Bhubaneswar is a historical city that has been one of the centers of cultural excellence. The temple city, named thus for being the home of a large number of temples built during different periods of history is one of the major tourist attractions in the state. There are many sights that a tourist could visit, but the top 5 things we would suggest are-
The Lingaraj Temple
This temple is one of the famous Shaivite shrines in the country built in the 12th century. Its wonderful architecture and imposing presence attracts tourists from all over India. Visit to this temple must be on every tourist’s itinerary.
It is one of the famous temples in Odisha built around 10th century AD. It is known for its architectural splendors and exquisite craftsmanship in stone. The temple’s design consists of a full-fledged five sectioned form and a platform consisting of five mouldings. Walls of the temple are engraved delightfully with forms of animals and human beings and the ceilings are beautifully decorated. The temple complex also housed many other temples with elegant art works engraved on them.
Khandagiri and Udayairi Caves
One of the earliest rock cut caves in India, these caves were made to house Jain monks. Known for the architectural beauty and religious significance, the caves have been a center of attraction for tourists. The facades of the caves describe in vivid details the lifestyle of common people and of royalty. Anyone interested in stone carved architecture, arts and sculptures must visit the site.
Nandankanan Zoological Park
Nandankanan zoological park is an ideal place of visit for both revelers and wildlife enthusiasts. It’s 101 enclosures and 202 sub enclosures house a wide variety of animals, birds and reptiles including 31 endangered species. . Some rare species like white tiger, patas monkey and open billed storks are found in Nandan kanan. It is the first zoo in the country where endangered Gharials were born in captivity in 1980. It is the first zoo in the country to become a member of World Association of Zoos & Aquariums (WAZA).
Bearing the indelible glory of the ancient Kalinga, this place had drawn tourists from all over the world, especially Buddhist countries. Battle of Kalinga that transformed Ashoka, the great had taken place here and it is from here that he launched his “Dharma Vijaya”, the mission to preach Buddhism. There is a huge stupa which stands witness to one of the grand turn of events in human history as well a rock edicts of Ashoka that describes the determination of the great ruler to pursue the path of peace.
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