Friday, December 23, 2016
Bhubaneshwar is one of those rare Indian cities which perfectly match tradition with modernity and embrace its age-old cultural heritage as much as new technology. The glorious past of the city is well-preserved with pride while it makes its way to an illustrious future. Bhubaneshwar has rapidly evolved as one of the favourite tourist destinations in India. It has some beautiful surprises in store for every visitor. Some of the reasons why Bhubaneshwar holds a special place on the Indian map include:
Bhubaneshwar is imbued with an amalgamation of art, architecture and religion. Apart from this, performance art is highly valued, with some forms that date back to 1st century BC. While dance forms like Odissi, Chaau and Ghumura have a tradition of more than 2000 years, Mahari dance is known to be born in the temples where the devadasis performed this dance form. The classical music is charming and forms an essential part of the city’s legacy. Folk music, tribal music and light-classical music are widely popular in Bhubaneshwar. Mughal Tamasha is a theatre form that is unique to the region. It is a symbol of the rich culture of the city and replicates the impact of the Moghuls on the Oriya art and traditions.
Religion and culture lovers will find the Theatre Festival at Bhanja Kala Mandap extremely interesting and intriguing. For others, the Orissa State Museum has a diverse collection of old coins, sculptures, beautiful paintings, musical instruments and other items. The Tribal Museum is home to various ornaments, arts and artefacts and dresses. It gives an authentic taste of the tribal heritage of Odisha. If you want to go back in time, drive to the Old Town in Bhubaneshwar and check out the old city in its true glory.
When you’d like to relax and unwind, Bhubaneshwar offers you some exciting amusement and entertainment options, fit for the entire family. Head to the open-air Nandan Kanan Zoo to view the majestic white tigers, or opt for a safari ride to see wild animals up close. Boating is also a great option to relax in this park. For your little ones, a visit to the Pathani Samanta Planetarium will be a great memory of the holiday. Head to the Dhauli hills to see some architectural wonders or visit the Biju Patnaik Park to enjoy some fresh air and lush greenery.
Due to the rich history of Bhubaneshwar and the city’s well-maintained surroundings, travellers get a chance to experience its unadulterated culture and traditions. Oriya music, art, dance, theatre and architecture have evolved over the years but the foundation of all art forms still comes from the city’s vibrant history. Be it at the museums, parks or temples, every place you visit will have a unique essence and charm of Bhubaneshwar.