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Places

I. Nandankanan National Park & Botanical Garden:
Nandankanan National ParkLocation: 20 km from Bhubaneswar
Nandankanan National Park is a must-visit tourist attraction of Orissa. On one hand, it fulfills the criteria of being a zoological park. On the other hand, it also serves as a grand botanical garden, where one can see even the rarest species of plants. The zoological park has been demarcated from the botanical garden with a natural lake. Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary has been named after the ‘mythical garden’ of Gods, the mention of which has often been made in the Puranic literature of India.

The sanctuary has been so named because of its exquisite beauty and alluring serenity. It serves as the natural habitat of a number of animals, ranging from the rare white tigers, reptiles and snakes to distinctive kinds of birds. Even for kids, this place is very enjoyable. They can take a joy ride in the toy train that runs here. For the elders, there are boating facilities at the lake. The whole atmosphere of the Nandankanan National Park is so serene that it completely rejuvenates the mind as well as the soul.

Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden is situated over the Kanjia Lake and can be visited through the ropeway from the zoo. Here, one can see some of the rarest species of plants.

II. Khandagiri & Udayagiri:

The twin hills of Kumargiri and Kumarigiri known as Khandagiri and Udaygiri contain varieties of rock-cut caves, built mainly for the jain monks around 1st - 2nd century B.C.#The thirteen years lithic record of King Kharavela engraved in Hatigumpha (elephant cave) is a magnificent specimen of Pali records so far found in India.



III. Dhauligiri:
Location: 8 km from Bhubaneshwar

Dhauli Hill, one of the most visited Buddhist pilgrim destinations in India, is situated in the state of Orissa. It is located in the Khurda district, at a distance of approximately 8 km from Bhubaneswar. The hill represents the place where, after witnessing the carnage of Kalinga War, Emperor Ashoka relinquished war and adopted Buddhism. Serving as a proof of this renunciation are the edicts of the Emperor, which have been preserved here.

It is in these edicts that he had asked his administrators to rule with equality and compassion. One of the major attractions of the Dhauli Hills is a Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda). Situated on the opposite hill, this stupa was built by the Indians, in collaboration with the Japanese. It is circular edifice, which is adorned with a mushroom-like dome on top. Of the numerous stone panels in the stupa, the main panel is the one that has the reclining Buddha.

Along with Lord Buddha, it also comprises of His footprints, an elephant procession, the Bodhi Tree, a sleeping beauty, a horse back procession and Emperor Ashoka, relinquishing war by presenting his sword to Lord Buddha. Dhauli Hill is also quite famous for the Saddharma Vihar Monastery and a number of rock-cut caves. Not to be missed are numerous Hindu temples, which date back to the medieval age.

IV. Atri & Barunai:
Location: 42 km from BBSR.
Situated amidst greenery and famous for the hot sulphur water spring, Atri, 42 km. from Bhubaneswar and 14 km. from Khurda, is also a holy place with the shrine of Hatakeswar. A bath in the spring water is reputed to cure skin diseases apart from being a pleasant experience.

Barunai  is  a small hill (304.8 metres high) situated in  85 degree  39'E and 20 degree 9'30" N, and is about one and half
kilometres   to   the  south  of   Khurda  town.   It  is   a saddle-backed  hill, rising into bare and often  inaccessible
precipices.   A  large  portion  of the hill  is  covered  by reserve forest where teak grows luxuriantly.

V. Pathani Samanta Planetorium:

Pathani Samanta Planetarium is situated in the capital city Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Its aim is to invoke interest among the people regarding the celestial environment and to create awareness in the field of astronomy, astrophysics and space science. The planetarium undertakes certain interesting activities such as night sky watching, audio visual programs, poster shows and demonstration of astronomical instruments. It encourages and offers funds for those interested in carrying out researches in the field of science and technology.
Pathani Samanta Planetarium supports the scientists financially, enabling them to participate and interact in the higher forums of international conferences. It also works to popularize the remote sensing technology. There is a well-equipped library with books on science, technology and environment.
The Planetarium offers regular shows about outer space on all days except Mondays from 14 00 to 17 00 hrs. It also conducts special shows in English at 16 00 hrs. The planetarium Orissa State Museumcharges a reasonable entrance fee.

VI. Orissa State Museum
Location: Bhubaneswar
The origin of Orissa State Museum can be traced back to the year 1932. Its foundation was laid when Professor N. C. Banerjee and Professor Ghanshyam Dash of Ravenshaw College, two famous historians, initiated the task of collecting archaeological treasures from different places. At that time, the museum was started within the college premises only. It was later in 1938 that, the Government of Orissa formally declared it as the Orissa State Museum.

The moment you’ll enter the Orissa state museum, its very first glimpse will take you into the world of past, reminding you of the history and cultural traditions of the state. Orissa state museum of Bhubaneswar has an amazing collection of copper plates, coins, stone inscriptions and sculptures. You’ll be astonished to see rare manuscripts written on the palm leaves. The museum also houses age-old bronze tools and traditional & folk musical instruments.

If you want to have a look at the rare epigraphic records, you will have to visit the museum’s Epigraphy Gallery. For art lovers, walking through the handicraft museum, while glancing at splendid miniature paintings, is a delightful experience. It contains a fabulous collection of patta paintings, brassware, stone sculptures and the well-known silver filigree work of Orissa. If you want to explore the tribal culture of the region, then the Tribal Museum is just the place for you.