Why You Should Visit Bhubaneswar
The city of Bhubaneswar is one of India’s lesser-known gems home to a whole host of ancient architecture and religious monuments, making it the ideal sightseeing destination. Spend your days in the city exploring some of its more stunning landmarks like the beautiful Lingaraj Temple and the Mukteshvara Temple. You can start your trip off in the Old Town which itself boasts almost 400 different temples alone. Besides its heritage sites there are plenty of other top attractions in and around the city such as the Nandankanan Zoo and the Khandagiri and Udayagiri caves less than 10 km from the city. Set aside at least a day to enjoy the buzz and vibrancy of the city along the market stalls of Unit 1 and Unit 2 and pick up some local handicrafts as souvenirs.
Arriving in Bhubaneswar
Biju Patnaik Airport is the main airport serving Bhubaneswar located just 5 km from the city center. The airport is comprised of two passenger terminals, with international flights handled at Terminal 2 and an additional Terminal 3 planned to open within the next three or four years. From the airport you will be able to catch taxis to make the short trip into the city center. Alternatively, there are car rental companies available at the airport if you want your own vehicle during your stay instead.
While you wait for your flights at the airport you will find plenty of amenities and services to keep yourself occupied. There are many different souvenir, fashion and retail stores situated across the airport, or you can visit a fast food chain/eatery if you are feeling hungry. There are also spa services available at the airport and you can connect to the free Wi-Fi network for up to 30 minutes.
Where to Stay
Bhubaneswar Travel Information
UAE nationals catching flights to Bhubaneswar can obtain an e-visa before arriving in the country which allows a stay of up to 60 days. The weather gets hot over the summer in Bhubaneswar with average highs reaching up to 37 degrees in April and May. There is also a brief rainy season in the region from July to September, while the winter period from November to February sees much cooler temperatures and less rainfall. Although you may want to travel by local bus if you are on a strict budget, you can easily rely upon taxis and auto-rickshaws to navigate the city. Remember that the local time zone is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of the UAE. There are not currently any direct flights from the UAE to Bhubaneswar, so you will need to transfer somewhere before continuing onward to Bhubaneswar.
* This information is correct as of March 2019
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