Lingaraja temple was constructed by the King Ananga Bhimadeva III during 11th Century AD. The temple is located in the city of Bhubaneswar honor to Lord Shiva. It is the biggest temple in the city with
a height of about 148 fts and its constructions (Kalinga architectural style) are very similar to Lord Jagannath temple in Puri. Bindu Sarovara (a large pond or lake) is situated by the north of the temple where
thousands of devotes reach to take a holy bath. You can easily access this temple after reaching Lingaraj Temple Road Railway Station.
Udayagiri hill is famous as a Jain religious site of ancient history located about 6.5 km away from Bhubaneswar. It has 18 superb caves which were used to live ancient Jain communities from the rule
of Kharavela. Some major caves among these are the Cave 1 (Rani Guha or Queen's Cave, most beautiful and biggest), Cave 2 (Chota Hathi Gumpha, or Small Elephant Cave, six architectural elephants flanking its entrance),
Cave 5 (Jaya Vijaya Gumpha is notable for a Bodhi tree is carved in the central of it), Cave 12 (Bagh Gumpha or Tiger cave, its front carved into the shape of a tiger's mouth), Cave 14, Hathi Gumpha or Elephant
Cave is a large natural cavern. You need a minimum entrance fees to visit this hill.
Khandagiri Hill is another popular tourist destination near the Bhubaneswar City. It is located adjacent to the Udayagiri Hill and it also an example of Jain Culture during the ancient age. You will
get here a perfect example of rock cut temples on the top of hill and 15 caves which were occupied by Jains. These caves were constructed by King Kharavela during 2nd century. Some major these are the Cave 1 and
cave 2 (these also known as Tatowa Gumpha or Parrot Caves due to its parrots carved figures on the arches of their doorways), Cave 3 (Ananta Gumpha or Snake Cave, a figures of twin serpents on the door arches) and
the Cave 7 (Navamuni Guha, where the figures of nine Jain Tirthankars carved on the back and right walls). There have no entry fees to visit here.
Dhauli Giri or hill is situated about 7.8 km away from Bhubaneswar. This hill witnessed of the harsh bloody battle of Kalinga during 261 BC by Ashoka. After that battle Great Ashoka embraced Buddhism
and became an ambassador of non violence and he established the Dhauli Hill as a Buddha settlement. The Shanti Stupa or peace pagoda is located at the right side of Dhauli hills just after crossing Daya River Bridge.
Now it bears the symbols of Buddhism with the universal symbol of Lord Buddha, the sculpted elephant topping the rock edict. Bhubaneswar Railway Station is nearest to the Dhauli hill placed about 9.5 Km away.
Nandankanan Zoological Park was constructed by Odisha state government in 1960 but it was opened for public in 1979. It covers an area of 990 acres and a botanical garden, Chandaka forest, and
a big lake named Kanjia Lake placed adjacent to the zoo. This zoological garden is about 16 km away from Cuttack, 3 km away from Barang railway station and 9 km from Bhubaneswar. The total number of animals in this
zoo is 151, of which 49 species are mammals, 75 are birds, 36 species are fish and 27 are reptiles. Some of the most well known species of Nandankanan are crocodiles, pangolins, mouse deer, Sambars, panthers, blackbucks,
hill mynas, civets, storks, etc.
*Beside of these there have lots of famous Hindu temples to visit. Among these the Parashurameshwara and Rajarani Temple are two must see places in Bhubaneswar. Some other popular tourist destinations in and around the city are Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar atemple, Isckon Temple, Yogini temple, Brahmeshwara Temple, Biju Patnaik Park, Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Mukteshwar Temple, Vaital Deul Temple, Bahirangeshwar Siva Temple, Asvathama Rock, Orissa State Museum, Handicrafts Museum, Tribal Museum, etc.
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Bhubaneswar the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Odisha. Along with the old town, the region historically was often depicted as Ekamra Kshetra (Temple City). With the diverse ranges of heritage resources, it showcases significant sacred cultural landscape components which have evolved with the support of available natural resource base and cultural trigger. Although the modern city of Bhubaneswar was formally established in 1948, the history of the areas in and around the present-day city can be traced to the 7th century BCE and earlier. It is a confluence of Hindu, Buddhism and Jain heritage and includes several Kalingan temples
The climate of Bhubaneswar is very hot & humid in summer and dry & cool in winter. Normally the month from end of March to mid-June is summer season in the city when the temperature may reach up to 46°C. Sudden afternoon thunder storms are common during this season in Bhubaneswar. After the end of summer winter season enter to this city at the end of June and it continue till the end of September. The average annual rainfall of the city is 1540 mm. monsoon season is succeeded by winter. It usually persists from November to end of February when the minimum temperature may fall at 11°C. Winter season is the best season to visit in Bhubaneswar City.