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There are numerous places to see and explore for tourist in Bhubaneswar. Get details on local sightseeing in Bhubaneshwar, India.

Sightseeing in Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar

Sightseeing in Bhubaneswar - History and religion have played an important part in the life of Orissa and Bhubaneswar. Therefore, most of sightseeing in the city is based on that.

The Lingaraj Temple is one of Orissa’s main temples, notable for the balanced placement of sculpture on its 45 m spire. Next to the Lingaraj temple is the Bindu Sagar, a large tank believed to contain droplets from all of India’s holy pools. The Parsurameswar Temple, the oldest and one of the best preserved, should be next on your list. The Mukteswar Temple is a series of small monuments and its inverted U-shapped archway is known for its intricate carvings. Rajarani Temple is famous for its shikhara, built with miniature templespires clustered around the main tower.

Udaygiri and Khandagiri are caves cut into the hillside with 33 niches or gumphas. Dhauli commemorates Emperor Ashoka’s conversion to Buddhism.

Nandankanan, the zoo and wildlife sanctuary, is a large expanse of the Chandaka forest, and has a big collection of animals form al over the world, including the fames white tiger.

The entertainment in Bhubaneswar includes some fascinating festivals. Ekamra Utsav of Bhubaneswar is held in early January. Its ten days are filled with fun and frolic of Mukteswar Dance festival (a programme of Odissi dance and music held against the backdrop of Mukteswar temple). Besides this handloom and handicrafts exhibitions, Ekamra Haat exhibition, and flower shows add colours to the festival. The Kalinga Mahotsava is a festival of martial dances held at Dhauli. It is a fitting tribute to the victory of peace over war, where renowned dancers of India perform. Then you have the enjoyment of classical music at the Rajarani Music Festival held against the backdrop of the Rajarani Temple.