Bhilai

Bhilai is a planned city situated in Durg District, 25 km from capital city Raipur.

Updated: June 21, 2020

Bhilai is a planned city situated in Durg District, 25 km from capital city Raipur. Bhilai, officially called Bhilai Nagar is a major industrial city in India as well as education hub of central India.

The city is mainly known for Bhilai Steel Plant (SAIL), which is one of the largest steel plants in India. The first Indian plant to produce steel rails was established here with help from the Soviet Union in 1955. The facility underwent modernization and expansion, and now it is among the leading manufacturer of iron and steel in Asia.

Dhamdha is located nearly 35 km from Bhilai on the way to Bemetara which has an ancient fort (Prachin Kila) and a temple to explore. The place accommodates several restaurants and hotels for overnight stay. 

Tandula is known for a man made marvel i.e. a Dam built over Tandula River which is situated 60 km from Bhilai. This place is flocked by tourists especially during winters for picnic. 

Siyadevi is known for its Sita Maiya Temple that is lying in a picturesque location. You can enjoy the beautiful view of natural waterfall, if you are visiting the place between July and February. Siyadevi is believed to be one of those places where Ram, Laxman and Sita lived during their Vanvaas. This place is named after mata Sita, The beloved wife of Lord Rama.

Deobalod is situated about 3 km from Bhilai that houses and ancient Shiva Mandir. 

Maitri Bagh, which literally means Garden of Friendship, is a zoo cum park which is the biggest zoo in the region of Bhilai. It offers a wide array of options for entertainment and caters to the thrill and delight of the visitors. 

Maitri Bagh was established as a symbol of friendship between the USSR and India, in the year of 1972. The Bhilai Steel Plant, SAIL developed it. It is also widely referred to as The Friendship Park and is visited by tourists in huge numbers. 

Maitri Bagh remains closed on all Mondays. The operating hours of the zoo are from 10 AM to 7:30 PM on all days of the week (except Monday). There is a musical fountain situated on the island in the artificial lake of Maitri Bagh. The musical fountain takes place from 7 PM on wards on only Saturdays and Sundays. The operating hours of the toy train ride are from 3 PM to 6 PM on the open days.

Maitrey Express ride is the toy train that covers the whole zoo and is a hit among the children. You can enjoy a picnic, sit beside the calm and beautiful lakes, take a refreshing stroll in the park, witness the musical fountain, visit the zoo, hop onto the toy train and end the day by getting a picture clicked at Pragathi Mandir while you are in the area. 

The Civic Centre is the most visited place for shopping in Bhilai. You can shop for ceramics to electronic gadgets, from local handicrafts to branded merchandises here. 

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