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Bhubaneshwar Tours

Known as the Temple City of India, Bhubaneshwar is the capital city of Orissa. It is the seat of Lord Lingaraj or Tribhubaneshwar. It is an important pilgrimage center of Hindus, housing hundreds of temples within its sacred environs. Bhubaneshwar tours include visits to various majestic temples like Lingaraj Temple, Vaital Deul Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, along with nature trails like Bindusagar Lake and Dhauli Hill.

Bhubaneshwar is easily accessible by rail, road or air. Numerous trains and flights operate to and from Bhubaneshwar. Airport and railway station is not very far from the main city. Road network is also good and help tourists in reaching the city easily. Traveling within the city is also not hectic as local transportation is very convenient by bus, taxis, cycle rickshaws and autos Bhubaneshwar can be ideally visited for tourism purpose during October to March.

The itinerary of Bhubaneshwar tours must include a trip to the famous temples located here. Temples in Bhubaneshwar are adorned with rich architecture. Mukteshwar Temple is considered as one of the architectural gems of Bhubaneshwar. The majestic temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is one of the spectacular temples of Bhubaneshwar. It is constructed in a style similar to that of the Kalinga School of temple architecture. There is a large holy well on the eastern side of the temple. The temple reflects a perfect combination of ancient and modern aesthetic sensibilities.

Lingaraj Temple is also a well known temple of Bhubaneshwar. The beautiful sculptures carved on spire have been used to decorate the temple. The huge statue of Lord Shiva is enshrined in the temple. Rajarani Temple is one of the popular temples in Bhubaneshwar. It is wonderfully constructed from red and gold sandstone, which is locally called as Rajarani. Hence the temple is named so. Vaital Deul Temple is another interesting temple. It is dedicated to an avatar of Goddess Durga. Other than temples, Bhubaneshwar tours can include lakes, caves and museums. The Bindusagar Lake lies on the north of the Lingaraja Temple. Lake has gained popularity as a picnic spot in Bhubaneshwar. Dhauli Hill is a Buddhist pilgrim destination, situated at a distance of around eight km from Bhubaneshwar. Lalitagiri is another popular Budhhist pilgrim destination, which is approximately 90 km from Bhubaneshwar. Its ancient sculptures and stupas have gained importance from the tourist point of view.

The famous twin cities near Bhubaneshwar are Udaygiri and Khandagiri, which mean the hill of sunrise and the broken hill respectively. These ancient cities are well known for the caves of ancient times, which embody the influence of Buddhism and Jainism in ancient Orissa. The stupendous carvings form the main attraction of these caves. So while on Bhubaneshwar tours, the tourist cannot afford to miss these attractions.

Nandankanan National Park of Orissa is located about 20 km from Bhubaneshwar. This tourist attraction must be included in the Bhubaneshwar tours. It serves as an excellent example of amalgamation of zoological park and botanical garden. Along with the national park, museums can also serve as important stopovers in the Bhubaneshwar tours. The famous Orissa State Museum is located in Bhubaneshwar. It reminds you of the rich history and culture of the state. Various paintings, sculptures, ancient coins, old metal tools and musical instruments form the prized collection of the museum.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/14