Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the present state of Odisha. It is the ancient kingdom of Kalinga and The Temple City of India. The Lingaraja Temple of Shiva, constructed in the 11th century, is one of the best of its 600 temples. It is also Bhubaneswar’s largest. The Jain and Buddhist shrines provide a good picture of Bhubaneswar.
Bhubaneshwar is pleasant all year, but the months of October to April are ideal for a visit.
Climate of Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneshwar has moderate cool summers. Bhubaneshwar is hot summer due to its elevation of 45 meters above sea level.
Bhubaneswar The City of Temples
The striking features of the city are the many temples and shrines that seem to be all around you. Bhubaneswar’s some of the most spectacular artistic feats of its ancient heritage. The imposing spire of the Lingaraj Temple, the quiet beauty of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. The pink translucence of the Mahavira Jain Temple in nearby Khandagiri. It inspires feelings of wonder at their sheer beauty and their cross-cultural permutations. The temples have after all stood testimony to the area’s history, which spans 25 centuries.
Bhubaneswar has three museums. One celebrating Orissan heritage and the others. The handicrafts and the tribal research museum. The Orissa State Museum in the city has a rich collection of sculptures, stone inscriptions, and bronze age tools. Rare palm leaf manuscripts and traditional folk and musical instruments.
The Handicrafts Museum has a handsome collection of stone sculptures and silver filigree. While the temple and monuments and redolent with the culture of a hoary era. The vibrance of life throbs in the sprawling Nandan Kanan Zoological Park. Endowed with a natural lake and the rare white tigers. The migratory birds nest here during winter.
It has also the country’s largest Lion Safari Park and White Tiger safari with Ropeway and Toy Train. The park located 20 km from Bhubaneswar but it is off on Mondays. Another attraction is the Atri Hot Sulphur Spring. 42 km from Bhubaneswar, near the famous Hatakeswara Temple. It has a Bathing Complex for tourists.
Bhubaneswar tourist attraction
While the Parasurameswara and Mukteswara temples represent the major Kalinga style temple architecture. Vaital Deul built in 800 AD belongs to the Khakhara order. A subdivision of the Kalinga school used for shrines devoted to tantrism. The unique ‘deul’ of the temple is rectangular in shape at a right angle to the ‘Jagmohana’. The horseshoe shape of the chaitya arch and a plain outer surface of the roof vault characterize this temple. The more common ‘deul’ form is inserted in miniature form, on the four corners of the Vaital Deul’s porch. The temple is a proficient style of sculptural beautification.
Orissa State Museum
The Odisha State Museum began in 1932. Two historians collecting archaeological treasures from different locations. The small museum was then relocated to the College’s grounds. The Government of Odisha converted this nucleus into the Provincial Museum.
The Tribal Museum, located in Bhubaneswar’s CRP Square. The Museum established in 1953. Today, the museum is a popular tourist attraction. The way of life of a tribal in the area is on show, including their clothing, customs, ornaments, and eating habits. Replicas of tribal dwellings and artifacts are also on display at the museum.
Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves
Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves are the other major attractions in Bhubaneswar. These caves are popular for their historical significance and rock paintings. The particular interest is the Ganesh Gumpha, Pavana Gumpha, and Bagh Gumpha.
How to reach Bhubneswar
Bhubaneshwar has domestic flights to and from anywhere In India.
It is well linked by trains to the major city of India.
National Highway No. 5 connects Bhubaneshwar to Kolkata and Madras along with other major cities.