There are some places in the world that are special, and Orissa is definitely one of them.

Filled with exquisite temples and extraordinary monuments, home to many thousands of prolific artists and craftsmen; and possessing beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, and natural landscape of often-enchanting beauty, Orissa is a unique and fascinating land that is, nevertheless, still largely undiscovered by tourists. Orissa is a veritable museum of India's sculptural and artistic heritage and has long been famous to scholars and connoisseurs for the magnificent Sun Temple at Konark (The legendary 'Black Pagoda' of European mariners), for the majestic temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri (renowned for the spectacular Rath Yatra chariot festival), and for the glorious temples of Bhubaneswar. The small but ever-growing number of sophisticated tourists who do manage to find their way to Orissa are generally prepared with some knowledge of these temples, of the delicate Orissan ikat textiles which have been become famous throughout the world, and, perhaps, of the beaches at Puri and Gopalpur on sea. They therefore plan to spend two or three days in Orissa. Even these knowledgeable visitors, however, are seldom prepared for the amazing variety and richness of the treasures that lie waiting to be discovered. If they were, they would have planned to stay for a week. And that would be just a beginning. Orissa is a place like no other, a glowing green jewel of a state. On the east, 300 miles (482 km) of gentle coastline are open to the Bay of Bengal, while the high hills and mountains of the Eastern Ghats seal the western borders. In between, lie 96,000 square miles (156,000 sq kms) of peaceful, rural beauty. Orissa is home to three mighty rivers and to the largest fresh/salt water lake in Asia, to dozens of the most sacred places of pilgrimage in India, and to hundreds of thousands of small, traditional villages, in which almost all of her 26 million people live. Only four cities have more than one hundred thousand inhabitants, and Orissa's urban and rural populations alike share a strong sense of the holiness of their beautiful land and of their enduring links with the past. The temples and monuments of Orissa are among the most magnificent gems of religious architecture the world has ever produced. Soaring against the dark sky, clustered by the many hundreds in the ancient holy city of Bhubaneswar, protecting the precincts of small towns and villages, the temples of Orissa are natural museums of the sublime and the divine, as well as the visible manifestations of something strong and enduring which seems to sanctify the entire state. These places of beauty and devotion often still serve as centers of intense religious activity and fervent festivals, as well as of great artistic creativity. Information on Travel to Orissa

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The natural splendor of this land with affluent culture and heritage is simply awe-inspiring. There are innumerable tourist attractions in Orissa and some of the major ones among them are: Bhubaneswar: It is the capital town of this magnificent state and is located on the eastern side. sand and fabulous temples along the long coastal stretch of the Bay of Bengal. Konark: It is well-known all over the world for its outstanding Sun Temple. Lingaraja temple. Siddheswar and Kedargauri temples are the important temples here. Rajarani temple. It flaunts some of the finest temples and shrines that are counted among the tourist attractions in Orissa. Parasuramesvera temple and Yogini temple. Handicrafts Museum. Mukteswar. the Konark Beach is also a famous place of tourist interest which also has one of the most delightful beaches of eastern India. This state has its mention in the epic Mahabharata and attracts tourists with its gorgeous beaches and grand architectural splendors. as the customer’s satisfaction.the ability to constantly adapt to customers' changing needs and desires. safety and enjoyment are particularly the focus of tourism businesses Orissa is an enchanting land of sea. It is an exemplary instance of the blend of age-old customs and traditions and contemporary aspirations. In addition to its breathtaking architectural wonders. Khandagiri-Udayagiri Caves. . which is dedicated to Surya. Orissa State Museum and Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the must watch tourist spots located here. the Sun God.

Two large monasteries. Shyam Kund and Radha Kund. Lingaraj Temple: It is one of the important tourist attractions in Orissa and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. With so many things to watch in Orissa. This temple is dedicated to Lord Jagannath and was established in the 12th century. one of the most popular as well as the biggest temples of Orissa.100 sq km. including Sri Ratnagiri Mahavihara Aryabhikshu Sangha were unearthed during the excavations that were carried out here. Ratnagiri: It is an impressive Buddhist site which is located on a small hill and is surrounded by rivers all over.com offers online information on the Orissa Tourist Attractions and also offers useful inputs on Orissa Hotels BOLANGIR A WELL laid out town from the time of the Maharajas. It is one of the major commercial towns in the . Bolangir still possesses the charm and serenity of the old days fashion. which have been carved on the spire.8 meters high and enshrines a massive statue of Lord Shiva which is made up of granite. The leading attraction of Puri is the Jagannath Temple. It is ornamented with stunning sculptures. It is an ideal picnic spot and offers ample scope for boating. Udaigiri & Khandagiri Caves: Udaygiri & Khandagiri caves are some of the famous tourist attractions in Orissa. The most mystical among them all is the 24-Tirthankaras Cave as it features the carvings of the twenty-four Apostles of Jainism on the massive stones. The temple has a height of around 54. Its beaches and splendid temples form the most important Orissa tourist attractions. Gupta Ganga. Touristplacesinindia. make certain that you have sufficient time in hand for exploring this impressive state during your vacations in Orissa. fishing and bird watching.Puri: It is one of the most frequented tourist destinations of Orissa and is known to be the abode of Lord Jagannath. You can relax and spend some quality time here during your tour to Orissa. Puri is also among one of the four important Hindu Dhams in India and is quite revered by the Hindu pilgrims. but in the entire Asian continent stretching over an area of 1. The most popular ones to mention would be Akshay Ganga. While ascending the hill you will come across wonderful vistas of vast plains with lush greenery. Chilka Lake: Chilka Lake is recognized for its exotic splendor and is one of the largest lakes not only India.

the district headquarters of the district of Keonjhar offers varieties of attractions to the tourists. Rourkela serves as the most convenient base for visiting the places of interest in the district of Sundargarh. Harishankar. it has a cluster of temples. 81 km from Balangir is a place of pilgrimage and rare scenic beauty with gurgling waterfalls. Patnagarh. Ranipur. Jagannath Temple. Also Sonepur. on the confluence of rivers Mahanadi and Tel. Rourkela has come into prominence with the establishment of the first of the three public sector steel plants set up in India in 1955. known as Paschima Lanka in scriptures. precipitous and sparkling waterfalls. Ghatagaon and Panchabati amidst picturesque settings.a wonder in the world of archaeology and a cluster of other temples. each having a story of its own. and on its outskirts the shrines of Siddha Jagannath. Similipal Thick and green forests.western part of Orissa. has some unique monuments. fleeing deer and flying squirrels. is a nicely laid out town. meandering rivers. extensive grassy lands and meadows. talking myna and dancing peacocks et al make Similipal a dreamland of Nature in the wilderness and an irresistible destination. Places of tourist interest in Keonjhar : Vishnu Temple. houses one among the four existing Hypaethral Temples. dedicated to sixty-four Yoginis in lndia . km from the core area. Situated in the minerally rich belt of Orissa.Jharial. Siddha Kali. roaring tigers and trumpeting tuskers. km out of which 303 sq. Covering a vast are of 2750 sq. It is the most convenient base from where visitors can plan their visit to various places of interest in the district. ROURKELA Set in the lap of nature. On the southern slope of Gandhamardan hills. 104 km from Balangir.38 km from Balangir. 48 km from Balangir. Keonjhar Keonjhar. Rourkela marked a new era in the Steel Industry of India being the only steel plant devoted primarily to the production of flat products and sheets. the ancient capital of the kingdom of Patna. thick biosphere reserve is a sanctuary and one of the Tiger Projects and National parks of India Web Images Maps News Orkut Books Gmail more ▼ Translate Scholar Blogs Realtime YouTube Calendar Photos Documents Reader Sites Groups even more » My library | Help | Sign in . cloud kissing peaks.

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