Bhubaneshwar Travel Guide

  • Bhubaneshwar
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    Rajarani Temple
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    Muktesvara Temple
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Bhubaneshwar Things to Do

  • Many temples near Lingaraja temple

    There are many small temples which are functional or non functional within walking distance from the Lingaraja temple. Some of them are Koti theetheshwara, which has a huge holy pond in front of it ;Parashurama temple, Kedar Gowri temple, Mukteshwar and sidheshwar.

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  • 64 Yoginis Temple

    This is a functional temple but is also an archeologically protected site. It is a very interesting temple and worth a visit though it is away from the main city. It is a circular structure with a square shrine in the middle open to the sky. The circular walls have the idols of 60 Yoginis who are the female forms of Gods such as Ganeshi, kuberi...

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  • Khandhigiri caves

    This means broken hill. It is located opposite to Udaya giri caves. There is a functional temple there dedicated to Kali, Durga and Hanuman. There is also a Jain temple with 24 teerthankaras. It is very interesting to note the details of the Kali and Durga temple with significant sculptures along the walls. The priest there explains it all very...

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  • Udaya giri cave temples

    These are very interesting cave temples that were built for the purpose of meditation. Out of 752 temples only a few hundred have remained intact. There are many carvings, storeys, water provisions inside the caves suggesting that these were built with great planning. There are shrines for Lord Ganesh alongside Jain Saints suggesting religious...

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  • Raja Rani temple

    This is a splendid temple with intricate carvings. Some of them erotic. This is not a functional temple and is just a monument protected by the archeological survey of India. It is called Raja Rani temple due to the variety of stone used in the temple construction, called Raja Rania. It is believed to have been built as a shrine to Lord shiva....

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  • Lingaraja temple

    This is an outstanding temple with exquisite architecture. Totally awe inspiring. You are not allowed to take your camera in but if you go with a panda then they let you in. Like in most temples in Orissa, the pandas/priests will pester you to donate more and more money. Be firm and pay only what you had in mind. Ignore their threats and...

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  • Rajarani Temple

    I paid the ticket a entered the temple. There was a man at thge gate who gave me some historical explanations about the temple. He also showed me some erotic statues, like in Khajuraho.I spent about one hour there, what I considered to be enough.

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  • Visit the Jagannath Puri Temple

    On the shores of the Bay of Bengal is this very pretty temple of Lord Jagannath built in the 13th century made of sand stone. It is one of the 4 most sacreed piligrimages for Hindus. Jagannath Dharma is believed to transcend religions and 'cultism', it is the etrnal concept of spirituality. The Triad that Jagannath represents the creation,...

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  • Architectural Wonder- Sun Temple at...

    We made this journey of 2 hours to Konark from Bhubaneshwar. This was before the era of digital Cameras, however I shall attach some pics for the readers benefit. One stops breathing the first time they see this temple. I really thought Belur, Halebid and Hampi were the best, but the Sun Temple is equally remarkable in its architectural...

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  • Temple City

    It is said that there were about 7,000 temples in Bhubaneswar which earned it the coveted title of the 'Temple City of India' although only a few hundred of these remain today. The temples are all located 2-3km south of the modern city centre and are fairly spread out so it's a good idea to hire an auto-rickshaw in order to tour around them. They...

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  • Udayagiri: Ashoka stopped here

    Most of these caves were excavated by Jains, with a few by Buddhists, and date to the first century b.c.e. The site also includes one of the great Emperor Ashoka's edicts.

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  • Raja-Rani Mandir

    Though managed by the Archaeological Survey of India, this thousand-year-old temple is an active place of Hindu worship. I saw several people make offerings and lie nearly prone in prayer. Admission is Rs 100, though there's no charge for still cameras.

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  • Lingaraj Mandir

    Non-Hindus are not allowed onto the grounds of this complex, which includes a 180-foot high main temple -- dedicated to Tribhubaneswar, 'God of the Three Worlds' -- and dozens of smaller temples and shrines. My photos were taken from a platform, adjacent to the grounds, that offers a view of most of the structures. It's free, though a donation is...

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  • White Tigers

    The Nandankanan Zoo, just outside Bhubaneswar, has the world's largest "collection" of white tigers, a mutation almost always the result of close relatives breeding, now mostly in captivity.They're not albinos, as their black (or chocolate brown) stripes indicate. Among the other effects of the recessive gene that gives them white rather than...

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  • Orissa State Museum

    The history of the Orissa State Museum dates back to 1932 when two historians in Cuttack started a collection of archaeological treasures from various places which they housed within the premises of Ravenshaw College in Cuttack. The state capital was then shifted to Bhubaneswar in 1948 and the current building was built to house the growing...

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Bhubaneshwar Hotels

  • Trident Hilton Bhubaneswar

    I've stayed in Hiltons on five continents. Most offer good rooms and good service. The Trident...

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  • Mayfair Lagoon

    8-B, Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, 751 013, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Swosti

    The list of hotels offering optimum conveniences for serious corporate deals curtails to a few star...

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Bhubaneshwar Restaurants

  • Everything is good

    The Trident Hilton's restaurant is immaculately clean, nicely lit, and well laid out -- the tables are not too close together. Service is first class, attentive without being intrusive.Diners may choose, at all meals, between a lavish buffet and a la carte orders. Liquor is available, being delivered from the nearby bar. Keema Matter: minced lamb...

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  • at Hotel Pushpak

    I only stayed in Bhubaneswar for a couple of nights and the first night I was still recovering from illness that I had for about a week. This non-veg restaurant at the Hotel Pushpak is fairly posh and popular with well-to-do families. I had a good mutton rogan rosh, rice, naan and papads and, still feeling hungry, a tinned fruit salad and ice cream...

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Bhubaneshwar Nightlife

  • by piyush9998 Written Feb 20, 2010

    this is a cool nightclub which plays house music , with a line of of djs , and opens till late,
    they serve hookah with 100 + flavors , gourmet food and a well stocked bar

    Dress Code: no shorts or sandals allowed , dress smartly / casuals / formals

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Bhubaneshwar Transportation

  • Take the train

    Trains, in general, are the best way of transport in India. If you travel during the night you save the price of a hotel.In the railway stations there are always paintings or signs showing the main tourist attractions of the town.

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  • Airport

    After visiting Puri and Konark, I came back to Bhubaneswar in order to fly back to Delhi so that I could start the Rajasthan leg of my India tour. The airport is served by all the major Indian airlines and they fly to most of the state capitals. It is a small airport and does get quite crowded if there are delays. I had a delay of 3 hours due to...

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  • Bus to Puri

    To get to Puri I took a bus from outside the Orissa State Museum on Lewis Rd. This was handy as it was close to my hotel, Hotel Pushpak, and also as it saved me going all the way to the main bus station which is little way out from the city centre. The journey to Puri takes 1.25hrs and it cost Rs25.

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Bhubaneshwar Local Customs

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    I saw these two guys preparing and selling these lovely pink flowers from a stall in the city centre. I have no idea what they're called or their significance so if anybody knows, then let me know!

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Bhubaneshwar Warnings and Dangers

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    by Willettsworld Written Aug 29, 2007

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    You may be asked for a donation when visiting the temples. The first time I was asked was when I was about to climb up on the viewing platform that lets you look over the Lingaraj Temple as non-Hindu's are not allowed inside. He had a book with values like Rs500 and Rs200 in it which I thought was a bit too much to just view the temples and not to actually visit them but I gave him Rs100 (which looking back and reading Lonely Planet is still a bit too much). Another occasion where I was asked for a donation was in the Papanasinee Complex which lie very near to the viewing platform. A young lad in a black coat came over to me and said that he was a priest. I laughed and said that he was no more a priest than I was! He again had a donation book with similar values as the guy before had in his. I thought that this was going to cost me a tidy sum if it was going to happen everywhere so I didn't give him a donation and took some photo's much to his disgust. Well, he just didn't look much like a priest, in my opinion.

    Lingaraj Temple viewing platform

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Bhubaneshwar Off The Beaten Path

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    by Willettsworld Written Aug 29, 2007

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    On the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, 15 km south-east of the city, is this small circular temple known as the Yogini Temple that dates to the early 9th century. It is hypaethral (open to the sky) and belongs to a genre of architecture completely apart from the major Orissan school. Although it seems that temples of this type existed throughout India at one time, today only four remain. Two of them are in Orissa; the shrine at Hirapur and one in the far western reaches of the state at Ranipur-Jharial.

    The temple's circular wall, which is barely 2 meters high, contains 64 niches within its inner circumference. All except one of these contain an image of a Yogini Goddess. Some of the Goddesses are portrayed with sensual bodies and jewelled bodices, others with horrific shrunken features, still others with animal heads. To get here, simply take an auto-rickshaw. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.

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Bhubaneshwar Favorites

  • Lingaraj Temple viewing platform

    As non-Hindu's are not allowed to visit inside the Lingaraj Temple, there's a viewing platform that can be found on the northern side of the complex. Be warned, though, you may be approached by a "priest" with a donations book. I was! He had a book with values like Rs500 and Rs200 in it that I thought was a bit too much to just view the temple and...

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  • Map of temples

    This is a useful map that's located at the northern end of Bindu Sagar at a crossroads where a road heads east towards Parasurameswar Temple and the Mukteswar Complex. It details where the temples are located and the names of them. If you want larger photo's, let me know!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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