Bhubaneswar Tourism

Bhubaneswar Tourism

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Bhubaneswar Info

  • State: Odisha
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 45 m
  • Pincode: 751001
  • District: Khordha
  • Language: Oriya
  • STD code: 0674
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 45°C, Winter 7 to 32°C
The capital of the east Indian State of Orissa, Bhubaneswar is a thriving centre of art and culture. Perched at an altitude of 45 metres above sea level, the city is located in the eastern coastal plains of Odisha and to the south-west of River Mahanadi. The destination is subdivided into several housings and townships.

Literally, Bhubaneswar means Lord of the Universe and is known for its architecture and temples. The history of the city can be divided into two phases, namely, ancient Bhubaneswar and modern Bhubaneswar.

The origin of the city dates back to more than 2,000 years, with its first mention in Indian history. During this time, the city was named after the 'Lord of three worlds' Tribhuvneshwar. It is also believed that the destination has been the seat of the Hindu rulers between the 7th and 13th century.

One of the earliest mentions of the city can be found in the 3rd century BC when the Kalinga War was fought. Later between the 1st and 2nd century, the destination was ruled by Emperor Kharavela, after he conquered the city. During his reign, he established his capital on the outskirts of the city in Sisupalgarh. It was during his rule that several temples were built in the region. Till the 15th century, the city was ruled by the Mughals.

However in 1936, the city came into the limelight when the state of Orissa came under the control of the British. During this period, the capital of Orissa was Cuttack. It was believed that since the 12th century, Cuttack has been the capital of the state of Orissa.

In 1947, when India got her independence, Orissa became one of the states of the Indian Union. However, for several reasons including vulnerability of Cuttack to floods and space constraints, the capital of Orissa was relocated to Bhubaneswar.

After this, Bhubaneswar was constructed into an entirely modern city. The city was designed by German Architect, Otto. H. Koeingsberges. On 13th April, 1948, Bhubaneswar was formally inaugurated as the capital of the Indian state of Orissa. Historically the city was known by several different names such as Nagar Kalinga, Ekamra Kanan, Toshali, Kalinga Nagari, Mandira Malini Nagari and Ekamra Kshetra. 

Earlier, Bhubaneswar was known as Ekamra Kshetra, meaning 'mango orchards' which signifies the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ekamra Utsav - the temple city festival is celebrated to showcase the blend of tradition and modernity of the city. Ekamra utsav is a 10 day long festival in the month of January, which features Mukteshwar Dance Festival, Food Festival, Rajarani Music Festival, National Handloom and Handi Crafts Mela, Kalinga Mahotsav, an annual event of Martial arts held on Dhauli hills on the bank of River Daya and a Mini Marathon that adds spice to the utsav.

With home to more than 600 temples, Bhubaneswar is often known as the Temple City of India. These temples represent the entire spectrum of Kalinga architecture, which provides proof of their strong presence in Bhubaneswar. Swarna Tribhuja, also known as the Golden Triangle, which is formed by the three places namely, Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar, makes it one of the most visited destinations in East India.

The largest city in the state of Orissa, Bhubaneswar is also a centre of economic importance. Besides temples, the destination is also known for its appliqué wok of Pipli, cane furniture, Ikat sarees and Birdi-wari. The best time to visit Bhubaneswar is from October to March, when the weather is cold and the temperature is suitable to explore the destination. During this time tourists can also participate in the Ekamra Utsav, which is held in the month of January.

Bhubaneswar is well connected through rail, road and air.

The Biju Patnaik Airport is about 4 km from the city and is well connected to the cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Varanasi, Nagpur and Vishakhapatnam on daily basis flights by Indian Airlines. International travelers have to take flight from Delhi. 

The East Coast railway serves as the main railhead of the city, with fast and super fast trains connecting Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and other important cities of the country as well as the state.

Also Bhubaneswar is well linked by national highways to the rest of the country. The New Bus Stand in Bhubaneswar connects with the major cities through regular bus services.

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Tapas Biswas

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  • Tapas Biswas
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 8 Reviews
  •  27 helpful votes
  •  5835 readers

"Visit Bhubaneswar for its excellent street food and the Lingaraj Temple"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Idlis, dosas, aloo chops, veg sandwiches and the famous mouth watering dessert Chhena Poda and of course tea- you can be assured of great quality at any of the street side vendors all along roads. The food is cheap and their quality excellent. Barring Chhena Poda, all the other delicacies are served hot, so one need not worry about their quality.

And there is no other dessert that could beat Chhena Poda. Or in plain language- baked cottage cheese cake. Wrapped in the leaves of the Sal tree and baked in a charcoal oven for many hours, the outer crust caramelizes and turns a delicious brown, while on the inside it remains soft and delicate. It is just Manna from heaven!

Caution: Remember to visit these road side eateries not later than 7 PM. In case you are late, you would have only yourself to blame as most of these stalls exhaust all their stocks, given the huge demand!

A must visit place is the 11th Century AD, Lingaraj Temple in old Bhubaneshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The temple architecture is majestic. Something is missing from this ancient temple. Every time I have visited this temple, I have always felt, deep inside my heart, that something is amiss at this ancient temple. You need to visit this temple to find out more!
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  • Neetu
  • 2 Reviews
  •  87 readers

"Yatra to Share. Jagannath temple"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Never thought of such greedy pandits and local people. Everyone is after your money right from cabbie to pandits in all temples of Bhubaneswar and Puri. After every 5 steps in Puri temple you will find a small temple and pandit will ask you to put money in "Thaal" if you do not do so they say that your trip will fail 'yatra poori nahi hogi aapki' and at Mahalaxmi ji and Jagannath ji temple (separate bhawan or mandir for them with one platform) pandits will not even let to see Pratima and offer prayer, they will keep screaming that put money in Thaal, if you put 10 rs note they will ask for bigger note. In my case they asked new notes ₹2000 note.
City is safe for women.
Hotels at beach are below average, small rooms, unhygienic restaurant and not good food. Do not buy stones at chilka lake, they are of
2 days are more than sufficient for Puri and half day for Bhubaneswar.
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Subhash barua

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  • Subhash barua
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  137 readers

"Clean and open city"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The city of Bhubaneswar is found to be a wide open city with broad roads and less crowd. I liked the city which has been maintained quite nicely. One is not suffocated in the city. Most of the roads are so wide with two lanes and traffic and crowd did not seem to be abnormal. It was, of course, mostly during year end period when most of the people might be holidaying here and there. Still I congratulate the government and administration for maintaining the city nicely.
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  • Mrpprabhu
  • 2 Reviews
  •  268 readers

"Bhubaneswar Going back in time"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2016
A modern planned city in harmony with the place that take you back to more than two thousand years in history. Temples in plenty, caves, stupas, zoo, museum mesmerise you. Various places are not too far from each other. Lingaj and Bindusagar are nearby, so are Mukteswar, Siddeswar, Kedargouri. Similarly khandgiri
And Udaygiri caves are opposite each other.
Dhaulagiri stupa and Asokan edicts are nearby. Many famous temples of similar structure exist. But some stand out for their architectural
Beauty like Mukteswar where you
Can take photos unlike at Lingraj.
You can explore the twin caves leisurely which can be viewed early in the morning. So is the Nandankanan zoo with lake, safari. You may take a guide and finish with least exertion.
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Murulidhara h v

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  • Murulidhara h v
  • 7 Reviews
  •  459 readers

"Heritage city Bhubaneswar"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2016
A city which has a very great history of over 2500 years. City of temples. All having a similar gopurams. Maintained well by ASI/govt. Many roads are broad and long. But railway stn has few platforms. Important info is not updated. Modern shopping malls on really braod roads, especially shriyas square. Generally good city.
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Sapna singh

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  • Sapna singh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  359 readers

"Beautiful Bhubaneswar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2016
Indeed Odisha is the soul of India!

And Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, turns no stone unturned to prove itself to have the tag of No. 1 Smart City in the country.

The city boasts of great architecture intellectual in its temples all around the city.. With variety of mouth watering dishes and a rich culture in classical dance...

People are too friendly and always ready to help..

Good place to cool your heel and relax in nearby places of the city.
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Sarada prasad Nayak

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  • Sarada prasad Nayak
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  385 readers

"Tourism destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2016
Nice place and weather is awesome during October. Everyone in festive mood. Dashahara and Diwali both are on corner. You ll feel the beginning of winter. Overall perfect time to visit Bhubaneswar. Khandagiri And Lingaraj temple are most visiting place in Bhubaneswar. City is very well planned and roads are very good. City is perfect combo of ancient odiya culture and modernization. Food is awesome in Bhubaneswar. You can any food at a very cheaper price.
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Subramanyadurgaprasa ella

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  • Subramanyadurgaprasa ella
  • 7 Reviews
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"Situated at heart of the city and easy to find"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 10, 2016
The city of Bhuvaneswar is historical and consisting great Lingaraj Temple and very near to Konark and Puri Temples and Dhuali where King Ashoka built peace temple. It is a heritage and we have to convey the same to our future. So we must visit the places and know the greatness of the kings and places.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  466 helpful votes
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"A Trip to Bhubaneshwar"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2016
I had been to Bhubaneshwar by train in the month of June 2016. Bhubaneswar is the modern capital of Orissa state and is believed to be around 2500 years old. Bhubaneswar is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of modern Orissa. The must-visit attractions around Bhubaneswar include the Nandankanan Zoological Park, Udayagiri Caves and the Odisha State Museum. The Nandankanan Zoological park is spread over an area around 1000 acres of land mass. The park has a combination of zoo and botanical park. This park boasts of 34 wide aquariums. This park was inaugurated in 1979. The Udayagiri caves are partly natural and partly artificial and believed to be constructed in 1st century BC by the Chedi dynasty. There are a total of 33 caves abutting this magnificent natural wonder. The Odisha state museum was constructed in 1938 and moved to a new location in 1960. The museum has over 10 galleries in which many antique items are on display for visitors to cherish when they visit Bhubaneswar.
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Rambabu Vankayalapati

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  • Rambabu Vankayalapati
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Very clean and tidy city on the eastern front"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2016
For a visitor who travels to metros like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore the city of Bhubaneswar comes across as a breath of fresh air with very leisurely outlook and laid back a attitude of people. Here everybody seems to be in peace with themselves and contentment. As per Google report people of Orissa and Bhubaneswar in particular search for variants of love and the phrases associated with love more than any other place or city in India. May be they have found that love leading to this contentment. The city breaks boasts of highest average greenery to construction ratio inVthe country with clean public parks, half a dozen big ones and many small ones. The footpaths and dedicated cycle tracks are the unique feature of this medium sized city, the size of Navi Mumbai
So next time you find 3/4 days free time plan a visit to Bhubaneswar which offer affordable hotels and cheap local transportation to lingaraja temple and complete your itinerary by visiting Lord Jagannath at Puri and Konark temple which are 70 kms and 100 kms away from Bhubaneswar.
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