Bilaspur Bus Station is situated in the heart of Bilaspur city in CHHATTISGARH. The station operates regular buses connecting major destinations in the state. Inter state services are also operated to ORISSA and M.P. bilaspur junction railway station is easily accessible from the bus station. The nearest airport is the Bilaspur Airport. The historical places around the city include Ratanpur, Mallhar, Talagram, Kuthaghat, Belpan and Kabir.
City transport for commuters is provided by Bilaspur City Bus Ltd. The company runs buses on 4 routes across the length and breadth of the city. Services on 3 new routes to be implemented very soon.
The routes on which the buses run are...
Route Number 1 -
Power House to Kanan Pandari (17 kms) Power House Chowk, Gurunanak Chowk, Bhagat Singh Chowk, Dayalband Chowk, Gandhi Chowk, Shiv Talkies Chowk, Agrasen Chowk, Magarpara Chowk, Bhartiya Nagar Chowk, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Mandir Chowk, Swimming Pool, Narmda Nagar Chowk, Sakri, Kanan Pandari
Route Number 2 -
Railway Station to Village Mopka (13.7 kms)Railway Station, Titli Chowk, Church Chowk, Tarbahar Chowk, CMD Chowk, Bus Stand Chowk, Agrasen Chowk, Magarpara Chowk, Indu Chowk, Mandir Chowk, Nehru Chowk, Mahamaya Chowk, Nutan Chowk, Behetarai, Vasant Vihar, Mopka Chowk, Village Mopka
Route Number 3 -
Railway Station to GGD University Koni (10.3 kms)Railway Station, Church Chowk, Tarbahar Chowk, CMD Chowk, Agrasen Chowk, Civil Lines, GDC Chowk, Rajendranagar Chowk, Nehru Chowk, Mahamaya Chowk, Guru Ghasidas University
Route Number 4 -
Village Sendri to Chakarbhata (21.9 kms)Village Sendri, Guru Ghasidas University, Mahamaya Chowk, Nehru Chowk, Swimming Pool, Mangala Chowk, Shanti Nagar, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Parsada, (under construction) High Court, Chakarbhata Chowk, Chakarbhata
Bilaspur city is said to be named after a fisher woman “”Bilasa” in the 17th country,and for a long peried it consisted only of a few fishermen’s huts.Historic ally,Bilaspur was a village and part of Kulturi Dynasty of Ratanpur.The city came into prominence around 1741,the year of the Maratha Empair invasion ,a Maratha official took up his abode there & was in the process of building a fort.The city was taken over by the Brittish Government in 1818,when the then ruler of the Maratha Kingdom died heirless.
Bilaspur is a city holding 400 years of glorious history and is spread over 30 sq kms. It is areawise the second largest city of Chhattigarh state and has developed with wide roads ,cafes,hotels, markets and some beautiful squares.After the declaration of the Chhattisgarh state,Bilaspur has seen a boom in its development and urbanisation.The climate of the region is pleasant and mild at Winter and the Summer is very hotand dry.It is medium rainy area in Chhattisgarh. The main languages spoken here are Chhattisgarhi and Hindi while Bengali, Urdu,Sindhi and English are spoken by only a few. Bilaspur is famous for its handloom worn colourful soft Kosa work, aromatic Dubraj and Vishnubhog Rice and more for its rich,varied and colourful cultural heritage including the “Rautnacha”.
Ratanpur Once the capital of Chhattisgarh, Ratanpur is situated about 25 km from Bilaspur on the Katghora Road. According to the locals, it was important in all the 4 yugs (ages) of Hinduism - Sat yug, Treta yug, Dwaapar yug and Kal yug.
There are the ruins of an old fort here. This has an attractive stone sculpture over the frame of the Ganesh gate. The entrance has Shiva's Tandav Dance and statues of Lord Bramha and Lord Vishnu. Inside, there are the Sitchourai and Jagarnath temples.
An 11 th century temple, dedicated to the Goddess Mahamaya, was built during the reign of Calturi the king of Raja Ratnadev. There are ponds near the temple. In front of the is a temple of Kantideval of Maratha Period. This has been renovated by the architecture department.
Before the palace of Ratanpur is a temple of Baba Bairavnath, with a nine foot tall idol. At the palace of Ramtekri there is a temple of Ram Panchayat. At the foot of a hill is the Bhuddeshwar Shiv Temple made made by Bhimbhaji Bhosle. At the top of the hill is the Laxmi Temple, also called Ekbira Temple. There is also the Ratneswar Mahadev Temple.
The Dargah of Musekhan is in the town of Juna, nearby.
Introduction to Ram Tekri, Ratanpur:
Ram Tekri in Ratanpur has derived its name from the Ram-Janaki mandir with its splendid granite statues of Lord Ram, Sita and Lord Hanuman. It is visited by a large number of tourists and devotees who gather here on the auspicious occasions to offer prayers and to have their wishes fulfilled. It is highly revered among the holy places in Bilaspur.
History of Ram Tekri, Ratanpur
Maratha king Shivaji Rao Bhonsle was the one who built this temple. It has immense historical as well as archaeological importance.
Description of Ram Tekri, Ratanpur:
This marvelous temple is perched on a hill and is surrounded from all the sides by lush greenery. It is just at a distance of 3 km from Ratanpur and can be reached as the road is motorable but a bit steep as well that makes the journey quite exciting. Many other statues of the Hindu deities can also be seen Lord Vishnu and Kaal Bhairav. One can enjoy panoramic views of the surroundings from the temple including the Ratanpur Township. The architecture of the temple is quite impressive and makes for some lovely snapshots.
Lakhani Devi Mandir is on a hill surrounded by lush green vegetation. A stone stair case has been cut into the hill to assist climbing. This temple is built into th shape of classical Pushpak Vimaan. This temple was built in the 13th century by Pt. Gangadhar Shastri.
Description of Khuntaghat Dam
Ratanpur’s Khuntaghat Dam is famous with every tourist. It is around 10 km from Ratanpur, the city famous for ruins of forts and served as the capital of Chhattisgarh once. Kutaghat Dam is constructed on the serene banks of Kharoon River and helps in the irrigation process of the entire region.
You will be enchanted by the impeccable beauty of the Khuntaghat Dam. Surrounding forest and hills lend this dam an extra charm. You can stay on this site for a long time as it is an idyllic picnic spot too.
There is a beautiful and comfortable rest house near Khuntaghat Dam. So if you want to spend long time here then don’t be worried. It is a perfect retreat to put up in.
Reaching Bilaspur has become very easy and convenient because of the strong and efficient air, rail and road network services. Once you are in Bilaspur, just look for any bus or taxi services to reach the famous Khuntaghat Dam. You will reach here without facing any difficulty.
Vridheshwar Nath Mandir and Girijabandh Hanuman Mandir situated on each side of Ram Tekri and have an equally great number of devotees. Vridheshwar Nath (aka Budha Mahadev) is believed to be the most miraculous and mysterious temple of Ratanpur. The popular belief is that even if thousands of pitchers of water are offered (poured) over the Shiv Ling, the water-level never increases. Nor does it decrease in the extreme drought times, when all the ponds and lakes become dry. Made of bronze-alloy this Shiv Ling is a must-see for all.
A former capital, this is about 14 km from Bilaspur. It has remains from 1,000 BC onwards. 10th and 11th century temples can be seen here. The Pataleswar Kedar Temple is one of them - the Gomukhi shivling is the main attraction here. The Didneswari Temple, belonging to the Kalchuri regime, is also worth visiting. The Deor Temple has artistic idols. There is a museum, managed by the Central Government, which had a good collection of old sculpture. Talagram Talagram, about 25 km from Bilaspur, is known for its "Deorani-Jethani" temple. This has a huge 7 foot high statue, that's 4 feet wide and weighs 8 tons.
Talagaon is a small quite village, on the banks of Maniyari river. It is situated about 30 kms from Bilaspur off the Bilaspur Raipur Highway.
This village came to limelight and got registered on the tourist map when the ancient picturesque Deorani-Jethani temples on the banks of the river were excavated.
The highlight of Talagaon is the unique idol of Lord Shiva known as Rudrashiv which is in excellect condition.
As for the rest of the temple, though the structures of the temples are not in very good shape whatever remains is evidence enough speaking volumes of the past magnificence of these temples.
The carvings and statues on the walls of the temple depict stories of Lord Shiva and the entrances of the temples have several artistic statues of the deities.Off late, the area around the temples has been developed into a beautiful park keeping in view of the tourist traffic that the place has started attracting.
New carvings are being done on the walls along the banks of river.
Rudrashiv Much of the popularity gained by this place can be attributed to the statue of Rudra Shiva that has been found there.
It is a 6th century idol and the only one known of its kind in the world. In this statute, the different parts of the deity are an artistic assembly of different animals and insects and has many human faces on its body.