How to Reach Bhubaneswar City

By Air

Bhubaneswar Airport or Biju Patnail International Airport, connects this historical city with rest of country via network of flights. There are regular flights for Bhubaneswar from cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam operated by Air India, GoAir and IndiGo. From the airport, travelers can avail taxi/bus service to reach Bhubaneswar.

By railways

Bhubaneshwar Railway Station, situated at a distance of around 5 km, is the main railhead connecting the city with several Indian cities. There are frequent superfast trains available from Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and several other major destinations in India. Some prominent trains that pass through this station regularly are Falaknuma Express, Howrah Mail, Visakha Express and Howrah Puri Passenger. From the station, you can take private cabs or opt for taxis to reach anywhere in the city.

By road

The city of Bhubaneshwar enjoys good connectivity with other parts of the country by national highways and roads. The main bus station at Baramunda is around 5 km away from the city centre and regular bus services are available for the cities like Konark, Puri, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Paradip and Rourkela. Besides, frequent interstate buses are available between Kolkata and Puri that travel via Bhubaneshwar. You can also drive to Puri (60 km away) from Bhubaneshwar, taking NH 203; the journey takes a little more than an hour.

Accommodation

Lodging and boarding arrangements for the participants of the ICAIMRE-2019 will be made by the organizing institution in Guest houses/Hotels on payment basis. For assistance to hotel accommodation and other lodging arrangements, the organizing Secretary may please be contacted.

Tourist Attractions in Bhubaneswar City

The Lingaraj Temple

The Lingaraj Temple is an ancient temple situated in the city of Bhubaneswar and is the largest one situated in the city. Dedicated to Lord Shiva as the name suggests, the temple was built in the 7th century by the King Jajati Keshari. It is highly revered because of the fact that the Linga here, which is the phallic form of Lord Shiva, is believed to have appeared naturally. It rises to a massive height of 8 inches above the floor level and is about 8 feet in diameter as well. Lingaraj Temple is located in the old part of Bhubaneswar Town and can be easily reached using local transport.
The edifice of the temple is a great example of the Odissi style of architecture and has intricately designed stone vaults covering the main sanctum of the temple. A small temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati is located in the northwest corner of the courtyard as well. However, entry is restricted to the followers of the Hindu faith only. The Lingaraj Temple is especially famous for its Mahashivratri celebrations when the whole sanctum is dressed up in flowers, lanterns, and lights. The temple has as many as 6,000 visitors on a daily basis with Shivratri being a major day of celebrations when this number surges to as many as 200,000 visitors

ISKCON Temple

Built by the ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) in 1991, this temple serves as an alternative to Lord Jagannath temple of Puri as that temple is restricted to Indians. This temple is believed to offer abode to Lord Jagannath himself.

Raja Rani Temple

A popular 11th-century Hindu temple that can be found in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, in India; the Raja Rani Temple is locally known as the 'love temple' because it contains some sensuous carvings of women and couples. No images can be found inside the sanctum, and hence the temple is not associated with any particular sect of Hinduism. This is perhaps exactly where the charm of the temple comes from: the temple belongs to no specific sect and is open to all people irrespective of the deity that they worship and admire. However, the figures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati carved on the walls strongly indicate that the temple has certain associations with Shaivism. According to historians, it was constructed at some time between the 11th and 12th century, but the exact period has not yet been ascertained. In fact, it is from the Rajarani Temple that the architecture of other temples in central India is believed to have been developed; the most notable examples being the Khajuraho temples and the Totesvara Mahadeo temple in Kadawa. The Rajarani Temple is currently under the care of the Archaeological Survey of India and is maintained as a ticketed monument, that is tourists need to purchase a ticket to enter the temple. The Raja Rani Temple has an altogether different charm to offer, and this is perhaps what sets it aside and apart from the other temples that one can find scattered all across Bhubaneswar, which is now rightly known as the temple metropolis of Orissa.

Nandankanan Zoological Park

A unique zoo set inside a forest, Nandankanan Zoological Park was established in 1960. It is a fascinating sanctuary built to ensure that the flora and fauna thrive in a protected region in their natural habitat. It is the first zoo in the world to have successfully bred Melanistic and White Tigers.

Ram Mandir

Ram Mandir is a stunning temple dedicated to Lord Rama, his consort, Goddess Sita and his beloved brother, Lord Lakshmana. Other than religious reasons, the architectural beauty of the temple attracts tourists in large numbers. The spires on the temple shikharas can be spotted from various locations in the city.

Khandagiri Caves

Also known as Cuttack caves, Khandagiri Caves are artificial caves located in the state of Orissa which date back to 2nd century. This place is quite a sight to see with all the beautifully carved inscriptions and figures. This place holds a great historical significance. A large number of ancient temples with intricate carvings surround this place which have their own significance. If you want to relax and spend some quiet time amidst nature, a number of lush green parks are also located around Khandagiri Caves.