Famous for the Bhilai Steel Plant, one of the largest in India, this industrial city is located about 25 km away from Raipur. The Bhilai Steel Plant is renowned as the sole manufacturer of rails in India that are used by the Indian Railways. A planned and modern city, Bhilai is divided into neat sectors with single-storey houses and wide tree-lined roads. A popular site to visit  is the Maitri Bagh, or Garden of Friendship, which is a great picnic spot. It is located near the Maroda water tanks and includes a well-maintained zoo. It also has a man-made waterfall and a toy train known as Maitrey Express that is a favourite with children. Established as a symbol of Ind0-USSR cooperation, the park also has a musical fountain and sees maximum footfalls when shows are organised in the evening. 

Another place that attracts locals and tourists in Bhilai is the colourful Arjuna's Rath, a sculpture located at the Civic Centre. Well-lit, the monument is a sight to behold in the evening.

Tourists can also visit the famous Jagannath Mandir, which is known for its annual Ratha Yatra (chariot procession) festival.  On the outskirts of Bhilai is Deobalod, popular for its ancient Shiva temple. A must-visit for all tourists coming to Bhilai is Dhamdha, located around 30 km away. With an ancient fort and  temples, it's a tranquil spot for picnics and even a weekend trip. A little far away, around 80 km, is Siyadevi, known for the Sita Maiya Temple. Set in a jungle and surrounded by picturesque waterfalls, it is said Lord Rama lived here for sometime with his wife Goddess Sita and brother Lakshmana.

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