Baleshwar, also known as Balasore, is a city on the northern end of the East Indian state of Odisha. It is a city on the seaside, adjacent to the Bay of Bengal and is known for its strategic importance and proximity to important towns and cities across the border in the neighbouring West Bengal such as Medinipur, Kharagpur and Digha. Many Indian missiles have also been developed in the city’s military academies. Those with a taste for cuisine, thrill for the beach and temples should visit this wonderful city.
Places to Stay
The city does not have a shortage of budget hotels. Some of the options which are worth a try in Balasore are Hotel Shubham (Tariff – Rs. 900), Anandamayee Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Panthanivas – Panchalingeswar (Tariff – Rs. 900) and Moonlight Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900) among others.
The official language of Balasore is Oriya. Hindi and Bangla are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals celebrated are Ganesh Puja in August-September, Durga Puja in September-October and Diwali/Kali Puja in October-November.
Places of Interest
The main attractions of the city are the famous sea resort called Chandipur-on-sea, Panchalingeswara Temple, Kshirachora Gopinath Temple and the tomb of Sufi saint Bhujakhia Pir.
How to Get There
The closest major airport is the Sonari Airport in Jamshedpur across the border in neighbouring Jharkhand at a distance of 200 km.
The city by its own has a major railway station called the Baleshwar Railway Station.
Various state transport buses as well as private buses connect the city to different cities in the region. Buses to the city are available from Medinipur as well as Digha. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.