Bhubaneswar City Guide – Bhubaneswar Travel Attractions
Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Orissa, India. It is a staunch center of Hinduism with more than 500 temples within the city limits. The Hathigumpha inscriptions reveal the age of the city as 2000 years old. However, the German architect Otto Königsberger designed the modern city of Bhubaneswar in 1946. Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are often described as the “twin cities” of Orissa. In Bhubaneswar, the average temperature varies between 15 °C to 45 °C. This large variation in temperature is mainly due to extensive development and the loss of forest cover in Northern India. Tourist Attractions of Bhubaneswar include the Lingaraj Temple, Rajarani Temple, Khandagiri and Udaigiri Caves, Orissa State Museum, Handicrafts Museum, Mukteswar, Siddheswar and Kedargauri Temples. Bhubaneswar has an extensive infrastructure that perfectly complements its historic surroundings.
The Lingaraj TempleThis is an ancient temple probably constructed in the tenth century. It is one of the greatest achievements of the architecture of medieval period of Orissa. While Lingaraja is the main deity of this temple the temple premises also houses an outstanding place of worship dedicated to Parvathi. The 55 meter spire of the temple covered with marvelous carvings dominates the landscape. As a rule, devotees wishing to go to Jagannath temple of Puri should first worship the Lingaraja of Bhubaneswar. The grand festival of Shivartri is celebrated during the month of February. The temple is open only to Hindus.
The Rajarani Temple
Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves
Museums of Bhubaneswar
Accommodation and Transport
Orissa Tourism Development Corporation’s Panthanivas is well equipped to accommodate every type of visitor. For star comforts, one can choose any of the following hotels: Hotel Richi, New Station Square, Park View Guest House, Imperial Guesthouse, Oberoi Hotel, Hotel Prachi, and Hotel Kalinga Ashok.
Bhubaneswar is well connected by air, rail, and road ways to all the major cities of India. The Biju Patnaik airport is being modernized to receive all kinds of aircrafts. At present, it has frequent flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Raipur, Ranchi, and Hyderabad. As Bhubaneswar is on the main Calcutta-Chennai train line, there are frequent trains that connect cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, etc. making it easily accessible to tourists form all parts of the country. OSRTC is the government transport corporation that provides passenger transport in Orissa. It also operates interstate buses to neighboring states. Apart from this a number of tourist operators ply deluxe buses to exotic locations.