The ‘Temple City’ Bhubaneswar is also home to many beautiful recreational parks that are immensly popular amongst the city dwellers and tourists alike. Let’s look at some of these parks that offer an opportunity to connect with the nature.
1. Nandankanan Zoological Park
The Nandankanan zoological park, established in 1960, nestled amongst the unruffled extension of Chandaka forests in Bhubaneswar, is a major tourist attraction of Odisha. As a zoo it is home to more than 1200 mammals, birds and reptiles. It is also a captive breeding, a rare feat, for Gharials. It has also a collection of ten white tigers which are not linked to Rewa tigers (Madhya Pradesh).
For tourists it has added attractions in the form of Lion Safari, White Tiger Safari and an aquarium. It is host to endangered species like Manipuri deer, Lion-tailed macaque, Himalayan Black bear and Sloth bear.
2. BDA City Centre (formerly BDA Nicco Park)
3. Biju Patanaik Park (formerly Forest Park)
4. 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.
5. Indira Gandhi Park
Also called IG Park, it is opposite the State Secretariat and is a favourite haunt for morning walkers and fitness enthusiasts in the morning and of young couples and families in the evening. It has large green lawns and ample tree cover.
Situated right in the middle of the busy Master Canteen square, it is the most ill-maintained green in the city. The tree cover is negligible and due to zero privacy, it is only frequented by the poor people who live around it.
Mahatma Gandhi Park
Situated near Indian’s one of the best Management Institute, Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Jayadev Vihar the park covers 5 acres of land with a water fountain, stream, rockeries, balls fountains and land-scape Garden. Jogger’s and morning walkers often find it an ideal for their daily workouts.
Satsang Vihar Park
Although originally named after Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherji, a prominent freedom fighter in India’s freedom struggle, the park is better known thanks to the Satsang Vihar temple belonging to the Anukul sect. which towers behind it. Even though it is right next to NH-5, careful maintenance has made the park an oasis of greenery and relief.