Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar

Ancient temples, vibrant culture, and centuries of history lure you to Bhubaneswar, often known as the Temple City of the East. The temples here depict a perfect harmony of architecture & sculptures and seem to breathe life into stones. Join us as we take a tour of this beautiful city where age-old temples stand tall amid new age buildings as this thriving capital of Odisha gets ready to become a Smart City of India.

Alluring Attractions of Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Temple

Lingaraja Temple

This glorious Shiva temple, built way back in the 11th century AD, reigns over the skyline of Bhubaneswar. This massive structure, rising around 150ft, is marked by an artistically carved tower. The temple complex is enclosed within an intricately carved wall and is home to around 50 shrines dedicated to various Hindu gods.

Rajrani Temple

Rajrani Temple

This ornately carved temple is much known for its Khajuraho-styled sensual carvings. Built-in sandstone, the temple features numerous erotic sculptures and is often referred to as the Khajuraho of the east.

Chausath Yogini Temple

Chausath Yogini Temple

Located in Hirapur, around 15 km from Bhubaneswar, this temple is dedicated to the Tantric Cult. It is built in a circular fashion and houses 64 statues of goddesses or Yoginis carved in black granite. Shrouded in mystery & mysticism, this temple is both an architectural wonder and reflection of a powerful cult.

Odisha State Museum

Odisha State Museum

Walk into this museum to get a peek into the ancient history and rich culture of Odisha. The museum features various sculptures and artifacts, including life-sized statues of classical dancers, age-old weapons, prehistoric artifacts, and palm-leaf manuscripts.

Dhauli Hill

Dhauli Hill

Located on the banks of River Daya, around 8 km from Bhubaneswar, Dhauli Hill is believed to be the location of the gory battle of Kalinga that led Emperor Ashoka on a path of remorse and Buddhism. The site is home to ruins of rock-edicts, established by Emperor Ashoka centuries ago and also a magnificent Peace Pagoda built by the Nippon Foundation.

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

These beautiful rock-cut caves complexes, situated on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, are believed to be built in 2nd century BC as a retreat for Jain ascetics.

Other Attractions of Bhubaneswar

Other Attractions of Bhubaneswar

Parasurameswara Temple- A 7th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
Brahmeswar Temple- Dedicated to a form of Lord Shiva, this temple is built on iron beams and is carved with figurines of dancers & musicians.
Mukteshwar Temple- Dedicated to Lord Shiva
Nandankanan Zoological Park- A sprawling city zoo

Nearby Excursions

Nearby Excursions

Lalitgiri- (85km) - A Buddhist complex comprising of stupas, temples, and monasteries Ratnagiri- (94 km) - Significant Buddhist sculptures scattered around in the hill range.

Fairs and Festivals of Bhubaneswar

Fairs and Festivals of Bhubaneswar

Rajarani Music Festival- Celebrating classical forms of music in the background of Rajrani temple
Parashuramashtami Festival - Chariot festival when the deity of Lingaraja Temple is taken to Parasurameswara Temple
Shivratri- Celebrating the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati
Mukteswar Dance Festival- Celebrating classical music and dance forms of Odisha.
Kalinga Mahotsav- A Martial Dance Festival

Shopping in Bhubaneswar

Shopping in Bhubaneswar

Gorgeous Ikat weavings, Sambalpuri silk & cotton saris, exquisite appliqué work on fabrics, intricate palm leaf paintings, silver filigree boxes & curios, seashell jewelry & décor, and dhokra metal figurines are some of the signature handicrafts of Odisha. Visit Raghurajpur, an artisan’s village, around 60 km from Bhubaneswar to watch the craftsmen at work.

Food in Bhubaneswar

Food in Bhubaneswar

The city tickles your taste buds with the delicious Odia cuisine. Try mouthwatering Maccha Ghanta (fish curry), Crab Kali (Crab preparation), Bhindi Bhaja (okra recipe), and end your meal with Chenna Jalebi, a delectable sweetmeat.

Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bhubaneswar would be in winter from October to February. /p>

How to Reach

How to Reach

By Air - Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar connects the city to major cities in India and some select international destinations.

By Rail - Bhubaneswar is well connected with all Indian cities by a network of direct and express trains.

By Road - A well-maintained network of roads and highways connect Bhubaneswar with cities in the region.

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