Visit the city of Bhubaneswar

A charming merger of the old and the new, Bhubaneshwar offers several opportunities for exploration. Here’s what you can do on your next trip there.

With its origin dating back to 3rd century BC, Bhubaneswar is a modern city with merging Hindu, Buddhist and Jain heritage. It is the largest city in Odisha and also one of the main pillars of economic and cultural significance in Eastern India. Tourists flock to this ancient yet modern city, so be sure to book your railway tickets or flights from Delhi to Bhubaneswar well in advance.

Here are some things you need to do when you visit Bhubaneswar:

  • The Temple City of India

True to its sobriquet, Bhubaneswar is said to house over 1,000 temples, mostly in the Kalinga architectural style. Some of the most famous temples are the Mukteshwara Temple, the Ananta Vasudeva Temple, the Lingaraj temple, and the Rajarani temple.

  • Ancient History

Bhubaneswar, like the rest of Odisha, is steeped in history. There are a lot of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain relics, and archaeologically important sites scattered around the city. Khandagiri and Udayagiri are finely and ornately carved caves that house an ancient Jain monastery dating back to the 2nd century BC. Located on the banks of the river Daya, Dhauli hill is presumed to be the site of the Kalinga War. Here, one can also find the major edicts of emperor Ashoka engraved on ancient rocks, considered as rare remains of Mauryan art.

The Odisha State Museum houses an impressive collection of historical artefacts like bronze coins, stone sculptures, armours, musical instruments, pre-historic metal ornaments, etc. It is a mecca for museum enthusiasts. There are 11 huge sections spread over Archaeology, Numismatics, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Armoury, Geology, Natural History, Art, Palm Leaf manuscripts and so much more.

  • Natural History

Nandankanan, which means the Gardens of Heaven, is a botanical and zoological park plus a wildlife sanctuary that spreads out over 990 acres. It is home to about 67 species of mammals, 81 species of birds, and 18 species of reptiles. Also, the Regional Museum of Natural History houses fabulous flora and fauna exhibits as well as geology of the eastern region of India. If you are taking Delhi to Bhubaneswar flights, do check out the famous sand art sculptures displayed at the Biju Pattnaik International airport in Bhubaneswar.

  • Mouth-watering cuisine

Apart from the large repertoire of local seafood specialities, Bhubaneshwar offers a lot of rice and vegetables, often simply boiled or steamed. The flavours are subtle, with a home-cooked vibe. Do try Maccha jhola, chenna gaja, rasagola, dahi-pakhal and the famous gup chup.

There is a lot to explore in this ancient part of India, from art to history, nature to traditions. The weather falls under the tropical savannah category, which means hot summers, short winters and lots of rain. Pack according to the season, and pre-book your hotels and flight. Please note that Delhi to Bhubaneswar flights are normally full.