Bilaspur is the second largest and third most populous district of Chattisgarh. It is the hub of electric power generation in India. Bilaspur is one of the places which generates highest revenues through railways. Chhattisgarh State High Court is situated here. Along with Bhilai, Raipur, Korba and Raigarh, Bilaspur adds to the manufacture of steel in our country.
Other than the industrial sector, there are many other things that Bilaspur harbours. Mango, Samosa, Kosa Silk Saris, aromatic Doobraj rice are some of them. Saris from this region are rich and varied in colour. These hand woven saris reflect the colourful culture of Bilaspur. Bagheli and Bharia are the main languages spoken here. The Rawat Nach Mahotsav is the folk dance festival of Bilaspur celebrated by Rawat tribes.
The name Bilaspur originates from Bilasa, fisherwomen of the seventeenth century. This place was at once den of few fishermen. Later Maratha invaded whose rule died heirless with the East India Company coming into prominence.
Various archeological sites and temples in Bilaspur attract tourists from all over the world. Achanakmar Wildlife sanctuary is one of the renowned eco tourism spots in Chhattisgarh. Hasdev Bango Dam is 105km from Bilaspur. Malhar and Ratanpur are the centre of archeology. Ruins of forts to ancient temples are found here. Talagram is famous for "Deorani-Jethani" temple. Bubble Island and Radhika water park are the parks which amuses the local people as well as tourists.
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Belpan has a huge pond as well as samadhi. Khutaghat is a scenic spot and is wanted by the nature lovers. Forests, dam and hills comprise the surrounding of Khutaghat. Kabir Chobutara at a distance of 41km from Bilaspur is a hub for mahatmas and saints. Bilaspur is situated on the banks of Apra is the main river. Leelagar and Maniyari are other small rivers of the district. Sonmuda is another tourist attraction which gives a panoramic view of valleys, hills and forest. River Sone originated from Sonmuda.
Best Time to Visit Bilaspur
Weather conditions in Bilaspur are monsoon and continental type. Summers reach extreme and winters are pleasant while rainfall in this region is affected by various reasons.
Bilaspur is well connected by railways, roadways and air routes. Being one of the major stations of South East Central Railway, Bilaspur has a good network of railways. Locally auto rickshaws, rickshaws, tangas drawn by horse and city buses are available.