Sirpur the historical town of Chhattisgarh has been mentioned in ancient records dating back to the 5th century. It was an important center for Buddhists from the 6th until 10th century, the beauty of this magical place has beckoned the presence of His Holiness Dalai Lama too. It is believed that a devastating earthquake buried the ancient town under mud and debris in the 12th century. One of the special spot out here is the TheLaxman Temple. It is considered as one of the finest brick temples of India with a stone doorframe and finest sculpturing. Recent excavations have uncovered 12 BuddhViharas, 1 Jain Vihara, monolithic statues of Buddha and Mahavira, 22 Shiv temples and 5 Vishnu temples, an Ayurveda treatment centre, underground granary market and a sixth century ‘Ayurvedicsnaankund’ (ancient spa)This is one of the key tourist spots which just can’t be missed.