Durg is a town as well as district in the south-western part of Chhattisgarh. It is about 11 kilometres from Bhilai. The name of the city Durg was derived from the ancient name of Shiva Durg, which was constructed by King Shiva Deva. Durg used to be the part of southern Kosala and as per the epics; King Dasharatha married the princess of Kosala, Kosalaya.
In 1906, Durg became an independent district and before that during the freedom struggle, Durg used to be the main centre for all the national activities. During the freedom struggle, Durg was visited by many popular personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
Durg has its own rich culture and heritage in the form of its local cuisine, dance forms like Pandwani, which is a dance form with narration of the Mahabharata. The other popular dance styles performed here are Soowa, Panthi and Raut Nacha. Durg is also known for its cultural dance forms like the Raut Nacha, which is a traditional dance form.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Durg include the Uwasaggaharam Parshwa Teerth, which is a Jain shrine located in Nagpura on the banks of the river Sheonath and was built in the year 1995. The idol of Parshwanath within the marble temple of Parshwanath is also visited by people from different parts of the country.
Durg does not have any airport of its own. The nearest airport is located in Raipur where flights connect to different major cities in India like Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Mumbai and Nagpur. There are bus services from Durg to all major tourist destinations nearby such as Bhilai, Maitribagh, Kharkhara, Deobalod, Tandula, Dhamdha and Nagpura. In recent times bus services to Bilaspur and Visakhapatnam have also been started.
Durg has its own railway station with trains such as Visakhapatnam-Durg Passenger, Gondwana Express, Bilaspur Rajdhani Express, Howrah-Ahmedabad Express, Jan Shatabdi Express and Samta Express.
Durg has a dry tropical climate with moderate winters and hot summers. The peak temperatures here are 45⁰ Celsius in the months of May and June, whereas the minimum temperature is around 12⁰ Celsius. The best time to visit Durg is between the months of October to March.