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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This cave (cave 1) is a two-storey cave and is also known as "Queen's Palace Cave". It is the largest and most interesting of the caves as it has been carved with Jain symbols and battle scenes. Other carvings include woman dancing and playing music, kings and queens in courtly splendour, elephants, monkeys and foliage.more
Located about 8km west of the city centre, these Jain caves date back to the 1st century BC. They are located in the twin hills of Udayagiri (Sunrise Hill) and Khandagiri (Broken Hill) which were made for monks to retreat to. As you approach them from the main highway, Udayagiri is on the right and contains the best caves. These include some 18...more
8-B, Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, 751 013, India
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I've stayed in Hiltons on five continents. Most offer good rooms and good service. The Trident...more
The list of hotels offering optimum conveniences for serious corporate deals curtails to a few star...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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.more
This is the main railway station in Bhubaneswar. I came to Bhubaneswar on the Falaknuma Express (No. 2703) from Kolkata (platform 20) which should have left at 7:20 but actually left half-an-hour late which was lucky for me as I had problems trying to find the platform at Howrah station in Kolkata. The journey took about 6.5 hours. I came back to...more
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!
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.
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.
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...more