Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is a city, located in the state of Odisha. This city is most fascinating and popularly known as ‘Temple city’. This city is the main centre of Hindu pilgrimage due to its beautiful temples. It is an ideal tourist destination which witnesses lots of tourist throughout the year. Handicrafts of the city attract people as it reflects the historical and cultural heritage of the city. Stone and Wood carving, bamboo basketry, Silver filigree, Tie and Dye textiles, Patta paintings, brass and bell metal work are some of the main popular handicrafts of the city. The name of the city comes after Tribhuvaneswar, ‘Lord of Three Worlds’. From ancient times, the temples of the city are very famous and the religious life of the city is truly visible. Along with Puri and Konark this city makes the golden triangle of Odisha. Attractive sculpture and majestic architectural heritage are easily seen in the temples. Visitors can experience more than 500 temples such as Lingaraj Temple, Mukteswar Temple, Raj Rani Temple and many more. Temples are designed carvings of gods, flowers, animals and humans. The Rose garden is very famous and has also become one of the largest Rose gardens in India.

Weather

This city witnesses scorching summers which are hot and humid. Summer season usually starts from March to May and temperature touches around 45°C during these days.

The monsoon starts from June and ends in September. During this period medium to heavy rainfall is witnessed by the city. The scenic beauty of the city is at its best during the monsoon period.

Temperature remains moderate around 15 °C during winters and the best season to visit the city is between October and February.

How to Reach

Bhubaneswar is the city which is well connected through air.

Biju Patnaik Airport is the main domestic airport and located about 3 km away from the city.

Bhubaneswar Railway Station is the main railhead of the city and situated in the center of city.

Around 5 km away from the city center is Baramunda bus stand that connects Bhubaneswar to all other major India cities by road.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

DhauliGiri: It is a hill which has major Edicts of Ashoka. It is beautifully crafted and has fascinating architecture. Elephant sculpted and the symbol of Gautama Buddha is easily seen in the carvings of this hill.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves: These are twin hills which have rock-cut caves. Caves were built with artistic carvings around the 2nd century BCE. Travelers can find a temple at the top of Khandagiri hills. Temple has the statue of Risabhdev.

Lingaraja Temple: One of the most famous temples of Odisha, Lingaraj temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is also known as ‘Lingaraj’. It is approximately 54.8 meters high and enshrines a huge statue of Lord Shiva which is 8 feet in diameter and is made of granite. The deity is bathed everyday with milk, water and bhang (marijuana). The temple has 150 small shrines inside its huge courtyard and comprises four parts namely the main temple, the ‘Bhoga Mandap’, the ‘Yajna Shala’ and the ‘Natya Shala’. Its main entry gate is called as the ‘Simhadwara’ or the ‘Lions’ Gate’, situated on the eastern side of the temple. The outer walls of the temple are decorated with beautiful sculptures of beasts, birds, creepers, flowers, gods and goddesses. A holy lake namely Bindu Sagar is located just north of the temple with a small island in the centre that houses many not so well-known shrines.

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