A Travel Guide to Bhubaneswar

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Serving as the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar is a flourishing city that flaunts a rich cultural heritage, fascinating history, and enchanting natural beauty. Dotted with an array of magnificent ancient temples, this city offers panoramic landscapes, vibrant culture, serene atmosphere and delectable cuisine. With multiple shrines, Ashokan edicts, and inscriptions, the city's history literally is etched in stone. Bhubaneswar became the capital of Odisha (then Orissa) in 1949 after the capital moved from Cuttack. The new city was named after Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord of the three worlds', an aspect of Shiva worshipped as the main deity of Lingaraj temple. Today, you can find several tourist sites that are temples, museums, parks and more.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit the city of Bhubaneswar is from October to March. During these months, it becomes pleasant to walk around and explore the city. 

How to reach Bhubaneswar

  • By air: Bhubaneswar Airport or Biju Patnaik International Airport, about 6km from the city centre. IndiGo now operates 24 daily non-stop flights between Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Kochi.
  • By train: Bhubaneswar railway station is the central station, connecting the city with the county's significant parts through various passenger and superfast trains.
  • By bus: Bhubaneswar has a vast network of government-operated and privately-owned buses that connect the city with all other prime towns in the country. Baramunda Bus Stand is the main bus terminus serving the city.
  • Getting around Bhubaneswar: Buses by Dream Team Sahara (DTS) and OSRTC (Odisha State Road Transport Corporation), auto-rickshaws and cabs on rent are the primary modes of transportation to travel around the city.

Spoken languages in Bhubaneswar

  • Odia
  • Hindi
  • English
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Places to visit in Bhubaneswar

  • Lingaraj Temple: There are many temples to visit in Bhubaneswar, but the famous and important shrine is the Lingaraj temple. The temple includes a cluster of 50 smaller shrines around the main Shiva temple within its complex. Lingaraj Temple is also one of the largest temples in Bhubaneswar. It was constructed in 11th century AD in a Kalinga style of architecture.
  • Rajarani and Muktesvara Temples: Located near Lingaraj Temple, Rajarani and Muktesvara temples with their magnificent Torana (arched entrance), are imbued with erotic art that would make the temples of Khajuraho blush. Though more recently built, the Ram Mandir and ISKCON Temple are also worth a visit.
  • Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves: The twin hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, the site of an ancient Jain monastery carved into cave-like chambers in the hillside, have artistic stone carvings dating back to the 2nd century BC. After the Mauryan empire, the area was ruled by the Mahameghavahana dynasty, whose mighty king Kharavela etched the famous Hathigumpha inscription.
  • Nandankanan Zoological Park: Bhubaneswar's most famous attraction is Nandankanan Zoological Park, located on the city's northern outskirts. India's first zoo to join the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums can marvel at white tigers and other magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
  • Parasurameswara Temple: This temple is one of the oldest that exist in India. It was constructed between 7th and 8th century AD. The style of the temple is very attractive, built in the Nagara Style. Parasurameswara Temple is dedicated to a prominent Hindu deity Lord Shiva. Here, you can also see stone carving sculptures of different Hindu Gods. 

Places to eat in Bhubaneswar

Dalma
Dalma

Named after Dalma (Odiya lentil-vegetable curry) a traditional Odiya cuisine, the place is excellent with mutton kassa and bamboo mutton.

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Bling It On
Bling It On

One of the rare joints in Bhubaneswar to serve excellent Continental, Mexican and Italian! Try their Hungarian goulash, lasagna, chicken chowder, Starry Nachos Chicken and caramel custard.

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Zaika
Zaika

A fine-dine restaurant with plush interiors; the highlight is the complimentary crispy roomali roti to munch on while you wait for the order to arrive!

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Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna

The best vegetarian restaurant in town for the last two decades, all the dishes here, are cooked without onion or garlic. Try the dum aloo, stuffed brinjal, navratan korma and pulao, dal fry and dhaniya gobi.

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Nakli Dhaba
Nakli Dhaba

Come here and savour some of the delicious food like the black dal, methi corn, chicken dishes, complimentary chaas (a yoghurt based drink) and amazing baked gud rasgulla.

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Shopping in Bhubaneswar

  • Main Markets: The main shopping hubs are Bapuji Nagar Market, Ashok Nagar Market and Shahid Nagar Market. Ekamra Haat is a beautiful handloom and handicrafts market with food stalls as well.
  • Utkalika: This state-run government emporium in the busy marketing building, is also suitable for handicrafts, like Mayuri and Soumya Handicraft near Chausath Yogini. Besides Utkalika, Boyanika, the oldest brand name in Odisha handlooms, also have an outlet at Unit-1 Market.
  • Anwesha Tribal Arts & Crafts: For a wide range of dokra craft and tribal paintings, drop in at Anwesha Tribal Arts & Crafts at IRC Village, Nayapalli. And if you're looking for good old retail therapy, try malls like The World, MTG Mart and Mega Shop.

These are also shopping malls in Bhubaneswar for a more relaxed and casual shopping. 

  • The Pal Heights
  • BMC Keshari Mall
  • Esplanade 1
  • D.N. Regalia Mall
  • Symphony Mall
  • Galaxy Mall

Where to stay in Bhubaneswar

Swosti_Premium_Jaydev Vihar

Swosti Premium Located on Nandan Kanan Road, this is a newer hotel by the company behind the Bhubaneswar landmark Swosti Grand. They also run branches at Chilka and Gopalpur.

Mayfair_Lagoon_Jaydev_Vihar

Mayfair Lagoon Set amidst pretty gardens and a lagoon, this luxury resort, is decorated with garden sculptures, vintage cars, even a beautiful old Beech aircraft. There’s a cluster of restaurants, swimming pool, spa, gym and a jogging track that encircles the 10-acre property.

The_Presidency_Nayapalli

The Presidency A decent three-star hotel offering free Wi-Fii and airport pick up, inclusive of breakfast.

VITS_Bhubaneswar

VITS Bhubaneswar It is one of the best hotels near Bhubaneswar railway station where you can stay at an affordable price. The hotel offers value for money comfort, two dining options and a business centre.

Nightlife in Bhubaneswar 

  • Lounge Bar at Hotel Hindustan International
  • Galaxzee the restro bar at Suryansh Hotels & Resorts
  • Baron And Baroness
  • Desire at Hotel Pal Heights
  • Jalsa The Bar at Suryansh Hotels & Resorts

Reasons to visit Bhubaneshwar

  • Dhauligiri or Dhauli: Drive 8km south of Bhubaneswar to Dhauligiri or Dhauli for short to see the Japanese Peace Pagoda built in the 1970s and the complete Ashokan Edicts engraved on the rock. The site of the bloody Kalinga War (262-261 BC), where the Daya river turned red from this vantage point made Mauryan Emperor Ashoka shun violence and convert to Buddhism. This is one of the most important tourist places in Bhubaneswar. The rock-cut elephant above the Edicts is the earliest Buddhist sculpture in Odisha. Continue via the village of Pipli (famous for its appliqué work) to Puri and visit the beach and the holy Jagannath Puri Temple.

  • Chilika Lake: Along with the Sun Temple of Konark, it forms the Golden Triangle of Odisha. Just a little southwest of Puri is the saltwater lake of Chilika, India's largest coastal lagoon and the most substantial wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian subcontinent. During the annual Puri Rath Yatra in June–July, witness grand processions of the deities Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra pulled in massive chariots by thousands of devotees.

Museums and Galleries in Bhubaneswar

  • The Odisha State Museum has archaeological artefacts, weapons, local arts and crafts, and insights into the state's history. 
  • The SCST Tribal Research and Training Institute Museum has life-size models of various tribal dwellings and stunning dokra (metal casting using the lost wax process) pieces – both ceremonial and functional. 
  • The Odisha Art Gallery at Forest Park is good for art buffs. 

Other museums include - 

  • Pathani Samanta Planetarium
  • Regional Museum of Natural History
  • Regional Science Center and State Handicrafts Museum

Festivals in Bhubaneswar

  • Ashokastami Festival: The Ashokastami Festival is celebrated in April. This festival is also known as Rath Jatra or Chariot Festival. During Ashokastami Festival, the idol of Lord Lingaraj is kept on a chariot and carried from the main temple to Rameswar Temple. The idol is returned after four days.
  • Makar Sankranti: In January, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with a lot of enthusiam. At this time, Makar Mela is held. During the festival, the locals worship the Sun-god with great reverence.
  • Taratarini Mela: One of the state's biggest festivals is the Taratarini Mela, which is held in the months of March and April. On each Tuesday, from mid-March to mid-April, this festival is celebrated at Tara Tarini pitha.
  • Rajarani Festival: One of the significant music festivals of the city, the Rajarani Festival is celebrated in January, for a period of three days. The key focus of this festival is to promote the Indian classical and traditional music.
  • Megha Mela or Fair festival: January and February are also the months when the vibrant and colourful Megha Mela or Fair festival is held in the city.
  • Durga Puja: Another key festival in Bhubaneswar is Durga Puja that is held in September-October with fanfare and enthusiasm. This is a nine-day festival. Lakshmi Puja is also held in September-October. This is one of the prime festivals of Bhubaneswar that is celebrated with great reverence.
  • Mahashivratri: Mahashivratri is an essential festival celebrated between February-March. On this occasion, devotees, especially women, fast and worship Lord Shiva to seek his divine blessings.

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