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Rourkela - The Steel City


Rourkela stands as a majestic city nestled in natural surroundings, endowed with hills and enriched by rivers. The splendid city is a part of the tribal hub, the Sundargarh district. Situated at a distance of 325 km from the capital city of Bhubaneswar, Rourkela is a fine example of the harmonious existence of tribal culture amidst modern-day settlement.

Known as the commercial capital of Odisha, Rourkela offers a wonderful opportunity to witness natural beauty in an industrial township. The place is famous for its various natural and man-made attractions. This city came into focus for having the Rourkela Steel Plant, which introduced CCTV to the continent of Asia for the first time in 1984.

Tourist Places In And Around Rourkela

Rourkela has various attractions covering hills, lakes, rivers, parks, museums, etc. Tourists can have a great time visiting several unique destinations. One of the most amazing tourist spots is the grand temple complex of Hanuman Vatika, which houses Asia’s highest human statue. A serene atmosphere can be experienced at the beautiful spot of Vedavyas. Scenic beauty of dams like Mandira Dam and Pitamahal Dam attract tourists throughout the year. Rourkela tourism presents several beautiful temples, such as the Ghoghar temple, Maa Vaishno Devi Temple, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Jagannath Temple, Maa Bhagwati Temple, Gayatri Temple, Ahirabandh Temple, Rani Sati Temple, etc.

Each of the temples has impressive architecture and holds immense value amongst the devotees. The beauty of Khandadhar Waterfalls is mesmerising. There are a number of picnic spots in and around the city of Rourkela. One such enticing spot is Darjin, where a throng of visitors can be seen throughout the year, coming to get a glimpse of the natural beauty of the area. Rourkela is not only about scenic beauties and temple complexes, it is much more than that. There are attractions for the sports lovers as well. The famous Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium draws a lot of interest from the visitors.

How To Reach Rourkela

Rourkela is well connected with road, rail and air.

Best Time To Visit Rourkela

The best season to visit Rourkela is during the months of November and December.

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How to Reach Rourkela

  • By Road
    Rourkela has a strong network of highways and national highways that connect it with several parts of Odisha and the country. Regular buses run between Rourkela and some other towns and cities of Odisha. Taxis and private vehicles are also available for hire to reach the nearby places from Rourkela.
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  • By Train
    Rourkela Railway Station is the link between the commercial city and the rest of the country through the rail network. There are regular trains that carry passengers to and from Rourkela. The rail network is an easy way to reach the city of Rourkela from various parts of the country.
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  • By Air
    Rourkela Airport connects the city to several other towns and cities of India. A number of flights by DTDS create the link between Rourkela and the other places in India. There are regular flights to Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Patna, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata.
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