Top Choice Museum in Bhubaneswar

State Museum

Odisha’s best collection of rare palm-leaf manuscripts, as well as patta-chitra (scroll paintings), traditional and folk musical instruments, Bronze Age tools, an armoury, and an impressive collection of Buddhist, J…
Top Choice Historic Site in Bhubaneswar

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

Six kilometres west of the city centre are two hills riddled with rock-cut shelters. Many are ornately carved and thought to have been chiselled out for Jain ascetics in the 1st century BC.
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

Three rivers flow out to sea at Bhitarkanika forming a tidal maze of muddy creeks and mangroves. This is India’s second largest mangrove region after the Sunderbans, and most of the 672-sq-km delta forms this wonder…
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Lingaraj Mandir

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

Museum of Tribal Arts & Artefacts

For anyone considering a visit to the tribal areas, this museum is recommended. Dress, ornaments, weapons, household implements and musical instruments are displayed. The museum is located off National Hwy 5; bus 80…
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Regional Science Centre

Kids will love this parkland museum with its giant dinosaurs. Included in the admission is a 30-minute movie screened hourly. Other treats are hands-on demonstrations of the laws of physics and displays on astronomy…
Library in Puri

Raghunandan Library

Non-Hindus can spy from the roof of Raghunandan Library opposite; a ‘donation’, while not officially compulsory, is expected (₹10 is fine, though they will whine about it). The library is closed on Sunday, so touts …
Hindu Temple in Bhubaneswar

Raja Rani Mandir

Built around 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 guardians…
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Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary

Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary was declared primarily to preserve wild elephants and elephant habitat. If you’re lucky you might also see leopard, deer, mugger crocodiles and over 100 species of birds.
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Sun Temple

The massive Sun Temple was constructed in the mid-13th century, probably by Odishan king Narashimhadev I to celebrate his military victory over the Muslims, and was in use for maybe only three centuries. In the late…