Bhubaneswar , Odisha


 Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a "Temple City of India". With Puri and Konark  it forms the Swarna Tribhuja ("Golden Triangle"), one of eastern India's most visited destinations. Bhubaneswar and Cuttack are often referred to as the 'twin cities of Odisha'.

 Bhubaneswar is in Khordha district of Odisha.Bhubaneswar is supposed to have had over one thousand temples, earning the tag of the 'Temple City of India'. Temples are made in the Kalinga architectural style with a pine spire that curves up to a point over the sanctum housing the presiding deity and a pyramid-covered hall where people sit and pray.

Barabati Stadium  in Cuttack, Odisha's only venue for international cricket matches, is located around 25 kilometres away.

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Lingaraj Temple

The temple is the most prominent landmark of the Bhubaneswar city and one of the major tourist attractions of the state.The Lingaraja temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The central tower of the temple is 180 ft  tall.

Rajarani Temple

 It is locally known as a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples in the temple. The temple was constructed of dull red and yellow sandstone locally called "Rajarani". There are no images inside the sanctum, and hence it is not associated with a specific sect of Hinduism but broadly classified as Saivite  based on the niches.

Dhauli Giri Hills

On the top of the hill, a dazzling white peace pagoda has been built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in the 1970s.

Nandankanan Zoological park

The zoo is home to about 1660 individual animals representing 166 species, including 67 species of mammals, 81 species of birds, and 18 species of reptiles.

The Nandankanan Zoo has the largest collection of white tigers in India. To help involve the general public in animal conservation and raise money, the zoo started the Adopt-an-Animal programme in 2008 for all of its animal.

Chilka Lake

It is the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian sub-continent. The lake is home to a number of threatened  species of plants and animals.

The lake is an ecosystem with large fishery resources. It sustains more than 150,000 fisher–folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands.

Puri Beach

Puri Beach is located at the city of Puri and the distance between Puri railway station and the beach is only 2 km. Nearest airport is located at Bhubaneshwar which is 60 km away. Buses and Taxis are available for local transportation.

Puri Jagannath Temple

The temple is famous for its annual Rath Yatra,or chariot festival, in which the three principle deities  are pulled on huge and elaborately decorated temple cars. Unlike the stone and metal icons found in most Hindu temples, the image of Jagannath is made of wood and is ceremoniously replaced every twelve or nineteen years by an exact replica.

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