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Located near Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur is one of the largest cities of the state and a very well-known commercial centre in India, acting as an indispensable asset for the Indian railways. Apparently, the railway station of Bilaspur is the 4th longest railway line in India. It is a great place to casually visit and explore for the purpose of knowing Indian heritage and urban culture.

What is noteworthy is the fact that Bilaspur is also known for its aromatic variety of rice namely the Doobraj rice. It is intriguing to know that the city of Bilaspur has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed like a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. 

Moving to the best time to visit Bilaspur Chhattisgarh, well, October to March is the best time to visit this destination as the temperature is pleasant and at its best.

History of Bilaspur

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 had 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. 

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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, and it was considered as the eighth largest town in the Central Provinces of British India. 

Major Attractions in and Around Bilaspur

1. Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary. Explore the dense green forests, situated away from the hustle-bustle of the 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.

2. Ratanpur. Positioned 25km away from the main city; Ratanpur was founded by great king Ratandev and later the city got 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 locales.

3. Khuntaghat. 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.

4. Talagaon. 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.

How to Reach Bilaspur

To reach Bilaspur in Chattisgarh, you will need to cover a total distance of about 1,153, 1,235, 849, and 1,484 km from major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the following details on how you can reach Bilaspur by the following means of public transportation. 

By Air. Swami Vivekananda Airport (RPR) which was earlier called Raipur Airport is the nearest airport situated about 130 -140 km away. You can easily board flights such as Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, etc. to reach Bilaspur from various parts of the country. After getting off-board from the airport one can take a cab or some other means of transportation to further reach your destination in Bilaspur.

  • From Delhi - Board IndiGo, Vistara, Air India flights from Delhi Airport. The airfares start from INR 3,000 - INR 4,000
  • From Chandigarh - Board IndiGo, Vistara flights from Chandigarh Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000 - INR 5,000
  • From Bhubaneswar - Board IndiGo, Vistara flights from Bhubaneswar Airport. The airfares start from INR 5,000 - INR 6,000

By Train. Travelling to Bilaspur via train is a great option to spend time with your loved ones. Deboard at the Bilaspur Railway Station (BSP) and from there board a cab or take some means of locally available transportation to reach your respective destination. The station is fairly well-connected to other Indian cities and regions. 

By Road. 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 travelling to Bilaspur. If you aren’t comfortable travelling long distances on a bus then, consider booking a cab or self-driving here.

  • From Raigarh - 150 km via Baradwar Road
  • From Raipur - 116 km via NH30 or NH130
  • From Jabalpur - 332 km via NH45

You can plan your trip and create your own route to the city with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner. Click here


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