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About Bhubaneswar - Orissa Tourism

Bhubaneswar is the tourism hub of Orissa, from where travellers start their journey to the popular travel destinations of Orissa. Also, known as the 'city of temples,' Bhubaneswar is a part of the Golden Triangle tourism circuit, the other two being Puri and Konark. These three cities are a part of various tour packages that cover the three destinations.

Bhubaneswar has a 3000 years old history, which is showcased by the marvelous architecture of the temples  in city. The large number of temples (around 600) in Bhubaneswar, provides an enlightening experience of the entire span of Kalinga architecture to tourists. The main temples of Bhubaneswar that are a must visit for travellers are Lingaraj temple, Mukhteshwar temple, and Raja Rani temple. The Lingaraj temple is a Shiva temple that is an important pilgrimage destination in the city. Bindusagar lake is also considered as very holy by Hindus and is located close to the Lingaraj temple. 

There are plenty of tourist attractions around Bhubaneswar that are part of the tour packages organized by travel operators. One of the major tourist attractions near Bhubaneswar are the Udaygiri and Khandgiri caves  that are ancient caves, which were once a Jain monastery. There are also multiple Buddhist pilgrimage sites around the city like Dhauli Hill, Ratnagiri and Lalitagiri, Langudi and Dhabaleshwar. Travellers can also visit the  Nandankanan Zoo to view some rare animal species including White Tiger. 

The modern city of Bhubaneswar was designed by the German architect Otto Konigsberger in 1946 and is one of the first planned cities of independent India like Chandigarh and Jamshedpur. Bhubaneswar is one of the cleanest and greenest cities of India. The city is the largest in state of Orissa and is a part of the twin cities Bhubaneswar-Cuttack that together constitute center of religious and economic importance.

History of Bhubaneswar - Orissa Tourism

Bhubaneswar city has a long history that dates back to 2000 years starting from the Chhedi dynasty. Bhubaneswar has been known by many names in history including Toshali, Kalinga Nagari, and Ekamra Kanan. The well known Kalinga war that resulted in Ashoka preaching Buddhism worldwide took place in Dhauli that lies in the Southern part of Bhubaneswar district.

There are numerous examples of the great history of Bhubaneswar including the inscriptions on Khandagiri-Udayagiri caves and the innumerable temples in and near Bhubaneswar. The temples in Bhubaneswar were built from 8th to 12th century under the rule of various kings of Kalinga empire.

   
   
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