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SAMBALPUR

AN ancient centre of diamond trade, Sambalpur is famous for its tie and dye textiles; folk dance and music; and also for the Hirakud Dam, one of the longest mainstream dams in the world.

Ushakothi Wildlife Sanctuary : This 130 sq. km forest has wild elephants, leopards, bisons, black panthers and many more species of animals and birds. There are watch-towers for visitors for viewing the animals. The sanctuary is 48 km east of Sambalpur on N. H. No. 6.

Huma’s Leaning Temple is 32 km from Sambalpur. It is a Shiva temple on the bank of Mahanadi.

Nrusimhanath : Famous for its 15th century temple, Nrusimhanath is 164 km from Sambalpur via Bargarh. The place is also known for its waterfalls. There is a Panthasala ( Tel. No . 72436) for accommodation.

Pradhanpat : The Pradhanpat hill with its pictursque waterfall offer a rare scenic beauty. These falls are close to Deogarh, a district headquarters town- 96 km from Sambalpur.

How to get there : Sambalpur has direct train links and bus services.

Where to Stay : OTDC’s Panthanivas, Tel : 21482. Tariff : Rs. 200 to Rs. 500/- for AC and Non-AC double-bed rooms. Other Hotels (Telephone numbers in brackets ): Ashoka Hotel (21010), Chandramani Lodge (21440), Hotel Apsara (21366), Hotel Li-N-Ja (21301, 22860), Hotel Nataraj (20456), Hotel Sujata (21403, 22112), Hotel Tribeni (20354, 22297), Hotel Upahar (21558, 21308), Hotel Upahar Palace (22519) and New Bombay Lodge (20422, 20988).

Assistance : Tourist Office, Sambalpur, Tel : 20318, Gram : ORISSATOUR; Tourist Counter, Sambalpur Railway Station, Tel : 21661; Tourist Counter, Jharsuguda Railway Station, Tel : 62630.

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