Bhubaneswar, the capital city of modern Orissa, is one of those rare places where tradition matches its steps with modernity, where culture and technology flourish
together, where the glorious past is preserved and an illustrious future is in the making. Evolving as one of the hottest tourist destinations, the city has many surprises gift-wrapped for everyone.
Bhubaneswar has a great historical significance as it was the scene of some of the majorturning points in history. The Creat Kalinga War which led to the miraculous transformation of Emperor Ashoka was fought along the bank of river Daya on the outskirts of Bhunaneswar in 261 BC. Now there stands a Peace Pagoda with the Ashokan rock-edicts. The city also has the oldest rock-cut caves in Khandagiri and Udayagiri.
Bhubaneswar inherits a rich cultural and traditional heritage. Being the kingdom of various great rulers of the past like Kharavela, it served as the ground for their zealous activities among which temple building deserves a special mention. Teeming with temples reflecting the evolution of Kalinga architecture from inception to maturity, Bhubaneswar has earned the title of Temple City of India, Parsurameswar (7th c.AD), Vaital (8th c.AD), Mukteswar (10th c.AD), Rajarani (11th c.AD) Brahmeswar and Lingaraj (11th c.AD) are a few of the temples which stand as examples of the architectural excellence of Oriya sculptors.
While the traditional heritage has been well-preserved, the city has embraced the technological advancement with equal fervour, Amusement Parks, Star Hotels, Discotheques and IT Parks in the city provide ample opportunities to chill out and enjoy life, Besides, Nandankanan, the open-air zoological park, Ekamra Haat- the handicrafts and textiles market, State Museum, The Tribal Museum and Regional Museum of Natural History, Market Building, Big Bazar, Pantaloon, The World- shoppers destinations, Ekamra Kanan, Regional Plant Resource Centre etc. are other avenues which cater to the specific interests and tastes of various cross-section of tourists.