Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha (Orissa), is also popularly known as the “Temple City of India”. Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or ‘Lord Lingaraj‘, Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Orissan style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of over one thousand years.
The new Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings and extensive infrastructure perfectly complements its historic surroundings. With facilities to cater to every type of visitor, Bhubaneswar makes an ideal tourist destination.
Bhubaneswar is well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India. The modern Biju Patnaik airport is being extended to receive wide bodied aircraft, and one may well see international charters landing here soon.
Bhubaneswar can be visited round the year, but the ideal time, especially for visitors from colder climes, would be from October to March.
With numerous hotels as well as the Odisha (Orissa) Tourism Development Corporation’s Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar is well equipped to accommodate every type of visitor.
Silver filigree, Stone and Wood carving, Patta paintings, Tie and Dye textiles, bamboo basketry, b rass and bell metal work, horn work, and many other famous handicrafts of Odisha (Orissa) can be selected as souvenirs from the local markets. Purchases can be made from Utkalika (run by the Department of Handicrafts) or at the many privately run shops.
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