Offbeat Alert Top Attractions In And Around Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Aside from the various temples in this ancient city
Explore the ancient Jain rock-cut caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri
Explore the ancient Jain rock-cut caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri

Bhubaneswar offers a fascinating blend of history, nature, spirituality, and culture in all its famous and offbeat attractions. The ancient town of Bhubaneswar is home to many temples. Most are made from sandstone and dot the old city's Bindu Sagar Lake. The Chausathi Yogini Temple in Hirapur, about 20 kilometres from Bhubaneswar, is an ancient temple dedicated to the 64 Yoginis, female deities associated with Tantric practices. The temple's circular shape, intricate carvings, and spiritual ambience make it a must-visit for history and culture enthusiasts. 

Besides the many temples, there is the Odisha State Tribal Museum showcasing the rich heritage, artefacts, handicrafts, and lifestyle of the tribal communities in Odisha, which you can explore for an immersive cultural experience. Explore the ancient Jain rock-cut caves of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. These caves were carved out as residential spaces and meditation chambers during the reign of King Kharavela. However, if you are looking for some offbeat places to explore in and around Bhubaneswar, then this list might be what you are looking for. 

Dhauli Giri Hills

Located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, Dhauli Giri Hills holds historical and spiritual significance. It is the site where Emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism and erected edicts. Visit the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda) atop the hill, soak in the serene ambience, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Atri Hot Springs

Venture approximately 42 kilometres from Bhubaneswar to discover the natural wonder of Atri Hot Springs. Surrounded by lush greenery, these sulphurous springs are believed to have medicinal properties. Take a dip in the hot water pools and relax amidst a tranquil setting.

Nandankanan Zoological Park

This wildlife sanctuary and zoo, located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, offers a unique experience with its diverse range of flora and fauna. Apart from the fascinating animal exhibits, Nandankanan is renowned for its white tigers and the country's first captive-born gharial sanctuary.

Ekamra Van

Escape the bustling city and find solace in Ekamra Van, a peaceful forest park in Bhubaneswar. This urban oasis is adorned with lush greenery, beautiful sculptures, and tranquil walking trails. It's an ideal spot for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a serene atmosphere.

Mangalajodi Ecotourism

Nature lovers will find Mangalajodi, a village near Chilika Lake, a paradise. This community-led ecotourism initiative offers birdwatching tours and boat rides, allowing visitors to witness a diverse range of migratory and resident bird species in their natural habitat.

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