the capital of 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
Some of the important temples of Bhubaneswar are: the temples
of Laxmaneswar, Satrughaneswar and Bharateswar (c. 6th century
A.D.), Parsurameswar and Swarnajaleswar (c. 7th century A.D.),
Vaital (c. 8th century A.D.), Mukteswar (c. 10th century A.D.),
Brahmeswar, Rajarani and Lingaraj (c. 11th century A.D.) and Ananta
Vasudeva (c. 13th century A.D.). Orissa state Museum, Tribal Museum
& Handicrafts House.The other attractions of the city include
Orissa State Museum, Tribal Research Museum on CRP Square and
Kalanagar at Gandanumda ; Ekamra Kanan housing the biggest Rose
Garden of Asia ; Pathani Samanta Planetarium and BDA Nicco Park.
Approach: 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.
Best time to visit: Bhubaneswar can be visited round the
year, but the ideal time, especially for visitors from colder
climes, would be from October to March.