Bhubaneswar is the capital of Orissa popularly known as the temple city of India. This mystic city is famous as it is the seat of Lord Lingraj, which makes it a holy place for the Hindu pilgrims. The city has a rich history, which dates back more than 2000 years. According to the legends, the Hindu rulers used to rule here between the seventh to the thirteenth century. In 1936, the city came under the control of the Britishers and the capital of Orissa was shifted to Cuttack. In 1947 after Indian Independence, the capital shifted back to Bhubaneswar due to high vulnerability of floods in Cuttack. German Architect, Otto H. Koeingsberges designed this Landmark city.
The capital city is famous for its architectural marvel and majestic temples. The city has become a hub for trade and commerce. Bhubaneswar houses more than 500 temples, some of the most famous ones are Lingaraj Temple, Vaital Temple, Mukteswar Temple, Bindu Sagar, Shatrughaneswar Temple, Parashurameswar Temple and Raj Rani Temple. Set in the Mahanadi Delta, the present city is a happening place with top class infrastructure. The city forms a part of the Golden Triangle.
The Regional Plant Resource Center in the city maintains the largest rose garden in the country. It offers a unique shopping experience to the travelers; you can buy the Ikat sarees, cane furniture, Pipli appliqué work and Bidri-ware during your visit to Porabandar. For archaeological lovers and excavators, it has Dhauli hills, Khandagairi and Udayagiri caves. The city earlier had been known as Ekamra Kshetra, which displays and signifies the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. To mark this occasion the city celebrates a 10-day festival in the month of January. This festival features Rajarani Music Festival, Mukteshwar Dance Festival, Food Fest, National Handloom, Handicrafts Mela and Kalinga Mahotsav. Bhubaneswar has a variety of destinations, which makes the trip a memorable experience.