Bhubaneswar was once called the ‘Temple City’, and it still has a number of famous temples with intricate carvings and nuances. The city is an enthralling pit stop for a weekend getaway.
Bhubaneswar - Places to Visit
The old city’s holy centre located around the ceremonial tank called Bindu Sagar is definitely one of the places tourists should visit. It is in this area that about a thousand medieval stone temples once stood. The number has since dwindled to around 50. The city has seamlessly integrated its rich cultural heritage with a regional economic base. Founded during the Kalinga rule about 3,000 years ago, Bhubaneswar boasts of magnificent temples. The Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves are among the best tourist destinations in the city. Situated a few kilometres west of the heart of Bhubaneswar, the hills are riddled with rock-cut shelters. Some of the rock shelters have been ornately carved. The shelters are thought to have been carved for Jain ascetics in as early as the 1st century BC. When one ascends to Udayagiri (Sunrise Hill), keep an eye out for Swargapuri (Cave 9) which is located to the right of the devotional figures. Khandagiri offers tourists picturesque views of Bhubaneswar from its peak. The right path to the hill leads to Ananta Cave (Cave 3), which has carvings of athletes, women, elephants and other motifs.
There are quite a few Jain temples in the vicinity as well. If one is interested in tribal art, a visit to the Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts is a must. One can find tribal dress, weapons, ornaments, and items displayed at the museum. The museum is situated off NH-5. The State Museum houses the state’s best collection of rare palm-leaf manuscripts, in addition to patta-chitra (scroll paintings). It also is home to traditional and folk musical instruments, armoury, as well as an impressive selection of Buddhist, Jain and Brahmanical sculptures. A trip to Bhubaneswar can be made anytime in the year. However, avoid visiting during the summer months as temperatures over the 40-42 degree Celsius mark. The best time to visit would be between October and March. In February, one can visit the city for Shiva Ratri.
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