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BHUBANESHWAR (INDIA)

STATE :- Odisha(Orissa)

 

DISTANCE

  • 441 KM From Calcutta
  • 1745 KM From Delhi
  • 25 KM From Cuttack
  • 425 KM From Vishakhapatnam.

 

CONNECTION
  • By Air : Bhubaneswar has its own airport named Biju Patnaik Airport. Regular flights operate to and from Bhubaneswar to all metros and major destinations in India. The airport is around 3 km from city center.
  • By Rail : Bhubaneswar is one of the most important railway stations in Eastern India. It has connecting trains to many states and major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
  • By Road : The city being the capital, is well connected to all parts of the state and nearby states as well. There is regular bus service to and from all major cities. The main bus stand is at a distance of 8 km from the city center.

 

ABOUT BHUBANESHWAR

Bhubaneswar recognize as Temple city, It is one of most fascinating city in India of state of Orissa. Being the capital city of the state Bhubaneswar is in the top position among the developed cities of India. Bhubaneswar has also a strong historial background itself. However, the modern city of Bhubaneswar was designed by the German architect Otto Konigsberger in 1946.

Bhubaneswar, a land of glorious history, art & culture.The city has seen the great mauryan ruler changing into icon of peace. Apart from this Hinduism supplemented Jainism, and Kesari and Ganga kin gdoms did a lot for the progress of Orissa culture, which can been seen in the city. Previously, in the same row during the period of Kharavel, Orissa started gaining it’s lost glory.Once the city was home for arround 7000 temples dedicated for different deities. Now only 500 of them survive.Bhubaneswar has developed itself with offices, hotels, industries, parks, cinema halls, auditoriums, colleges, hospitals, clinics, airport, railway station, etcs. Bhubaneswar is being visited by thousands of tourists, businessmen, students every day. Different oriya newpapers are being published.This city is a must visit for all the tourists worldwide.This can be addressed as the paradise for visitors. In Bhubaneswar, Shiva is known as Tribuhuvaneswara or " Lord of the Three Worlds" from which the city derives its name. Beside being the capital of ancient Kalinga, Bhubaneswar is known as Temple Town and Cathedral City on account of its many temples in the extravagant Orissan style. Modern Bhubaneswar is delightfully rural for a state capital that administers theaffairs of 25 million Orissans.

 

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN BHUBANESHWAR
  • Dhauligiri : Dhauligiri - 8 km from Bhubaneswar has an attraction of Ashokan edicts. These edicts carved on the rock dates back to 2nd century BC. It is here that Ashoka, the great, was transformed into Ashoka, and became the follower of Lord Buddha. Dhauli has gained prominence due to the establishment of Shanti Stupa, built in the early seventies by the Japan Buddha Sangha and Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha. A Much Visited Destination.
  • Udaygiri : Udaygiri - 8 km is famous for its cave structures. There are series of cave temples belonging to the Hindu and Jain faiths. A guide is a must if interested in visiting the site as he could give you the most bona fide information regarding the site.
  • Sisupalgarh : Sisupalgarh holds the charm of some ancient ruins of third or fourth century BC. One can have a fair ideal of a well developed ancient city by visiting the site and establish the fact that the Bhubaneswarn civilization has very ancient roots.
  • Nandan Kanan Zoo : If wildlife enthusiast then Nandan Kanan Zoo makes the ideal destination. The zoo is famous for viewing the Royal Bengal Tiger and white tigers.
  • Chandipur : It is a seaside resort with one of the finest beaches in Bhubaneswar. Go for an exclusive applique work at Pipli -29 km, a small village famous for its traditional art form originally made for the temple Gods.
  • Atri Springs : Atri Springs has sulfur springs and is also famous for its Hatakeshwara Temple. A bath in the spring water is reputed to cure skin diseases apart from being a pleasant experience.
  • Nandankanan : Nestling in the Chandaka forest, Nandankanan is a Wildlife Reserve where one can encounter these wilds in their natural habitat. A lake flowing through the reserve adds to the charm of great wild. Tigers, Lions, Clouded Leopards, Black Panthers, Gharials, Rosy Pelican, Grey Pelican, Indian Python, King Cobra, etc. are among the main attractions. 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.

 

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN BHUBANESHWAR
  • Lingaraj Temple : The Lingaraj temple is an 11th century monument and one of the outstanding specimens of Orissa style of temple building. It represents true Oriya style, where both sculpture and architecture have evolved in perfect harmony. The main deity here is Lord Shiva known as Tribhubaneswar from which the city takes its name.
  • Vaital Deul Temple : To the west of Bindusagar is the 8th century Vaital Deul temple with unusual interior carvings. The main deity here is an eight-armed Chamunda (a form of Durga) with a garland of skulls. The temple was probably used for macabre tantric rites including human sacrifice.
  • Parasurameshwar Temple : Built in 7th century, the Parasurameshwar Temple is one of the best preserved and lavishly sculpted groups of temples in Orissa. The square-towered shrine has a rectangular Jagamohan adjoining it. You can see wonderfully animated images of dancers and musicians on its west window. The main entrance gate to the Jagmohan also has a fine carving of domestic elephants.
  • Mukteshwar Temple : The 10th century Mukteshwar Temple is one of the jewels of Orissan temple architecture. It is famous for its exquisite sculptures and elegant proportions. A unique feature of this temple is its decorated ceiling. The female figures are remarkable for their expressive faces. The beautiful torana (gateway) is decorated with female figures.
  • Rajarani Temple : This 11th century temple has a special significance in its architectural style. It has striking spire decorated with miniature replicas of it. The temple is noted for sculptures of dikpals (the guardians of the eight cardinal directions) perched on lotus flowers. Of these, Agni, the God of Fire, Varuna, God of Ocean, seated on a crocodile are particularly impressive. The tall and slender female figures are carved on the walls with high relief.
  • Konark Temple : Konark is famous worldwide for its magnificent Sun Temple. This is one of the best stunning monuments of the country, also famous for its architectural excellence. The temple was built by Narasingha Dev in the 13th century AD. The endeavour to build this national monument is worth noting because of historical reasons too. The temple signifies the great sacrifice of a 12 years boy called Dharmapada.

 

WHEN TO GO BHUBANESHWAR

Bhubaneshwar is a year round destination, but the ideal time to visit would be from October to March when the rains are over and the temperature is just right. One can go to Bhubaneshwar in February for Shiva Ratri, in January to check out the fair - Khandagiri Mela, in April for Ashokastami, Ramanavami and Jhamuyatra and in November to witness Anla Navami. A word of caution about travel in summer. it is, extremely humid and hence an unnerving time for travellers not used to the heat and humidity.

 

WEATHER FORECAST
  • Summers (March to May) are scorching with temperature touches above 45°C, tourists prefer to stay away during this periods.
  • Monsoons (June to September) give relief to the hot sun and offer medium to heavy rainfalls. Bhubaneswar looks beautiful in rains.
  • Winters (December to February) are pleasant with an average temperature comes down to nearly 15°C, with a minimum touching 7°C.
EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN BHUBANESHWAR

The Event and Festivals in Bhubaneswar also has a magnetic attraction for visitors from all over India and the world.

  • Megha Mela: Megha Mela fair is held during the months of January and February. Megha Mela is a colorful festival and is held at Khandagiri.
  • Maha Shivaratri: The festival of Maha Shivaratri is held during the months of February and March. Maha Shivaratri falls on the 14th night of Phalgun and is observed by devotees from all over the Indian subcontinent. The believers keep fast and perform Puja throughout the night.
  • Taratarini Mela: Taratarini Mela is held in the months of March and April. Taratarini Mela is one of Orissa's biggest fairs.
  • Ashokastami: Ashokastami -the Car festival of Lord Lingaraj is held at 'Chaitra' The protege of Lord Lingaraj is transported on a chariot from the main temple to Rameswar temple. After four days, the idol is returned.
  • Durga Puja: The festival of Durga Puja takes place during the months of September and October. Durga Puja represents the victory of good over evil.
  • Lakshmi Puja: Lakshmi Puja takes place in the months of September and October. Lakshmi Puja is observed with great devotion in Bhubaneswar.

 

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN BHUBANESHWAR

Cuisine of Bhubaneswar is simple and delicious. Bu the pattern of food is same as that seen in the neighbouring states due to the proximity and similar geographical conditions. Rice is the major food crops and the staple food for the people of Orissa. Vegetables which are grown in plenty too form and integral part of the meal in the state. A large number of people practice vegetarianism because of their deep religious nature.

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