Bhubaneshwar is the capital of the state of Odisha. It is also known as the City of Temples because there are many temples in the city. Bhubaneswar has a history stretching back to more than 2000 years. At one point in time, it was the capital of the Kalinga empire, which ruled parts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Today, Bhubaneshwar is known for its seemless integration of the region's rich culture with modern day sensibilities. Did you know, Bhubaneshwar is also a planned city? The city was designed by Otto Konigsberger, a German architect in 1946. The city is also a center for education, industry, and healthcare in Eastern India.
Bhubaneshwar is not only an important tourist destination, it also attracts tourists who use it as a transit stop before moving on to other tourist places in the region, including Chilika lake, Konark, and the temple city of Puri. The city is also strategically located, with easy access to many cities and ports in the region such as Gopalpur, Paradeep, and Kalinganagar. Many IT companies including Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Mindtree, and Tech Mahindra have offices in the city.
Bhubaneshwar has also benefitted from India's growth story. The city's growing stature as a business hub is attracting many new people to Bhubaneshwar. The government has responded by launching a modernization drive to make the city more liveable. As a result, Bhubaneshwar is equipped with a world-class infrastructure and a good public transport system.
The Odisha State Road Transport Corporation has its headquarters in Bhubaneshwar and it connects Bhubaneshwar with all other cities in the region. National highway 16 connects Bhubaneshwar with Kolkata and Chennai. National Highway 203 Bhubaneshwar to Pipili, and onwards to Puri and Konark.