our guide will pick you up from your hotel at your selected departure time.
Head to the most famous and oldest temples of India that were built in 9th-10th century. Visit the Lingraj Temple built in 11th Century. The splendid Lingraj Temple (the king of lingas, the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) represents the culmination of the evolution of temple architecture in Odisha.
Visit the next Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, belonging to 10th century. Standing 34 feet tall, the Mukteshwar temple is one of the smallest and most compact temples in Bhubaneshwar. However, it’s famous for its exquisite stone archway, and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch. A number of the carved images (including lion head motif) appear for the first time in the temple architecture.
Your next destination Brahmeshwar Temple. Situated around a kilometer east of the Lingraj temple, the Brahmeshwar temple was built by the reigning king’s mother in honor of the deity Brahmeshwar (a form of Lord Shiva). It’s approximately 60 feet tall. Iron beams were used in the temple’s construction for the first time.
Afterwards, visit the Rajarani Temple, unique in that there is no deity associated with it. There’s a story that the temple was a pleasure resort of an Oriya king and queen (raja and rani). However, more realistically, the temple got its name from the variety of sandstone used to make it. The carvings on the temple are particularly ornate, with numerous erotic sculptures. This often leads to the temple being referred to as the Khajuraho of the east.
After your visit to Rajarani Temple, enjoy a delicious local cuisine as your lunch.
Your last visit will be to Yogini Temple, located in Hirapur. This temple is one of only four yogini temples in India, dedicated to the esoteric cult of tantra. It’s shrouded in mystery and many locals are fearful of it — and it’s not difficult to imagine why. The temple has 64 stone yogini goddess figures carved on its inside walls, representing the 64 forms of the diving mother created to drink the blood of demons.
At the end of the tour, your driver will drop you off at your hotel or you are free to explore the city on your own.