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Lingaraj Temple

Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is also popularly known as the "Temple City of India". Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord Lingaraj', Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Orissan style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of over one thousand years.

The new Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings and extensive infrastructure perfectly complements its historic surroundings. With facilities to cater to every type of visitor, Bhubaneswar makes an ideal tourist destination.

Bhubaneswar Airport

Approach: Bhubaneswar is well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India. The modern Biju Patnaik airport is being extended to receive wide bodied aircraft, and one may well see international charters landing here soon.

Best time to visit: Bhubaneswar can be visited round the year, but the ideal time, especially for visitors from colder climes, would be from October to March.

Stay: With numerous hotels as well as the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation's Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar is well equipped to accommodate every type of visitor. The list of the major hotels with their phone numbers is here.

Handicrafts of the Region: Silver filigree, Stone and Wood carving, Patta paintings, Tie and Dye textiles, bamboo basketry, brass and bell metal work, horn work, and many other famous handicrafts of Orissa can be selected as souvenirs from the local markets. Purchases can be made from Utkalika (run by the Department of Handicrafts) or at the many privately run shops.

Some of the other important tourist spots of Bhubaneswar are:

The twin hills of Kumargiri and Kumarigiri known as Khandagiri and Udaygiri contain varieties of rock-cut caves, built mainly for the jain monks around 1st - 2nd century B.C.#The thirteen years lithic record of King Kharavela engraved in Hatigumpha (elephant cave) is a magnificent specimen of Pali records so far found in India.

Khandagiri and Udaygiri

Cactus Garden

Cactus garden situated close to the 'Ekamara Kanan' in Bhubaneswar, the Cactus Garden, with its huge collection of Cactii should not be missed.

Ancient Temples

RAJARANI TEMPLE

RAJARANI TEMPLE

MUKTESWAR

MUKTESWAR TEMPLE

Ananta Vasudeva 
(c. 13th century A.D.)

Bharateswar Temple 
(c. 6th century A.D.)

Bharatimath

Bhaskareswar Temple

Brahma Temple

Brahmeswar Temple
(c. 11th century A.D.)

Chandana Temple

Chitrakarini

Daiteswar Temple

Dwarabasini Temple

Gosagareswar Temple

Kainchi Temple

Kedareswar Temple

Kotitirtheswar

Laxmaneswar Temple
(c. 6th century A.D.)

Lingaraj Temple
(c. 11th century A.D.)

Makarewswar

Markandeswar Temple

Mukteswar  
(c. 10th century A.D.)

Mohini Temple

Papanasini

Parsurameswar Temple
(c. 7th century A.D.)

Rajarani Temple
(c. 11th century A.D.)

Rameswar Temple

Satrughaneswar Temple
(c. 6th century A.D.)

Subarneswar

Swarnajaleswar Temples
(c. 7th century A.D.)

Taleswar Temple

Tirtheswar Temple

Uttareswar Temple

Vaital Temple 
(c. 8th century A.D.)

Vimaleswar / Gaurisankar

Vishnu Temple

Khandagiri & Udaygiri caves (c 1st century B.C.)

Modern Temples 

Baya Baba Matha

Ram Mandir

Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir

ISKCON Temple

Parks

IG PARK

IG PARK

EKAMRA KANAN

Biju Patanaik Park

Buddha Jayanti Park

Ekamra Kanan / Cactus Garden

Forest Park

Gandhi Park

I.G. Park

IMFA Park

Kharavela Park

S.P. Mukherjee Park

Subas Bose Park

Shopping 

EKAMRA HAAT

Boyanika

Ekamra Haat

Kalamandir

Sambalpuri Bastralaya

Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Utkalika

Priyadarshani

Bazar Kolkata

Vishal Garments

Other Landmarks

Nicco Park

Pathani Samanta Planetarium

BDA Nicco Park

Fortune Tower

Info City

Kalinga Stadium

Pathani Samanta Planetarium

Science Park

Fairs and Festivals of the region :

Fairs / Festivals

Place

Period

Shiva Ratri

Bhubaneswar, Atri

February - March

Khandagiri Mela

Khandagiri

January - February

Ashokastami

Bhubaneswar

March-April

Ramanavami

Odagaon, Bhubaneswar

March - April

Jhamuyatra

Kakatpur

April - May

Anla Navami

Sakshigopal

October - November

Places around Bhubaneswar :

Dhauli

Hirapur

Nandankanan

Atri

 

 


Dhauli
(8 km)*

Surrounded by paddy fields, the Dhauli hill brings back memories of the historic 'Kalinga war' which was fought around here. It is here that Ashoka, the terrible, was transformed into Ashoka, the compassionate and championed the cause of Buddhism. On the foot of the hill one can see the Rock Edicts of Ashoka and the forepart of a skillfully sculpted elephant hewn out of a huge rock. Dhauli has gained prominence due to the establishment of a Buddhist Peace Pagoda, popularly known as Shanti Stupa, built in the early seventies by the Japan Buddha Sangha and Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha. An old temple of Lord Dhavaleswar, reconstructed in 1972, also stands on the hill-top.

Sisupalgarh

Just two km from the famed Lingaraj Temple of Bhubaneswar lie the ruins of Sisupalgarh. Dating back to the third or fourth century BC, these ruins show that even at that early date there was a well fortified city here, and establish the fact that the Orissan civilization has very ancient roots.

Hirapur  
(15 km)*

Hirapur has the 11th century Hypaethral temple of sixty four Yoginis. It is second of its kind in Orissa and one of four such unique temples in India.

Atri
(42 km)*

Situated amidst greenery and famous for the hot sulphur water spring, Atri, 42 km. from Bhubaneswar and 14 km. from Khurda, is also a holy place with the shrine of Hatakeswar. A bath in the spring water is reputed to cure skin diseases apart from being a pleasant experience.

Nandankanan
(20 km)*

Picturesquely carved out of the Chandaka forest, Nandankanan is a Biological Park where animals are kept in their natural habitat. A centrally located lake divides the Zoo from the Botanical Gardens. Tigers, Lions, Clouded Leopards, Black Panthers, European Brown Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Gharials, Rosy Pelican, Grey Pelican, Indian Python, King Cobra, etc. are among the attractions of the zoo, which is famous for its White Tigers. The exotic Botanical Garden on the other side of the zoo preserves varieties of indigenous plants. Regular bus services are available to reach the place.

* Distance from Bhubaneswar

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