The beautiful yet relatively lesser explored Eastern Indian city, Bhubaneswar is home to several terrific tourist attractions. Be it cultural gems, historical sites and lovely temples, the city has a lot to offer. Read on to know about top attractions of the city:
The largest temple complex in the city surrounded by dozens of smaller temples and shrines, Lingaraj Temple was built in 7th century by the King Jajati Keshari. While the marvellous Orissa-style architecture of the temple is a sight to behold, the water of an underground river originating from the temple is believed to heal physical and spiritual maladies. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it draws huge crowds of pilgrims as well as history and architecture lovers all throughout the year.
A unique and fascinating sanctuary established in 1960, Nandankanan Zoo is spread over 400 hectares and is set inside the Chandaka forest. Situated on the banks of Kanjia Lake, it is where you can spot over 80 species of birds, 67 kinds of mammals and 18 varieties of reptiles. It is the first zoo of the world that has successfully bred White and Melanistic Tigers and was the first zoo in India that joined the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. You can also spot black panthers and gharial crocodiles here.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
An archaeological masterpiece of India, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are located six kilometres to the west of the city and reflect the rich history of the Kalinga Empire and Jainism. Partly natural and partly artificial, the caves are situated on two hills – Udayagiri and Khandagiri – and are renowned for their historical, archaeological and religious importance. Built during 2nd century BCE, these ornately carved caves are a treat for eyes; and most of them are believed to be carved out as residential blocks for Jain monks.
Odisha State Museum
Showcasing the vibrant culture of the city, Odisha State Museum was established in 1948 and is a treasure trove of interesting artefacts. It is where you can discover the wonderful history of Odisha and the dynasties which ruled it for centuries. From Bronze Age tools, musical instruments and palm-leaf manuscripts to scroll paintings, Buddhist and Jain sculptures, and folk musical instruments, the museum has it all to impress the history enthusiasts. This four-storey museum also has a library where you can explore a vast collection of books on art and culture.
Indira Gandhi Park
One of the city’s most famous parks, Indira Gandhi Park, also known as IG Park, is a beautiful and serene spot in Bhubaneshwar. The place where the late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi delivered her last speech, the park has a huge historical significance in the political history of India. Beautified with musical fountains, rose and marigold gardens and mango trees, it promises a relaxing day-out with your family and friends.