How Would You Spend 24 Hours In The City Of Temples?

How Would You Spend 24 Hours In The City Of Temples?
Bhubaneswar is also known as the city of temples, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

From temples to textiles, visit Bhubaneswar for its rich culture and a slice of spiritual awakenings

Roop Sawhney
November 09 , 2019
04 Min Read

The city of Bhubaneswar is known for its many temples and lakes and the rich culture that it boasts of. Unravel the secrets of the temples and experience the rich cultural heritage while you spend 24 hours in Bhubaneswar.

BREAKFAST OF THE CHAMPIONS

Start your day with a traditional trip around Orissa right at your breakfast table. Have breakfast at the Kanika restaurant which is famous for its authentic Odia cuisine. An intimate restaurant with elegant interiors adorned with tribal artefacts. Enjoy the Posto Baraa, pan fried poppy seeds with rice flour patty, or the variety of fish that the restaurant has to offer or have the breakfast of the champions with their thali of the day.  Or if you are looking for a South Indian twist to your breakfast then head over to Dosa Plaza which offers a variety of over a 100 dosas.

Bhubaneswar temples are known for their intricate architecture

SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS

Bhubaneswar is treasure trove for architecture enthusiasts, what with the many temples sprawled across the city. One can go on a temple trail in Bhubaneswar for a spiritual awakening or two. Visit the Lingaraja temple which is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar and marvel at the intricate architecture and the gorgeous interiors. Head over to the Mukteshvara Temple and seek the blessings of lord Shiva, the temple much like many others in the city is known for the Duela style of architecture. Pilgrims flock to one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city of temples, the Rajarani temple also known as the love temple known for its Pancharatha style architecture. One can even visit the Brahmeswara temples, one of the finest examples of Orissa temple architecture and known for its ornate wood carvings. If you are willing to go the extra mile, literally, then you can visit the Jagannath temple in Puri or the Konark Sun temple. While you are in Puri you can also stroll along the coast line, marvel at the gorgeous waters and relax at the Puri beach.

AWAKEN THE TOURIST IN YOU

If you’re not someone who enjoys a temple trail then you can revel in the rich heritage that the city holds. Visit the Tribal museum which houses the traditional artefacts of the tribals in Orissa, the livelihood and culture of the Orissa Tribal people in a nutshell if you will.  The modern art gallery is also something that will appease the art enthusiasts with its many artworks from independent artists and travelling exhibits. The Nandankanan Zoological Park is another famous tourist attraction which is housed in the luscious forests of Chandaka. Visitors can visit this park which happens to be first captive Gharial breeding center of India. One can also adopt animals from the Nandankanan Zoological Park.

The Dahi Baingan is a famous Odia delicacy

TUCK INTO DELICACIES FOR LUNCH

If you are feeling adventurous for lunch then visit the Sri Ram Mandir tiffin centre, tuck into the delicious street food offered here, ranging from the Dahi Vada to the delectable samosas. If you are looking for a more wholesome meal then head over to the Truptee restaurant, which has the reputation of serving the best vegetarian food in the city. For visitors looking for a northern or Chinese delight then T9 or Tangerine 9 is the place for you, known for its simple décor and lip smacking dishes on a decent budget.

EXPERIENCE ORISSA’S HANDICRAFT WORLD

To experience the true cultural heritage of Orissa, visitors can head to the many shops selling authentic Odia handicrafts and textiles. One such place is Utkalika. This shop houses many traditional handicrafts including Dhokra (brass metal items), woodcrafts, horn craft, pattachitra, terracotta items, tribal jewellery and palm leaf engravings. Pick up a few souvenirs from the Ekamra Haat craft village which aims at supporting local artisans and artisans from all over the world. If Orissa is famous for one thing it is its textiles, head to Pipilli village, another heritage crafts village which is famous for the artisans who have managed to master the technique of applique and sell a variety of applique handicrafts and textiles and colourful fabrics.

The Chilika lake is known for its beautiful sunsets

OF SUNSETS AND HEARTY MEALS

Chilika Lake might be far, but the sunset is worth the travel. With the sky a beautiful shade of orange, enjoy a boat ride along the horizon. For dinner visit Silver Streak which is known for its delicious Chinese Cuisine, or visit the many restaurants in Mayfair Lagoon the prices at restaurants here might be steep but it’s definitely worth it. Enjoy a range of cuisines from Italian and continental to Chinese and authentic Odia dishes.

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