Bhubaneswar | Puri
Air : Indian Airlines connects Bhubaneswar by anir with flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai. Other airlines like jetlite, indigo, Air Deccan and Kingfisher have flights from different metropolis of the country to Bhubaneswar.
Rail : The Bhubaneswar is the headquarters of East Coast Railway being stationed in the City, Bhubaneswar has an excellent network of rail connections. Many fast and super fast trains run between Bhubaneswar and other major cities and towns of the country like Kolkata, Guwahati, Delhi, Chennai, Hydrabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, Triruvananthapuram, Ahmedabad, Haridwar, etc.
Road : Bhubaneswar being the Capital of the state Orissa. Through NH 5 is connected to the different locations of country. It is connected by all – weather moterable roads within the state and other neighboring states of the country.
About Bhubaneswar :
Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is the rare place where tradition matches its steps with modernity, where culture and technology flourish together, where the glorious past is preserved and an illustrious future is in the making. Evolving as one of the hottest tourist destination, the city has many surprises gift-wrapped for everyone.
Bhubaneswar has a great historical significance as it was the scene of some the major turning points in history. The Great Kalinga War which led to the miraculous transformation of Emperor Ashoka was fought along the bank of river Daya on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar in 261 BC. Now there stands a Peace Pogoda with Ashokan rock-edicts. The city also has the oldest rock-cut caves in Khandagiri and Udayagiri.
Bhubaneswar inherits rich culture and traditional heritage, a rich cultural and traditional heritage. Being the kingdom of various great rulers of the past like Kharavela, it served as the ground for their zealous activities among which temple building deserves a special mention teeming whit temple reflecting the evolution of kalinga architecture from inception to maturity, Bhubaneswar has earned the title of Temple City of India. Parsurameswar (10 c. AD), Vital (8th c AD), Mukteswar (10th c. AD), Rajarani (11th c.AD), Brahmeswar and Lingaraj (11th c.AD) are a few of the temples which stand as examples of the architectural excellence of Oriya sculptors.
While the traditional heritage has been well preserved, the city has exbraced the technological advancement with equal fervour. Amusement Parks, Star hotels, Discothèques and IT Parks in the city provide ample opportunities to chill out and enjoy life. Besides, Nandankanan the open-air-zoological park, Ekamra Haat - the handicrafts and textiles market, State Museum, The Tribal Mesuam and Regional Measeum of Natural History, Market Build, Big Bazar, Pantaloon, the World-shopper’s destinations, Ekamra Kanan Regional Plance Resources Center etc are the other avenues which cater to the specific interests and tastes of various cross-section of tourists.
1. Khandagiri & Udayagiri
3. Mukteswar Temple
4. Lingaraj Temple
5. Rajarani Temple
6. Brahmeswar Temple
7. Ekamra Haat
8. BDA Nicco Park
9. Regional Science Center
10. Pathani Samanta Planetarium
Next to the City Locations
5. Jayadev Kenduvilwa.
Description of Locations :
Khandagiri & Udayagiri : Famous inscriptions of Emperor Kharavela in Hatigumpha and wonderful sculptures on the walls of Ranigumpha at Udayagiri and the huge statue of Mahavir on the Khandagir hills are worth seeing. All these remind of the Golden Period of Orissa under some of the greatest rulers of history.
Dhauligiri : Located along the bank of river Daya, the Dhauli hill marks the site of the famous historical events. The Kalinga War, which had caused immense bloodshed but subsequently led to the transformation of Emperor Ashoka from Chandashoka , Ashoka – the terrible to Dharmashoka, Ashoka – the Dharmashoka, Ashoka – the compassionate. The earliest rock-cut Indian sculpture in the shape of a magnificent elephant hewn out from a solid rock atop the Ashokan rock-edict of Dhauli & the Peace of Pogada built by the Japanese monks are among the major attractions.
Mukteswar Temple : Build wayback in the 10th century AD, the 34 feet high temple with an elegant arch at the entrance is considered as the gem of Orissan Architecture. The outer walls are full of sculptures, some depicting interesting stories from the famous folk tales of Panchatantra.
Lingaraj Temple : A magnificent 11th century shrine of Lord Shiva. The temple with a height of about 54 meters stands majestically amidst a number of small temples within a huge compound.
Ragarani Temple : Build in 11th Century AD, the Rajarani Temple without any presiding deity and its exquisite carvings is considered as an unparalled example in the history of plastic art in Orissa.
Brahmeswar Temple : A complex of temples with graceful sculptures on its walls reflecting the skills of Oriya Sculptors, it is a miniature of Lingaraj Temple. Unlike Lingaraj Temple, it is open for all including foreigners.
Ekamra Haat : Located in the heart of the city Ekamra Haat is the perfect place where one can find the Orissan Handicrafts & Textiles. A wide range of items like terracotta, patta painting, horn toys, dhokra, stone sculpture etc. are sold directly by the artisans here.
Pathani Samta Planetarium : Offers regular shows about outer space to create awareness in the field of astronomy, astrophysics and space science.
BDA Nicco Park : Amusement Park for Children and Adults.
Regional Science Center : Science Park where games teach science.
Regional Plant Research Center : Magnificent cacti collection.
Nandan Kanan (The Zoo) : Its 20 Km away from the city. An open-air-zoological park with a variety of wildlife including the majestic white tigers. The park offers lion Safari, while tiger Safari, & a large numbers of different kinds of birds & Animal are available in the zoo. The rope way enable you, to entertain yourself on the air to the zoo and boating is also available. Adjacent to it is the Botanical Garden with a huge collection of medicinal, decorative and other varieties of plant.
Haripur : It’s 13 Km away from the city. A hypaetheral temple of sixty four Yoginis.
Pipili : It’s 20km Away from the city. Here you can shop for your home or office a wonderful design of Home of Appliqué works.
Atri : It’s 42 Km away from the city. Atri is a hot spring and Bathing complex.
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