About Orissa :
Orissa stands for its rich ancient glory, situated on the coast along the Bay of Bengal. The state is endowed with nature's bounty comprising of serpentine beaches, exotic beaches, cascading waterfalls and picturesque hill covered with dense forests. Orissa is flanked with numerous ancient monuments and temples having great historical importance.
Ancient Glory of Orissa :
The historical buildings of the state represents Orissa as a melting pot of several vibrant cultures of bygone era. These monuments were built between 7th century and 13th century AD, reflecting exquisite architecture and artistic brilliance. Most of the stunning structures flourished under the regime of Ganga dynasty. Visit Dhauli to catch a glimpse of rock cut caves built in 260 BC, Saddhama Vihar of 19th century and several holy shrines of medieval period. Udaygiri is popular for its largest Buddhist monastery beautified with unique sculptures. The monastery treasures fine collection of Dhyani Buddha idols and Bodhisattva. Khandagiri is famous for rock cut caves of Jains, built in 1st century BC.
Historical Temples of Orissa :
The ancient temples of Orissa are world famed for its its stunning architecture and religious significance. These holy shrines are built in typical Orissa style with rounded inspires located on a square base and a Garbagriha, which are adored with intricate sculptures. Walls of the holy shrines are decorated with intricate carvings and features pyramidal roofs. Lion gates in the temple compound are worth noticing. Orissa tourism provide a wonderful opportunity to visit some glorious sacred shrines such as PuriJagannath Temple, Lingaraja temple, Konark temple and many more.
Nature Trails :
Apart from losing yourself in pristine glory of ancient edifices, also visit the wonders of nature. Orissa tourism takes you to an incredible journey where you can explore serene hill stations, virgin beaches and wildlife sanctuaries of the state. Observe the immense charm and beauty of nature at popular hill stations of Orissa like Tense hill, Dhauli Hill etc and relax in salubrious climate. Exotic beaches of Orissa are dream destination for beach seekers to enjoy breath taking views of clear blue skies, vast stretches of golden sands and deep blue sea. Beaches like Puri, Ramchandi, Chandipur, Balighai and many more relives tourists from hectic and stressful life. The popular wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of Orissa like Ushakothi Sanctuary, Balukhand Sanctuary, Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary etc are Kaleidoscope of diverse flora and fauna.
Shopping in Orissa :
Orissa tourism gives a wonderful opportunity to look for some fine collection of unique souvenirs and mementos. The choice can be made as per your budget and taste. Shopaholics can shop for gaily wall hangings from Pipli, Cuttack's silver filigree work, handwooven fabrics from Sambalpur, intricate paintings from Raghurajpur and lot more. The local markets of the state are treasure trove to Oriya craft forms and antique decorative items.