Attractions

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Mandir

The 54m-high Lingaraj Mandir, dedicated to Tribhuvaneswar (Lord of Three Worlds), dates from 1090 to 1104 (though parts are more than 1400 years old) and is surrounded by dozens of smaller temples and shrines. The g…
Top Choice Museum in Bhubaneswar

Museum of Tribal Arts & Artefacts

This superb musum is a must for anthropologically inclined visitors interested in Odisha's 62 tribes or considering a visit to Odisha's tribal areas. Complete with interactive elements, its galleries display traditi…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Mukteswar Mandir

This small but beautiful 10th-century temple is one of the most ornate temples in Bhubaneswar; you'll see reproductions of it on posters across Odisha. Intricate carvings show a mixture of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu s…
Historic Site in Bhubaneswar

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

Six kilometres west of the city centre are two hills riddled with rock-cut shelters. Khandagiri is topped with a fine temple. Many of the caves are ornately carved and thought to have been chiselled out for Jain asc…
Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Vaital Mandir

This 8th-century temple, with a double-storey ‘wagon roof’ influenced by Buddhist cave architecture, was a centre of tantric worship, eroticism and bloody sacrifice. Look closely and you’ll see some very early eroti…
Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Rajarani Mandir

Built around AD 1100, this temple surrounded by manicured gardens is famous for its ornate deul (temple sanctuary) and tower. Around the compass points are pairs of statues representing eight dikpalas (temple guardi…
Museum in Bhubaneswar

State Museum

This museum houses Odisha’s best collection of rare palm-leaf manuscripts, as well as patachitra (scroll paintings), traditional and folk musical instruments, Bronze Age tools, an armoury, and an impressive collecti…
Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Parsurameswar Mandir

Just west of Lewis Rd lies a cluster of about 20 temples that are smaller than others in Bhubaneswar but nonetheless important. Best preserved is Parsurameswar Mandir, an ornate Shiva temple built around AD 650. It …
Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Brahmeswar Siva Mandir

Standing in well-kept gardens, flanked on its plinth by four smaller structures, this 9th-century temple is a smaller version of Lingaraj Mandir. It’s notable for its finely detailed sculptures with erotic elements.
Gallery in Bhubaneswar

Odisha Modern Art Gallery

Right near the airport, this gallery exhibits the best of Odisha's contemporary art. The permanent collection includes the works of over 200 artists; you'll find many works for sale, too.