Jan 05, 2023

A Day in Bhubaneshwar: Temples, Caves, and Cultural Delights

Once the capital of the Kalinga empire, Bhubaneshwar boasts of a number of architectural marvels built by the Kalinga emperors that ruled the city for centuries. The city was also once home to 700 temples, which explains why it is popularly dubbed the city of temples. While one day is not enough to see everything the city has to offer, here are a few highlights that you must include in your itinerary for the day.

Lingaraj Temple

Built in the 7th century, the Lingaraj temple is spread over an area of 2,50,000 square feet and houses an eight-foot Shivalinga along with idols of many other deities.

Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves

Known to be the home to Jain monks during ancient times, Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves are a must-visit spot to witness the carving art of the people of 1st century BCE.

Bhog (Lunch) at Anant Vasudeva Temple

Enjoy a mouth-watering satvik bhog at the Anant Vasudeva temple while embracing its ornate architectural beauty.

Shanti Stupa, Dhauligiri

After lunch, you can have some quiet time at the Shanti Stupa, Dhauligiri, which is also known as the peace stupa. Reportedly, it was built to mark the end of the Kalinga war.

Shop at Ekamra Haat

Take home local souvenirs such as stone sculptures, pattachitra or palm leave paintings, Filigree work jewellery etc.

Dalma for Dinner

Before leaving for the airport, don’t forget to try one of the most loved local cuisines of Bhubaneshwar, i.e. Dalma.

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