Bhubaneshwar is often dubbed as a Temple Town for it boasts of a variety of thoughtfully carved out ancient temples that reflect the beauty and grandour of old-world architecture. However, the city is simply much more than that, boasting everything from highly organized parks to state of the art museums and more. Read and explore the top things to do and see while you are in Bhubaneshwar.
The Lingaraj Temple
The 54 m-high Lingaraj temple (king of lingas, the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) is dedicated to Tribhuvaneswar (Lord of Three Worlds). Thoughtfully surrounded by dozens of smaller temples and shrines; the temple is believed to be around thousand years older. The main temple is restricted to Hindus, but there is a viewing platform; from where anyone can catch the sight. Reflective of the great Kalinga architecture; the temple offers a holistic viewing pleasure – The main gate, guarded by two moustachioed yellow lions, granite blocks, thoughtfully carved out designs – everything is a blessed food for the eyes.
Lingaraj Road, Old Town Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India
Truly paradise on earth, Nandankanan is one of the best organized zoos in the world. Spread over 400 hectares in the Chandaka forest, it receives footfall of more than 2.5 million visitors every year. The zoo houses 67 kinds of mammals, 81 species of birds and 18 varieties of reptiles, and also has a botanical garden. If you have long been craving to see white tigers, black panthers, deer, and many other animals and birds in their natural glory, this zoo is the best place.
April to September – (07.30 hrs. to 17.30 hrs.)
October to March – (08.00 hrs. to 17.00 hrs.)
Park & Garden Remains closed on Every Monday
Near Police Station, NK Rd, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India
Udayagiri and khandigiri caves
When at Bhubaneshwar, it is always a great idea to visit Udayagiri and Khandigiri. If you have been looking to find the art of ancient world, their superb talent at the best, the caves are simply the awesome. The caves have got their names from the hills they are situated. They offer information into the Kalinga empire and Jain religion.
Khandagiri, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India
Other remarkable places to visit in Bhubaneshwar
- Odisha state museum
- Pathani Samanta Planetarium
- Indira Gandhi Park
- Rajarani Temple
- Tribal Museum
- Dhauli Giri
- Regional Science Park
There are so many interesting things to do and see in Bhubaneshwar that one single article is simply not enough. The city has always been perfect holiday destination for many for tranquility and peace. Do visit the temple town at least once in your life to experience a unique, awesome world of holistic hospitality.