Bhilai is located in Durg district of Chhattisgarh and is located 25 kilometres west of Raipur, the capital city. Bhilai is home to one of the largest steel plants in India, Bhilai Steel Plant (SAIL), which has also been awarded the Prime Ministers Trophy for being the best-integrated steel plant for the past five years. It was also the first plant in India that was accredited with the ISO 9002 quality certification.
Earlier Bhilai used to be a remote village, until in the year 1955, the second steel plant of India, Bhilai Steel Plant, was established with the assistance of the Russian government. Presently, it is the second largest city in Chhattisgarh with a rich culture. Apart from the famous steel plant, there are mines and other factories that support its economy very well.
Bhilai is also an educational hub promoting technical education through its popular universities like Swami Vivekanand Technical University, which is also its first technical educational institution. Some of the regions in Durg and Bhilai are famous for top engineering colleges.
Since its inception, Bhilais culture has been the hallmark of linguistic and religious unity. People of different religions reside in Bhilai and for this reason, festivals of different origins and culture are celebrated here, including Durga Puja that is majorly celebrated in Bengal, Ganesh Chaturthi of Maharashtra, Ugadi of Karnataka, Pongal of Tamil Nadu and Eid. Over the years, the population of Sikh community in Bhilai has increased and due to this, even people of other religions celebrate Baisakhi and Guru Nanak Devjis Guruparab and other Sikh festivals, across Bhilai.
Maitribagh is one of the famous attractions in Bhilai that is managed by the Bhilai Steel Plant. This destination was built to honour the relationship between Russia and India. The meaning of Maitribagh is Friendship Garden. It consists of Animal Park, Zoo and musical fountains. The Zoo was built by the Bhilai Steel Plant. Next to the place is a huge manmade lake which is used to supply clean water to the town.
Bhilai is home to numerous temples including Hanumanji temple in the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Hospital complex, Sidhi Vinayaka Temple, Balaji Temples, etc. The oldest Shiv Temple is located 3 km from Bhilai, at Deobalod. The Pasharvwanath Tirth and Jain temple is around 2 km from the district of Durg. Other renowned regions of Bhilai are the Civic Centre, popular for its shopping options and Deobaloda that is known for its ancient temples. Tandula is a famous picnic spot and Dhamdha is popular for its old palaces.