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Bhilai Tourism

A culturally profound city, Bhilai is a planned city situated in Durg District, 25 km from capital city Raipur. The city is mainly known for Bhilai Steel Plant (SAIL), one of the largest steel plants in India. The city is a fascinating fusion of people of different religion and languages giving the city an essence of unity and oneness.

 Once posed as a small village, Bhilai saw a drastic development with the establishment of second steel plant of India in the year 1955. Developed with the assistance of Russian Government, today this city is economically well off and culturally very rich. Also an educational hub, Bhilai is one of those cities that exhibit a perfect balance between industrialization and prosperous nature. Dotted with several tourists attractions and pleasant weather during winters, this beautiful city is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Bhilai is a planned and organized community which has won Prime Minister's Trophy for more than five times for its lush green environment.

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Showcasing religious and linguistic unity, Bhilai is a platform where people from diverse background reside in harmony and peace. All possible traditions, culture and religious festivals are followed by the inhabitants here. Sankranti, Diwali, Pongal, Ugadi, Rath Yatra, Ganesh Chaturthi, Hareli and Eid are the popular festivals celebrated. The festival of praying for prosperity in agricultural activities during the monsoon season, Hareli is the most popular festival celebrated in Bhilai. It is interesting to know that around 70 dialects of Chhattisgarhi are being spoken in this region. Folk songs like Sohar for childbirth and Bihav for wedding flavour their quintessential culture. Bhilai, also known as Bhilai Nagar, is a planned city which is now one of the most industrialized zones in India. This region has not only experienced the rule of Haihaivansi Rajputs and Bhonsle Marathas but also possess an imprint of British hegemony. To be exact, the British was the prime reason to set the Bhilai steel plant which transformed the cluster of remote villages to a commercial hub. Now, Bhilai has the privilege of being the seventh fasted growing city in the world.


It was believed that the Government developed the steel plant to enhance the economy of this region by supporting the backward and scheduled communities. Since the primary purpose was to alleviate poverty and to embrace the development of local communities, this place bagged the title ‘Bhalai’ or do good for the people. It is also believed that Bhilai derived its name from the local scheduled tribe Bhils that resided and populated in this region.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bhilai

Bhilai is a town which offers several restaurants and eating joints besides one at your hotel. North Indian is the predominant cuisine in Bhilai. Annapurna Restaurant, Highway Dhaba, Shaunaks Restaurant and Dashmesh Family Restaurant are some of the famous eateries in the town.
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Suggested Itinerary for Bhilai

If you are travelling to Bhilai for a single day, you might want to make sure you cover all the major attractions of the city. Hence, it might be a good idea to start the day early in the morning with some breakfast at the hotel. Bhilai Steel Plant is one place you must visit while exploring the city. Your next stop should be Maitri Bagh Zoo where you can enjoy a different type of Bhilai altogether. Break for lunch and snack at the appropriate time at the local restaurants. Next, head on to Deobalod and Narpura to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and explore the famous Jain temple. Lastly, Civic Center is a must visit, where you can enjoy shopping as well as cultural events of the town.

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How to Reach Bhilai

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Bhilai is a bit difficult to access since it can be reached by road only.

How to reach Bhilai by flight

The nearest airbase to Bhilai is Raipur Airport located about 42 km away. Taxi, easily available outside the airport, offers a smooth and pleasant ride to your required destination.

How to reach Bhilai by road

Bhilai is a well-developed township connected to many neighbouring cities as well as stated with a well-maintained network of roads. Several private, as well as state-owned buses, run on a regular basis to other major cities of the state.

How to reach Bhilai by train

Bhilai houses its own railway station which is well connected to several major cities. The station is quite widely used and many major trains stop at the station. You can hire a taxi or a bus from there onwards.

Local transport in Bhilai

The steel city of Bhilai offers several ways of commuting within and around the city. Buses are the cheapest way of transportation while taxi tends to be the most convenient if you are tourist in the city. One can also hire a private vehicle to drive themselves about the city.

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Route Name Distance Time
Raipur to Bhilai 33.3 km 54 mins
Delhi to Bhilai 1,255 km 19 hours 37 mins
Hyderabad to Bhilai 749 km 11 hours 40 mins
Kolkata to Bhilai 865 km 16 hours 10 mins
Chennai to Bhilai 1,374 km 20 hours 43 mins
Bangalore to Bhilai 1,338 km 18 hours 57 mins

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Who should visit Bhilai?

Bhilai is a great place for pilgrims and a great getaway for people living in and around Chhattisgarh.

What are the places near Bhilai?

The top places near to Bhilai are Dhamtari which is 41 km from Bhilai, Kanha national park which is located 146 km from Bhilai, Goa which is located 1019 km from Bhilai, Agra which is located 746 km from Bhilai, Bhedaghat which is located 266 km from Bhilai

What are the things to do in Bhilai?

The top things to do in Bhilai are Dhamdha, Tandula, Siyadevi, Deobalod, Shopping in Bhilai, Maitri Bagh. You can see all the places to visit in Bhilai here

What is the best way to reach Bhilai?

Bhilai is a bit difficult to access since it can be reached by road only.
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What is the local food in Bhilai?

Bhilai is a town which offers several restaurants and eating joints besides one at your hotel. North Indian is the predominant cuisine in Bhilai. Annapurna Restaurant, Highway Dhaba, Shaunaks Restaurant and Dashmesh Family Restaurant are some of the famous eateries in the town.
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What is the best time to visit Bhilai?

Located in Chhattisgarh in central India, Bhilai experiences hot and dry weather conditions in summers. The temperature may rise up to a scorching 45 degrees Celcius, making it unpleasant to visit the city. Monsoon season follows immediately with a moderate amount of rainfall but increases the humidity. Winters, that fall between the months of October and March, are quite pleasant and cool and thus recommended as the best time to explore the steel city.
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Difficult to access.

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Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
- Make sure you carry a camera to capture the essence of charm oozing out of the city.
- Avoid travelling the city during summers owing to hot and dry weather and scorching heat.
- Carry a pair (Read More) of sport shoes for lots of walking and hiking.
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