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In November 2000, sixteen districts seceded from Madhya Pradesh to form the state of Chhattisgarh, which has rich mineral resources but is badly affected by violent Naxalite (Maoist rebel groups) activities. As such, it receives a mere trickle of foreign visitors. While there are few stand-out attractions, the state has fascinating tribal groups, particularly in the Bastar region, which also boasts beautiful landscapes. However, before travelling anywhere south of the capital, Raipur, you must obtain up-to-date information about the state of security around your intended destination. Violent conflict between Naxalite guerrillas and state-sponsored militias continues to blight parts of southern Chhattisgarh, with some remote areas more or less permanently controlled by the rebels. Transport facilities are also patchy outside of the main cities, leaving travellers with little alternative but to hire a car. For more information, visit the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board‘s website: w http://www.chhattisgarhtourism.net.

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