It would be an understatement to call Odisha simply just a beautiful destination for the tourist. Odisha is definitely much more than just a stunning looking place. The heritage tourism in Odisha is well documented in the history, when the place was known as “Kalinga”. The state is located in the eastern coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal. Once ruled by the great emperor Ashoka, the state still carries its old charm, culture, heritage and of course the tradition. For its rich flora and fauna as well as ethnicity, the state is acknowledged as one of the most sought-after states for tourism in India.
Odisha boast of many temples and monuments. As far as the temples are concerned, the state capital, Bhubaneswar is popularly known as the “Temple city”, Temples like the Sun Temple of Konark, Jagannath Temple of Puri, Lingraj Temple of Bhubaneswar, Kedargouri temple, Raja Rani Temple, and Mukhteswar Temple helps to enhance the heritage tourism in Odisha. Besides the temples, some of monuments like the twin hills “Khandagiri” and “Udayagiri”, Dhauli hills, this is located in the banks of the river Daya are some of the historical places, which one can only marvel at for its grandiose architectural work.
Sightseeing in Bhubaneswar
Lingaraj Temple: Lingraraj Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is the largest temple of Bhubaneswar. The temple depicts the epitome of Kalinga architecture. Lingaraj Temple is one of the places, travelers should never miss. It gives you the feel of Odisha’s heritage tourism.
Nandankanan: Nandanknan is home to 1660 animals. It is especially well-known for the population of the white tiger. Reptile Park, Botanical Garden, Orchid house and Aquaria make the place all the more intriguing for the tourist.
In Bhubaneswar, one can find numerous temples, and undoubtedly, each temple and monument will leave an imprint in your mind.
A trip to Puri
Jagannath Temple: If you are on a journey to Puri, visiting the Jagannath temple is like an unsaid rule. If you miss the opportunity of visiting Jagannath temple, you have certainly missed something in life. Lord Jagannath is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. And this place is one of Hindu holiest pilgrimages.
Beach: Puri’s beach is one of the most mesmerizing beaches. Its waves, long sand, food stalls, vendors and of course a ride in camel will surely give you a kick. Tourists have a great attraction to this place.
Sun temple: The glorious sun temple at Konark is the zenith of Odisha’s temple architecture. Built by King Narashimha Deva, the monument was built in the shape of a colossal chariot with ornately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls.
Apart from these places, there are innumerable small, big places to visit. Heritage tourism in Odisha