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Brahmeswar Temple

Brahmeswar Temple  Video Review

Brahmeswara Temple

25th Dec 17

Chausath Yogini Temple

Chausath Yogini Temple  Video Review

Hirapur Village

25th Dec 17

Buddha In Odisha

Buddha In Odisha  Video Review

Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa

Abhinav Kumar
22nd Jan 17

The place where emperor Ashoka laid down weapons

The place where emperor Ashoka laid down weapons  Video Review

Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa

Raj Deo
27th Dec 17

Lonely Swargadwar Beach

Lonely Swargadwar Beach  Video Review

Swargadwar Beach

16th Dec 17

Neat and clean, well behave staff

Neat and clean, well behave staff  Video Review

Biju Patnaik International Airport

Rhea Ghose
2nd Oct 17

Biju Patnaik International Airport

Biju Patnaik International Airport  Video Review

Biju Patnaik International Airport

16th Dec 16

Good historical place!

Good historical place!  Video Review

Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa

7th Jan 18

Awesome place, calm and peaceful!

Awesome place, calm and peaceful!  Video Review

Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa

Suman mondal
7th Jan 18

Great beach

Great beach  Video Review

Swargadwar Beach

15th Dec 17

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Reasons to go to Bhubaneswar

1For It's Age-Old Rich Heritage
For It's Age-Old Rich Heritage

HolidayIQ Traveller Santhosh Wilson from Thiruvananthapuram shares, “We had our Bhubaneshwar trip in October. The city was in full splendour of festivity during the Puja celebrations. Bhubaneswar is the centre point from where one can visit places such as Konark, Puri, Chilka, Pipli, Cuttack, Ratnagiri, Udayagiri, Lalitgiri, Khandagiri, Udaygiri and Dhauli. The Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves are located on the outskirts of the city. On the way to the Dhauli hills there stand the rock edicts of Emperor Asoka. The battlefield of Kalinga is located on the fields surrounding Dhauli hills. We spent six days in and around Bhubaneswar. Pipli, a small town located a few kilometres from Bhubaneswar, is known for the beautiful applique handicrafts. The Lingaraja temple and Mukteshwara temple are having great archeological importance.”


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2Bhubaneshwar - The Best Of The East
Bhubaneshwar - The Best Of The East

HolidayIQ Traveller Raghu Vamsi shares, “Probably the best city in East India to Visit, with his recreation point of view and for its heritage in and around. The city is very well planned in terms of infra in major areas, a good place for food and other recreational activities. In the City:
1. Khandagiri and Udaya Giri Caves a very old caves filled with long tailed monkey harmless only expecting food from visitors.
2. A must watch Nandankanan zoological park fun pack entertainment for kids.
3. Lingaraja Temple - in this temple one can see N number of Shiva Lings, exact figure is not known, but people say that this place Bhubaneswar is short of few shiva lings else it also would have been called Kaasi(if it would have bagged 1 crore shivlings).
4. Dhauli - a Buddhist architecture idols.
5. Konark Temple - Another Kalinga architecture genius creativity.
6. Deras DAM
7. Most famous temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri, which is just 3 hrs distance from the City.
Throughout the year the climate is humid due to sea, even the best time to visit is winter.”


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3Arrive at the beautiful city of Bhubneshwar
Arrive at the beautiful city of Bhubneshwar

Arrive at Bhubneshwar and check into your hotel. After refreshments, make your way to the Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves. These caves date back to the year 2nd BC. These caves are famous for their art and are believed to be carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks during the reign of King Kharavela

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4Explore the spiritual and historic city that is Bhubneshwar
Explore the spiritual and historic city that is Bhubneshwar

Post breakfast visit the Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa, also known as Peace Pagoda, was built in 1972. Post lunch visit the iconic Lingaraja temple. Dating back to the last decade of the 11th century, the temple is more than 1,000 years old. Believed to be built by the Somavanshi King Jajati Keshari.

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5Drive to Simplipal and a spiritual pitstop
Drive to Simplipal and a spiritual pitstop

The journey of about 300 km from Bhubaneswar to Simplipal takes about 5 hours. The route traverses much through rural eastern Odisha. The temple at Panchlingeswar near Balasore, the Devkund waterfall and temple in the bufferzone of Simplipal are must visits.

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Santhosh Srinivas

Santhosh Srinivas5.0/5

8 reviews


Sightseeing was very good. Bhubaneswar is a temple city. The most beautiful aspect is the temple architecture. Amazing level of detailing and sculpting and is a tourist's delight . Weather was just fantastic. We made this trip in the last week of Nov . . Puri WAS AS USUAL VERY CROWDED . Food and Shopping: Food was very good. Apart from our regular food, trying out local cuisine was a good experience . Food joints are plenty, suiting to different tastes. Highlight of the trip: Bhubaneswar is a place one can go for relaxing. While not being very hectic, its leisure paced, nearby sight seeing spots, easily accessible private transport, affordable hotel, restaurants, shopping malls made it very enjoyable sojourn . Another key point is the art village on the way to Puri, which is a must for every visitor. Promoted well, this is a place where good no. Of artists produce their art like paintings, other artifacts etc, which are really worth collecting and thus encouraging these arts which are very much Indian.

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Clean city and nice people

The people are very friendly, bhubhaneswar has a broad roads and the city is clean and well maintained so far as we went on a short two days trip. Most of the must see places were near each other and is well connected. We had our food at panthan nivas and its somewhat OK even though they don't have much varieties. The golden triangle of oddisha which is the lingraj temple in bhubhaneswar, sun temple in konark and jagannath temple in Puri can be done in a days excursions along with some of the temples of bhubhaneswar.

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Bhubaneswar Overview

History of Bhubaneswar

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.

People and Culture of Bhubaneswar

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.

Things To Do in Bhubaneswar

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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Deras Dam, Bhubaneswar

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Mohan Jitpure

Deras Dam, Bhubaneswar
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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Harpreet Singh

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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Harpreet Singh

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Bhubaneswar

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