Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is known for its numerous temples and historical monuments. The city is home to some of the most important temples in India, including the Lingaraja Temple, the Rajarani Temple, and the Mukteshwar Temple. Bhubaneswar is also home to many museums and art galleries, making it a great destination for history and culture lovers. If you're looking for a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, Bhubaneswar is home to many parks and gardens, including the Biju Patnaik Park and the Nandan Kanan Zoo. Places of tourist interest in Bhubaneswar
Lingaraj Temple is one of the oldest and largest Hindu temples. Temple is dedicated to Harihara, a combined form of Vishnu and Shiva, Lingaraja Temple was built in 11th century CE by King JajatiKeshari of Somavanshi dynasty.
This temple is counted among one of the oldest existing temples in India. Parasurameswar temple was constructed between the 7th and 8th century AD. The temple is built in the Nagara style and is dedicataed to Lord Shiva. The temple is exemplary of the stone craving mastery of the artisians and is decorated with the most intricate carved sculptures.
This temple was built in the 10th century and is considered to be the gem of Odisha architecture. The famous arched gateway of the temple makes it unique amongst the other major temples in Odisha. BinduSagar One of the most auspicious lakes in Odisha, BinduSarovara is located close to the temple of Lingaraj. Also known as BinduSagar, this hallowed attraction is a must see site for the devotees paying visit to the Lingaraj Temple.
This temple dating from 11th century, is famous for its sculpted figures and the successive tiers of projections rising to form its 18 meter high tower. Spire, reminiscent of the temples of Khajuraho, along with a square sanctuary and its interior and exterior surfaces are the chief features of the temple. Fine sculptures of dikpalas or guardians of the eight directions carved around the shrine are prominent highlights of the temple.
Also known as Peace Pagoda, is a Buddhist structure built jointly in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh. Situated on the opposite hill of DhauliGiri, it was built through the Indo-Japanese collaboration. Stupa is domed on top with mushroom-like structures and adorned with ‘speaking’ stone panels. Reclining Buddha, an elephant procession, the bodhi tree and footprints of Buddha bearing the Chakra(wheel) adorn the main stone panels. The panels also comprise a sleeping beauty fanned by female attendants, procession on horseback and Emperor Ashoka renouncing war by offering his sword to Lord Buddha at DhauliGiri.
The Odisha State Museum is a treasure trove of archaeological findings which include Buddhist and Jain sculptures, coins and inscriptions from ancient Kalinga Jewelery, Folk musical instruments, Weapons and Tools.
Museum of Tribal Art and Artefacts is home to displays to everything connected with the life of Odisha's tribal people. Exhibition rooms of the museum are adorned with primitive murals and house traditional Costumes, Jewelery and Household Appliances. In the museum are also housed hunting equipment such as Bows and Arrows, Axes and Traps for birds and fish, which indicate the life-style of the tribal people of Odisha.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves are a glorious element of Odisha Tourism. Around 6km east of Bhubaneswar, the twin caves rise abruptly from the coastal plain. Partly natural and partly artificial, these caves are comprised of small blocks which were once used by the mendicants for meditation. While Udayagiri has 18 caves, the Khandagiri has 15. The most significant of these caves group is Ranigumpha in Udayagiri part of the cave and is a double-storeyed monastery. There are certain blocks in these caves where one can see Brahmi inscriptions.
64 Yoginis Temple is a must see must explore tourist attractions in Bhubaneswar. Situated at Hirapur, this temple was built in 9-10th century AD and is dedicated to Yoginis, the attendant of the great Goddess. The temple gets immense importance among the followers of Tantra as it is one of the only four Yogini temples in the country dedicated to the esoteric cult of tantra. The temple wall is engraved with the images of 64 Yoginis along with the image of Mahamaya, the presiding deity.
Nandankanan or ‘The Garden of Heavens’ lies in the vicinity of the Kanjia Lake and Chandaka forest. It is home to 120 different species of animals including mammals, reptiles and birds. It is extremely popular for its white tigers. The zoo houses aquaria, a reptile park and orchid house.