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Dhauli Giri:

The rock edicts of Dhauli Giri that dates back to the 3rd century, holds an important place in the history of India. It is here the famous Kalinga war was waged and the legendary leader Ashoka changed his heart after seeing the consequences of war. Ashoka who turned to Buddhism from here has adorned the complex with Buddhist preaching. Dhauli Giri is located 8 km from the city. It is an ideal place for those who have a passion for history. Many peace loving tourists come here to soak in the serene ambience here.


Nandankanan Sanctuary and Biological Park:

Nandankanan, situated about 20km from Bhubaneswar, is another famous picnic spot in Bhubaneswar. There is a botanical garden, a zoo and a sanctuary enveloped in a beautiful green environment. The park is famous for its white tigers, lion-tailed macaque and black panthers. Among the key projects at Nandankanan, the Gharial crocodile breeding here is the first in the country. Boating in the beautiful Kanjia Lake, white tiger safari and lion safari are the main attractions here. Visitors may also stop by the Chandaka Elephant Reserve located nearby.


Yogini Temple, Hirapur:

This hypaethral (no roof) temple of sixty four yoginis, is the second of its kind in Orissa and one among the four such in India. Yogini goddesses are worshipped in the temple for obtaining supernatural abilities. This 9th century temple is located about 20 kms South-East of Bhubaneswar and is very different from the Odissi architecture.


ISKCON Temple:

This temple situated on National Highway No. 5 draws a lot of tourists every year. Its structure, impeccably clean surroundings and charm makes it a great place for a spiritual retreat. Non Hindus are allowed inside the temple.


Cactus Garden:

Situated near the Ekamara Kanan in Bhubaneswar, the Cactus Garden, with its extensive collection of cactus, is a sight not to be missed.


Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves:

The twin hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri is famous for its ancient Jain monastery in an artificial cave-like chambers. These caves are important both historically and religiously. It also has many stunning paintings that date back to the 2nd century BC.


Deras Dam:

The Deras Dam near to the Chandaka Sanctuary is ocated almost 20 km away from the Baramunda Bus stand in Bhubaneswar. Visitors can enjoy boating in the lake and have some peaceful relaxing moments here in close communion with nature.



The ruins of the ancient Sisupalgarh city, near Bhubaneswar are a popular spot of archaeologists and history lovers. Many parts of the fort that dates back to the 3rd century BC were excavated by Archaelogical Survey of India and was declared as a nationally protected monument. Some tall pillars, walls and structures are still there arousing curiosity to the visitors.


Odisha State Museum:

The museum is famous for its vast collection of coins, sculptures, stone inscriptions, copper plates, palm leaf manuscripts, folk musical instruments and Bronze Age tools. Several rare epigraphic records are still preserved here.


Rajarani Temple:

This 11th century temple is a feast to eyes with its marvelously carved like-like figures.  It is built with red-gold sandstone which is known called Rajarani. This temple is unique as it has no presiding deity. Instead, there are many carefully carved human figures. The life like sculptures of amorous couples, passionate females here depicts the aesthetic sense of ancient architects. The inner sanctum is strikingly ornate with stunning figures of nymphs, lions and elephants.



The hot sulphur spring near Hatakeswar temple in Atri is believed to possess some medicinal properties. May be because of this, the place is a popular tourist destination. It is located in a picturesque country side located 42 km from Bhubaneswar.


Bindu Sarovara:

Bindu means drop and the name of the lake originated from the belief that the lake contains drops from many holy rivers in the country. The lake is surrounded by many famous temples of Bhubaneswar like Lingaraj, Vital Deul and Ananta Vasudeva temples.


Vaital Deul Temple:

Located on the banks of Bindu Sarovar, this is an 8th century Tantric temple. It belongs to the Khakhara order which is a stream of the famous Kalinga School. The structure is a mix of Buddhism and Hinduism and is famous for its sculptures. 

Parashurameswar Temple: This is a small temple but is very important historically. It is believed to be to be one of the oldest shrines in the city and dates back to 650 A. D. The temple is constructed in a typical Oriyan style of architecture with many sculptures depicting Puranic stories. 


Mukteshwara Temple:

This 10th century temple acts as a link between the early and later stages of Kalinga architecture. The grand torana or decorative gateway is the highlight of the temple, evocative of the Buddhist influence in Odisha.


Lingaraj Temple:

This majestic 7th century structure is a feather to the ancient Oriyan architecture. According to history, the construction of this temple took the ruling period of three dynasties. Its tall ornate tower and fortified walls are the main attraction. The annual chariot festival here is very famous.


Brahmeswara Temple:

This is another famous shrine in the cityfamous for its sculptures, tantric images and ornate tower.