Emerged as the City of Festivals, Bilaspur was once a small settlement on the banks of River Arpa. Today as we look at the city, we see a massive evolution as it has become one of the largest cities in Chhattisgarh. Developing into a well known commercial centre in India, the has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed like a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. It is a great place to visit and explore rich Indian heritage and urban culture thriving together in the fast pace of development happening in the city. Its rich cultural background, numerous historical monuments, beautiful temples and rampant modernization makes it a unique concoction of diversity which attracts tourists to visit Bilaspur from different parts of the country.
The months between October to March are considered as the best time to visit Bilaspur. The temperature is pleasant and at its best and tourists can explore around the city without any restriction of time.
In earlier times, the city of Bilaspur was under the Kalachuri dynasty which belonged to Ratanpur and it was in 1741, that this city actually came into prominence. In 1818, the management of Bilaspur was taken over by the British East India Company after the Bhonsales lost their territory with the conclusion of the Third Anglo Maratha War. From 1828-29, 1834-35, 1868-69, and 1899-1900 there were famines recorded in this district. The rains had failed which resulted in severe geographical distress as well as the desertion of the villages. The mortality rate had gone up and nothing seemed to be in place.
During the timeline of 1880-90, railways arrived in Bilaspur. Around 1888, it was Mistri Jagmal Gangji and other Mistri Railway contractors who laid the very first railway track from Rajnandgaon to Bilaspur. In the same year, a fellow Kutchi contractor built a railway line from Bilaspur to Jharsuguda.
Then in 1890, the present railway station and yards were constructed by the Gujarati railway contractor Jagmal Gangaji. His son Mulji Jagmal Sawaria had been given the title of ‘Rao Sahib’ by the Britishers. It was majorly owing to his contribution to the development of the town. In 1901, the population of Bilaspur was around 18,937 and at that time, it was considered as the eighth largest town in the Central Provinces of British India.
Needless to say, the city of Bilaspur is dotted with many tourist attractions that have become famous amongst the offbeat traveler circuit. Check out what all you can see on your trip to this heartland of Chhattisgarh.
Explore the dense green forests, situated away from the hustle-bustle of city life. This sanctuary is quite famous among the tourists owing to its natural abundance. A large variety of wild animals and birds can be seen here sprawling over an area of 555 sq. km and located 40 km away from the city. Here you also get to explore the rich species of flora and fauna that will keep your senses mesmerized.
Positioned 25km away from the main city; Ratanpur was founded by great king Ratandev and later the city was renamed as Ratanpur. Here you can visit the Mahamaya temple which is devoted to Goddess Saraswati and Lakshmi who are appreciated as the sacred deities amongst the locals.
This place was constructed on the Kharung river and is situated at a distance of 33 km from the main city. It is positioned between the Bilaspur-Ambikapur highway and is popular as a wonderful picnic spot among the locals.
Placed on the banks of the Maniyari river, this small village is another famous spot for pilgrims; sited just 30 km away from Bilaspur. There is a Deorani-Jethani temple that was found recently and which also has various Hindu-myths attached to it. One can witness the idols of different snakes, animals, and insects along with different faces.
Pataleshwar Kedar Temple is one of the most revered places for Hindus in Chhattisgarh that is situated in Malhar. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is famous for its Gomukhi Sivalinga, incredible sculptures and marvelous architecture dating back to the 11th century. The temple offers a breathtaking view and reflects the beauty of rich Indian architectural heritage.
To reach Bilaspur in Chattisgarh you can consider all travel options. The city has good connectivity through air, road and rail. Check out the information mentioned below:
Bilaspur has its own domestic airport with the name Bilaspur Airport (PAB), however, for international flights and better connectivity Swami Vivekananda International Airport (RPR) in Raipur is the best option. This airport is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bangalore etc. After off-boarding, you can take a cab or some other means of transportation to further reach your destination in Bilaspur.
Travelling to Bilaspur via train is a great option to spend time with your loved ones. The railway station of Bilaspur is the 4th longest railway line in India and is well-connected to other Indian cities and regions. Deboard at the Bilaspur Railway Station (BSP) and from there take a cab or some local transportation to reach your respective destination.
Bilaspur has got very good road connectivity via other major and nearby cities. For travelling via road, you can either choose NH-130, NH-49, or NH-12A which connects the city of Bilaspur to other regions and cities. Apart from this, people can also take interstate/private tour buses for traveling to Bilaspur. You can also consider booking a cab or can drive down by your own vehicle.
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