts namely Surajpur and Balrampur have been carved out of Surguja district, on 15th August 2011 by the State Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh along with eight other new districts. It is also the divisional Headquarter of Ambikapur Division which consists of 5 districts namely- Sarguja, Korea, Balrampur, Surajpur and Jashpur. It was the capital of Princely state of Surguja before Indian independence. The name of the city is derived from the goddess Ambika (Mahamaya) Devi, which is the central place of worship of the area.

Ambikapur is located at 23°12′N 83°2′E. It has an average elevation of 623 metres (2078 feet).

The district of Surguja is spread over an area of 22,237 km², and is rich in forests. Most of the terrain of the district is forested and hilly. Major tourist areas near Ambikapur are Mainpat (Mainpat is called as Hill station of Surguja, is a charming hill station situated in Sarguja District of Chhattisgarh. Major tourist attractions include the Tiger Point Waterfall and a Buddha Temple, Ramgarh in Surajpur District, Kudargarh in Surajpur District, Patal Bhairav Mandir, Bhaiyathan in Surajpur District, Dipadih (Ancient Sculptors),Rakasganda, Sitabengara, Tattapani (hot spring) and Semarsot.

Natural resources include coal mainly found in Bishrampur and Bhatgaon areas nearby, bauxite, forest products and paddy crops