Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, is also known as “Mandira Malini”. Mandira means temples and Malini means a cluster. We will explore 9 Best tourist place in Bhubaneswar.
As the nick name suggest, Bhubaneswar has a cluster of temple in the city. Again all those temples are years old and associated with a rich history behind.
But beside those magnificent temples, Bhubaneswar offers a plethora of breathtaking sights and attractions that cater to a wide range of interests.
Bhubaneswar has something to offer for anyone one. Rich heritage sites attract archeologist to explore history, ancient temples pull the pilgrims, forests, park and wild-life sanctuary attracts nature lovers.
In this article, we will explore the nine best visiting places in Bhubaneswar, giving you a comprehensive guide to make the most of your visit to this captivating city.
Lets start the 9 best visiting place in Bhubaneswar on a spiritually divine note. The majestic Lingaraj Temple which is there in the city from 11th century.
Lingaraj temple is an architectural marvel and shows the rich stone work of ancient Odia carpenters.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the shiva linga worshipped here has an uniqueness in its construction.
Usually the height of Shivlinga is more than its width. But the Linga worshipped here has same height and width.
There are 4 towers in this ancient temple. First one is Viman, where the Linga is situated. Second tower is Jagmohan tower, here the devotees gathers for prayer. Third tower is Natta temple, here Lingaraj fair is inaugurated and the last one is Bhoga Mandapa.
There are nearly 150 god and goddess gets worshiped around the temple.
Main celebrated festival in Lingaraj temple is Shiv Ratri, when around 2.5 lakhs of pilgrims gathers here. As per the schedule of temple, it remains open from 6.00 Am, to 9.00 PM for devotees.
I would highly recommend you to have the annaprasad during your visit to Lingaraj temple.
Nandan Kanan Zoological Park
If you are stressed and need a break, or a person who loves nature, or simply an adventures person, then , Nandankanan Zoological Park is the ultimate destination.
The zoo is surrounded by geenery and lake, this zoo is famous for hosting a vast variety of wild animals, including sloth bear, white tigers, lions, elephants, reptiles and various avian species.
There is a special section for snakes and reptiles. You can spot different crocodiles and turtles in the zoo.
In addition to its diverse fauna, Nandankanan also boasts a botanical garden and a captivating lake (Kanjia lake), offering a serene and picturesque ambiance that makes it an ideal spot for a family outing.
Also there is a children park, which is a great place for children to spend time. Along with that there is a toy train in the zoo for children.
As of now its not running because of some issue in the engine. Please enquire about this in the entrance during entering the zoo.
Odisha State Museum
Art lovers and history buffs are in for a treat at the Odisha State Museum, which houses an impressive collection of artifacts, sculptures, and paintings that reflect the rich cultural heritage of the state. It is there in Kalpana square, BJP nagar.
There are 11 different section and each sections has the collection in an unique category. They are : Archaeology, Armory, Manu scripts, Bronze, Painting, art & craft, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Natural history, Anthropology, Antiquities at central store.
The most interesting section is the manuscript section, where you can see many ancient palm leaf manuscript written in Oriya and Sanskrit. The manuscripts describes many important concept in mathematics, Ayurveda, dharmashatra, jyotisha etc.
You can always explore the official site of Odisha State Museum here : https://www.odishamuseum.nic.in/
Dhauli Shanti Stupa
With a rich historical link from the great Emperor Ashoka’s time, this Shanti stupa attracts many tourist. This is Situated on the banks of the Daya River in Dhauli.
If you are going from Bhubaneswar to Puri then this is a must visiting place. This is the exact location where the deadly Kalinga war was happened. It is believed that the great Emperor Ashoka is said to have realized the humanity after this war and embraced Buddhism.
This peaceful and mesmerizing white stupa stands tall against the backdrop of serene surroundings, offering a place of solace and spirituality.
The large stone edicts nearby offer additional insights into Ashoka’s philosophy and teachings, making it an essential stop for individuals seeking tranquility and enlightenment.
The hilltop stupa has four statue of Budha in different postures. From the Stupta premises you can enjoy the green forests all around. There are many shops near the stupa, where you can buy many handicraft products.
Adjacent to the Shanti stupa, there is a Shiva temple. You must explore the temple, if planning to go to this place.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
If you love to explore history, archeology, then the place in Bhubaneswar is Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves. These caves were made by King Kharabela in two adjacent hills. These two caves shows the signs of ancient Jain architecture.
Udayagiri currently in charge of Archeological Survey of India. There are 18 caves in Udayagiri which elaborate carvings and sculptures depicting various aspects of Jain mythology.
Some of the seeing worth caves are : Hathi Gumpha, Rani gumpha, Ganesh gumpha and vyagaragumpha.
Khandagiri comprises 15 caves showcasing intricate reliefs and inscriptions that provide a window into the region’s historical and cultural heritage. Some important caves to explore here are Barabhuji Gumpha ,Trushula Gumpha and Ambika Gumpha.
The Raja Rani Temple in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, has a significant role in Odisha tourism. The famous temple is a magnificent example of ancient Indian architecture and art.
Known for its exquisite sculptural work, the Rajarani Temple shows the skilled craftsmanship of the Kalinga period.
This unique shrine does not have any presiding deity, unlike most of the Hindu temples in Odisha. The temple’s distinctive red and gold sandstone adds to its allure, making it a popular destination for tourist.
However, what it lacks in religious significance, it more than compensates with its intricate carvings depicting celestial beings, mythological scenes, and daily life activities.
Escape the bustling city and immerse yourself in nature’s tranquility at Ekamra Kanan, Bhubaneswar.
The park is spread across 122 acres, this urban park offers a serene refuge with landscaped gardens, lush greenery, and a diverse collection of flora.
With its walking trails, musical fountains, and picnic spots, Ekamra Van provides an ideal spot for leisurely walks, family outings, or simply unwinding amidst nature’s beauty.
Whether you are a sports enthusiasts or not, still visit to the iconic Kalinga Stadium is a must. Known as the pride of Odisha, this multipurpose stadium has recently hosted the Hockey world cup and got visibility in International level.
It can accommodate 15000 spectator and hosts Odisha fc in ISL. Catching a live match or event at Kalinga Stadium offers an exhilarating experience and insight into Bhubaneswar’s sporting spirit.
Pathani Samanta Planetarium
Satisfy your curiosity about the celestial mysteries at the Pathani Samanta Planetarium. It is there near Acharya Bihar square, Bhubaneswar.
This planetarium was inaugurated in 1990 and is named after the eminent astronomer Pathani Samanta. this planetarium features state-of-the-art technology and immersive shows everyday which last for 30 – 40 minutes.
The shows features the topics about astronomy and space exploration. Currently 3 shows are running in planetarium named as ‘The Secrets of Sun’, ‘The Mysteries of Night Sky’ and ‘The Wonders of the Universe’. The language of the shows could be in Odia, Hindi or English.
The planetarium is open all days of the week except Monday. The entry fees for adult is 30 rupees and 20 for children.
Conclusion : 9 best tourist place in Bhubaneswar
Along with rich cultural heritage, coupled with its natural splendor, make Bhubaneswar is a remarkable tourist destination. Bhubaneswar is a place for people of different enthusiastic.
Except the above popular destination, you can explore two most explored tourist place nearby.
I would recommend you to three other destination for tourist. They are Puri Jagannath temple, Konark Sun Temple and Barunei temple.
Here is the official site of Odisha tourism: https://odishatourism.gov.in/content/tourism/