“Are you mad?” “Have you gone crazy?” “I can’t believe you!” - these were the first reactions I got when I declared that I am going to explore Chhattisgarh. And then came – “Is it safe to travel in Chhattisgarh?” “Is Chhattisgarh safe for tourists?” “Isn’t Chhattisgarh affected by Naxal problem?”
In all fairness let me admit, had I not lived and traveled in Chhattisgarh extensively, I probably would not have thought about Chhattisgarh as a tourist destination. So, I totally understand when people get skeptical about traveling to Chhattisgarh because of all the negative perception about it.
As a matter of fact, several districts of Chhattisgarh are part of the Red Corridor that experience considerable Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India. But, does this insurgency make it absolutely unsafe for people traveling to Chhattisgarh? Is Chhattisgarh safe for tourists despite the insurgency? Read on!