Bhubaneswar attractions

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Mandir

The 54m-high Lingaraj Mandir dedicated to Shiva dates from 1090 to 1104 – though some parts are more than 1400 years old – and is surrounded by several smaller temples and shrines. The granite block within, represen…
Top Choice Museum in Bhubaneswar

Museum of Tribal Arts & Artefacts

This superb museum is a must for visitors interested in Odisha's 62 tribes or considering a visit to the state's tribal areas. Complete with interactive elements such as augmented reality glasses, its galleries disp…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Mukteswar Mandir

This small but beautiful 10th-century structure 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 Hind…
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

Rajarani Mandir

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

State Museum

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

Parsurameswar Mandir

This is an ornate Shiva temple built around AD 650. It has lively bas-reliefs of elephant and horse processions, panels of musicians and dancers, and delicately sculpted Shiva images. The temple can be accessed by a…
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 over 200 works by prominent Odishan artists. You'll find many works for sale too.
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

Kedargauri Mandir

Over the pathway from Mukteswar Mandir is the whitewashed Kedargauri Mandir, one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar (although it has been substantially rebuilt). It's active with worshippers throughout the day, as…