Do you love to go to historical places? The capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar, is one of them. Bhubaneswar is also known as the Temple City and it is the important trade center and religious hub in India’s eastern region. It has such unique places to visit some of which attract the highest number of tourists in India.
In addition to two other cities, Puri, and Konark, it forms the Swarna Tribhuja. Bhubaneswar has some iconic monuments and beautiful natural attractions and rich culture, which can take us back to the third century BC.
The nearest airport is the Biju Patnaik International Airport which is located about 4 kilometers away from the city center. For a pleasant time to visit Bhubaneswar during important religious festivals. For a better experience visit the city in the months of November to February.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri
Udayagiri & Khandagiri are present At a distance of 9 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station. Udayagiri & Khandagiri are two ancient rock-cut caves located in the vicinity of Bhubaneswar which is believed to have been carved out by Jain monks. These are twin hills caves, these caves are one of the most popular places to visit in Bhubaneswar and there are many small caves that have important stone carvings, footprints, and sculptures.
Opening time is 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda)
Do you follow the Buddhist religion? Then you should surely visit this place. Shanti Stupa was built by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh in the 70s. Shanti Stupa is also known as Peace Pagoda. It is present nearly 7 Km away from Bhubaneswar at the top of the Dhauli Giri hill.
Tourists and locals frequent this place to meditate and pray as it is surrounded by stupas and inscriptions believed to have been from the period of King Ashoka’s reign. The most beautiful thing to look out for the footprints of Lord Buddha on one of the main stone panels of the Stupa.
Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavation
At the period time, Ashoka was king, the Ratnagiri Buddhist Excavation site was built and has plenty of stone carvings. In this region, you will find many stone-carved Stupas in different sizes and shapes. Here, you will also come across the ruins of an old monastery. For anyone who loves and interested in history, there is a museum nearby that houses important artifacts.
Lingaraj Mandir is a historic temple that is said to have been built by Yayati Kesari. The Lingaraj temple consists of a tower that has a height of 180 feet and, inside the Sanctorum, there is an eight-inch shiva lingam. Prayer services are held daily at this temple, and it is one of the popular temples in the city and attracts a lot of devotees from across India. The temple has the most beautiful garden with exotic plants and gorgeous flowers surrounding it.