Cuttack

The former capital of Orissa is surrounded by the River Mahanadi in the north, Kathajuri in the south and is situated 29 km away from Bhubaneswar. The ancient stone embankment on the Kathajuri River, built in the 11th century by a king of the Kesari dynasty to protect the town from floods, is an engineering marvel.

Sightseeing

Quadam-I-Rasool : A sacred shrine, both for Hindus and Muslims, Quadam-I-Rasool situated here, has a compound wall and towers at each corner and three mosques with beautiful domes inside and a Nawabat Khana (music gallery). It is believed that the shrine contains some holy relics of the Prophet Muhammad.

Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri & Udayagiri: About 70 km from Cuttack are the hills where in ancient times, a Buddhist center of learning flourished, Buddhist sculptures have been excavated in the area.

Jajpur : Also known as Vaitarani Tirtha, with Goddess Viraja (Durga) as its presiding deity, is one of the sacred places of pilgrimage. The place has its unique importance in India as Navigaya Kshetra where pinda is offered for the satisfaction of the ancestors. The shrine of Sweta Varaha (the white boar incarnation of Vishnu) along with hundreds of other shrines here make Jajpur an important pilgrimage center, The Dasasvanedha Ghat, the flight of steps leading to the Vaitarani where the ten horse sacrifices were performed, holds great religious significance for the Hindus.

The other temples worth visiting, like the Madhava temple, built in the 13th century, located on the banks of river Prachi and the Simbanath temple situated on an island of river Mahanadi. Presenting yet more examples of the synthesis that's so unique to the Oriya religion.

Orissa