City of culture
Bhubaneswar is a hockey cauldron of players and fans with Kalinga Stadium boasting a recently updated Olympic level hockey pitch. However, what you may not know about this ‘hockey city’ is that it’s also known as the “Temple City of India” with thousands of ancient temples, some dating back to earlier than the 11th Century and hundreds of temples standing the test of time and available to visit.
The Golden Triangle
One of the top attractions in the East of India is the destinations known as the “Swarna Tribhuja” Golden Triangle – which are made up of Puri (a site of religious significance ) and Konark a city on the coast by the Bay of Bengal. Konark is the site of the 13th-century Sun Temple, also known as the Black Pagoda, built in black granite during the reign of Narasimhadeva-I and now a World Heritage Site.
Konark is also home to an annual dance festival called Konark Dance Festival, held every December, devoted to classical Indian dance forms, including the traditional classical dance of Odisha; Odissi. While you are in Swarna Tribhuja you must also check out the famous applique work of Pipli; these brightly coloured and layer garments are magnificent using traditional methods.