(Kolkata & The East)

The capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar is scenic, lively, green and clean, with a rich cultural life. Known for its temples, the city is a major centre of attraction for tourists from far and wide. It is probably the only city that enables an authentic overview of the stages of development of Hindu temple architecture. It is the place where temple building activities of Odishan style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of one thousand years. Today Bhubaneswar is an embodiment of its dashing modernity and glorious past.

Gateway to the state of Odisha

The capital city of the state of Orissa, Bhubaneswar is most famous for its ancient temples and architecture. Also a famous pilgrimage destination of Hindu and Buddhist significance, thousands if not millions of people flock to this city every year to explore the amalgamation of cultures that it has to offer.

Cultural Experiences in Bhubaneswar
One of the three cities that come together to form of the three temple towns of Orissa, also often addressed as the Temple Triangle of the East, for those who are fascinated by architecture and temple culture, this place is a must visit.

While you are exploring the city, make it a point visit the Old Town where you will find as many as 400 temples of different shapes and sizes. The Lingaraj Temple is often referred to as the perfect fusion between a dream and reality and is often considered to be one of the finest Hindu temples in India.

While in the city, take out town to explore the Bindu Sarovara, Khandagiri and Udaygiri, Dhaulir Giri and the Mukteshwara Temple. Other attractions worth visiting are the Museum of Tribal Art & Artefacts and the Deras Dam.

Heritage Walk through the Temple Town Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Walking through the Old Town of Orissa’s Bhubaneswar takes one into a surreal world, where the temples are synonymous with peace and tranquillity and just outside; the streets are abuzz with a myriad of activity. An excellent short excursion for those interested in photography, this tour is ideal for capturing important monuments as well as daily street life.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

Dhauli Hill, Peace Pagoda and Hirapur

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Just about a 30 minute drive from Bhubaneswar, delve knee-deep into India’s rich history ranging from before the birth of Christ to well after it. The area of the Dhauli Hills is believed to be the site of the famous Kalinga War fought in 265 BC, in which thousands perished, and the river Daya turned red with blood.

History and Culture
Off the Beaten Path

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The twin hills of Udayagiri and Khandagiri contain a set of 33 rock-cut caves belonging to the Jaina faith, dating from 2nd century BC. Udayagiri (‘Giri’ means mountain or hill), or the Hill of the Rising Sun, having 18 caves is separated from Khandagiri or the Broken Hill, comprising of 15 caves by a highway. These caves, containing dwelling-retreats of the Jain monks, represent one of the earliest groups of rock-cut Jain architecture in Eastern India.

Walking Tours
History and Culture

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