Bhubaneswar is a part of the popular golden triangle, the most important tourist circuitin Odisha comprising of Konark and Puri at the other ends. It has many beautiful places in the nature and magnificient places created by man around the city.
The Abode of Lord Jagannath is also famous for its beautiful beach. It attracts both pilgrims and pleasure seekers all through the year. It is one of the originalChar Dhampilgrimage sites for IndianHindus. According to Hindu teachings, a pilgrimage of the temples of India is not considered complete without a journey to Puri.
While at Puri, you could also visit: Balighai, Brahmagiri, Satyabadi, Baliharachandi, Raghurajpur and Satapada.
How to reach:
Puri is located at a distance of 65 km from Bhubaneswar. Puri is well-connected to Bhubaneswar by railways and road. However, the best way to reach Puri from Bhubaneswar is by road. The journey from Bhubaneswar to Puri will take less than 1 hour 30 minutes. During this short journey one will pass through towns like Bhubaneswar - 78 km - Pipili - 38 km - Puri. There are many petrol pumps of IOC and BPCL along the way at regular intervals
Road- Take a car or hire a taxi from Bhubaneswar to Puri. The cost of the cab ranges from INR 9 to INR 24 per kilometer depending upon the type of car.
Bus - Board a direct bus from Bhubaneswar to Puri. Plenty of buses are available from Kalpana Square at Bhubaneswar. The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides connectivity with Bhubaneswar. The journey time is about 1 hour 10 minutes and the fare is nominal. Buses to Puri are available frequently (every 10-15 minutes). For getting around Puri, you have cycle rickshaws all over the town.
More information is available in our Konark website site Mycity1.com/Puri.
Famous for the Sun Temple, this small hamlet plays host to a huge number of visitors who are spell bound by both the size of the temple as well as the delicacy of the erotic sculpture. The beautiful Chandrabhaga beach is an added bonus to visitors to help them relax after the awe inspiring tour of the temple.
While at Konark, you could visit: Kuruma, Chaurasi, Ramachandi, and Astranga.
More information is available in our Konark website site Mycity1.com/Konark------- .
How to reach:
The railway stations nearest to Konark are located in the twin cities of Puri and Bhubaneswar. These stations are linked with almost all the major destinations in India by train.
The National and State Highways link Konark withPuriandBhubaneswarforming a virtual triangle popularly known as Golden Triangle of East. To reach Konark from Bhubaneswar, after traveling 20km take a left turn once you reachPipilivillage. The road straight ahead leads to Puri.
Hiring a taxi is the best way of travel between Puri and Konark. There is good number of transport buses as well as private coaches plying from both the cities. State buses are also available to Konark from Bhubaneswar's Bus Stand, Vani Vihar and Kalpana Chaka. Travel by bus is however cheaper compared to renting a car.
Lying approximately 29 km from Bhubaneswar, Pipli is a small village that is famous as a centre for applique work. A visit to the village can bring you very close to the culture of Odisha. Colorful canopies, blooming gardens, bright beach umbrellas, shoulder and handbags, etc are some of the things you can shop for, when in Pipili.
The total straight line distance between Bhubaneswar and Pipili is16 km.
No direct flights or trains or buses are available between Bhubaneswar to Pipili. The convenient, fastest and cheapest way to reach from Bhubaneswar to Pipili is to take a taxi.
Dhauli Hills are located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar in Orissa (India). It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it, and has major Edicts of Asoka engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill. Dhauli hill is presumed to be the area where Kalinga War was fought.
Ratnagiri is a splendid Buddhist site that comes under the Jajpur district of Odisha. It is situated at a distance of approximately 100 km from Bhubaneswar and 70 km from Cuttack. The site, situated on a small hill, stands surrounded by rivers from all the sides. As you climb up to Ratnagiri, you will come across magnificent views of vast plains, full of lush greenery. Excavations were carried out at the site and they led to the unearthing of two large monasteries, one of them being Sri Ratnagiri Mahavihara Aryabhikshu Sangha.
This monastery stands adorned with gorgeous doorways, cellar sanctum, a huge stupa, Buddhist shrines, sculptures and a massive idol of Lord Buddha. Ratnagiri was one of the first sites to be excavated in India in the period 1957 and 1960. The artifacts and relics found here have been found to be as old as the reign of Narasimha Gupta Baladitya of Gupta dynasty, which dates back to 6th century AD. Initially, the site serves as one of the most prominent centers of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism.
With the advent of 8th and 9th century, the focus shifted to the Tantrik Buddhism or Vajrayana art and philosophy. One can still see a number of sculptural relics on the walls, serving as a proof of the popularity of Vajrayana divinities during that time. Ratnagiri also contributed to the emergence of Kalachakratantra in the 10th century. As you enter the first monastery of Ratnagiri, you will notice that its walls are adorned with exquisitely carved stone statues of Vajrapani and Lokeshwara.
One can also find sculptures based on the Hindu mythology, in the monastery. There is an isolated chamber inside its complex, in which a 10 ft idol of Lord Buddha, engaged in meditation, has been enshrined. The courtyard has been adorned with a magnificently carved door. There are a number of other fabulous sculptural evidences strewn throughout the monastery. In the second monastery of Ratnagiri, you will come across a life-size granite statue of Lord Buddha. Ratnagiri also boasts of a splendid Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna.
The site is known for housing a massive stupa, which stands encircled by a number of small stupas, which were donated by the followers of Buddhist religion. They make Ratnagiri, probably, the only site in India with such a large number of monolithic stupas. Wherever you go in Ratnagiri, you will come across splendid motifs known as Kunjalata and Patralata. These motifs stand as testimony to the cultural transfer taking place at that time. Even the Buddhist sculptures adorning the site reflected the rich art of old times and have contributed to tourism in Ratnagiri.
How to reach:
Air:Bhubaneswar is the nearest airport, connected to most major cities in India.
Rail:Cuttack is the best railway station within easy reach, at a distance of 70 km from Ratnagiri and well connected with major stations across India.
Road:There are good roads from Cuttack, and direct buses run between the two places.
Yogini Temple, Hirapur:
Chausathi Yogini temple at Hirapur lies almost 15 km from Bhubaneswar. It is known for its hypaethral temple of sixty four Yoginis, which dates back to as far back as the 11th century. This temple is second of its kind in Orissa and fourth of its kind in India.
Asia's Largest Brackish Water Lake is famous for the wide variety of birds that come here during winter. It is also home to the Irrawaddy Dolphins that make every trip into the lake memorable.
While at Chilika, you could visit: Narayani, Nirmaljhara, and Banpur.
How to Reach:
By plane the nearest airport isBhubaneswar, about 120 km away from where taxis, trains and buses are available to the lake.
By rail the nearest rail stations is at Balugaon, on the Howrah-Chennai track. From Balugaon buses are available to the lake.
Some of the trains which stop at Balugaon are: 12839/12840 Howrah Chennai Mail, 12703/12704 Faluknama Express, 18645/18646 East Coast Express, 12660/12659 Gurudev Express, 12863/12864 Howrah Yeshvantpur Express, 15228/15227 Muzaffarpur Yeshvantpur Express (weekly), 12508/12507 Guwahati Ernakulum Express (weekly), 12510/12509 Guwahati Bangalore Express (triweekly), 12516/12515 Guwahati Trivandrum Express (weekly).
For timings etc. check with Indian Railways.
By road a part of Chilika Lake is visible from NH5 and the Howrah-Chennai train track. Many buses ply from Bhubaneswar (Baramunda Bus Station) and Cuttack (Badambadi Bus Station) to Balugaon throughout the day, OSRTC buses ( i.e. state run buses) being the best ones. The journey takes 2 hours and costs less than Rs. 100 one way. From there, one has to hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw to reach Barkul or Rambha (In case of Rambha, passengers can alight at Keshpur, which is further ahead from Balugaon, and from there hire an auto-rickshaw). Satapada is well connected by daily local buses from Puri. Visitors can take an OTDC day tour from Puri to see Satapada (Rs. 400; 3 hr boat ride and AC transport included). Travelers from Puri are aware that there are touts standing on the road to Satapada who try to misdirect the tourists to a place where their accomplices try to fleece you by offering boat rides at highly inflated prices. Pay attention to sign boards along the road. These touts are around 10 kms before Satapada. However, Satapada is not so well connected from Bhubaneswar and taxis have to be hired to get there.
Atri is situated midst greenery and famous for the hot sulphur water spring. It is 42 km. from Bhubaneswar and 14 km. from Khurda is also a holy place with the shrine of Hatakeswar. A bath in the spring water is reputed to cure skin diseases apart from being a pleasant experience.
Bhubaneswar, Puri, Khurda
Distance from Atri:
35km, 70km and 12 Km to Bhubaneswar, Puri and Cuttack respectively.
Nearest Railway Station:
Major Railway Station:
Cuttack 70Km and Bhubaneswar 35Km
Bhagabati, the presiding deity of Banapur, is one of the twelve famous Saktipithas as mentioned by Sarala das in his Odia Mahabharata. Once it was the Capital of Sailodhvaba dynasty, responsible for the construction of the early group of temples at Bhubaneswar. The Present temple and its Jagamohana are said to have been constructed by the Gajapati Maharaja of Puri.
The Temple stands on the Edge of a deep pool within a high enclose wall. Temple and Jagamohana are built in Pidha Order and thickly plastered with lime mortar; and later a new pillared Mandapa has been added to the front of Jagamohana for convenience of the devotees.
The niches of the inner wall of the Compound Contain loose sculptures of Ganesha, Kartikeya, Parvati and Chamunda. An image of Mahisamardini Durga locally known as Bhagabati is worshiped in the sanctum of the main temple.
The large number of Buddhist images discovered at Banpur relates the place to the Vajrayan cult of Buddhism. The temple of 'Daksha-Prajapati' is a fine specimen of extraordinary artistic excellence of Odisha art.
It was a tradition to serve the deity with animal sacrifice during Dussehra celebration but with the passage of time this practice of animal sacrifice has been abolished.
How to reach:
Banpur is 8 kms from Balugaon and 96 kms from Bhubaneswar. It takes 1hour 28 minutes to reach this place from Bhubaneswar. You can drive yourself to this place from Bhubaneswar or you can hire two wheeler or four wheeler to reach this place.
Driving Direction: Bhubaneswar Nirakarpur Tangi Banpur.
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary:
An exquisite biodiversity combined with beautiful terrains and a Mangrove dominated ecosystem is what Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha is comprised of. The spectacular wildlife, birds and vegetation makes Bhitarkanika one of the most amazing wildlife sanctuaries in India. Located in the estuarine region of Brahmini- Baitarani in the state of Orissa the sanctuary continues to attract tourists all through the year.
Mangroves are spread all over the entire 625 km area of the Sanctuary including the wet and the marshy lands. The sanctuary has 55 different varieties of mangroves which are used as nesting ground by the migratory birds coming from Central Asia and Europe. Teak, Salai, Bamboo, Hair, Babul, Zizphus, Kauriculata, Palas are the other significant flora of the region. The sanctuary is also the breeding location for the giant salt water crocodiles which includes the rare partially white crocodiles. To see these marsh crocodiles in their pristine habitat is an awesome experience. These are the primitive inhabitants of most of the creeks flowing around the Sanctuary. The sanctuary also houses 215 species of birds which includes eight different varieties of Kingfisher alone. Woodpecker, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Brahmini Ducks, Sea Gull, Hornbill, Waders, Bar Headed Geese etc are other avifauna of the region.
Pestilential reptiles like pythons and king cobras reside in the sanctuary. Water monitor lizards, flying fox, wild dogs, leopards, wild boar, four horned antelopes, Chikana, Hyena, Blue Bull and Bear are the other important fauna which are flourishing within the protected area of Bhitarkanika National Park.
A core area of 145 square kms has been carved out of the sanctuary to form Bhitarkanika National Park. The park is of immense geomorphologic, ecological and biological significance because of the crisscrossing creeks, rivers, estuaries, backwaters, mud flats and accumulated lands and constitutes an ideal location for trekking, camping and picnic. On the coast of Bay of Bengal on the sprawling beach of 35 kms lies the world heritage site of Gahirmatha Beach which is the nesting ground of the Olive Ridley Sea - Turtles.
Motorboats are the only means of commutation as this island is approachable only through waterways. Orissa is blessed to have a rich and vivid wildlife. Hunting, poaching and illegal encroachments have endangered the life of most of these species and are facing threat of extinction. Many Wildlife sanctuaries in India have been set up to protect these species. Your Orissa national park tours are not complete if you have not witnessed the way these wonderful creatures are being nurtured in these sanctuaries and national parks. Wildlife Sanctuary tour Orissa is an indispensable itinerary of the Orissa trip. Bhitarkanika Tour Packages providing a glimpse on the ecosystem of the tidal region and its animal wealth is like an icing on the cake.
Bhitarkanika wild life sanctuary tours are organized for the tourists to make them encounter all these incredible experiences. The forest rest houses and jungle lodges at Ekakula, Dangmal and Gupti are the modes of Accommodation in Bhitarkanika. The best season to visit the sanctuary is winter between the months of November to February.
How to reach:
Bhubaneswar - Khola / Gupti entry point: 160 kms
Cuttack - Khola / Gupti entry point: 140 kms
Bhadrak - Jayangar entry point: 70 kms (Via Chandbali).
Nearest Railway Station:
Bhadrak - 70 Kms from Jayanagar entry point
Cuttack - 140 kms from Khola / Gupti entry point
Bhubaneswar - 160 kms from Khola / Gupti entry point
Nearest Airport: Bhubaneswar - 160 kms from Khola / Gupti