Bhubaneswar at a glance
Bhubaneswar- the temple city of India once known for its architecture and grand temples is presently a thriving centre for commerce and business. This city in Orissa is flocked by many tourists throughout the year- to witness the grand temples and festivals. One could plan a trip to this place over a weekend to experience the religious fervour and other beautiful spots.
Things to do in Bhubaneswar
The Bindu Sarovar or Bindu Sagar is a water tank which is believed to be sacred by Hindus. This tank is surrounded by a number of temples and lies in the vicinity of the Lingaraj Temple. This place is said to have water from every holy water body in India.
The Brahmeshwara Temple is yet another relic of the brilliance of Oriyan style of architecture. Built in the 11th century, this temple is surrounded by four smaller shrines. Made using iron beams, the temple has been adorned with figures of the musicians and dancers, the lion-head motif, as well as amusing and erotic figures. Four shrines of this 11th century temple are located at each corner. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the main shrine has been inspired by the Tantric cult
Located at a distance of 15 kms from the Sambalpur district and around 305 kms from Bhubaneshwar, is a small town of Hirakud, which houses a major dam established during the year 1956. This dam has been a source of tourism in this region since many years. This dam is the longest in Asia, generating a huge amount of electricity from river Mahanadi. This place is also quite famous for bird watching.
Built during the 7th century, the Lingaraj Temple is a beautiful ancient architecture. A majestic monument, this temple was constructed with Oriyan style of architecture which gives it unique appeal.
Mukteswara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a 10th century temple and presents a quintessential example of the longevity of the Kalinga style of architecture. The small temple is decorated with carvings that stand testimony to the architectural cognizance of Vishwakarma Moharana sculptors. Regarded as a gem of Nagara architecture, ‘Orissan style’, the temple has been carved out of red sandstone.
Orissa State Museum
The Orissa State museum has an exclusive collection of some unique and ancient art and craft objects. Established in 1984, this museum is well known for its collection of palm leaved manuscripts of ancient India. At the museum, tourists can also get an insight into rare epigraph records stored in Epigraphy Gallery, handicraft, small paintings, collection of patta paintings, brass-ware, stone sculptures and delicate decoration
Constructed in 650 A.D. this temple is a unique specimen of Oriyan style of architecture. The most special feature of this temple is the presence of one thousand lingas in the north-west corner of the complex.
Raja Rani Temple
Built in the 11th century out of golden sandstone, this temple is unique in its nature. No prayers are offered here as the main deity of the temple has been missing since a long time. Fine sculptures of dikpalas or guardians of the eight directions carved around the shrine are prominent highlights of the temple.
Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary
Tikarpada is a small town nestled on the banks of River Mahanadi, situated at a distance of 160 kms from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar. Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary of Orissa also offers the visitors a chance to view crocodiles, snakes and freshwater turtles. If you are an avid bird watcher, this sanctuary would enthrall you a lot. With a wide variety of indigenous as well as migratory birds, bird watching is a popular activity that you may indulge in on your tour to Tikarpada Wildlife Sanctuary.
What to Eat in Bhubaneswar : Local Food and Cuisine
Tourists coming to Bhubaneswar must try authentic Oriya cuisine. While the city’s platter has a wide variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, the favorites here, revolve around mouth-watering desserts and seafood. The local specialties that one must relish are Machha Jholo (a fish curcurry), Gupchup, Cuttack Chaat, Aloo Dum, Dahi Pakhal, Badi Choora, Dalma, Santula and more. The sweets that one should not miss are Pithas, Kora-Khhaii, Rasabali, Chenna Gaja, Chenna Poda and Rasagola . One might also want to try the Abadha or the vegetarian food served in temples.