One Day Trip to Bhilai
One day trips can be exciting, enchanting and rejuvenating, especially with your family and friends. They offer a chance to explore the spectacular scenery, history, culture etc of a place. Bhilai, being an industrial, cultural, educational as well as tourist hub, has much to offer to its tourists. A day’s trip to Bhilai can help you relax and unwind, rejuvenate, entertain, educate you and fill you with renewed vigour. Here is a tentative itinerary for one day to Bhilai that may help you plan your trip accordingly.
Begin your day by visiting the temples and the Bhilai Steel Plant
You can begin your day with a visit to various temples and other religious places in Bhilai. The Jain Temple in Vaishali Nagar, Balaji Temple in sector 5, Jama Masjid in sector 6, Hanuman Mandir and Ayyappa Temple in sector 2, Kali Bari, Gurudwara Sahib in Khursipar, Mar Thoma Church in sector 1, St. John Mary Vianney's Catholic Church in Risali, Sai Baba Temple in Ispat Nagar are some of the places that are to be visited. After seeking the divine blessings of the Almighty, you can proceed to the Bhilai Steel Plant. The main places in the Steel Plant you could visit include coke oven battery, blast furnace, plate mill, wire rod mill, rail & structure mill, telecommunication department etc. It is interesting to visit the different departments and understand the whole steel making and finished goods making process. It is a famous centre for technical tourism and you can procure the visitor passes for the same from the P.R.O Department. After this industrial visit, you can have your lunch in Hotel Shakun, close to the Steel Plant and then head to Maitri Bagh.
Spend your afternoon in Maitri Bagh
In about 20 minutes drive by road, you can reach the Maitri Bagh. Established and maintained by the Bhilai Steel Plant, this Garden of friendship consists of a big zoo, amusement park, gardens, artificial lakes, musical fountain, a toy train for the children called the Maitri Express and the Pragati Minar. The zoo, one of the largest of its kind in the state of Chhatttisgarh, is home to a variety of animal and avian species, white tigers being a favorite among the visitors. A stroll through the lush green gardens, full of flowers will help you relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. The musical fountain amidst the zoo, playing instrumental music on various songs is a visual delight. The Pragati Minar offers you a panoramic view of the Bhilai Steel Plant.
Enjoy shopping in the evening
Bhilai has great many venues where you can go shopping with your friends and family. You could visit the Civic Center, considered to be the shopping hub of Bhilai. From eateries to apparel shops, this place boasts of a large number of shops selling a variety of goods. You could try out the new and exotic varieties of chocolates and icecreams at Krazy Kool and The Chocolate Story, popular hang – outs in Civic Center. Other shopping centres include Himalaya Complex, Akash Ganga, Zonal Market etc. The malls including the Surya Treasure Island Mall, Coupon Mall are a must- visit in Bhilai. Equipped with food courts, retail stores, multiplex, electronic showrooms, these malls are the perfect destinations for shopaholics. In addition, there are a number of roadside shops that sell a variety of Chhattisgarhi handicrafts and antiquities.
Conclude your day with a movie and a quiet dinner
An ideal way to conclude your day would be by catching a movie or two in the multiplex and cinema halls in Bhilai. It is relaxing to watch movies with your family and friends and would provide you the much needed respite from your busy schedule. From there, you can head to any of the prominent restaurants to enjoy a sumptuous and luxurious meal with your loved ones. Restaurants like Slice of Heaven, Maple & Fusion and others offer a choice of Indian as well as exquisite international cuisine along with an excellent ambiance and wine and dine facilities offer a wonderful and a memorable dining experience.