Five short-rides to freshen-up your weekends in the city
With winter putting its tender touch in the lap of nature, city folks can enjoy the weekends with short trips in and around the city with a bunch of friends or with family. There are many hangouts in and around the city and not too far where one can immerse in the beauty of nature or admire the expertise of ancient Odia sculptors.
Set close to the serene side of the Khandagri hills, this park offers a lavish setting of nature. Developed with a budget of over Rs 2 crores, the endless stretch of trees here provide both shade and calmness of mind away from the buzz of city life. The medicinal plants grown here are a special highlight. What can be better for a short weekend break than spending quality time with your loved ones amidst lush green trees!
Nearest Landmark: Close to Khandagiri and Udaygiri caves
Set a date with exotic breeds of fishes that are colourful, awe-inspiring and stunning too! In the outskirts of the city around Uttara, the CIFA Aquarium is one place that kids will absolutely love. But if you love the creativity of Mother Nature, it can offer a lot to even grown-ups. It is best suitable for aqua lovers with its huge collection of multi-coloured fishes including many rare species like Tiger Shark, Oscar, Tinfoil Barb, Texas Cichlid, and above all the Ghost Knife Fish.
Nearest Landmark: Adjacent to CIFA at Kausalya Ganga, Uttara
Chousathi Jogini Temple
Echoing tantric mysticism, the ancient Chausathi Jogini temple has a unique aura around it. This is reflected in each of the 64 female deities of the 9th century AD shrine which is an unparalleled blend of serenity and mystic spirituality. The Joginis in the open air circular shrine are as engrossing as the rural setting the temple is located in. For those who have an inclination towards history and architecture, the temple would definitely be a delight to explore.
Nearest Landmark: Around 6 Kms away from Dhauli Shanti Stupa
Chandaka Elephant Reserve
Known for being the pristine home of wild elephants, the Chandaka forests bordering the Smart City it is an exceptional place for the wildlife lovers. With the forest department’s effort towards safety of the pachyderm habitat, the elephants here roam freely within the high scaled trenches built around it. To make the visit more pleasant, one can visit with their kids and spend an incredible time in the seam of forest and wildlife. One can also spot unusual birds in this forest area.
Nearest Landmark: Near Kalinga Studio
Heritage Trail in Old Town area:
Astounding Kalingan architecture speaking volumes of the expertise in building monuments as well as fine knowledge of art and aesthetics can make for a great trip for a weekend break. Delve into the heritage of Odisha that lives through its numerous ancient temples and monuments studding the Old Town area. One can go on a heritage trail around the Lingaraj temple, on all sides of which, breathtaking sculptures adorning age old temples await to stun their viewers. Ranging anywhere between 5th century AD to 17th century AD, temples like Parsurameshwar, Jameswar, the twin temple duo Subarneswar and Nageswar, the Kotiteertheswar and many more lesser known temples are a must visit for any heritage explorer.