Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Mukteswar Temple is the Gem of Orissa. The exquisite carvings and sculptures that adorn the temple are spellbinding and charming. The temple is essential in any study of the development of Hindu temples in Orissa. It marks the culmination of all earlier artistic initiatives and stylistic developments of temple architecture in the state.
The Parasurameswara Temple is one of the oldest surviving temples of Bhubaneswar and comparatively smaller. Some of the earliest tendencies of temple architecture of Orissa are manifested in this temple. Though small it is not devoid of the ornamental carvings. The Lingam of Lord Shiva worshipped here is believed to be one of the oldest and dates back to 2nd or 1st century B.C.
Located on the banks of River Daya, Dhauli is presumed to be the spot where the famous Kalinga War was fought. It is here that driven by the horrors of the war King Asoka renounced war and embraced Buddhism. It has emerged as an important Buddhist pilgrimage centre in the country. On top of the hill a Shanti Stupa or a white peace pagoda was constructed by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha in the 1970s.
Nandankanan Zoological Park
This 990 acre zoo and botanical garden is a major tourist attraction in Bhubaneswar. Nandankanan or ‘The Garden of Heavens’ lies in the vicinity of the Kanjia Lake and Chandaka forest. It is home to 120 different species of animals including mammals, reptiles and birds. It is extremely popular for its white tigers. The zoo houses aquaria, a reptile park and orchid house.
Bindu Sagar Lake / Bindu Sarovar
At a distance of 4.5 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, Bindu Sagar Lake or Bindu Sarovar is a sacred lake located to the north of the Lingaraja Temple and to the east of the Ananta Vasudeva Temple in Bhubaneswar Odisha. It serves as a popular picnic spot and also one of the top places to visit in Bhubaneswar.
Indira Gandhi Park, Bhubaneswar
Boasting of a massive statue of Indira Gandhi installed in the heart of the park, Indira Gandhi Park is situated in Ashok Nagar area of suburb of Bhubaneswar. Spread over 10 acres of land area, the park is rich with vegetation, trees and flowering shrubs. The several sprinkling fountains installed in the heart of the park add to the beauty of it.
Built amidst the beautiful natural surroundings of the Chadaka Elephant Sanctuary, Deras is a neat little dam constructed for irrigation purposes. The serene waters, the lush green forest and the fresh air make the attraction a pleasant escape at a stone's throw distance from the city life.
Regional Museum of Natural History
Regional Museum of Natural History has an impressive collection of plants, skeletons of rare and extinct animals, photographs and relevant samples from all over the world and information on the geology of the city. Established by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, this is the only museum in India that has, on display, a rare egg of the now extinct Elephant Bird, the Baleen Whale and many more such exhibits that help enlighten the knowledge of animal and nature lovers.
The temple is believed to have been known originally as Indreswara. It is locally known as a "love temple" because of the erotic carvings of women and couples in the temple. Rajarani Temple is built in the pancharatha style on a raised platform with two structures: a central shrine called the vimana (sanctum) with a bada (curvilinear spire) over its roof rising to a height of 18 m (59 ft), and a viewing hall called jagamohana with a pyramidal roof.