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Bhilai houses one of the biggest steel plants in the country, Bhilai Steel Plant (SAIL). The city is part of Chhattisgarh’s Durg district and is situated about 25 km to the west of Raipur. In the past, Bhilai would wear a desolate look as it was still considered a rural area. However, things changed in 1955. Now, Bhilai is the second largest city in the state. Bhilai also has a cultural heritage. The city is known for its large mines as well as other factories. The place is especially important for the Sikh community. The characteristic feature of Bhilai is the fact that different castes and tribes can co-exist together in religious harmony. One will come across people from diverse religions here. Bhilai is peppered with mesmerizing sceneries and serene spots. Bhilai is a planned and organized centre has been awarded the Prime Minister's Trophy for about more than five times for its commitment to preserving the environment. The festivals here are celebrated with equal zeal. They are extremely colourful and their celebrations exude a sense of brotherhood and unity. The Ganga Maya Temple is tourist attraction located about 60 km from Bhilai, in Jhalmala. Legend has it that the idol worshipped in the temple was introduced by a fisherman in the area. It is definitely worth the visit. Maitri Bagh is also a famous tourist destination. It will be a pleasant experience for both children and adults. Spanning a wide range of entertainment options, the zoo and park provides thrills. A gigantic pair of giraffe-models welcomes visitors at the gate. There are a number of activities that will keep tourists amused and engaged. It is home to a wide range of animal and bird species. It also has a toy train and a dancing fountain. An evening stroll in the park will definitely rejuvenate the senses. The best time to visit Bhilai is between October and March. The city experiences hot and humid weather in summer. The temperature may reach a scorching 45 degree celsius, and thereby making it difficult to visit the city. The humidity level increases during monsoon as well. A number of tourists visit Bhilai as there are a number of budget and premium accommodations in the city. Some of the best OYO Rooms are located near the Bhilai Power House. One can also find a room at G E Road and opposite Maurya Theatre.