Bhubaneshwar is a city bestowed with vibrant art and culture and was once reigned by Kalinga Kingdom, It is now renowned as the capital of Orissa. In literary terms, the word Bhubaneshwar implies for Lord of the Universe. It is a hub of many temples and the city is infested with many concrete lanes. The current city was established in 1946 and was designed by a famous German architect Otto Kongsberger. The capital once known for architecture and temples is now steadily progressing in commerce and business. It represents a harmonious blend of rich past and modern glory and forms a golden triangle of temples with Puri and Konark.
The city is also known for applique work of Pipli, Ikat sarees, cane furniture and Bidri ware. A well maintained Regional Plant Resource Center (RPRC) is a prime attraction here. This centre is famous for maintaining the largest Rose garden in India. Other significant attractions in the city are Orissa State Museum, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Orissa Modern Art Gallery, Tribal Museum and Pathani Samanta Planetarium.
Places To SeeOld Town
Some of the famous temples of the city are located in the old town. There are a mind-boggling 400 temples here, the most famous being the Traffic Mahadev, so known because it serves as a road divider and sort of divides the chaotic traffic into two sections. Lingaraj Temple
Dating to the 11th century, the Lingaraja temple is one of finest examples of traditional Hindu architecture, a rare masterpiece that has been described as "the truest fusion of dream and reality". The 55 metres high temple presents stunning intricate carvings and sculptures. The temple is not open to non-Hindu worshipers. However, there is a platform outside the walls from where you can see the proceedings in the temple. Bindu Sarovara
The lake is situated near the Lingaraj temple and it is believed that it contains a drop (bindu) of water of all the holy rivers in India. Mukteshwara Temple
The temple is a beautiful testimony of the Kalinga architecture. Built in the 10th century, the temple has a stunning gateway and reflects the Buddhist influence in Odisha. The sculptures and carvings depict an amazing sense of symmetry and proportion. Rajarani Temple
The temple is named after the red sandstone that was used to build it. The material is known as rajarani locally. The temple is unique in the sense that it does not have any presiding deity but carvings that depict people carrying out their daily activities. Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir
The ISKCON temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple is open to non-Hindus and foreigners. There is also a vegetarian restaurant in the premises.
Things To DoKhandagiri & Udayagiri
These twin hills house an ancient Jain monastery which was carved into the face of the hill. The monastery is believed to date to the 2nd century BC and has some stunning intricate carvings. The Rani Gufa, or the Queen’s cave is especially worth a mention as its walls are embellished with beautiful carvings. Dhauli Giri
The site houses the famed rock edicts of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka. The story goes that it was here that Ashoka experienced remorse for the Kalinga War and decided to give up bloodshed. He converted to Buddhism and began to rule the land with justice and peace. The edicts highlight Buddhist teachings. Even though they date to 3rd century BC, they are remarkably preserved. The Shanti Stupa is located on the opposite hill. Odisha State Museum
The museum houses an interesting collection of stone inscriptions, lithic and Bronze Age tools, sculptures, coins, manuscripts written on palm leaves, copper plates, and traditional and folk musical instruments. Nandankanan Zoo
Visit the zoo to see some rare species of animals, notably the white tiger. You can also have a picnic in the shady area. There is also a lake inside where boating is allowed.
Tip: The zoo gets pretty crowded on weekends. It is open to the public from 8 am - 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Museum of Tribal Art & Artefacts
Odisha is home to several tribes and their lives and activities find an impressive representation in this museum. On display are their tools, clothes and artworks, spread across several halls.
Tip: A guided tour of the museum is available.