Monday, 9 January 2012

Cuttack, Orissa

Cuttack is one of the oldest cities of Orissa. For quite a long time, this city served as the capital of Orissa. It was founded in the early 10th century by Nripati Kesari. Cuttack is situated on the delta formed by the rivers Mahanadi and Kathjuri. Since the city has such strategic position, it serves as the main base for commercial activities. Cuttack is known for its handicrafts and shopping in the city is a delight for shoppers.

You can get an amazing variety of Ikat fabrics and appliqué work over here. The fine silverwork done here usually renders the visitors speechless. Infact, Cuttack is famous throughout India for its exquisite silver filigree work. While on a shopping spree, you can always stop for a halt in one of the restaurants in the city and relish the yummy mouthwatering seafood. Presently, tourism in Cuttack is on its boom. 

The best part about the city is that, it is very well connected to almost all the major cities of the country. It is accessible from almost all parts of the country via train and buses. However, if you want to travel to Cuttack by air, then Bhubaneswar will serve as one of the most convenient entry points. There are a large number of sightseeing places in Cuttack, for instance Barabati Fort, Chandi Temple and Kadam Rasool Dargah. 

Places to See:

Barabati Fort, situated in Cuttack, is one of the most sought-after tourist attractions of Orissa. Situated on the bank of Mahanadi River, this fort lies on the western side of the city. It is located at a distance of about 8 km from the heart of Cuttack. Barabati fort once housed an illustrious nine-storied palace. 

Kadam Rasool is a famous mosque located in the vicinity of the old quarters in the Cuttack city. The domed mosque is spread over an area of 57 acres. The origin of Kadam-I-Rasool, in the Cuttack city of Orissa, can be traced back to the eighteenth century. 

Stone Revetments

The ‘Stone Revetments’, situated on the banks of Mahanadi River, were constructed by King Marakata Keshari in the eleventh century. An architectural as well as engineering wonder, these Stone Revetments stand as a proof of the advanced technology of Indians so long back also. These revetments served as the protection of Cuttack during floods, helping the city attain the status of the capital. 

Chandi Temple

Chandi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Chandi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga. The temple is highly revered by devotees and people visiting the city make sure to offer their prayers here. It’s magnificently carved interiors and gateways stand as a testimony to the architectural ability of the previous times. 


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