Known famously as "Steel City of Central India" Bhilai is home to famous Bhilai Steel Plant which is one of the profit making unit of Steel Authority of India Limited. The city is also called ‘Industrial Cubo’ due to the presence of numerous industries in and around the region. It is also known for its great culture, an eclectic mix of people from different nooks and corners of India. Famous for its lush green atmosphere and a chain of temples, historical relics and structures as well as traditional hubs, it is a major travel destination in central India. The rapidly developing industrial, educational and commercial hub, Bhilai has won the Prime Minister's Trophy ten times for being the second best planned township in India. The simple city thus has ample to offer to its visitors and also to the locals.
Brief History of Bhilai
Geography and Climate of Bhilai
Places of Interest In and Around Bhilai
Bhilai is renowned for its scenic beauty and lush green environment. There are a wide variety of tourist attractions in and around Bhilai for the visitors to explore. These include mesmerizing scenic spots, religious places, as well as places for entertainment and excursion. Dhandha, Ganga Maiyya Temple, Uwasaggharam Parshwa Teerth, Civic Center, Kala Mandir, Kali Bari, Tandula Dam, Bhilai Steel Plant, Maitri Bagh are some of the most popular tourist attractions.
Nagpura, Siyadevi, Hajra Falls, Kharkhara, Balod are some of the famous places near Bhilai that are thronged with tourists from far and wide. This plethora of places, coupled with the fact that Bhilai is well connected to almost all major Indian cities has made it a hotspot among the visitors. For More Click Here
Art and Culture in Bhilai
Chhattisgarhi and Hindi are the widely spoken languages among the locals. Men wear shirts and trousers, while women prefer sarees or salwar kameezes. During religious ceremonies, people here wear bright – colored traditional costumes and adorn themselves with jewellery. The colorful and unique crafts made from bamboos, jute, clay wood and Dhokra wax art, made by the tribals are popular among the tourists. For More Click Here
Festivals Celebrated in Bhilai
Festivals and fairs form important part of the Bhilai city life. There are a variety of festivals celebrated in Bhilai with delight and religious fervor. Apart from Holy, Diwali and Dussehra numerous regional festivals too forms part of the eclectic culture of Bhilai. Hareli festival, Makar Sankranthi are two other important festivals of the region.
Economy and Industrialism in Bhilai
Bhilai Steel Plant is a major employment generator in Bhilai. It is the only manufacturer of rails in the country used by Indian Railways. Bhilai Steel Plant, a unit of SAIL, specializes in manufacture of bars, beams, structural, wide rods, long rails, plates, channels, billets, rebars , sleepers, slabs etc. The city is also home to number of popular industries including Bhilai Refractories Plant (BRP), Associated Cement Company (ACC), The Borai Industrial Growth Centre etc. The last few decades have witnessed setting up of numerous chemicals and fertilizers units in and around the steel city of Bhilai. For More Click Here
Shopping in Bhilai
Being an important industrial area Bhilai is known for some good market areas that offer a variety of options for shopping to the locals as well as tourists. Civic Center also called the Indira Place is one of the most favorable shopping destinations among the locals. It is a hub social activities, entertainment and shopping. It also houses many shopping complexes like Akash Ganga, Chauhan Complex, Sector-6, Sector-10, Gangotri etc.
In addition to a number of modern items, these market places offer a variety of handicraft items. Bhilai also has a number of shopping malls like the Surya Treasure Island Mall, Jain Plaza that offer a variety of options for the tourists to explore.
Transportation in Bhilai
Bhilai, located on the National Highway 6 is well–connected to major Indian cities by rail, road and air. The nearest airport is the international airport at Raipur, about 45 minutes drive from Bhilai. It is well connected to major Indian cities. The nearest important railway station is Durg Railway Station, roughly half an hour drive from the city. It has daily trains to major places like Bhopal, Durg, Ahmedabad, Bilaspur, Howrah, Nagpur, Puri, Shalimar and Vishakhapatnam etc.
Bhilai has a well organized network of roads connecting it to a number of destinations like Raipur, Gondia, Bilaspur, Nagpur, Tumsar, Sambalpur etc. Also Chhattisgarh State Road Transportation Corporation ( CSRTC) and other private travel services run buses from major cities to Bhilai. A number of private vehicles like cars, bikes, mopeds can be seen on the roads. Autos are a major means of local transport within the city. Shared diesel run three-wheelers called tempos in local parlance ply on specific routes in the city and serve as a means of reliable and convenient local public transport. For More Click Here
Bhilai at a glance
Famous for: Industries, Scenic beauty, Religious places, picnic spots
Languages: Chhattisgarhi and Hindi
Weather: Tropical type climate, hot in summers, cool in winters
Altitude: 293 m
Pin code: 490001
STD code: 0788
Major Tourist attractions: Dhamdha, Ganga Maiyya Temple, Uwasaggharam Parshwa Teerth, Civic Center, Kala Mandir, Kali Bari, Tandula Dam, Bhilai Steel Plant, Maitri Bagh,Nagp ura, Siyadevi, Hajra Falls, Kharkhara, Balod etc.
Major Festivals: Hareli, Makar Sankranthi, Diwali, Dussehra, Durga Puja, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ugadi, Pongal, Eid, Baisakhi, Guru Nanak Devji’s Guruparab etc.