Bhubaneswar City Information

Bhubaneswar
State Odisha
District Khordha
Metropolis 837,321
Density 2,131.4/km2 (5,520.2/sq mi)
Urban 1,031,200
PIN Code 751xxx
Languages Standard Odia, English
UN/LOCODE IN BBI
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Bhubaneswar is an ancient city in Eastern state of Odisha formerly known as Orissa. It is the largest and also the Capital City of the Odisha state. It is located on the South-Western Bank of Mahanadi River with an area of 419 sq km. Bhubaneswar is also spelled as Bhubaneshwar, Bhuban means ‘Land’ and Eshwar means ‘God’ so, Bhubaneshwar means the ‘Land of God’.

Well, Bhubaneswar is also known as the temple city of India due to its large number of religious temples including Lingaraj Temple, Udayagiri and Khandagiri Temples and many more. Oriya is the main spoken language by natives of the city but, some other dialects like Hindi, English and other community groups like Bengali, Punjabi, etc. also reside in Bhubaneswar.

History of Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar history takes you back to the 2nd Century BC to the Chedi dynasty. Rulers of the Chedi Dynasty established their kingdom in Sisupalgarh, where Bhubaneswar is presently located. Though it was founded by the Chedi Kings, yet it remained unknown to the world for a longer period of time. It was 3rd Century BC when the famous Kalinga war took place between the Mauryan Empre and state of Kalinga. And during this period several temples were built and trade routes were established to Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Bali, Sumatra, Myanmar and many other nations.

On 19th August 1949, just after 2 years India gained its independence from Britain, Bhubaneswar replaced Cuttack as the capital of the state. Bhubaneswar was built as a modern city, which was designed by German Architect – Otto Konigsberger. It has wide roads, gardens and beautiful parks. According to the first Census of Independent India, Bbubaneswar population was just 16,512. By 1991 Census. Population of Bhubaneswar had increased to 411,542. Well, Bhubaneshwar or Bhubaneswar is a modern city, formally formed in 1948 but, the history of the areas in and around the present-day city can be traced to the 3rd Century BCE and earlier.

Bhubaneshwar Weather and Bhubaneswar Temperature

Climate data for Bhubaneswar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35.8
(96.4)
42.7
(108.9)
42.0
(107.6)
45.0
(113.0)
46.5
(115.7)
46.3
(115.3)
41.3
(106.3)
37.4
(99.3)
37.9
(100.2)
36.6
(97.9)
37.6
(99.7)
33.6
(92.5)
46.5
(115.7)
Average high °C (°F) 28.7
(83.7)
31.4
(88.5)
34.9
(94.8)
36.9
(98.4)
37.2
(99.0)
35.3
(95.5)
32.2
(90.0)
31.6
(88.9)
32.1
(89.8)
32.2
(90.0)
30.4
(86.7)
28.4
(83.1)
32.6
(90.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 22.2
(72.0)
25.1
(77.2)
28.6
(83.5)
30.9
(87.6)
31.7
(89.1)
30.7
(87.3)
28.7
(83.7)
28.4
(83.1)
28.5
(83.3)
27.6
(81.7)
24.9
(76.8)
22.0
(71.6)
27.4
(81.3)
Average low °C (°F) 15.6
(60.1)
18.7
(65.7)
22.2
(72.0)
25.0
(77.0)
26.2
(79.2)
26.1
(79.0)
25.2
(77.4)
25.1
(77.2)
24.8
(76.6)
23.0
(73.4)
19.4
(66.9)
15.6
(60.1)
22.2
(72.0)
Record low °C (°F) 8.6
(47.5)
9.6
(49.3)
14.6
(58.3)
17.0
(62.6)
15.0
(59.0)
16.8
(62.2)
20.0
(68.0)
18.4
(65.1)
18.5
(65.3)
16.1
(61.0)
9.7
(49.5)
8.2
(46.8)
8.2
(46.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 4
(0.2)
27
(1.1)
28
(1.1)
26
(1.0)
67
(2.6)
209
(8.2)
317
(12.5)
389
(15.3)
241
(9.5)
127
(5.0)
48
(1.9)
9
(0.4)
1,492
(58.8)
Average rainy days 0.4 2.3 2.8 3.1 5.1 12.0 18.0 19.1 14.6 8.8 2.1 0.7 89
Average relative humidity (%) 60 61 63 66 66 74 83 85 83 76 66 60 70
Mean monthly sunshine hours 253.4 234.0 237.8 238.8 242.9 140.7 107.2 128.6 150.8 221.8 217.5 255.0 2,428.5
Source #1: NOAA (1971–1990)
Source #2: IMD

Best Places to Visit in Bhubaneswar

Lingaraj Temple

It is one of the oldest temples in Bhubaneswar which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is the prominent landmark of the city and also one of the best tourist attractions of the state. Well, Lingaraj Temple is the largest temple in Bhubaneswar. The temple rises to a height of approx. 180 ft. (55m) ‘Linga’ or ‘Lingam’, the symbol of Lord Shiva worshipped by the devotees. This is temple is more than 100 years old and believed to be built by the Somavanshi Kinga Jajati Keshari in 11th Century.

Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa

Another tourist spot in Bhubaneswar is Dhauli Giri Shanti Stupa which is also known as Peace Pagoda in Bhubaneshwar. It is a Buddhist structure which was built jointly by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh in 1972. This is situated on the opposite hill of Dhauli Giri. The stupa is domed on top with mushroom-like structures and decorated with ‘speaking’ stone panels.

Nandankanan Zoo

Nandankanan Zoo is on the banks of the Kanjia Lake in the Chandaka forest. This zoo is home to over 67 kinds of mammals, 81 species of birds and 18 varieties of reptiles and it surrounded with dense forest. White tigers, gharial crocodiles, black panthers, Asiatic lions, Indian crocodiles, countless birds, Nilgiri Langurs and reptiles are some of the wildlife that exist in the zoo.

ISKCON Temple

This is Krishna Balaram Temple in Bhubaneshwar. In the year 1975, Srila Prabhupada instructed Gour Govinda Swami to build a temple in Bhubaneswar. He installed Sri Gaur Nitai, Krishna Balaram and Jagannath, Baladeva Temple, Subhadra Devi on three altars and named the temple Sri Krishna Temple. The temple follows Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. There are four rooms for Sanyasis, a conference hall of 150 devotees, a library, prasadam hall for approx. 300 people and an office in the ashram complex. Also, the temple has 15 acres of farmland, used to grow vegetables.

Hotels in Bhubaneswar

Hotel Tranquil Hospitality Bhubaneswar

This is an elegant, highly furnished accommodation in the heart of the Bhubaneshwar city. It is surrounded by parks, malls, ATM & Banks, hospitals and shopping market. Several tourist spot is easily accessible from here and Airport is just 4 km from the hotel. It is a budget-friendly hotel as its tariff starts from INR 800.

Hotel Grand Central Bhubaneswar

It is a 3-star hotel in Bhubaneswar and is an ideal accommodation option for the business travelers as well as the tourists are on a holiday trip with friends and family. It is located at Old Station Road. This is a budget-friendly 3 start hotel that offers 31 AC rooms and the rooms are categorized as Deluxe, Super Deluxe and Executive Deluxe Rooms. Tariff starts from INR 2500.

Hotel Empires Bhubaneswar

This hotel is one of the best and most luxurious properties in Bhubaneswar city that stands apart for its boutique concept of mixing traditional Rajasthan Architecture with modern facilities.

Hotel Swosti Premium Bhubaneswar

Located just 6 km from Bhubaneswar Railway Station, this is a luxurious hotel in the city that has outdoor pool and a fitness center too. Here rooms are air-conditioned and have private balconies or patios.

Education in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar is an education hub in the Odisha state, in fact it is among top 20 education destinations in the country. From nursery to medical & technical studies, the city has some of the top-notch institutions on a par with the best in the country.

Engineering and Applied Sciences institutions

  • International Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar (IIIT-BH)
  • Regional Institute of Education
  • National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER)
  • Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture
  • Eastern academy of science and technology
  • C. V. Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneshwar
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
  • Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (off campus in collaboration with IndianOil and IIT Kharagpur)
  • Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT, erstwhile RRL)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar
  • College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar
  • Orissa Engineering College

Medical institutions

  • Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital
  • Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences
  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences Bhubaneswar
  • Hi-Tech Medical College & Hospital, Bhubaneswar
  • Regional Medical Research Center

Universities

  • Xavier University
  • Centurion University of Technology and Management, Bhubaneswar
  • College of Engineering and Technology
  • Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar
  • Utkal University
  • Odisha State Open University
  • Rama Devi Women's University
  • Regional College of Management
  • Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology
  • Siksha 'O' Anusandhan
  • Utkal University of Culture
  • Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

Well, Bhubaneswar has been ranked 18th most livable city in India by the Union Ministry of Housing. With all the modern facilities in the city, Bhubaneswar is really a great place to live in. and the most important part of living in Bhubaneswar (Bbsr) is that you can see it developing into the finest city in India.