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Bhubaneswar Travel Guide
Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is known also as the "Temple City of India". Being the place of pilgrimage for the devotees of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord Lingaraj', Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples highlight the landscape of the Old Town, which once glowed of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where temple building activities of Oriyan style flowered from its very inception to its fullest bloom extending over a period of over one thousand years.
The new Bhubaneswar with its modern buildings and awesome infrastructure nicely completes its historic surroundings. With facilities to serve every type of visitor, Bhubaneswar makes an incredible tourist destination. Bhubaneswar is well reachable by air, rail and road to the rest of India. With numerous hotels as well as the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation's Panthanivas, Bhubaneswar is well prepared to accommodate every type of visitor.
Handicrafts of the Region: Silver filigree, Stone and Wood carving, Patta paintings, Tie and Dye textiles, bamboo basketry, brass and bell metal work, horn work, and many other famous handicrafts of Orissa can be selected as souvenirs from the local markets. Purchases can be made from Utkalika (run by the Department of Handicrafts) or at the many privately run shops.
Bhubaneswar is a land of glorious history, art and culture. The city has seen the great Mauryan ruler changing into ikon of peace. Apart from this Hinduism supplemented Jainism, and Kesari and Ganga kingdoms did a lot for the progress of Orissa culture, which can been seen in the city.
Previously, in the same row during the period of Kharavel, Orissa started gaining its lost glory. Once the city housed around 7000 temples dedicated for different deities. Now only 500 of them survive.
Bhubaneswar has developed itself with offices, hotels, industries, parks, cinema halls, auditoriums, colleges, hospitals, clinics, airport, railway station, etc. Bhubaneswar is being visited by thousands of tourists, businessmen, students everyday. Different oriya newspapers are being published. This city is a must visit for all the tourists worldwide. This can be addressed as the paradise for visitors.
Khandagiri and Udaygiri: The twin hills of Kumargiri and Kumarigiri known Khandagiri and Udaygiri as contain varieties of rock-cut caves, built mainly for the jain monks around 1st - 2nd century B.C. The thirteen years lithic record of King Kharavela engraved in Hatigumpha (elephant cave) is a magnificent specimen of Pali records so far found in India.
Cactus garden: Cactus garden situated close to the 'Ekamara Kanan' in Bhubaneswar, the Cactus Garden, with its huge collection of Cactii should not be missed.
Best time to visit: Bhubaneswar can be visited round the year, but the ideal time, especially for visitors from colder climes, would be from October to March.
How to get there:
Bhubaneswar is well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India. The modern Biju Patnaik airport is being extended to receive wide bodied aircraft, and one may well see international charters landing here soon.
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