A city in the Durg district of Chhattisgarh, Bhilai is located 25 kilometres west of the capital Raipur, on the main Howrah–Mumbai rail line. The city, which is situated in eastern central India, has the National Highway 6 passing through it. Famous for the Bhilai Steel Plant, the largest in the country, the city is the only manufacturer of rails in India. Bhilai Nagar is a planned township that has won the Prime Minister's Green Environment Trophy ten times.
Places to Stay
Bhilaihas many hotels located within a kilometre from the bus stand;Hotel Kusum (Tariff- Rs. 661), Hotel Shakun (Tariff-Rs. 650) and Hotel Harsh (Tariff-Rs. 882) are some of them.
Annuals festivals like Christmas, Dussehra, Diwali and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken here.
Places to Visit
The MaitriBagh zoo and a park established by the Bhilai Steel Plant is a place to visit with 2kms of the bus stand. There are two huge man-made water lakes right next to the zoo.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Swami Vivekananda Airport (Raipur –35kms)
Bhilaihas its own railway station
BhilaiBus Stand runs regular bus service to neighbouring towns and villages. There are a great number of bus operators like Dolphin Bus Service, Pooja Travels and Mahendra Travelsthat offers travellers regular bus services to and from the city. Ticketgoose.com is a popular bus booking site from where you can get your tickets easily.
Puri is an important pilgrimage city in the eastern state of Odisha. It is famous throughout the world for the Jagannatha Temple, built in the 11 century, and the handicraft and cottage industries that originated from temple craft. Considered one of the holiest places in Hindu tradition, it is a part of the original Char Dham pilgrimage route.
Places to Stay
Some affordable options in Puri are Hotel Santana (Tariff – Rs. 700), Rumani Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1100) and Hotel Arya Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1300).
Oriya is the official language although Hindi and English are widely spoken.
Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) typically occurs in the month of July. Chandan Yatra Festival takes place in the month of April-May while Durga Puja is in October. Puri Beach Festival in November is also a popular event.
Places of Interest
Jagannath Temple and Shankaracharya Math are a must see in the city. Puri Beach and Puri-Konark Marine Drive are also attractive tourist options. There are also a number of temples worth visiting like Shree Lokanath Temple, Hanuman Temple and Shree Gundicha Temple.
How to Get There
Bhubaneshwar Airport located 58 kms away is the closest airport to Puri.
One of the most important stations in the East, Puri Railway Station (located in the city centre) is well connected to the rest of the country with several express and mail trains.
There are a number of good bus services that make Puri accessible all year through. Royal Cruiser and Dolphin Bus are good and safe options. They operate out of Puri Bus Stand, located about 10k kms away from city centre. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.