Hey, Have you ever been to Bhubaneswar, the No 1 smart city? Or ever wondered What to do in Bhubaneswar within a day?
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If you are new to Odisha or planning to visit Odisha, then you must start your day or journey from Bhubaneswar.
I have spent nearly 18 years in Bhubaneswar and still living in. So thought of sharing my experience How you can enjoy your day in the smart city.
Before I start sharing my itinerary;
First of all, let me tell you Bhubaneswar is also known as the City of the temple, where you can find a number of temples.
Among all the temples, Lingaraj Temple is a must-visit temple to start your day.
Without delay, let’s start our journey:
Morning Visit to LINGARAJ TEMPLE
I hope, you have found a good cab for you and are ready to move.
Lingaraj Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is one of the ancient temples in Bhubaneswar. The temple is 180 ft in height and there are 108 temples inside the premise of the Lingaraj Temple. And all the Shivlings are self-originated to made the temple more religious for Hindus.
How to Reach Lingaraj Temple
The Nearest Traffic signal for visiting Lingaraj Temple is Kalpana Square, And Kalpana square is comfortably connected from all the reaching points to Bhubaneswar in the city. So you can choose share Auto or by City Bus service for this junction and then easily move forward to Lingaraj Temple.
Here you can prefer Autos, Cabs or City Buses as per the availability. The cost of Auto Rickshaw will be a little more as compared to city bus services.
The distance of Lingaraj Temple from the Railway station and airport is around 4-5 KM.
- Note:- Prefer to book Online Cab Services or City Buses rather than hiring local taxis
You can spend 1-2 hours inside the temple to relish the architectural creativity, dimensions, and beauty of the temple. You can also take a glimpse of Bindu Sagar which is located North side of Lingaraj temple and Ananta Vasudev Temple. The Prasad Made at Ananta Vasudev temple is Highly Recommended for Lunch.
- Note:- Photography and Non Hindus are not allowed inside the Temple, But you can enjoy the View and take photographs from outside the temple.
Morning Breakfast near Ram Mandir Temple
After visiting the Lingaraj Temple It’s time to have a delicious breakfast. Wait, I have a good place for your refreshment which is just near to the Ram Mandir Temple and it is famous for authentic Odia breakfast.
How to Reach Ram Mandir Square
After visiting Lingaraj Temple, you have to reach Kalpana square and from there you can choose city Bus or shared auto towards Vani Vihar Via Master Canteen square ( Bhubaneswar Railway Station ). After Master Canteen square the Next square is Ram Mandir square. Distance From Lingaraj Temple to Ram Mandir is around 5.5 KM.
You can find many youtube videos on this food stall from many food bloggers on YouTubers. The place is mainly famous for the Authentic Odia Dalma which is served with other items like Puri, Idli, Bada, Samosa, Aluchop, and others.
Day Visit at Nandankanan the Zoological Park
After your breakfast, you are charged up enough now for your next destination which is Nandankanan the Zoological Park famous for White Tiger Safari.
Nandankanan is the first zoo in India with a white tiger safari. If there is enough time with you to visit Nandankanan properly, then it requires a full day to explore the Zoo. Here You can enjoy the full day with lots of things to explore, But if u have less time then you can squeeze the time into 3-4 hr and go through the special attraction of the Zoo.
How to Reach Nandan Kanan Zoological Park
From Ram Mandir square you can find any time city bus to Cuttack Via Nandankanan, else you can take Autos to Jaydev Vihar then to Nandankanan. Here you can choose City Bus as the mode to travel as it is convenient.
Lunch at Odisha Hotel
After an exhausting visit to the zoo, it’s time for some authentic Odia food Lunch, Where you will relish yourself and take a lifetime memory of Odia Food. So our next destination is Odisha Hotel.
Odisha Hotel is Famous for Authentic Odia Thali. The food was served on Brassware dishes. Here I suggest some must-eat menus from my experience are Authentic Odia Veg Thali with Veg Platter, Mutton Curry home style with Prawn curry, and if you are a fish lover don’t Forget to try Fish besar. You can relish the meal for the rest of your life with lots of love.
How to Reach Odisha Hotel
While Returning From Nandan Kanan to Jayadev Vihar around 6-7 Kms you will find Infocity Square where you will find Odisha Hotel.
F19, Infocity, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751024
Afternoon Spent at Pathani Samanta Planetarium
It’s time to sit back and relax, So you can enjoy 1 hr science base show @ Pathani Samanta Planetarium.
The Planetarium was situated in the city of Bhubaneswar. It was named after the famous astronomer Pathani Samanta. It shows on activities like night sky viewing, audiovisual programs, and poster shows. It also displays various astronomical devices.
The Timing for the show starts from 2 PM to 6 PM every day except Monday. Rest all details can be found on the Odisha Tourism website.
How to Reach Planetarium
After Lunch Took the Auto or City Bus towards Acharya Vihar, In that acharya Vihar square you will find Planetarium @ a walkable distance.
Acharya Vihar, Doordarshan Colony, Gajapati Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751015
Evening Enjoy at Khandagiri Udaya Giri Cave
The Caves were built somewhere around the 2nd century BC by King Kharavela of the Meghavahana dynasty, widely known as the most powerful king in the history of Odisha.
You can spend 1-2 hr in both the caves and enjoy the beauty of ancient Odisha.
How to Reach Khandagiri / Udaygiri Cave
From Acharya Vihar move towards Khurda on NH 16 after 8-9 KM you will be @ Khadagiri square. And a walkable distance to the Caves.
Dhauli Santi Stupa
Dhauligiri is also known as the Peace Pagoda. It is situated at a distance of 8 Km from Bhubaneswar towards Puri, one finds Dhauli Shanti Stupa. The word ‘Shanti itself suggests peace. Since King Ashoka adopted the path of peace and convert himself to Buddhism, he laid the foundation of Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa at a place which is known for the end of the Kalinga War.
How to Reach Dhauli Shanti Stupa
From Acharya Vihar move towards Puri. After 15 KM of the journey, you will be at Dhauli. City Bus service is Preferred else book Auto or Taxi through an online service provider.
Hope You are not tired and ready for more fun.
After all these visits, you need a cup of tea/coffee with some delicious street food around the city. There are many more places available nearby Bhubaneswar to explore. Now it’s time for your next destination. So either you can take rest in booked hotel else move forward for nearest destination like Puri which was 1 hr journey from Bhubaneswar
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