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Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneswar
Lingaraj Temple Bhubaneswar

HOW TO GET THERE

One can fly to Bhubaneswar from Delhi, Calcutta, Chennai, Vizag, Nagpur, Mumbai or Hyderabad. Or catch a superfast train from Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Triruvananthapuram, Bangalore, Cochin or Guwahati. Inter-state tourist bus services are also available.

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HOW TO STAY
The Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) Panthanivas at Jayadev Marg, Bhubaneswar-751014        Tel:-  432515/432314

AC & non-AC rooms.
Tariff : Rs. 300/- to Rs. 550/-

Other Hotels
For Budget Tourist & High Spending Groups

ASSISTANCE
Tourist office
(near Panthanivas)
Jayadev Marg, Bhubaneswar- 751002, Tel: -  431299
Gram : ORISSA TOUR
Tourist Counter, Airport
Tel : 404006
Tourist Counter,
Railway Station
Tel. 404715
And
Government of India Tourist Office.
B-21, B.J.B. Nagar
Tel :- 432203
Gram: INDTOUR.

BHUBANESWAR

CAPITAL city of the modern state and the ancient kingdom of Kalinga, Bhubaneswar is known as the Temple City of India. Among the finest of its 600 temples is the Lingaraja Temple of Shiva, built in the 11th century. It is also the biggest in Bhubaneswar.

No less famous is the Mukteswara Temple which was built in the 10th century. It is well known for its stone arch at the entrance and is richly sculpted. With the tales from the Panchatantra carved on it, the temple is a magnificent example of Orissan architecture. The Rajarani Temple, set in picturesque surrounding, is noted for its intricate carvings of floral, animal and human figures. Constructed in the 11th century, it has an unusual tower. More interestingly, the temple has no deity.

Close to the Mukteswara Temple is the Parsurameswara Temple, a small but richly decorated shrine of Shiva that was built in the 7th century. It is one of the best preserved. It has sculptures featuring amorous couples, animals and floral motifs. The Svarnajaleswara Temple located a little south of Parsurameswara Temple has beautiful depictions from the epic Ramayana. Vaital Temple is architecturally striking. It is a temple for Goddess Chamunda (Kapali) and has a tantric influence. About 15 km from Bhubaneswar is the Yogini Temple at Hirapur. One of the four Yogini Temples in India, it has beautiful Yoginis carved from black chlorite.

The Buddhist influence is spread all over Bhubaneswar. Ashokan Rock Edict is situated at Dhauli, 8 km south of the city. The sculpted elephant atop the edict signifies the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism after his Kalinga victory. This is said to be the earliest rock-cut sculpture in India.

On the Dhauligiri Hills, where the great Kalinga war was fought, stands a very modern monument to world peace, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. This magnificent Buddhist Temple was built by Indo-Japanese collaboration. Below the Dhauligiri Hills, the river Daya flows peacefully.

Rock-Cut Caves are also seen on the hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri which are about 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The double-storeyed Rani Gumpha (Queen’s Cave) is the largest cave with ornate carvings.

The Hati Gumpha (Elephant Cave) has the Chronicle of King Kharavela carved on it.

The excavated ancient township Sisupalgarh lies a few kilometers southeast of the city towards Puri. A fortified town surrounded by a natural moat, it was probably the capital of Kalinga in the 2nd century B. C.

Bhubaneswar has three museums, one celebrating Orissan heritage and the others; the handicrafts and the tribal research museum. The Orissa State Museum in the city has a rich collection of sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions, lithic and bronze-age tools, rare palm leaf manuscripts and traditional folk and musical instruments. The Handicrafts Museum has a handsome collection of stone sculptures, patta-paintings, brass castings, horn toys and silver filigree.

While the temple and monuments and redolent with the culture of a hoary era, the vibrance of life throbs in the sprawling Nandan Kanan Zoological Park. Endowed with a natural lake, it is known for the rare white tigers and migratory birds which nest here during winter. It has also the country’s largest Lion Safari Park and White Tiger safari with Ropeway and Toy Train. The park is located 20 km from Bhubaneswar but it is closed on Mondays.

Another attraction is the Atri Hot Sulphur Spring. 42 km from Bhubaneswar, near the famous Hatakeswara Temple. It has a Bathing Complex for tourists.

For Budget Tourists Hotels

Name of Hotel Tele Name of Hote Tele
Hotel Anarkali 404031 Hotel Jajati 400352
Hotel Rajmahal 402448 Hotel Nandan 400352
Hotel Puspak 415545 Hotel Lingaraj 416342
Venus Inn 401738 Hotel Gajapati 417893
Bhubaneswar Hotel 416799 Swagat Inn 408486

For High-Spending Hotels

Hotels Kalinga Ashoka ITDC (431055)
Hotel Oberoi 400890-96
State Guest House 410819
Hotel Prachi 402028
Hotel Kenilworth 411723
Hotel Swosti 404178
Hotel Meghdoot 405802
The Garden Inn 414120
Hotel Keshari 401095
Hotel Siddhartha 413096

Besides, there are number of hotels, lodging houses and Dharmasalas for low-budget tourists.

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