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Set in the lap of nature, Rourkela has come into prominence with the establishment of the first of the three public sector steel plants set up in India in 1955. Situated in the minerally rich belt of Orissa, Rourkela marked a new era in the Steel Industry of India being the only steel plant devoted primarily to the production of flat products and sheets. Rourkela serves as the most convenient base for visiting the places of interest in the district of Sundargarh.

Approach: By road and rail.

Best time to visit: October to March

Stay: Stay arrangements can be done with various hotels or lodges at Rourkela. The list of hotels with their phone numbers is given below:

Name

Telephone

Hotel Apsara

2510286

Hotel Brundaban

2508920, 2508921

Hotel Deepti

2510247, 2510248

Hotel Mayfair

2502013, 2502014, 2500749

Hotel Maurya Residency

2504516, 2500262, 2507576

Hotel Nidhi

2500776, 2501052, 2501206

Hotel Paresh

2523306

Hotel Radhika

2510310, 2510234

Hotel Shyam

2510337, 2510367

Rourkela House

2540627

Panthanivas

2543280, 2546568

Fairs and Festivals of the region :

Fairs / Festivals

Place

Period

Vedavyas Mela

Vedavyas

February

Dola Yatra

Rourkela

March

Chaitra Mela

Bonaigarh

April - May

Rath Yatra

Throughout the district

June - July

Sravana Mela

Rourkela

July - August

Viswakarma Puja

Rourkela

September

Dusserah

Throughout the district

October

Deepavali

Throughout the district

November

 

 

Vedavyas 
(9 km)*

Situated on the confluence of the rivers Sankha and Koel, Vedavyas is not only a place of natural beauty but also considered a ‘Tirtha’,a place of religious sanctity. A vedic Ashram and a school on the lines of Gurukula Ashram are the added attractions of the place. An ideal picnic spot, it is 5 km from Panposh.

Junagarh
(180 km)*

A fort of historical and archaeological importance with some ancient caves having marks of tantra worship. It is 4 km. from Hemagiri and 15 km from Kanika.

Rajgangpur
(43 km)*

Famous for its cement factory.

Pitamahal
(16 km)*

Famous for a small Dam project and ideal for outing.

Ushakothi
(157 km)*

47 km from Sundargarh, the rock-cut caves contain some pictographic writings which are yet to be deciphered.

Mandira Dam
(28 km)*

Known for the Dam across the river Sankha, constructed for supply of water to Rourkela and other places in the vicinity. It presents a picturesque sight, ideal for holidaying and picnic. Boating facility is available in the lake on prior arrangements with the Dam Authorities. Permission to enter the Dam site is issued by the Officer-in-Charge at the main entrance.

Khandadhar
(104 km)*

244 metres in height, the waterfall at Khandadhar is said to be the loveliest waterfall in Orissa and it is nice picnic spot.

Darjeeng
(51 km)*

On N.H.No.23, it is a beautiful place on the river Brahmani, ideal for picnickers. 2 km away, approachable on foot is Deodarha, a gorge on the river.

Ghogar
(27 km)*

A gorge on the river Ib, extending over 5 Km, it is popular as a picnic spot. A naturally formed Siva Lingam of black granite worshipped by the local people, is an additional attraction.


* Distance from Rourkela
Tourist Information :
(1) Tourist Office : New Bus Stand (3rd Floor), Gandhi Road, Rourkela-769001, District-Sundargarh,Ph :(0661) 507337

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