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Cuttack Tourism

Referred to as the cultural capital of Orissa, Cuttack is a commercial city with plenty of impressive tourist attractions.

Cuttack is the second largest city in Orissa and is the centre of all commercial activities and the local handicrafts of this state are displayed and traded in this very city. The inflow and outflow of the rare artefacts which so beautifully define the quintessential Oriyan form of art takes place from this very city. Cuttack is always buzzing with cultural activities and plays host to a variety of festivals like the Baliyatra, which commemorates the ancient trade links the countries like Java, Bali and Sumatra and the Kite Festival which is held in the month of January. Cuttack is a highly-planned city and has a number of tourist attractions which will make a person's trip here a memorable one.

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The former capital of Orrisa, Cuttack is known to be one of the oldest cities in India. It was found by King Nrupa in 989 A.D as a military cantonment. In the 12th century, it was the capital of the Ganga Dynasty. The city flourished beautifully till Firoz Shah Tughlaq captured it during the 14th century. There was distress in the city during this period, and there was mass destruction and looting that took place. But today, the city has risen and remains to be the commercial capital of Orrisa.

Earlier, Cuttack was ruled by Mughals, Marathas and then the British and hence there is are influences of all these cultures. The language predominantly spoken here is Oriya. But English, Hindi and Bengali are spoken and understood widely. Odissi is the dance form that is originated from this region. Tarakasi is an art in jewellery, craft pieces and accessories are made from silver filigree. This art dated back to over 500 years and travelled through traders from Indonesia to Cuttack. Bali Yatra is a festival that is celebrated grandly and is known to be the second largest trade fair in Asia. It is a fair that celebrates trade with Bali where traders purchased goods from South East Asian countries and sold it in the city. Kartikeshwar Puja and Dusserah are also widely celebrated throughout the city with pomp.

The former capital of Orrisa, Cuttack is known to be one of the oldest cities in India. The town has a rich and eventful history. It was founded by King Nrupa in 989 A.D as a military cantonment and was later ruled by the Mughals, Afghans and Marathas before coming under the British rule, during which it was made the capital of Orissa. In the 12th century, it was the capital of the Ganga Dynasty. The city flourished beautifully till Firoz Shah Tughlaq captured it during the 14th century. There was distress in the city during this period, and there was mass destruction and looting that took place. In 1956, the capital was shifted to Bhubaneswar. Cuttack, however, remains an important commercial centre in the state.

Do try authentic Oriya cuisine in Cuttack which is served in a lot of restaurants at affordable prices. Rice is the staple item in the traditional cuisine and one will find both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies here. Among the local favorites are Dahi Vada, Ghuguni, Chaat, Alu Dum, Bhindi Bhaja, Aalu Palak, Jeera Pakhala, Saag, Prawn malai Curry, Crab Kalia, Fish curry and more. Other generic cuisines like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese and Continental and even Mughlai cuisines are also available here.

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Day 1: Visit Cuttack Chandi temple of Goddess Chandi and the Barabadi Fort built by the Ganga Dynasty in the 14th century. Both places hold great historic importance and are definitely a must-see.

Day 2: Begin the day at Bhabaleswar Island which is famous for its Dhableshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Then, visit local handicraft stores and bazaars on the island. If you happen to be in Cuttack during the of the Baliyatra festival, go to the colourful and vibrant fair where more than 1500 stalls are put up selling merchandise purchased from the South East Asian countries. This festival is known to be the biggest trade fair in the whole of Asia l.

Day 3: Netaji Birth Place Museum is the place where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Cuttack. Also, visit Ravenshaw University which was made by the Britishers in 1960 and the architectural jewel of the city.

Day 4: You can spend the day appreciating the natural beauty of the city by going to Mahanadi Barrage and the Sunset point and indulge in the serenity of nature and beauty. Also, try the famous Dahibahra Aloodum, which happens to be a delicacy of Cuttack.

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Shopper's paradise. Rich history.

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Cuttack is a great getaway in the Eastern region of the country, particularly for those residing in Orrisa and West Bengal.

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The railhead in Cuttack falls on the Chennai-Kolkatta line and is connected to all the metropolitan cities in the country. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneshwar, which is 25 km away from the heart... (Read More)

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