Top things to do in Bhubaneswar

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…
Top Choice Odishan in Bhubaneswar

Kanika

Located at the Mayfair Lagoon hotel, tiny Kanika does a fabulous job with regional Odishan recipes, particularly excelling with local seafood. Specialities include kankada yarkari (crab curry); slow-cooked, spiced p…
Top Choice Odishan in Bhubaneswar

Dalma

This outlet of the small Bhubaneswar chain is widely regarded by locals as the best place in town to sample authentic Odishan cuisine, including aloo bharta (a delicious mashed potato and aubergine combination), dal…
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…
North Indian in Bhubaneswar

Narula's

Among the best North Indian kitchens in town, this stylish, air-conditioned restaurant serves perfectly cooked tandoori chicken, as well as other classics including butter chicken, dhal makhani (black lentils and re…
South Indian in Bhubaneswar

Truptee

A great choice for South Indian breakfasts, this clean, family-friendly restaurant does a fine line in dosas (paper-thin lentil-flour pancakes), vadas (doughnut-shaped deep-fried lentil savoury) and idlis (spongy, f…
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 …
Odishan in Bhubaneswar

Odisha Hotel

This simple restaurant is one of the best spots to try authentic Odishan cuisine, served in huge thali-style proportions. There's an English menu available, which also lists a long line of nonveg preps (mutton, chic…