Bilaspur is a city in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. It is situated on the banks of the Arpa River, which originates from the Maikal Range of Central India.
Bilaspur is a dolomite-rich region surrounded by dense forests on its north and coal mines in the Hasdeo Valley on its east.
Some of the best places to see in Bilaspur are as follows -
- Kutaghat Dam – A dam; also known for being a great picnic spot.
- Kanan Pendari Zoo Park
- Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Smriti Van (park)
- Bubble Island
- Mahamaya Devi Temple
- Deorani Jethani Temple (an ancient temple)
- Madku Dweep (a historical site)
- Didneswari Temple
- District Archaeological Museum Bilaspur – A museum that showcases a collection of antiquities related to the city and its surrounding region’s rich heritage and developments in science; it was established in 1981 with the goal of promoting educational research trends, and develop mass awareness in this direction.
People in Bilaspur mostly celebrate all the major festivals of India such as –
- Makar Sankranti – A harvest festival; celebrated in January.
- Holi – The festival of colours; celebrated in March
- Dussehra - A 10-day Hindu festival, where Goddess Durga is worshipped.
- Diwali - The festival of lights; a Hindu festival celebrated all over India in the month of October or November
- Christmas – A popular Christian festival, marking the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ.
Besides these, there are some local festivals such as -
- Rout Dance - a colourful local dance festival, celebrated in November.
- Rawat Nach Mahotsav - a folk dance festival of Bilaspur celebrated by a tribe of people who live here, called Rawat tribes.
Bilaspur offers a lot for the shopaholics – the city has various markets selling souvenirs and artistic items like beautiful woodcrafts and bamboo crafts, Bell metal items, Wrought iron items, Terracotta, Stone-sculpting and Cotton fabrics. Some of the best shopping spots to check out in Bilaspur are as follows -
- Marwahi Market
- Sumeet Bazaar
- Ambe Plaza
- Rajiv Plaza
- Narayan Plaza
- Maa Sharda Shopping Complex
- GI Super Bazaar
- Rama Magneto The Mall
- City Mall
- Amazing Mall
- Railway Shopping Mall
The people in Bilaspur mostly eat dishes from Chhattisgarhi cuisine in their meals which mostly includes rice (‘Doobraj rice’ being the local variety) and 'rotis' (flatbreads made of unleavened wheat, jowar and bajra dough) with different curries made out of vegetables and lentils or chicken, eggs, mutton, meat and other meats or sea food and local spices; a fruit called Rakhia is used in most of their curries, especially in a dish called Rakhia Badi.
Some of the best restaurants and eateries in Bilaspur to try the local cuisine as well as other foods are –
- Invitation Restaurant
- Madrasi Restaurant
- Rasoi Veg Restaurant
- Sankalp Restaurant
- 786 Bilaspur
- Maosaji Café
- Jalaram Food Junction
- Garam Masala Restaurant
- MoMo Cafe
Some of the best hotels in Bilaspur for a comfortable stay include the following -
- Courtyard by Marriott Bilaspur
- Intercity International
- Khemka Farm Bharani Bilaspur
- Hotel Clover
- Hotel Grand Amba
- Hotel Heavens Park
- Hotel Shree Shyam International
- Hotel Grand Gulmohar
- Hotel Vinayak Palace
- Hotel Silver Oak
- Hotel The Emerald
Bilaspur also has a few good bars and pubs having good food, drinks and ambience, for people to out or entertain themselves during late hours. These include –
- Nirvana The Pub
- Platinum Exclusive
- Red Chilli (Bar & Restaurant)
- Shiva Bar & Restaurant
- Golden Bar
*Bilaspur STD Code – 07752 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Police – 112
- Healthcare and Counselling – 104
- Ambulance – 102, 108
- Child Helpline – 1098
- Women Helpline – 1091