Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa, is also called the temple city because of the many houses of worship that dot the town. The most popular one is the 'Shri Durga Maa Mandir' that attracts devotees from across the country. Its nearby must-visit tourist spots are Paika Nagar, Cuttack and Khordha.
Budget Hotels in Bhubaneswar
There are good budget hotels in Bhubaneshwar. Some of them are Hotel Grand Central (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Sun Green Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Deepali International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Richi Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of Bhubaneshwaris Oriya. Other languages spoken are Hindi, Bagheli and English.
Events in Bhubaneswar
The important festivals of Bhubaneshwar are Holi (March), Ganesh Chaturthi (August), Durga Puja (October) and Diwali (November).
Places to See in Bhubaneswar
Some of the tourist attractions in Bhubaneshwar are Nandan Kanan National Park (13 km), and Cuttack (23 km).
How to Get There
Bhubaneswar Airport is just 4 km away from the city.
Bhubaneswar Railway Station is also about 4 km away.
Bhubaneshwar is directly linked to Cuttack (23 km) by road. Bhubaneshwar Bus Station is the closest bus stand, situated 2 km away from the city. Commuters can choose between local or private buses run via Orissa Roadways to travel from Bhubaneshwar to nearby places. You can now get bus tickets from several bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com
On the banks of Gandak river lies Sonepur, a town in Bihar’s Saran district. It attracts a huge number of tourists in November-December during one of the largest animal fairs in the world. It is a picturesque town with several stupas and Ashoka pillars on the banks of the river. It is well connected by road, air and rail, as Patna, its capital city is only 25 km away. Sonepur is also home to the eight largest railway platforms in the world.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Sonepur, but Patna located about 25 km from here has a number of options for tourists. Some of the hotels are ISCKON Patna (Tariff –Rs.500), Adarsh Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 600) and Linkway Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 990).
Maithili, Bhojpuri, Hindi and Urdu are widely spoken in Sonepur.
The animal fair held in November-December during Kartik Poornima is a major event in the town.
Places of Interest
Apart from the Ashoka pillars and stupas found in the town, there is the Hariharnath Mandir, which is worth visiting. Other places of interest nearby are Hajipur (7.3 km), Dighwara (22km) and Patna (27 km).
How to Get There
Patna Airport, which is 32 km from here, is the closest from the town.
Sonepur railway station is just a kilometer away from the town centre.
There are buses from Patna, Hajipur and Muzaffarpur. State-run buses operate its buses on this route. Bus ticket online booking facility is the most convenient way of booking your tickets.