This vacation, give the beaches and the hills a skip and spend a few days in the 'city of high spires', Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa. With an interminable history of almost 2000 years, Bhubaneswar is somewhat like a cradle of culture, a melting point of the present and the past. Unlike other conurbation fazed by the claws of urbanization, Bhubaneswar upholds its bucolic charm and modern attractions with great poise. Hurled on the eastern shores of India, this sprawling city swathed with forested hills, monumental spires and age-old monuments makes for a top-notch traveler's destination. Come to Bhubaneswar to explore its sensuous Odissi dance, splurge in exquisite 'ikat' weaves and amazing Pipli applique works, take a trail down the secular shrines and spend some amazing days in this ancient land. Peppered with number of impressive shrines, the 'temple city' perfectly compliments its historical background. To know more about the major tourist attractions in Bhubaneswar, go through the article below.
Tourist Attractions In Bhubaneswar
Muktesvara temple, one of the most striking attractions in Bhubaneshwar, is known for its stunning structure modeled after Kalinga School of temple architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple houses a number of carved figures from the scenes of 'Panchatantra'. Several additions made to the temple over the years have given a dramatic makeover to the building. Hence, it's no wonder why the place is today popular as 'Gem of temple architecture'.
Parasurameswara Temple built in 650 A.D. is the oldest existing temple in Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is a true specimen of Oriyan architecture. Decked with extensive stone sculptures of various animals, floral designs and carved images of Hindu gods like Ganesh, Shiva, Vishnu, Parvati, Muruga and many others mythological deities. Apart from these, the images on the walls of the temple narrate the stories from legends. Other major attraction of the temple is 'one thousand Lingas' placed in the corner of the temple. If you are interested in ancient sculptures and architectures, then this place is a must visit for you.
Raj Rani Temple
Known for its wonderful red and gold sandstone architecture, the Raj Rani temple is one of the most renowned tourist attractions in Bhubaneswar. Dedicated to Lord Brahma, the temple attracts people by its elaborately carved figures and colorful interiors, which are simply stunning.
The Lingaraj temple belonging to 11th century is one of the finest temples in India, which is admired for its Oriyan architecture and skilled craftsmanship. The massive structure of the temple is covered with huge walls and is surrounded by many small shrines. The beautifully and elegantly carved tower of the temple is one of the major attractions of the structure.
Ekamra Hatt spread across 5 acre plot that showcases the cultural diversity of the state through its handicrafts, handlooms, regional clothing's and delicious cuisine. The lush green environ of the place not only displays the rich culture of Orissa but will also sell ethnic goods at a much reasonable price. One of the major attractions of the place include open-air theater, food stalls, artisan rest rooms, information centre and lily pond with water pond.
Museum Of Man
Museum Of Man is one of the major attractions in Bhubaneswar. Known for its wide collection of tribal culture and art, the museum enriches your knowledge through its interesting displays. Some of the noted attractions of the museum is tribal dress, weapons, jewelry, musical instruments and several pictures.
Pathani Samanta Planetarium
If you are interested in astronomy or intrigued by the celestial bodies, then a visit to Pathani Samanta Planetarium of Bhubaneswar would get you up, close and personal with the working of heavenly bodies. Here, you can indulge in activities like night sky watching, audio visual programs and several seminars that would take you into the interesting world of astronomy. The well maintained library within the planetarium provides number of books on various aspects of science and technology. You can enjoy the shows of the planetarium on any day except on Mondays.