Hidden away in the state that is India’s best-kept secret, Odisha, Bhubaneswar in itself is pleasing to the eye. Also, the capital, the city, is a major, major tourist destination. History holds 700 monumental temples to its record alone, and thus came the nickname, the ‘City of Temples’. Considered as a Buddhist and pilgrimage destination to many, the city is well recognized for its remarkable ancient architecture and rich cultural heritage.
Today, home to several sandstone temples, heritage ponds, and water tanks, and its growing economy, this city located in the Eastern part of India is a perfect regional getaway destination and a growing tourist spot emerging from its rich cultural foundation.
Given below are 5 offbeat destinations from Bhubaneswar you will love:
Chausath Yogini Temple, Hirapur.
One of India’s most well-preserved Yogini temples, The Chausath Yogini Temple, is one gem of a getaway yet to be explored. It is also the only active temple out of the 4 Chausath temples located across India. Located in Hirapur, situated just a few kilometres outside of Bhubaneswar and towards the outskirts of the city, the spot is easily reachable with the help of Bhubaneswar outstation cabs.
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Who does not love beaches? And this beach is simply immaculate! Though situated a little far from the main city, around 247 kilometers, the Rushikulya beach flaunts its rich fauna and flora along with its highly quaint and scenic surroundings. The 2-3 hour travel to this sadly less traversed beauty in India is by all means worth it. Lovers of sea creatures – this is your chance to meet Olive Ridley turtles too!
If you are looking for a getaway destination very close to the city of Bhubaneswar, the Dhauli Hills is the best option. Located at just an 8-kilometer distance at the banks of River Daya, the area is shrouded with serenity and tranquillity. You will get to witness the site of the Vishwa Shanti Stupa, also known as the ‘Peace Pagoda’, and visit the famous rock edicts of Ashoka. Like history says, Dhauli hills symbolize Ashoka’s transformational transition from Chand Ashoka (cruel) to Dharma Ashoka (kind-hearted). It is a must-go.
Khandagiri and Udayagiri Hills
Built by King Kharavela in the 1st Century BCE as a shelter for hermits, these majestic caves somehow do not make it to the ultimate destination wishlist. Back in the day, caves served as a shelter for monks throughout the monsoon, otherwise functioning as an arena! The carvings inside speak volumes of stories, and they are miraculously still intact and reciting them to every visitor. The marksmanship is to be applauded nonetheless. If you would like to have your mind blown, this is a solid option.
Potagada Fort, Ganjam
Located at a distance of 142 kilometers from the city of Bhubaneswar, the Potagada Fort is yet another much less visited treasure. Chronicled for its star-shaped architecture, the fort is often referred to as an archaeological wonder! Built in 1768, under Edward Cosford, the first resident of Ganjam, the fort stands in portions of interesting ruins today. It is also close to the British-era cemetery, home to the graves of numerous British soldiers who died during the First World War.
All the above destinations are easily accessible with the help of the city’s affordable outstation cab booking app, which will ensure a relaxing and pleasurable getaway.
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