Bhubaneshwar is the capital city of the state of Orissa and is also a major commercial and trading hub and a popular tourist destination in India. Popularly known as the 'Temple City of India', it is famous for a rich religious tradition and culture. Bhubaneshwar is home to a variety of temples and religious monuments of the ancient periods.
Bhubaneswar's history dates back to around 2000 years. The region became a major settlement during the reign of king Kharavela. It was also an important trading center in the Islamic and Mughal Empire. After India's independence from the British rule, the city was made a part of Orissa. It was made the capital in the year 1948.
The climate of Bhubaneswar, Orissa is mostly tropical with hot and humid summers and cool and dry winters. The ideal time for traveling to Bhubaneswar is between the months of October and March when the weather is fine with very little rainfall.
Bhubaneswar is a popular spot for holidaying. It is full of temples, religious monuments and historical sites. Some of the popular tourist attractions in Bhubaneswar are:
- Khandagiri & Udayagiri caves
- Dhauli Giri
- Lingaraja Temple
- Science Park
From Bhubaneshwar, tourists can also undertake excursions to the beautiful seaside area of Puri. It is a well known religious city and is home to the famous temple of Lord Jagannath. Puri is just 2 hours drive from Bhubaneswar. One can also make wildlife trips to the nearby Chandaka wildlife reserve and Nandankanan zoo.
There are a varied range of hotels in Bhubaneswar which offer comfortable facilities and services. There are luxury hotels, middle range hotels as well as economy and budget hotels in the city.
Bhubaneswar is an important transport hub and can be accessed easily and conveniently. The city is served by the Bhubaneswar Airport which operates lots of domestic flights. The railway network also connects the city with other parts of the state and the country. Road network is also well developed.