Places to visit in Bhubaneswar

When you travel to Bhubaneswar, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Bhubaneswar, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Bhubaneswar to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Bhubaneswar things to do can include exploring Bhubaneswar attractions and visiting the places of interest.

Considered the birdwatcher’s haven, the lake is around 100 kilometres from the city of Bhubaneshwar and must be visited during the migration season. While here, also visit the fishing village of Mangalajodi.  

The zoo and the botanical garden at Nandankanan, around 20 km from the city, is the most sought after destination by kids. The dense forest area is home to various endangered species and white tigers. 

Lingaraj Temple is the oldest and the largest temple in the city. The temple, dedicated to Lord Harihara, a form of Lord Shiva is a major tourist attraction of Odisha.   The temple depicts the Deula style and represents the Kalinga architecture. The temple is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the Temple Trust Board. Around 6000 people visit the temple every day. The number of visitors increases during festivals.  

Muktesvara temple is a striking attraction in Bhubaneshwar. It is famous for its structure based on Kalinga model of architecture. It is popular as 'Gem of temple architecture'.

The Parasurameswara Temple dates back to 650 A.D. and is the oldest existing temple in Bhubaneswar. The temple is decorated with stone sculptures of various Hindu Gods such as Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Muruga and Vishnu and other mythological deities. The walls also feature floral designs and animals. The images on the temple walls speak about the legends. The attraction of the temple is the ‘one thousand Lingas' placed in the corner of the temple. 

 

The Vishwa Santi Stupa or the Peace Pagoda at the top of the Dhauli hill  stands in the form of a massive dome crowned with lotus petals.  The  five important aspects of Buddhism are represented by the five chhatris (umbrellas) placed on the top of the structure. Dhauli Hills is located across Daya river. This is the place where the Kalinga war was supposed to have been fought.  The war brought a change in the emperor Ashoka who embraced Buddhism.  You can see a number of stupas, pillars and chaityas here.  

The finer archaeological remains and treasures are displayed in various galleries in this museum.  It has a great collection of archaeological finds, some Buddhist sculptures and Jain sculptures as well. Copper plates, coins and donatives inscriptions from the medieval and from the times of Kalinga can be found here too. You can also find folk and traditional musical instruments, heavy jewelry, ancient weapons, tools and some photographs.  The rare palm leaf manuscripts and a collection of antique paintings mark the highlight of the museum.   

Museum Of Man is where you can find a huge collection of tribal culture and art. There are interesting display of tribal dress, weapons, jewelry, musical instruments and several pictures

The models and photography displayed in this museum create awareness about conservation of natural heritage and our rich biodiversity. The exhibits on science and technology are popular among school students. 

This is one of the biggest parks in the city. It is the most sought after place by the young and the old alike.

This is an amusement park packed with water rides and games for people of all ages.  An artificial lake runs through the centre of the park encircling vast green lawns.  The wide variety of flowers and the musical fountain are the added attractions of the park. 

Indira Gandhi Park stands at the site where Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi had delivered her last public speech. There is a statue of Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi in the park. The statue was designed and sculptured by Russian sculptors.  

This is a Government Regional Plant Resource Centre in Nayapalli. There is a large rose garden, a lake and a cactus garden here.

Known to be the abode of Hindu Lord Jagannath, Puri is around 2 hours from Bhubaneswar. Apart from viewing the temples and the simplistic architecture of the monument, relax in the Golden Beach as the day ends.

Famous for the world-renowned Sun Temple, the town in the district of Puri is around 65 kilometers from Bhubaneswar. The temple is known for its unique architecture that best showcases the Odishan temple architecture.

One of the main trading centers of the state, one can visit it to view the gigantic statue of Hindu Lord Hanuman.

Known to the silk city of the state, it is around 180 kilometers from Bhubaneswar and is the best place to buy silk saris for your loved ones.

Considered the birdwatcher’s haven, the lake is around 100 kilometres from the city of Bhubaneshwar and must be visited during the migration season. While here, also visit the fishing village of Mangalajodi.  

Approximately 120 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, the park is known for housing saltwater crocodile variety.

Visit Utkalika, located near Sahid Nagar, to buy exotic Odisha handicrafts and artifacts. A wide range of appliqué works, palm leaf and stone engravings, tribal jewelries, tribal masks and paper mache toys can be bought from here. The other popular emporiums are Chakadola Handicrafts Co Op Society Ltd, Orissa Handicrafts Corpn Ltd and U P State Handlooms Corporation here.

There are a number of good restaurants in the city. Golden Bird is famous for excellent food and ambience. Mayfair Lagoon is the right place for authentic Odisha food. Some of the other good restaurants include the Khana Khazana, Tangerine 9, Mainland China, Maurya Gardens, and Deep Down South.

Machha jholo is the common food that includes rice and a fish curry. Deserts made out of milk include Rasabali, Rasagola, Chhena Poda and Chhena Gaja.  You can enjoy a wide range of seafood preparations made of lobsters and crabs. The famous street foods are Cuttack-chaat, Gupchup, Aloo dum, Bara-ghuguni and Dahi bara.  Kora-khhaii is a famous sweet made up of paddy, jaggery and coconut pieces. Pitha, is a special dish prepared in winter.

This is one of Bhubaneshwar’s renowned mega-pubs that are sure to render a classy feel to those who love to enjoy nightlife. 

At Bhubaneswar you will find innumerable shopping destinations and marketplaces from where you can buy local craft items, beautiful souvenirs and curios.  This is the place where you can buy the famous ‘ikat’ silk. The sculptures of Gods and Goddesses highlight the rich artistic heritage of the city and the state.  

Orissa Art and Craft located near Panth Nivas is an ideal place to buy metallic items and silver filigree products known as Tarakashi. The eye-catching appliqué works are usually the hot favorites among the tourists.

Konark Wood Products in Acharya Vihar is the place where you will find wooden products such as sculptures, Gods and Goddesses idols, wood work of animals such as horses, elephants and peacocks, and carved boxes. 

Make a trip to the Ekamra Haat located in the heart of the Bhubaneswar city to pick up authentic Orissa handicrafts like Sambalpuri Sari, Patta Chitra, metal work, and many more. 

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