First Time Tourists Guide in Bhubaneswar

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Bhubaneshwar is an ancient city in India’s eastern state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa.

Located in the middle of the gardens and paddy fields, Rajarani is a great place to start your journey in Bhubaneswar.

Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts is the right place to go for you who want to know about the city by its culture.

You can easily find everything about India in a craft village called Ekamra Haat.

If you want to know about the city's history, you should add Odisha State Museum to your bucket list.

You have to make sure that the majestic charm of Lingaraj Temple is not missing from your camera lens.

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SIGHTSEEING

Rajarani Temple is famous for its complicated sculptures in Bhubaneshwar. This temple is built from the fabulous red and gold sandstone and firstly built in the 11th century. The architecture of this temple becomes a reference for another temple in India. Located in the middle of the gardens and paddy fields, Rajarani is a great place to start your journey in Bhubaneswar.

Rajarani Temple

A large lawn abuts this 11th-century stone Hindu temple known for its intricate sculptures.

Address : Tankapani Rd, near BOI ATM, Kedar Gouri Vihar, Rajarani Colony, Rajarani Temple, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002, India

DOWNTOWN

Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts is the right place to go for you who want to know about the city by its culture. This museum is home for tribal costume, jewelry, art. household objects, musical instruments, and many more. This museum is situated in the heart of the Bhubaneshwar city which makes you easily find bars, restaurants, and cafes around this area.

Museum of Tribal Arts and Artefacts

Museum displaying tribal costumes, jewelry, art, household objects, musical instruments & more.

Address : Unit - VIII, CRP - DAV Rd, CRPF Colony, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751003, India

SHOPPING

You can easily find everything about India in a craft village called Ekamra Haat. Not only tons of handicrafts from Bhubaneshwar but also from around India are available in this craft village such as palm leaf engravings, pattachitra, cane and bamboo products, and many more. There are also food stands that serve local cuisine and shops which offer traditional textiles from India.

Ekamra Haat

Not only tons of handicrafts from Bhubaneshwar but also from around India are available in this craft village such as palm leaf engravings, pattachitra, cane and bamboo products, and many more.

Address : Madhusudan Marg, Unit 3, Ekamra Vihar, UNIT- 9, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751001, India

FOOD & DRINK

You have to mark your visit to Bhubaneshwar by having a bowl of Machha Jhola. Machha Jhola is a spicy fish stew that has turmeric, garlic, onions, and ginger as the ingredients and usually served with rice.

CULTURE

The city has rich and vibrant in culture as the result of their loyalty keeping their ancestor legacy and always open their hand for the new culture from the outside. The city always held annual cultural events such as Rajarani Music Festival, Ekamra Festival, Diwali, and many more to introduce the legacy to the young generation.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Bhubaneshwar is from June to September when the weather is not hot and the rainfall is limited. This season called monsoon when you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the city.

HOTEL

Trident Hotel is the right place to stay when you are looking for a five-star hotel located in the middle of the city. You may expect to have intimate and leisure stay in this hotel because there are only 57 rooms and you will get a picturesque garden view right in front of your windows' room. From the architecture of the Hotel Empires, you may expect to stay like a Royal family by the service from the hotel's staff. The room has classic yet luxury decor which guarantees you to have an unforgettable stay experience when in Bhubaneshwar.

Trident Hotel

You may expect to have intimate and leisure stay in this hotel because there are only 57 rooms and you will get a picturesque garden view right in front of your windows' room.

Address : CB-1, Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013, India

Hotel Empires

The hotel room has classic yet luxury decor which guarantees you to have an unforgettable stay experience when in Bhubaneshwar.

Address : 5B, Saheed Nagar Rd, Saheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751007, India

RESTAURANT

Being healthy while traveling is possible by having a vegan meal in Truptee Restaurant. The restaurant has simple decor and always serving its best vegetarian menu which prepared with international style. But if you craving for Chinese cuisine while in Bhubaneshwar, you may head to Tangerine 9. Noodle dishes and other soup dishes should not be missed from your order list. The restaurant has a vibrant atmosphere by its patterned chair and table-cloth.

Truptee Restaurant

Simple restaurant with unfussy decor & a globe-spanning selection of vegetarian dishes.

Address : 67, Buddha Nagar, Kalpana Chowk, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751006, India

Tangerine 9

The restaurant has a vibrant atmosphere by its patterned chair and table-cloth.

Address : Master Canteen Area, Kharabela Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751001, India

CAFE

If you ever wonder where is the locals' favorite coffee shop, you may go to Cafe Coffee Day to get your answer. The youngster called this cafe CCD and always spending time here for some coffee while having a conversation with their buddies. But if you craving for something sweet for your day, you should push the door of Barista Lavazza. You should order traditional cold brew coffee along with red velvet cake from this cafe.

cafe coffee Day Bhubaneshwar

The youngster called this cafe CCD and always spending time here for some coffee while having a conversation with their buddies.

Address : Saheed Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751007, India

Barista Lavazza

The cocktails and imported beers always welcome you warmly in this relaxed bar which located in the middle of the crowded city centre.

Address : E/3, Infocity Area, opposite Trident Engineering College, Sailashree Vihar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751022, India

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

The Baron & The Baroness is the right place to go if you are looking for a bar that has a classic and elegant atmosphere in the city. The high ceiling and wooden furniture will make you forgot that time also flies in this Scottish bar. But if you looking for a bar which also offers Indian cuisine in the table you may have a seat at Pegasus Bar. The cocktails and imported beers always welcome you warmly in this relaxed bar which located in the middle of the crowded city center.

The Baron & The Baroness

Refined decor harks back to Victorian times at this Scottish-style hotel bar furnished in wood.

Address : Shop No 7 Lagoon, Mayfair Rd, Jayadev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751013, India

Pegasus Bar

Indian fare, cocktails & imported beer offered in relaxed, compact quarters with modern flair.

Address : Old Ag Colony, Unit 4, Madhusudan Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751022, India

INTERESTING PLACE

If you want to know about the city's history, you should add Odisha State Museum to your bucket list. In this large museum, you will be impressed by many historical artifacts, natural history exhibits, art, and library. On the other hand, Indira Gandhi Park also holds a historical moment of India's political history when the late Prime Minister India Gandhi delivered her last public speech before she was assassinated. This park is full of green and very suitable for you who want to take a breath in the fresh air in the middle of the hustle-bustle city.

Odisha State Museum

Large museum with many historical artefacts, natural history exhibits, art & a library.

Address : Near, Lewis Rd, Kalpana Square, BJB Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751014, India

Indira Gandhi Park

This park is full of green and very suitable for you who want to take a breath in the fresh air in the middle of the hustle-bustle city.

Address : Unit-2, Ashok Nagar, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751001, India

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

You have to make sure that the majestic charm of Lingaraj Temple is not missing from your camera lens. This ancient Hindu temple never lost its charm and become the biggest Hindu temple in Bhubaneshwar. The sculpture in the granite block is very detail and full of stories of daily life from the royal family in the past. Lastly, you have to take some snaps of the grand masterpiece whichever made by the man on earth, Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves. This cave is partly natural and partly artificial caves which become an archaeological, historical and religious site in India.

Lingaraj Temple

Ancient Hindu temple compound featuring carved stone towers, courtyards & numerous shrines.

Address : Lingaraj Nagar, Old Town, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751002, India

Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves

Elaborately carved cave dwellings dating to the 1st c. BCE, topped by an 18th-c. CE Jain temple.

Address : Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751030, India