Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the state of Odisha has been one of the most important cities in India for thousands of years. The ancient temples and monuments reflect its rich history as a center of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. For a place that is not very popular with tourists, Bhubaneswar surely has plenty to offer. It is the capital of Orissa and houses some of the most stunning temples in India. A small town like Bhubaneshwar will be the perfect getaway for many people seeking solitude and peace away from the hustle bustle of city life.
Places to visit in Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar is a beautiful city that has some iconic monuments and beautiful natural attractions. It’s also home to a rich culture that can be traced back to the third century BC. Here are the most iconic places to visit in Bhubaneswar:
Udayagiri and Khandagiri
The Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are among the most extensive rock-cut monuments in India, outside of the cave temples on the Ellora and Elephanta sites. They consist of prayer halls (“chaitya grihas”), refectory halls (“viharas”), dormitories (“silamukhas”) and stupas (caityas). The caves were carved during the 5th century, between 480 and 550 AD.
In the caves, there are inscriptions that have been written all over its walls. In addition, there are many small caves on the hill with stone carvings and sculptures. There is also a beautiful Jain temple on the Khandagiri hill.
The Lingaraj temple is a splendid specimen of Kalinga architecture and one of the finest examples of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain architecture in India. The standout feature is its extravagance, with more than 8,000 sculptural panels covering the exterior surface. It was built over a period of 40 years (1150–1200 AD) by Anantavarman Chodaganga Deva, during the reigns of Ganga and Narasimhadeva. The Lingaraj Temple is one of the five major temples under care of ASI or Archaeological Survey of India and this has got one of the largest temple complex in entire India.
Biju Patnaik Park
Biju Patnaik Park is a major tourist attraction of Bhubaneswar. Located in the heart of city, the park is named after Biju Patnaik, one of the most popular politicians from Odisha. It spreads over an area of 5.75 acres and provides a green environment to its visitors.
Visitors can see different varieties of birds, animals, reptiles and butterflies here. This park also has a water pond with fountains, musical fountain, children’s play area, boating facilities and lots more. There are many food stalls available for snacks and refreshments.
Things to do in Bhubaneshwar
One of the most beautiful cities in India, Bhubaneshwar offers many things to do for any kind of traveler.
Visit Nandankanan Zoological Park
The Nandankanan Zoological Park spreads across 500 acres of land and is located 35km from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. It has a wide variety of animals including tigers, lions, monkeys, crocodiles and many more. The park also houses several species of birds.
Nandan Kanan Zoological Park is one of the finest zoo park in India. The most popular animal attraction here are Indian Rhinos, Elephants, Tiger, Lion, Royal Bengal Tigers and many more. If you are looking for a great family outing then Nandankanan zoo park is one place that you should not miss.
Have some fun and learning at Regional Science Centre
Regional Science Centre Bhubaneswar was inaugurated in 2016 by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Kalinga Nagar, Bhubaneswar. There are many gadgets and machines at the science center that show how different things work. There is a 3-D auditorium where one can see movies about science and technology. The center also has an area called Taramandal, where one can see models of different planets, stars and constellations. If you have kids, then they are sure to have a great day here.