Bilaspur is a city in Bilaspur district in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, situated 111 km (69 mi) north of state capital, Raipur. It is the second-largest city (after raipur) in the state. It is the administrative headquarter of Bilaspur district. Chhattisgarh State High Court at Bilaspur privilege it to host the name 'Nyayadhani'of the state. Bilaspur is known for its aromatic Doobraj rice, Samosa, Mango, handloom woven colorful soft Kosa silk Saris, and more for its rich, varied and colorful culture. Bilaspur District has a major contribution towards the naming of Chhattisgarh as "Dhaan Ka Katoora".
The city celebrates all the major festivals of India. There are some local festivals such as the colorful Rout Dance (November).
The town has been the home of some famous literary personalities including Sri Srikant Verma (Hindi), Sri Bimal Mitra (Bengali)and Sri Amrit Lal Dubey great writer in Hindi Literature and first Issury Ratna winner in Madhyapradesh.
Bilasa Tal near koni Kanan Pendari smriti van and many cities garden are here like konher garden,vivekanad garden. Two amusement park are also Here Bubble Island and Radhika water park. Besides having places associated with its ancient and cultural heritage, the city is also famous for its wildlife variety. This is because of its situation within the state. It is reputed for having some of the densest forests in the country and an even spread of hills and rivers. One of the places worth visiting is the Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary. Famous for the variety of its wildlife, the sanctuary is spread over an area of 551 km² (213 mi²) and was set up in 1975 under the Wildlife Protection Act. The sanctuary is 55 km (34 mi) away form Bilaspur and is closed during the monsoon season.
Just before the entry into Achanakmar Wild Life Sanctuary, there is situated the Ghongapani Jalashya (Dam) with beautiful panoramic view. Although there is no place to stay, it can be visited in the day time on way to Achanakmar. Beyond the sanctuary, on way to Amarkantak, there are Government Guest Houses in Achanakmar, Keonchi and Lamni. These guest houses can be booked with governmental officials in the district head quarters. These guest houses are well built and the arrangements are also good.
Places of interest:
Sirpur and Mallhar, which are of historical significance, as they were visited by Xuanzang, the Chinese historian.
Amarkantak - Narmada River and Son River originate from Amarkantak.