The Temple City Bhubaneswar
The Temple City Bhubaneswar
Odisha is situated at the eastern end of India and Bhubaneswar happens to be its capital which is one of the smart cities of India. It's also known as the "Temple City" because it has a huge number of ancient temples that reflects Indian history. These temples are constructed from sandstones and their aesthetic architecture silently narrates the mythological stories of Hindu religion.
Another name of Bhubaneswar is Ekamra Kshetra. Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark together make "Golden Triangle" or "Swarn Trikon", which is the most visited and loved destination by the travel geeks. Bhubaneswar is a metropolitan city that falls under the category of Tier-2. This city along with Cuttack(former capital of Odisha) called the " Twin City".
Bhubaneswar is known as the education band in the eastern part of India. Odia is the most spoken language but being a cosmopolitan city Hindi and English are understood and welcomed. Apart from the ample beauty of the temples; delightful Odia cuisine, Odisha handloom and Nandan Kanan zoological park attract the globetrotter from all over the world.
How to reach?
The wanderlust in you deserves to witness and experience the remarkable traditional and contemporary punch of the temple city. Reaching to Bhubaneswar is quite easy as it is well connected to other cities of India via air, road and rail. It has Biju Patnaik International Airport which is directly connected to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. Also, it is the headquarters of East Coast division of Indian Railways. Master canteen is the major railway station of the city. Bhubaneswar stands on the national highway no. 5. Buses travel to and from major cities in the region, originating at Barmunda Bus Station.
Where to stay?
Bhubaneswar has numbers of budget-friendly and premium hotels and resorts ensuring your comfortable stay. You can choose according to your budget. It is a peaceful city with clean roads, greenery and good transport facilities (Ola, Uber, Rapido, Jugnoo, City bus in every 2 minutes and autos all around) but you are suggested to avoid late nights as the city sleeps early.
What to see?
Dhauli Giri- The place where emperor Ashoka transformed into dharmashoka from chandashoka and started promoting Budhism.
Khandagiri and Udaygiri Caves- These twin heels are standing adjacent to each other. The caves are carved during the 1st century BCE.
Lingraj temple- Tallest temple of Odisha dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is near the large lake called “Bindu Sarovar”. This lake is known to have a drop of water from each holly river of India.
Mukteswar temple- Known as the gem of Odisha architecture. Mukteswara means “Lord of Freedom”
Ananta vasudev temple- This 13th century temple is also near Bindu Sarovar lake and dedicated to Lord Krishna.
Rajarani temple- Known as love temple because it has some sensuous cravings of couples.
Ram mandir- Red and golden colour of this beautiful temple is outstanding and definitely a point of attraction.
Fun and amusement:-
Nandan kanan zoological park, Botanical park, Nicco park, Ocean world water park, Blue splash water park, Deras dam, Science park and Pathani samant planetarium are some of the places where you can spend a good time with your friend and family.
Odissi dance is one of the 8 classical dance forms of India. Get mesmerised by witnessing Odissi dance at Rabindra Mandap.
For street shopping you can go to market building. This is also a best destination to try odia street foods mainly malpua with aloo kasa. If you are an art and craft lover you can’t miss Ekamra Haat. There you will find some beautiful handcrafts of odisha. This place also has tiny huts that offer some finger licking odia food.
If you are in Bhubaneswar how can you forget to buy Odisha’s handloom sarees, kurtas and dress materials. Sambalpuri Paata, Bomkai Paata, Khandua Paata, Berhampuri Paata and Kotpad sarees are some of the must buy. These materials are available as both silk and cotton. These sarees never go out of fashion and give you a sophisticated look.
If you have time then you must visit the nearby places of Bubaneswar which are hardly 100 KM away from Bhubaneswar.
1. Jagannath Dham and sea beach, Puri
2. Sun Temple and Chandrabhaga beach, Konark
3. Puri-Konark Marine drive
4. Kapilas Temple and Shirdi Sai temple, Dhenkanal
5. Chhatia Bata, Jajpur
6. Paradeep Port, Paradeep
8. Chillika lake and Kalijai Temple- Chilika
What’s new to taste?
To taste the authentic odia thaali step in to the restaurant called “Odisha Hotel”. They serve the food in traditional odia way using kansa utensils. Dahibara aloodum is a very popular steet food available till 1 PM as it is taken in breakfast only. It is available in every streets of Bhubaneswar. Odisha has its own unique way to serve Golgappa and Chaat. Golgappa is known as Gupchup in Odisha. Although these two are available all over the city but having them at Rupali square has a different charm.
Pahala is a heaven for people sweet tooth. Visit there to find the exclusive desserts of Odisha like Chhenapoda, Rasogola, Chhena gaja, Chenna jhili, Chhena mudki, Chhena jalebi, Rasabali, Kheersagar.
Chakuli pithaa,Suji kakra pithaa, Aarisa pithaa, Manda Pithaa, Chitau pithaa, Poda pithaa, Chandrakanta pithaa, Enduri pithaa and Dudura pithaa are some of the mouth watering traditional odia dish you should give a try. They are available in any sweet shop of Bhubaneswar.
Bela pana and Dahi pana are the odia beverages you should definitely taste. Mahuli(fruit wine), Handia(rice beer) and Taadi(palm wine) are some alcoholic drink which are prepared by the local tribals of Odisha.
Bhubaneswar is a place where you can find the taste from all over the country and world. From north Indian chole bhature to south indian Dosa, from Italian Tiramisu to Chinese Dumplings, Bhubaneswar has it all. Sea foods lovers can find various kind of fish including star fish, odisha's very own sukhua (dried fish), crabs, prawn and even octopus.
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