Feel ecstatic at the land of the sun, where the exquisite spots, ranging from monuments dating back centuries to mesmerizing temple architecture and Buddhist sites, art & craft villages, museums and artefacts help you time travel to the ancient era. O’ what a feeling that might be…
Konark Sun Temple
The landmark of Odisha’s Temple Architecture has been marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It carries a great historic and cultural value, this site is known for its fine architectural expertise.
Odisha is synonymous to the land of Lord Jagannath (literally meaning the Lord of the Universe). The temple built in the 12th Century AD testifies to the power of devotion as it sees millions of pilgrims flocking to the temple town of Puri from all corners of the world throughout the year. The mysticism associated with the cult of Lord Jagannath overshadows the architectural brilliance of this magnificent temple.
Khandagiri – Udayagiri Jain Caves
Located 7 km from Bhubaneswar, these caves have a sense of mysteriousness attached to them because of its ancientness. These caves were built around 2nd BCE by the Meghavahana dynasty.
Kalabhoomi Odisha Crafts Museum
Divided into 2 blocks, the museum has a live section and a display area. The museum celebrates the craftsmanship of artisans by putting on display their breath-taking masterpieces. The live section is equipped with an outdoor amphitheatre as well as separate workshop zones while the display area focuses on galleries about Handicrafts and Handlooms from around the state.
Best known for its Pattachitra art, the heritage crafts village of Raghurajpur has been a home to this art form that were dedicated to the Lord of the Universe – Lord Jagannath and his siblings.The artform in itself is so divine, it has gained a global prominence over the years.
Blanketed with coastal forests, abutting the pristine blue ocean, the entire stretch that makes for the way to the Balukhand – Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is magical.
Dhauli shanti Stupa
Built in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha on the site where the famous Kalinga War was fought, the Dhauli Stupa commemorates the mission of peace that the Kalinga War achieved.
Mukteshwara temple located at Bhubaneshwar is an ancient temple dating back to 10th century ADE. The magnificent temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is an architectural marvel and makes for a monument of importance to the study of development of Hindu temples in Odisha.
Located between a mesmeric surrounding, Rajarani temple is a perfect harmony of efficient planning, detailed craftsmanship and symmetry of form. Glorified as a masterpiece of Odisha temple architecture. Historians also claim that it was known as the Indresvara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Pipili was created as an artisan’s village during the Somavamsi dynasty rule in Odisha somewhere in the 10th Century ADE. The art exemplifies the perfect beauty of the culture of Odisha. The applique work are predominantly created by Muslim artisans and adorned by the chariots of Lord Jagannath and his siblings during the annual Ratha Yatra. It is also used in other rituals associated with the Lord of Odisha.
Chilika Natura Camp
Millions of birds from different parts of the world such as Central Asia flock to the Chilika lake as winters set in, making it a magnificent sight to behold.