Bhubaneshwar, is the capital city of Odisha/Orissa state in India. The city is famous for its architecture and ancient temples.
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How to get there?
By Plane: There are frequent flights between any capital city and Bhubaneshwar. I took an Indigo flight which was the cheapest. The return trip from Bhubaneshwar to Bangalore costed INR 7303.
- Airport name: Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI)
- Distance from the city: 6 kilometres
By Road: There are also trains and buses that run between the cities.
There are auto rickshaws, taxis/cabs and cycle rickshaws. So, depending on the distance one can choose the mode of local transport.
Tip: Ensure to haggle on whatever money is quoted.
Things to do
My first stop in Bhubaneshwar was the Lingaraja Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and represents the Kalinga architecture. It is built in Deula style, and has four components – Vimana, Jagmohana, Natamandir and Bhoga Mandapa.
Note: The cameras or phones are not allowed inside the temple premises. But this gopuram is just outside the temple and is very similar to the way the gopurams look in the temple.
A temple dedicated to the King and Queen is the RajaRani temple. The temple is said to be completed in 11th century. Locals call this temple as the Love temple because of the many couples in the complex and the cravings of women.
My favourite temple of all is the Mukteswar Temple. The architectural style is absolutely brilliant. I loved it. The temple is a 10th century temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is known as the Gem of Odisha architecture.
Dhauli Giri is about 8 kilometres from the city. This is a prominent place in history, as this is the place where King Ashoka, after Kalinga War in 261 BC, renounced his campaign and turned into Buddhism.
Odisha State Museum is another place which I fell in love with. Absolute delight to watch all the artifacts that even date back to 1st century. This is a must visit while in Bhubaneshwar.
The Udayagiri caves are really cool place to view the sunset and get the breathtaking views of the city. There are about 18 caves to explore, I saw only one as I had less time.
I had hired a taxi for the entire day and to cover all the above listed places. The taxi costed INR 1000.