Kharavela Park is one of the well-maintained parks in Bhubaneswar. The park has beautiful pathways, clean jogging track, benches to sit and relax, etc. The facilities have been designed to help the regular visitors of the park to have a nice time when they are at the venue. Wonderfully decorated flower beds, shrubs, hedges, sprinkler system, water bodies all add to the beauty of the park.
Tourists can have a relaxing time at the park after a hectic day of sightseeing tour of the city. The park is usually filled with visitors during the morning and evening hours. Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) maintains the park. The Kharavela Park opens to public every day from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM and 5.00 AM to 8.00 AM.
I.G. Park or Indira Gandhi Park is an exceptional piece of beauty. Spread over a huge area of 10.60 acres of land, the park occupies a place of pride in the tourist spots of Bhubaneswar. The park is located at the AG Square of Bhubaneswar.
The Odisha Secretariat and the State assembly form the backdrop of the park. Previously, the park was the ground on which parades took place in Bhubaneswar. After the park was planned and designed, it was dedicated to the public.
The place has a historic significance. It is the very place where the late Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi had given her public speech on 30th October, 1984. It turned out to be her last public speech. There is a statue of Indira Gandhi inside the park. Tourists can enjoy the beauty of the place throughout the year.
Lingaraj Temple is the largest temple situated in Bhubaneswar. The temple holds significance due to a number of reasons. It is one of the oldest temples of the city. It was built around the 10th or 11th century. The temple acts as a major landmark of the Bhubaneswar city.
The temple is dedicated to Harihara, which is a form of Lord Shiva. The architecture of this beautiful temple is no less than a masterpiece. It is one of the finest Hindu temples in India. The temple has a height of about 55 m and every inch of the Lingaraj temple features flawless carvings done in an elaborate manner.
The temple follows a few strict traditions. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple. But an elevated platform has been constructed near one of the boundary walls to allow non-Hindus to view the temple from there. The temple attracts pilgrims and tourists throughout the year.
Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary is situated to the Northwest side of the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The sanctuary covers an area of 175.79 sq km. The sanctuary was originally designed as an elephant reserve in December 1982.
The sanctuary presents a rich flora and fauna. Various rare species of trees are found inside the green sanctuary. In case of wild animals, the most popular ones are the elephants. But there are other species too like the leopard, barking deer, wild pig, Pangolin, Indian wolf, and many more.
Several kinds of birds are also found inside the sanctuary. Apart from these, a wide number of reptile species are found in this sanctuary. Visitors can watch the animals and birds from the watch towers situated for observing wildlife. There are two reservoirs, Deras Dam and Jhumka Dam near the sanctuary. There are beautiful cottages near the dams to stay and enjoy the atmosphere of the place.
The ISKCON Temple is situated in the middle of the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The ISKCON temple of Bhubaneswar is also a part of the worldwide ISKCON temples. In Bhubaneswar the temple has deities of Krishna, Balaram, Jagannath, Gaura Nitai and Subhadra.
The ISKCON movement has a widespread presence in the capital city. It has two centres. One of the centres of the ISKCON movement lies in the populated Swarg Dwara area of the city and the other centre is situated in the outskirts of the city.
Devotees visit the ISKCON temple in large numbers on a regular basis. During festivals of Krishna or Jagannath, the temple becomes crowded with pilgrims. Tourists visiting Bhubaneswar make it a point to pay a visit to the ISCKON Temple. Devotees sing Bhajans and offer Pooja daily in the temple. The maintenance of the temple is done in an exceptional manner by the temple management.
Mukteswar Temple is a 10th century temple that stands with pride in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. It is an important landmark of the city. The temple has gained popularity due to several reasons. The most common cause of Muktesvara’s popularity is due to the outstanding sculptures and amazing architectural styles that envelop the temple from all sides.
The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the most revered Gods of the Hindus. The meaning of Muktesvara is “Lord of Freedom.” The temple premises are used every year to host a three day dance festival. This dance program is organized by the Department of Tourism of Odisha in order to promote tourism in the state. The traditional dance of Odisha, Odissi dance is featured in this program.
The temple holds attraction for both, tourists as well as Hindu pilgrims.
Dhauli Giri is a significant place of interest for tourists. The specialty of the place is that it contains a rock edict that was constructed by Emperor Ashoka from the Maurya Dynasty. This edict was installed around 3rd century. The surprising element is that the rock edict remains the same till date.
Dhauli Giri is an excellent destination for exploration by the lovers of history. The place offers a serene atmosphere and a beautiful view. A visitor can easily spend hours sitting and relaxing in this place. It is presumed that the Dhauli Hill was the place where the Kalinga war was fought. Symbols of Buddhism are found in the place.
The top of the hill houses a gleaming white peace pagoda. This pagoda is a recent addition to the hill top and was built in 1970. The pagoda has added beauty and charm to the place.
Deras Dam is located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar and in the vicinity of Chandaka National Park. The dam is the third largest one in Odisha. The beauty of the place is simply mesmerizing. The serene atmosphere charms tourists to spend some relaxing moments while enjoying the natural beauty of the place.
The Dam consists of a reservoir filled with rain water. The cottage near the dam is located on a hilltop and offers amazing view of the area surrounding the cottage. The hilltop cottage comprises of 3 furnished huts.
There is a facility of guided safari for around 40 km near the dam. Tourists can plan a picnic at the dam and then decide to stay for the night at the cottage. The dam is ideal to be visited throughout the year.
Bindu Sagar Lake is situated to the north of the Lingaraj Temple. It is amongst the most visited tourist spots of Bhubaneswar. The lake is also used as a picnic spot by visitors due to the calm and the natural beauty of the place. The Bindu Sagar Lake is a large one; it is 1300 ft long and 700 ft wide.
The Bindu Sagar Lake also holds significance among the Hindu pilgrims. Every year, the idol of Lingaraj, the reigning deity of the Lingaraj Temple, is brought to this lake and the idol is given a bath following a ritual.
The pilgrims believe that due to this effect if anyone takes a bath in the water of this lake, he or she will get cured from all illness. It is also believed that all sins get washed away upon bathing in this lake. This has increased the popularity of the lake.
Ekamra Kanan is one of the most wonderful parks of Bhubaneswar. The park is situated at Saheed Nagar, in the Nayapalli area of the city. The park comprises of a huge area of 512 acres. Within the bounded area of the park are a few delightful attractions like a beautiful lake, a splendid rose garden and an amazing nursery.
Due to such marvellous attractions, the park is often visited by tourists. They can enjoy a boat ride while at the park. The children have a great time playing in the playgrounds. A pyramidal greenhouse charms the visitors of the park.
Just near the Ekamra Kanan sits the Ekamra Haat. The Haat is a famous place that has a number of shops selling a variety of handicrafts and items of the handloom industry. Tourists can buy handloom and handicraft products from such shops.
Biju Patnaik Park in Bhubaneswar is a wonderful park. The park is situated at Berhampur, just next to the United Nations office. The British government’s DFID office lies adjacent to the park. The park was created to show respect to the chief minister of Odisha. So, it has been named after the chief minister of the state.
The beauty of the park can allure anyone to spend a few relaxing moments in the vicinity of the plants and flowers. The park enjoys a wide area of about seven acres. Among the main attractions of the park are the floating mountain and a fountain that dances in tune to music.
Boating facilities are available in the park and tourists can enjoy boat rides in the beautiful atmosphere. The illuminated park is visited by tourists during day and at night too.
Gandhi Park is dedicated to the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The park was developed by Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA). It is situated in front of the Swosti Plaza Hotel in Bhubaneswar. The park is famous for its beautiful lawns and attractive décor.
The park has a statue of Mahatma Gandhi seated in a prayer position. The attractiveness of the park is enhanced due to the placement of the statue. The park is ideal for jogging, walking, enjoying nature, breathing lungs of fresh air and relaxing in a calm atmosphere.
The park was established on a stretch of land that was earlier known as Janta Maidan. The landscape lawns, jogging tracks, fountains and lighting system add charm to the beauty of the place.
IMFA Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Bhubaneswar. The park is situated in the Sahid Nagar area of Bhubaneswar. Just like all other parks, this park is also designed to offer a relaxed time to the visitors.
The park is decorated in a tasteful manner. Lush green lawns, beautiful flower beds and green plants create a charming atmosphere in the park. There is a provision for continuing with sports activities inside the park.
The basketball court of the park has been created to offer a place for budding talents to practice their skills. Regular visitors to the park love to jog and walk in the serene atmosphere. Children find a great place to run and play when they are inside the park.
Forest Park is one of the best parks situated in the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The mesmerizing park is located near the Capital Hospital. The park is often frequented by tourists and local people. Forest park comprises of vast playing fields, large green trees and plants. A blanket of greenery seems to envelop the park from all sides.
The place is ideal for an early morning jogging session or a walking session in the relaxed morning air. The fresh air and the calm atmosphere of the park attract visitors to come and have a stroll in the morning as well as the evenings.
Children love to play around in the vast green open spaces. In the busy world of today, parks like these give us a rare chance to spend some memorable moments soaking in the beauty of the surroundings and enjoying a leisurely walk.
Buddha Jayanti Park is dedicated to the teaching of Buddha. Odisha was introduced in a new way in Odisha after the Kalinga war. People were encouraged to think of the betterment of fellow human beings, as was taught by Gautam Buddha.
To maintain the good work and teachings of Buddha, the creation of the Buddha Jayanti Park was sought by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority. Situated at Chandra Sekhar Pur and covering a huge area of 44 acres, the park is a majestic sight to behold.
The park has been designed to be at an elevated platform. The Chandaka natural forest shares a boundary with the beautiful park. Tourists can enjoy a quiet walk or can sit back and relax in the shade of trees. The natural setting of the park and the chirping of birds can transform anyone into a world of complete peace and tranquility.