Top 5 Free Things to Do

1. Ekamra Kanan Botanical Garden


Ekamra Kanan is the biggest botanical garden and park in Bhubaneswar established in 1985. It is spread over more than 500 acres of land. The park area is covered with a large green lawn and a three-kilometer long walkway. It is full of large trees everywhere. Inside the park, there are areas developed as flower gardens of different varieties. The park also contains a playground and lawn at its center with several swings, slides, and climbing structures.

2. Bhubaneswar Patha Utsav


Patha Utsav is the the weekly street festival in Bhubaneswar. The event icludes special programmes including painting, music and dance shows, outdoor games for children, yoga and free health check-ups.

3. Ekamra Haat


Ekamra Haat is situated in the heart of Bhubaneswar city with a span of 5 acres of land. It is a popular place for sprawling and purchasing handicraft and handloom products. The shops in Ekamra Haat displays various crafts like stone carving work, wood carving work, applique, pattachitra, cane & bamboo work, dhokra, bell metal, terracotta work, palm leaf engraving, and art textiles such as Bandha sarees from Sambalpur & Nuaptana.

Not only a place for arts and crafts but Ekamra Haat is also a popular entertainment spot. Programs like fancy shows, musical shows and talent shows are being organised on the stage of Ekamra Haat.

4. Rajarani Temple


Rajarani temple is one of the most renowned temples in Bhubaneswar. It is made from the wonderful red and gold sand stone, which is locally known as Rajarani and this is what gives the temple its name of ‘Raja Rani’. Its unconventional name is perhaps derived from the history of its origins. It is believed that king Udayata Keshari built this temple to honuor the wish of his mother. Rajarani temple of Bhubaneshwar is dedicated to Lord Brahma. The origin of this temple can be dated back to 11 century.

The pillars of the temple are decorated superbly. Although there are images of gods and goddesses but there is no deity in the temple. Rajarani temple is an elegant example of great art and architecture. The sensuous beauty of the female from and the sweetness of flowers and fruits are enhanced by the artist’s dexterous skill.

The highlight of the temple is the fine sculptures of dikpalas or guardians of the eight directions carved around the shrine. The sculptural images adorning its facade and interiors are simply outstanding. Females are portrayed in different postures,like holding the child in their arms, holding mirror in their hand, etc. Rajarani temple has also been ornamented with marvelous artistic sculptural carvings and stands enclosed within a beautiful garden.

5. Harekrushna Mahtab State Library