Balangir is a town in the eastern coastal Indian state of Odisha. The town is also the headquarters of a district with the same name. The town is described as the fourth largest town of the western portion of the state and is also rich in culture. Balangir also features on the map when it comes to ordinance factories manufacturing weapons for the nation’s armed forces.
Places to Stay
The best place to consider for accommodation is Raipur (258 km away), which is the capital of the neighbouring Chhattisgarh. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Mayank Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400), Hotel Udaydeep (Tariff – Rs. 800), Hotel Agrawal Inn (Tariff – Rs. 800), Natraj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Orriya.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
The place is abundant with places of tourist interest. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Karanga Kata Lake, Rajendra Park, Jalia (a picnic spot 20 km away from the town), the 70-year-old Rama Talkies Theatre, Sagarpada Mahadev Mandir among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Raipur Airport at a distance of 249 km.
The town has a fairly big railway station called the Bolangir Railway Station which connects the town to different parts of the state.
Mostly state transport buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. A few smaller private operators are active too. You can book your tickets online through Ticketgoose.com, a good bus booking site.