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Temple City of the East 

Bhubaneswar, the 'Cathedral City' was once the capital of an ancient kingdom. Today this bustling centre for commerce and religious activity is Orissa's modern capital. Having merged its intriguing past so uniquely with its modern aspirations, it forms an integral link in the Golden Triangle that incorporates the holy city of Puri and Konark, for the tourists that flock to pay their homage to the religious, cultural and natural wonders that abound here.

The striking features of the city are the numerous temples and shrines that seem to be all around you. Bhubaneswar's skyline is dominated by some of the most spectacular engineering and artistic feats of its ancient heritage. The imposing spire of the Lingaraj Temple, the quiet beauty of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa and the pink translucence of the Mahavira Jain Temple in nearby Khandagiri, inspire feelings of wonder at their sheer beauty and their cross-- cultural permutations. These three alone offer an excellent insight into the ancient cultural strength of Orissa and are well-worth exploring at greater length. At least four of Bhubaneswar's temples must he on the tourist's agenda, to get a feel of the dynamic artistry and development of their indigenous perfection.

The temples have after all stood testimony to the area's history, which spans 25 centuries. The Lingaraj, the Parsurameswar, the Mukteswar and the Rajarani temples are unique in themselves, not only in their architectural beauty but also in the wonderful sculptures which enhance their presence. An interesting variation figures in the Vital and Brahmeswar temples. Though the Lingaraj is closed to non-Hindus, it can be viewed from the viewing platform constructed alongside.

The State Museum of Bhubaneswar offers an excellent selection of archaeological artifacts, weapons and local arts and crafts and insights into Orissa's natural and tribal history. The museum has world's largest collection of palm -leaf paintings. The Tribal Research Institute Museum with its authentic tribal dwellings, created by the tribal craftsmen is a great place to get a bird's eye view of the State's tribal heritage. The Regional Plant Resource Centre (RPRC) has about 500 acres of plantations, tissue culture and experimental laboratory and a huge lake where migratory birds make their home. The two unique features of RPRC are its status for housing the largest rose garden in the country (an area of 20 acres) and having the largest collection of cacti (550) in Asia. Bhubaneswar is a shopper's delight. Saris woven by the master weavers in silk and cotton are available in the private shops and government emporia. You can also pick up all kinds of artifacts and jewellery produced in different parts of the State. The Handloom Weavers Co-operative is worth a visit. Bhubaneswar has excellent air and rail linkages with most major cities in the country.

Places to visit

Khandagiri & Udayagiri (Jain Heritage)

The twin hills of Khandagiri & Udayagiri, 8 km from Bhubaneswar, served as the site of an ancient Jain monastery which was carved into cave like chambers in the face of the hill. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, some of the caves have beautiful carvings. The Rani Gumpha ( Queen's Cave), one of the largest and double- storied is ornately embellished with beautiful carvings. In the Hati Gumpha (Elephant Cave), King Kharavela has carved out the chronicles of his reign.


The Atri hot sulphur spring is believed to have medicinal properties and has become a popular outing spot for vacationers. The drive from Bhuhaneswar (42 km) alone is worth the trip. The countryside is gorgeous. Atri is also famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Hatakeswar.


Just 8 km away from Bhubaneswar looking down on the plains that bore witness to the gruesome war waged on Kalinga by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka, stand the rock edicts of Dhauli. It was here that King Ashoka; full of remorse renounced his bloodthirsty campaign and turned to Buddhism. The edicts are a living testimony to the King's change of heart. He urges his administrators to rule the land with justice and compassion. The edicts are so remarkable that they have been excellently preserved, despite the fact that they date back to the 3rd century BC. A sculpted elephant, the universal symbol of Lord Buddha, tops the rock edicts. The Shanti Stupa or the peace pagoda, built through the Indo-Japanese collaboration, is located on the opposite hill.


The Yogini shrine at Hirapur (dated 9th century) is important for its architectural variation from the main Orissan architectural genre. The temple is open to the sky (hypaethral). There are only four temples of this kind in India and two of them are in Orissa (the other one is at Ranipur- Jharial). Yogini Goddesses were worshipped in the hope of acquiring supernatural powers. It is 15 km from Bhubaneswar.

Wildlife Sanctuary 

The Garden of Gods : Nandankanan -

A short distance from the capital city, Bhubaneswar, the Nandankanan zoo lies in the splendid environs of the CHANDAKA forest , along the ripling water of the KANJIA LAKE.It also contains a botanical garden and part of it is has been declared a santuary.

It's famous for it's white tiger population .Nandankanan or the garden of Gods,has bocom a hot family favorite,with visitors getting an excellent oppertunity to enjoy seeing these regal animals in thire natural glory-in an environment conducive to thire growth.

Endangered species such as the Asiatic lion , three Indian crocodilians , Sangal liontailed macaque,Nilgiri langur, Indian pangolin, mouse deer and countless birds, reptiles and fish have been breeding  successfully  at Nandankanan some of the other attractions of nandankanan are the 34aquaria which are home to a large veriety of fresh water fishes . The  Reptile park's cave like entrance is guarded by a lifesize tyrannosaurus inside numerous species of crocodiles, lizards,turtles and snakes share the park with natural ease.
67 Kinds of Mammals, 18 Varieties of Reptiles, 81 Species of Birds coexist in the deeply forest boundary. The zoo enjoys an excellent reputaion ,internationally,for successfully breeding black panthers , gharial crocodiles and white tigers in capitivity.


For the first time ever , a captive breeding centre was created for Gharial crocodilies . This important task was also facilitated by the gift of an adult male from the FRANKFURT ZOO.

White Tiger 
One of the rarest creature in the World , the regal white tiger ,received the new lease of life with the important reaserch and concereted efforts initiated to try and breed them in the natural invirons of Nandankanan . In 1980 on a day full of exitement and jubilation, the first litter of White tigers were born to Deepak and Ganga , to twany tiger . Subsiquent litters of white tigers have been distributad to zoos both at home and abroad.Currently, Nandankanan is home to over 34 white tigers.


The White Tiger Safari , established in 1991,offers visitors  the heady exitement of viewing the rare white tigers from specially designed protected bushes.

The lion safari offers an adventurous zing to the trip to Nandankanan.


Nandankanan's beatifully versatile environs offer the tourists a great opertunity to be advanturous or laid back......If you donot feel like tearing aroud sighting animals and watching the birds,you can settle down to a leisurly picnic and mid-afternoon nap under the trees .If you feel a little more energetic you can meander along one of their nature trail.


Boating in Kanjia lake on paddle or row boats in the clear blue waters is an exhilarating experience.

Unique is the 50 hectars of beautiful water lake spread area named kangia which attracts large numbers of resident and migratory birds like whistling teal, cotton teal, darter, purple moorhen, herons, jacana etc.Boating in lake in the clear blue waters is an exhilarating experience.

The Lion Safari, first of its kind in the world spalws over forested land of 20 hectares with a 3km. motorable road.That's make a visit to the park more interesting.

Glittering fresh Water Fishes in 36 aquarium boxes have added charm to the park.

The 620 metres long aerial rope -way transports the visitors across the lake to see botanical garden having many rare and endangered species of flora from different parts of the world.A first of its kind in any  indian zoo.

Disabled and elderly person who cannot move through the large park on foot ,find it very interesting to use this pollution and noise free transport system which goes round the park.

The White Tiger Safari spreads over an area of 12 hectares with motorable roads inside .The visitors move inside the park in protected vehicles of authority.It takes you straight into the prides of lions and right in front of the majestic tigers.



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