Whenever we start reading a story then gradually we start developing an interest in the story and then feelings are generated for the characters of the story and the same is about traveling.
We travel every day sometimes to the known places and sometimes to new unknown and unseen places. Being a traveler I can tell you traveling is also an addiction where you like to travel too much and you fall in love with places instead of persons.
In the state of Orissa, there is a beautiful destination which awaits your presence – Rourkela. The name Rourkela is originated from a word of local language which actually means ‘Our Village’. Rourkela, India is known as the Steel city of Orissa as it has one of the largest steel plants Steel Authority of India Limited, i.e., SAIL, Rourkela also called Rourkela Steel Plant. Rourkela city is surrounded by Hills and rivers. People from many states and of different religions can be found here living peacefully.
The city has a tropical climate and therefore Rourkela temperature experience is hot and humid for the most part of the year so the best time to plan a visit to Rourkela to eliminate the ill effects of temperature in Rourkela is from October to March.
You can travel from Rourkela to Ranchi by road through NH 143 and also the city is well connected through railways and you can travel easily through Rourkela Railway Station while Rourkela Airport is getting ready for direct flights within India.
If you are visiting Rourkela then these 10 things are for you only.
1. Around 74 feet height Hanuman Statue
Hanuman Vatika has the tallest statue of Hanuman, a Hindu Diety in Asia. Surrounded by few temples and a beautiful garden Hanuman Vatika, Rourkela is the first eye catching attraction that you can see while entering the city, situated adjacent to Rourkela Hospital. It is spread in an area of around 12 acres. Visitors including both the travellers and the devotees visit the place in hundreds of numbers daily. Different devotional programmes are organised at this place including marriages.
2. IG Park
The Indira Gandhi Park is the largest park in Orissa. Spread over an area of 42 acres of land with beautiful garden and grass meadow houses a mini zoo, aquarium, doll museum and a lake. Indira Gandhi Park Zoo has a toy train for the children, which goes around the park and boating facilities for the tourists. The main attraction and the must see thing here in this garden is Musical Fountain.
3. Mandira Dam Rourkela
If you ask someone about Rourkela picnic spot, the first suggestion you will get is Mandira Dam. The dam is built across Sankh River. It is the best place to roam around with friends and family, you can also take a boat ride in the quiet, calm and clean water to experience the natural beauty. Apart from picnic spot if you are out for a photo shoot and need a beautiful site then this is the place for you.
4. Vedvyas Temple
If you are a devotee than no other reason is needed to tell you to visit a temple but if you are not then there is one more reason to visit the temple and that is the stunning view that one gets from the temple. As per the local people the author of the epic Mahabharat was here and wrote the four Vedas. Two rivers Koel and Sankha meet here and form The Brahmani.
Rourkela is famous for something else also rather than tourist or pious places and that is National Institute of Technology, Rourkela. An institute for learning in engineering, science and technology. With a great infrastructure and campus life, the university is famous among the students.
There are many hotels in Rourkela which you can find suitable for a comfortable stay but here are some of the best of hotels in Rourkela which you must check before paying and booking any hotel.
a. Mayfair Hotel Rourkela – The lodging is a star class inn which is outfitted with the best of common luxuries that influence an occasion to be it business or delight an agreeable, rich and spoiling one.
b. Hotel Brindaban – The lodging is stacked with all the fundamental luxuries anybody would expect and a faultless service.
The Indian nourishment is of gauges that match whatever other great eateries that serve comparable sustenance at the restaurant ‘Moksha’.
7. A replica of Vaishnodevi Temple
Vaishnodevi Temple in Rourkela is a replica of the one located in Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is a very popular temple among Hindus. The temple is situated on Durgapur Hills and one has to climb nearly 300 stairs to reach the temple. Apart from that the temple also offers a picturesque view and is a nice place for meditation.
8. Khandadhar Falls
The rarest diamond is always the costliest bit is worth it. Amidst thick backwoods, this waterfall resembles a much-needed refresher. It is a dazzling present for nature sweethearts. There is a visitor house adjacent but is only for VIPs.
A beautiful gift from nature and a place you must go.
9. Ambagan Market Rourkela
The Ambagan market is one of the oldest markets in Rourkela. It is also known as Ispat Market. Located in the center of the city the market is a perfect shopping destination for those who want to purchase household materials, handicrafts, vegetables, fruits, fish, groceries, clothes and several useful articles.
10. Darjing and Deoghar, Rourkela
Darjing and Deoghar are another of picnic spot in the steel city of Orissa. Darjing and Deoghar, a gorgeous place located on the banks of river Brahmani at a distance of 45km from Rourkela town.
A Bungalow in the midst of lovely gardens and gold follows in the brilliant sand by the waterway. That is Darjing for you while Deoghar is situated around 3 km away from Darjing. The place addresses lots of people on a regular basis as it is a famous tourist spot.
What’s more, with all its hypnotizing excellence these are the ten things which adds to the magnificence of your Rourkela trip.