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Introducing Bhubaneswar

At first glance, Bhubaneswar’s wide avenues, green belts and public highway murals that reflect its temple-town heritage – all on the outskirts – seem quite pleasant. Its inner sanctum, whose many gorgeous and well-preserved Hindu temples inspired the nickname of India’s Temple City, is also a serene spiritual epicentre and a living museum of Odishan medieval temple architecture. Though typically noisy and congested around the rest of it, the Temple City is an enthralling pit stop for a day or two to take in the old city’s holy centre around Bindu Sagar where, from the thousands that once stood here, 50-odd stone temples remain; and the city is a fantastic spot to take in Odisha's distinct regional cuisine.