Odisha

Why To Go

Odisha, a coastal state, with 485 kilometers of coastline along the Bay of Bengal to the east, with forests and little hills, temples and tribal regions and wondrous textiles and handicrafts is enormously historically enriched. Bhubaneswar, the capital and the largest city of Odisha, is the centre of economic, educational and cultural importance. Bhubaneswar is the IT and Educational hub of the east and is one of the fastest developing cities in India. The state has the bounty of natural resources together with rapid industrial growth.

Travel Tips

Advance planning is essential. The weather has to be considered if an open air beach event is being planned. The summers (May-June) are hot and sultry and the monsoons (July – September) witness medium to heavy rainfall.

Things To Do

The Bhubaneswar Convention Centre at the Lokaseva Bhavan is the new talk of the town, built on more than 20 acres of land. It has the cutting edge technological equipments and arrangements. It is a two storied building with 1 conference room which can accommodate 100 people and 2 other smaller conference rooms accommodating 30 and 15 people respectively. The auditorium (5200 square meter) can accommodate 400-450 people. There is a well furnished VIP lounge and a banquet accommodating 100 seats. The open space which can accommodate 2500 people is an excellent venue for exhibitions. The state-of-the-art technical facilities (Large rolling screens, wall projectors, and bandwidth and internet connectivity), tight safety and security (CCTV Surveillance, store rooms and guards) and in-house stuff and vendor for all kinds of assistance (maintenance and empanelled service team) make it a great MICE venue. There is ample parking space with valet facilities. The hi-tech convention centre has integrated office complex and urban entertainment zone, together with water conservation system and modern landscaping. There are certain other smaller convention centres or halls at significant Universities and star-hotels in Bhubaneswar which hold hi-tech seamless MICE events like conferences, meetings and exhibitions. Puri, the coastal town with the famous Jagannath Temple, 60kms from Bhubaneswar, is an important destination for B-leisure because of the presence of numerous star hotels. There are 5-star hotels, including international brands which are sprawling properties on 30-40 acres of land, with sea facing rooms and private beach access besides all the other world class amenities. These hotels have modern conference halls, business centres and convention centres with wifi and hi-tech meeting facilities. One of the largest hotel convention halls in Eastern India is present in Puri.

What to Eat & Where
to Eat

Pre planned customized menu is served. If the specialties of Odisha, like sweet dishes, say, ‘Chhana Pora or ‘Khaja’, is something that the client wants, these above mentioned venues will definitely arrange them from the best possible vendors in the city. Besides vegetarian and non vegetarian, organic and minimum wastage are customizable options.

Getting Around

MICE venues have good set of vehicles, run by their vendor and transport partners and are well connected to the most important hotels and places in the city.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Biju Patnaik International Airport is well connected to Bhubaneswar and Puri and other parts of Odisha.

TRAIN

Bhubaneswar Railway Station and Puri Railway Station (60kms from Bhubaneswar – 1.5 hours’ drive) are the most important railway stations for long distance trains to Odisha. These stations are well connected to the cities.

ROAD

DTS Bus Station and Jaydev Bihar Bus Stop at Bhubaneswar are the most popular bus stations for interstate buses. Any part of the city is easily accessible from any of these bus stands.

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Surrounding Attractions

Bhubaneswar has numerous temples – the sand stone temples like Lingaraj Temple, the Udaygiri Khandagiri caves and Buddhist Shanti Stupa at Dhauli. Nandan Kanan Zoo and other reserve forests around are also popular places to see around Bhubaneswar. Puri’s Jagannath Temple, where devotees from all across the country visit and the beautiful beaches beaming with life are major attractions. The Konark Sun Temple, a 13th century old sand stone temple, is an architectural gem on the beautiful coast of Bay of Bengal. Konark Dance and Music Festival takes place every year in the temple premise.

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