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Bhubaneswar replaced Cuttack as the capital on 19 August 1949, 2 years after India gained its independence from Britain. The modern city was designed by the German architect Otto Königsberger in 1946. Being the capital city, the place eventually got an infrastructure boost, which led to the growth in communication, transport, sports, education and health facilities; and rose to become one of the foremost, to be found suitable for being developed as  a smart city of India



Bhubaneswar derived its name from Tribhubaneswar, which literally means the Lord (Eeswar) of the Three World (Tribhuban), which refers to Shiva. Along with the old town, the present day Bhubaneswar has often been illustrated as the Ekamra Khetra (Temple City). Although the modern city of Bhubaneswar was formally established only in 1948, the history of the areas in and around the present-day city can be traced to the 3rd century BCE and earlier. It is a confluence of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain heritage boasting of some of the finest Kalingan temples.

Not just in architectural and infrastructural splendor, the place is also endowed with a green canopy of forests which makes it a haven for daredevil spirit in you to explore and the beasts in their wilderness.

Welcome to the whole package of a tourist’s dream destination. Welcome to Bhubaneswar

Fairs & Festivals 

  • Rukuna Rath Yatra
  • Mukteswar Dance Festival
  • Rajarani Music Festival
  • .FEST
  • Toshali Crafts Mela
  • Adivasi Mela (Tribal fair) 

See to Believe

Below is a visual treat of Bhubaneswar. Enjoy the immersive experience and experience the 360 degree views and virtual tours which are soon going to enhance your visual journey!

Top Attractions

Get enraptured by a myriad of tourist attractions in Bhubaneswar ranging from monuments of ancient history, breathtaking temple architecture & Buddhist sites, art & craft villages, museums and artefacts that never ceases to amaze. Scroll the list below to continue unravelling the secrets of Odisha.

Top Experiences

Below is our low-down on the must try activities and experiences in and around Bhubaneswar. Plan your stay to coincide with some of these events to get completely entrenched in the culture and heritage of Odisha. We assure you that the below list will leave you Odisha Amazed!

Adivasi Mela

The fair held in the month of February gives a glimpse of the tribal culture and lifestyle of Odisha. Right from replicas of tribal home’s to tribal handicrafts and cuisine, the fair serves up everything with a tribal touch.


The mega musical concert attracts the top artist from the music industry and is a huge draw amongst the tourists and citizens alike. The allure of seeing the stars performing live is something special and a temptation not to be resisted. Dot Fest is held in the month of December.

Rukuna Rath Yatra

The annual chariot festival of Lord Lingaraj, sees huge number of devotee’s thronging the path of the chariot to get a glimpse of Lord Chandrashekhar the representative of Lord Lingaraj. The annual chariot festival is held on the auspicious day of Ashokastami – which usually falls in April.

Getting There

To reach, Take the train to Bhubaneswar or take a flight to Bhubaneswar & hit the road. Alternatively Bhubaneswar is well connected with road network

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Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Bhubaneswar ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Bhubaneswar.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Bhubaneswar in a matter of hours. We have found 10 such places close to Bhubaneswar that will maximize your Experience-Odisha!


There's a variety of options for you to stay at. From Star Rated Hotels, Eco Tour Nature Camps equipped with state of the art swiss tents and facilities to OTDC Government Hotels, Bed Breakfasts and Homestays to choose from. Browse the list below to choose your preferred accomodation.

Trails/ Packages Covering Bhubaneswar

Like what you see? Looking to have a well rounded experience in Odisha? Scroll to see a list of the choicest of curated pre-packaged tours covering the most coveted destinations in Odisha.Browse the list and see details of the trail/package which interests you most. Contact the Dept. Of Tourism recogonized Tour Operator who has published the tour and finalize your trip to Odisha today!

Find a Tour Operator

Below is a list of Travel Agency/Tour Operators who are recognized by the Dept. Of Tourism and are trusted Local Specialists. Contact them today to plan a well rounded trip to Odisha and getting the best deals! Their packages cover everything from the most visited to the off-beat, from the most ancient to the most urbane, from mountains to beaches, from the wild city life to the spending nights under a cieling of stars in the actual wilderness! Click on the contact button and get a call back now!

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