Bhubaneswar : State Of Bhubaneswar
Best Season : October to March
Main Attractions : Bhubaneswar temples
¤ Bhubaneswar - A Temple City
ancient city of Bhubaneswar is also known as the Temple City of
eastern India. The word Bhubaneswar in its literal sense means the
'God's World' which showcases the walk down centuries of temple
architecture. With 600 temples in its treasure, the city is probably
the only city in the world that presents an veritable over-view of the
stages of development of Hindu religious architecture. Today these
temples are a gentle reminder of the gracious past and the rich
heritage of India. During the ancient times the regular dances were
performed by the 'Devadasis' or divine temple dancers girls, the
rituals and the recital of religious song were all an central part of
¤ Temple Attractions
Temples in Bhubaneswar summarize a extensive archives of the
Bhubaneswarn architecture almost to two thousand years old, from 3rd
century B. C. to 16th Century A. D. These imposing edifices enjoining
the city horizon, are within a reasonable walking distance from one
another. The 46-m high Lingaraj Temple marks the zenith of temple
tradition of Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneswar temples have a unique pattern of construction showcasing
the way of Hindu architectural splendor. The temple complex is divided
into four distinct parts, the outer chamber is the 'Jagamohana', the
inner shrine of the presiding deity is known as Garbhagriha. The third
part of the temple shrine is constructed into a conical shaped tower
more commonly known as 'the Nata Mandap", the Bhoga Mandap is the
forth division of the temple. The temple walls are artistically carved
out of numerous sculptures depicting the scenes from courtiers,
celestial dancers, couples in erotic postures, birds, divine animals
or scenes from religious epics and legends.
¤ Excursions From Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar makes some of the most desired tourist
Dhauligiri - 8 km
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
Udaygiri, Khandagiri Caves - 8 km
Udaygiri, Khandagiri - 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 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 - 25 km
If wildlife enthusiast then Nandan Kanan Zoo makes the ideal
destination. The zoo is famous for viewing the Royal Bengal Tiger and
Chandipur -16 km
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 - 42 km
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.
Konark Sun Temple- 65 km
The Konark Sun Temple is a marvelous specimen of 13th century,
temple architecture. The beauty lies in its structure as it is
constructed in a chariot form. The ruins have sculptures detailing
every aspect of human life. The city is also embellished with some of
the most beautiful beaches of East India.
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.
¤ How To Get There
Air : Indian Airlines and
many private airlines fly on regular basis to Bhubaneswar. Bhubaneswar
Airport is 3 km from the city centre and almost all the major cities
are connected from here. Indian Airlines has flights to Delhi, Mumbai,
Kolkotta, Delhi, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Varanasi.
Rail : Bhubaneswar also have good railway network connecting
it to major cities of India Kolkatta, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Delhi,
Mumbai, Hyderabad and Tirupati.
Road : The national highway no.5 touches this capital city.
The main bus stand is at Barmunda, 8 km from the city centre. There
are regular interstate bus services from the nearby towns and cities.
Inter-state bus services operate daily in between Calcutta and Puri
via Bhubaneswar and Bhubaneswar-Tata Nagar.
Local Transport : Bhubaneswar State Transport operates
regular buses between Bhubaneswar and Berhampur, Chilika, Konark,
Puri, and other places. Taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and
local bus services are available. Autos are also a main source of
transport. Tourist taxis and deluxe buses are available on rent from
Transport Manager. The old bus stand in Unit II (off Rajpath) is
mainly used for local services.