Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, is also considered as the centre of economy and culture within the state.
Apart from being a cultural and economical hub, it is often referred to as the Temple City; this is because of the wide number of historical temples and also for the number of valuable heritage resources which are found here. And this spiritual aspect also reflects in the very name of the city which literally translates into the Lord of the Universe.
It won’t be wrong to say that Bhubaneswar’s charm and spirit rightfully depicts the combination of ancient heritage with modern city life. Perhaps, this might be so as, it was established in 1948 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation of the capital of Orissa. But interestingly, people have found historical shreds of evidence dating back to 3rd century BCE.
The city doesn’t fail to proudly depict the diversity and unity in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cultures which is why there are many beautiful and extraordinary Kalingan temples worth seeing here. It is one of the most visited destinations in Eastern India along with Konark and Puri and all the three together form the Golden Triangle.
If you are planning to visit this historical city then the month of March would suit you best. During this time, the overall climate is very pleasant and is just perfect for tourism activities.
Since ancient times, this region is believed to be full of stories of Indian heritage and architecture. Since the beginning, these geographical regions have been ruled by various dynasties ranging from Maurya, Guptas, Marathas to even Mughal and Britishers.
Many experts claim that the ancient history of Bhubaneswar dates back to 1st Century BCE. However, talking in modern terms, it was in 1948, that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation of the new capital of Odisha state. And till now, it has been a harmonious concoction of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cultures.
1. Iskcon Temple. The Temple is a must-visit mainly owing to its spiritual significance. For those of you who don’t know, ISKCON is the abbreviation for International Society of Krishna Consciousness. This temple was built in the year of 1991 and is specifically known as the substitute of the Jagannath Temple for locals, which is situated in Puri.
2. Hirakud Dam. This dam is yet another piece of a magnificent piece of architecture. It is situated at a distance of around 15 km from the Sambalpur district. This dam was built in the year 1956 and for a long time has been a source of perpetual popularity among the tourists. It has been a significant source for boosting tourism in Orissa as well.
3. Bindu Sarovara. It is basically a lake which is considered very sacred by the Hindu community and is surrounded by various temples. Some of the prominent temples are the temple of Ananta Vasudeva, Mohini Temple, Markandeswara Temple, and Uttaresvara Temple.
If the legends associated with this lake are to be believed then the Bindusagar Sarovara was formed by the Mahadeva himself and a single dip in the waters can cure any human of his negative karma. As the legends go, it is believed that he had done so to quench the thirst of Maa Parvati.
4. Orissa State Museum. Here you will be finding some really cool artefacts worth your time and energy. The museum was established in 1932. It was during this time period that around two historians started their personal collection. After that, in 1938, the Government decided to transform this place into a full-fledged museum.
5. Mukteswara Temple. It is particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva. Undoubtedly, this place is one of the brilliant examples of the immense beauty which lies in Kalinga’s architectural style. For any history lover, this place is a must-visit.
Bhubaneswar is an amazing city which is a must explore, if you want to know the uniqueness of Indian heritage. It is situated at an approximate distance of 1,724, 441, 1,444 and 1,675 km from Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Mumbai respectively. Here is how you can travel here by the following means of transportation.
By Air. The nearest airport is the Bhubaneswar airport aka the Biju Patnaik International airport which connects the city with other major Indian cities. Once you deboard at the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation.
By Train. The nearest railway station is the Bhubaneswar railway station which is responsible for connecting it with various other Indian cities. After deboarding your train, you will need to cover the remaining distance by hiring a cab or some other means of local transportation available.
By Road. Bhubaneswar has very good connectivity via the road network via motorable roads and highways. There are many buses which frequent this city. You can also consider travelling by taxi, interstate and private buses or if it suits you, your own vehicle.
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