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Sambalpur is the epicenter of culture and commerce in Western Odisha. Throughout its chequered history the city has been a witness to many a significant events which helped shaped the overall culture and history of the state.



Officially the region came under the sway of the British in 1849 after the demise of the Last Chouhan King Raja Narayan Singh. The death of the King heralded a new chapter in the history for the people of Sambalpur, who till now where oblivious and cocooned from the turbulent times that the country was going through.

The British brought in a slew of changes, the chief amongst them was the accession of the region to Bengal province in 1860 & thereafter to Central Province for administrative purposes. After a lot of inquisitions, people’s movement, the British regime transferred the region to Bengal Province in 1905 and subsequently it became a part of the Odisha province when it was constituted in 1912.

Sambalpur apart from its rich history is also known for its vibrant culture and home of the world famous Sambalpuri Sarees. The folk songs and dance popularly known as Sambalpuri Songs and Samabalpuri Dance has their own distinct identity and are extremely popular for their feet tapping lyrics and music.      

See to Believe

Below is a visual treat of Sambalpur. 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 Sambalpur ranging from temples which are nerve center of the cultural heritage to the handloom hub of Odisha, to the breathtaking delta formed by Mahanadi & the natural wilderness which the river supports. 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 Sambalpur. 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!

Sambalpuri Dance

If you haven’t watched a Sambalpuri dance performance during your trip, consider your trip incomplete.

Sambalpuri Song

The capital of Western Odisha is also a cultural hub. Don’t miss the chance to listen to some feet tapping Sambalpuri songs. The songs are characterized by their rustic feel yet contemporary appeal.


Apart from being a handloom hub the town is dotted with temples. The sureswari temple dedicated Goddess Shakti and worshipped as Sureswari is revered temple of the region.

Getting There

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Nearby Destinations

Wish to make the best of your trip to Sambalpur ? Make sure your itinerary covers these below must-see destinations close to Sambalpur.Most of these are highly coveted on every tourists bucket list and can be reached from Sambalpur in a matter of hours. We have found 4 such places close to Sambalpur 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 Sambalpur

Like what you see? Looking to have a well-rounded experience in Odisha? Presenting a list of some curated, pre-packaged tours covering some of the most coveted destinations in Odisha. Browse and see details of the trail/package which interests you the most. Reach out to the Department of Tourism (DoT) recognized travel agents, who are here to provide you with some memorable experiences and moments.

Find a Travel Agent

Below is a list of travel agents/tour operators who are our trusted local specialists. Contact them today to plan a well-rounded trip to Odisha, and for getting the best deals. Their packages cover everything - from the most visited to the off-beat, from ancient to urbane, from mountains to beaches, from city life to stargazing nights. Click on the contact button and get a call back!

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