The capital of Orissa is famous for its role as the ancient capital of the Kalinga Empire. It is the architectural legacy of that period which is Bhubanewar’s greatest attraction. There are a lot of sites in the city, which testify the importance of the region far earlier during the period from the 7th to 11th centuries when the Kalinga kings ruled Orissa and regions beyond. The Jain and Buddhist shrines give a clear picture about the settlements around Bhubaneswar in the first 2 centuries BC, and one of the most complete edicts of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, dating from between 272-236 BC, remains carved in rock just 5 miles to the south west of the modern city. The Sisupalgarh, the remains of a ruined city have been excavated to show that it was occupied from the beginning of the 3rd century BC to the middle of the 4th century AD. Bhubaneshwar is comfortable round the year, but the best season to visit the city is during the months of October to April.

Bhubaneswar “The Lord of the Universe” is also popularly known as the “Temple City of India” on account of its many temples in the extravagant Orissan style. Being the seat of Shiva or Tribhubaneswar “Lord of the Three Worlds”, from which the city derives its name, Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Orissan style flowered from its very inception to its fullest culmination extending over a thousand years.

Modern Bhubaneswar is delightfully rural for a state capital that administers the affairs of 25 million Orissans. Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings and extensive infrastructure perfectly complements its historic surroundings. With facilities to cater to every type of visitor, Bhubaneswar makes an ideal tourist destination.

General Information

Population: 528,390

Best Season: October to Mid March

STD Code: 0674

Air: Bhubaneswar Airport is 3 km from the city centre and almost all the major cities are connected from here. Indian Airlines has flights to Delhi, Calcutta, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. Airport enquiry Ph: 0674-2401084 /2406472

Rail: The station is in the heart of the city. The Indian railway provides train services from every corner of the nation. Superfast trains connect this capital city with other cities in India.

Road: Bhubaneshwar is well connected by motorable roads through out the year. The national highway no.5 touches this capital city. The main bus stand is at Barmunda, 8 km from the city centre. There are regular interstate bus services from the nearby towns and cities. Taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and local bus services are available. The old bus stand in Unit II (off Rajpath) is mainly used for local services.

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