the city of temples with important places to visit like, Bindusagar, Vaital temple, Mukteshwar temple, Kedareswar temple, Parasurameswara temple, Lingaraja temple, Raja-Rani temple and Brahmeswar temple etc. In addition, one can visit the Planetarium and the Tribal museum near Baramunda Bus Station west of New town, and the Handicraft Museum and Botanical garden. Caves of Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri (8 Km from Bhubaneshwar), Udaygiri, and Khandgiri, the White Pagoda and Rock edicts at Dhuli, Taptapani near Cuttack are some of the interesting places to visit.
Tourist Attraction in Bhubaneswar
The Lingaraja temple
The 11th century 'Lingaraja' temple exhibits temple art of several centuries is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. It represents 'Nagara' style of traditional Orrisan temple designing. The walls have beautiful carvings of birds, animals, flowers, men and women, gods and godesses. Though the Lingaraj is closed to non-Hindus, it can be viewed from the viewing platform constructed alongside.
The 10th century 'Mukteswara' temple with its famous stone arch at the entrance, is regarded a gem of Orissan architecture on account of its exquisite wall carvings and lavish sculptures. These adornment include celestial beings, armed processions, and amorous figures.The front of temple features a beautiful arched epistyle clearly showing a Buddhist influence. Tales from the Panchatantra, written by the Orissan Pandit, Vishnu Sharma, occupy pride of place here.
Raja Rani Temple
The 11th century 'Raja Rani' temple is an architectural delight. It can be said to be the best example of the traditional Orrisan temple designing. Raja Rani is a 'love temple', covered with demurely erotic carvings of women and couples. Set in picturesque surroundings, the temple is famous for its sculptural embellishments as well as for its unusual design of tower and the absence of a deity. The temple is surrounded by well maintained gardens.
The Parasurameswara Temple
The 7th century Shiva Temple, 'Parasurameswara' temple is a classical example of ancient art of temple designing in India. It is a cluster of about 20 small temples. This temple is the best preserved of all Bhubaneswar's ancient temples. The wall embellishments feature amorous couples, lions, crouching elephants, birds, human figures and floral designs.
The 'Svaranajaleswara' temple is not amongst the most preserved temples, but it has very good and interesting Ramayana depictions. It is situated near Parasurameswara temple.The temple looks very elegant and architecturally cogent. The Temple has an unmistakable tantric influence.
Around 20 Km from Bhubeneswar, Nandan Kanan is the largest lion safari park in the country. It is especially known to shelter rare white tigers. A beautiful picnic spot with a natural lake, it has a botanical and a zoological garden. In winters, one can see migratory birds. Generally the tigers and other animals here are not caged and are provided with a natural environment.
Bhubaneswar also has two very good museums. The Orissa state museum has a rich collection of sculpture, coins, copperplates, stone inscriptions, lithic and bronze-age tools, rare palm leaf manuscripts and traditional folk and musical instruments. The other is the handicrafts museum on Secretariat Road, which showcases the lovely tribal culture of Orissa.
Air : Bhubaneshwar is well linked by air to Delhi, Chennai, Varanasi, Nagpur, Calcutta, and Vishakhapatnam on daily basis flights by Indian Airlines.
Rail : Superfast trains connect Bhubaneswar to New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad.
Road : Bhubaneswar is well linked to the rest of India by the national highways.
There are many hotels in various categories in Bhubaneswar.One can find their choice of hotel by selecting amongst the numerous hotels on the basis of cost, accesibility, comfort etc. Bhubaneswar has plenty of budget hotels, guest houses, resorts, 3star, 4star hotels, 5star hotels.
The Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) also has a hotel in Bhubaneswar.