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Arriving at Bhubaneswar

Cheap flights to Bhubaneswar provide an opportunity to visit one of the most important religious, cultural and economic centres in eastern India. Being the capital of the state of Odisha, Bubaneswar is well connected to the rest of India by road, trains, and air. The Biju Patnaik airport is serviced by daily Bhubaneswar flights from most urban centres in India, including Kolkata, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai. Taxis for travel within Bhubaneswar can be arranged right at the airport itself. 

Train travel is also a viable alternative with direct trains running between Bhubaneswar and most major Indian cities. However, trains from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Bengaluru to Bhubaneswar usually take over 24 hours due to the distances involved. Travel between Bhubaneswar and Kolkata is relatively easier with the journey taking less than six hours by train. 

Getting Around Bhubaneswar

Thanks to modern town planning, getting around Bhubaneswar is comparatively easy compared to other Indian metropolises. The roads are well laid out, wide, and well serviced by buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. The city's bus service is quite efficient with buses plying the city's routes in 15-minute intervals. Travel by bus is an extremely cost-effective if slow way of getting around. 

Taxis are a popular, if more expensive, alternative to buses. Taxis can be found virtually everywhere and their drivers are a valuable source of assistance and advise regarding local tourist information. When using a taxi, it is important to ensure that the driver has understood your instructions thoroughly. It is also necessary to negotiate the fare before setting off as most drivers tend to hike the fare by 20 to 100%. 

For travel over short distance, walking or taking a rickshaw is a convenient choice. Whatever your preferred method of travel, you can rest assured Bhubaneswar flights are bringing you to an easily navigable city.

Main Attractions in Bhubaneswar

Taking cheap flights to Bhubaneswar is a great way to visit one of the oldest cities in India. The city's history dates back to more than 2,000 years. The city is famous for its architectural heritage in the form of temples and religious shrines, some of which date back to the seventh century CE. Most of the temples are located in a region called the 'Old Town'. There are more than 400 temples in Old Town, a majority of which were built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The Lingaraj Temple, built in the 11th century, is the largest temple in the city and one of the most important tourist destinations in eastern India. 

Besides its rich Hindu heritage, Bhubaneswar is also a seat of Buddhism in India. Dhauli Giri, located 8 kilometres from Bhubaneswar, is an important Buddhist pilgrim centre and records the renunciation of violence by Ashoka, the great ancient Indian emperor.

Bindu Sarovara Lake, located near the Ananta Vasudeva and Lingaraj temples, is another popular tourist attraction. The waters of  the lake are said to be holy, which attracts thousands of worshippers each year. The Odisha State Museum is another important tourist destination. Here, you are able to take in the vast collection of rare manuscripts that were written on palm leaves, bronze-age tools, stone inscriptions, coins, sculptures, copper plates and many more artifacts belonging to India's ancient past.

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife

The city of Bhubaneswar is widely known as a shopping destination for authentic handicrafts, hand-woven textiles, wooden and sandstone icons, and silver filigree works. The rich historical heritage of the city can be seen in its local handicrafts and textiles The popular Chandua patching cloth design of Bhubaneswar, for instance, dates back several centuries.

Dining options in Bhubaneswar are plentiful. The Chhadakhai Restaurant located in the Janpath region of the city is a popular stop for authentic Odiya food at affordable rates. For vegetarians, the Hare Krishna Restaurant offers a vast array of well-prepared, wholesome vegetarian meals. 

With the city's emergence as a regional IT and business hub, nightlife in Bhubaneswar is booming. There are several lounges, clubs and bars dotting the city that, although not world-class, provide plenty of entertainment options after dark.

Flight stats for Bhubaneswar - did you know?
  • Bhubaneswar Airport (Bhubaneswar, India)
    • Right now, 7 airlines operate out of Bhubaneswar Airport.
    • Bhubaneswar Airport offers nonstop flights to 8 cities.
    • Every week, at least 204 domestic flights and 4 international flights depart from Bhubaneswar Airport.

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