21 May 2017 Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India


Finally I'm gonna talk about my Bhubaneswar, India trip. Special thanks to AirAsia for the opportunity for me visit India. I can't believe I travel to India and survived with 39-45 degree celcius there. It was a truly great experience for me. For people who is not familiar about Bhubaneswar, it is a city which located in Odisha state.

For your info, Bhubaneswar is also known as "Temple City of India" and is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa and has a population of over two million people. It has a rich history of over 3,000 years and is now a rapidly growing city with commercial districts and a buzzing tourism sector with new upscale hotels, shops and restaurants.

Language used : Odia
Currency : Indian Rupee (INR)
Country Dial Code : +6074
Time Zone : GMT + 5.30 (2 hours and 30 minutes behind from Malaysia)

AirAisa now have 4 flights weekly from Kuala Lumpur - Bhubaneswar! Since we took the first flight to Bhubaneswar, so when we touched down, they welcomed us with flowers, scarf and so on. They are super duper friendly than I expected.

Once we arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, we took our tour bus to our hotel. It's kinda late, so after we checked in hotel then we straight away sleep until next morning.

On the next day, we wake up early in the morning to have our breakfast in hotel. They provides two different category for the breakfast - Western and Local. You can choose which category that you desire because it is a buffet style.

After finished our breakfast, all of us attend AirAsia Press Conference at Mayfair Lagoon Hotel. For your info, now everyone can catch a glimpse of India's Temple City as they are now flying to Bhubaneswar! This marked another milestone for AirAsia as the first international airline that flies to the capital city of Odisha.

The new direct flight departs from Kuala Lumpur (KLIA2) to Bhubaneswar (Biju Patnaik International Airport) four times weekly - every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

We also have the opportunity to observe Odisha Dance Performance. It is great to watch and really amaze with their dance moves.

After the press conference, we have our lunch at the hotel. Since it is a buffet style, so I took some pasta, rice, vegetables etc. And, they even served ice cream for dessert. Yummy~

Tribal Museum also known as Orissa Museum of Tribal Art and Artifacts, located on Gopabandhu Nagar near CRP Square about 3kms from the Bhubaneswar railway station, provides a detailed information about the tribal life and culture of Orissa. Sometimes referred as Tribal Research Institute Museum (Museum of Man), it is basically a research center that reveal about more than sixty varied tribal group of Orissa, their way of living, handicrafts, musical instruments, songs, dances and festivals.

I love all the painting on the wall or tree are all hand drawn. All painting are so beautiful, unique and organized. The artists are so talented. Since photography are prohibited inside the museum, so allow me to explain the heritage here.

Tribal Heritage - Steeped in myth and mystery that surround their ways of lives, the tribes of Odisha continue to be a source of interest not only to social anthropologists and sociologists but also for the lay visitors visiting the state.

With sixty-two distinct tribal groups constituting 25 percent of the total population, occupying nearly one-third of the habitable area, the tribes of Odisha are the most colourful people. The most important tribes are the Kandhas, Bondas, Koyas, Sauras, Gadabas, Gondas, Ho, Santhalas, Mundas and Juangas.

Each tribe has its own art, architecture, music, dance, beaded and feather jewellery and rich sociocultural traits. Though these tribes live in almost all the districts, yet most of them inhabit the forest areas of Kandhamal, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Mayurbhanja, and Keonjhar districts. The Tribal Museum in Bhubaneswar provides a glimpse into the lifestyle and culture of different tribal communities.

We then head to buy SIM card for mobile data. There are a lot of packages for selection and the package that I had chosen was 2.5GB which cost about 400 Rupee (RM27+).

This dog is extremely cute! It is just sit in front of me and when I said look at the camera and boom! I got this photo. It's so photogenic.

Next station - Khandagiri & Udayagiri Caves. The Caves were chiselled out for the ascetic Jain monks that have inscriptions describing the exploits of king Kharavel. Caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. The Rani Gumpha (Queen's Cave), one of the largest and double-storied, is ornately embellished with beautiful cravings. The Hati Gumpha (Elephant Cave), King Kharavela has carved out the chronicles of his reign.

The cave is beautiful and we climb all the way up just to see the view from top. We stay there until evening. The sky turn dark and we need to use the flash light from our phone to get down. Lol

Before end of our day 1, we back to out hotel and attend the Presentation Odisha Tourism followed by cultural programme. We have deeper understanding about Bhubaneswar and Odisha. It's a great opportunity to know more about their culture and history. All thanks to AirAsia! Stay tuned for my day 2 travel itinerary and don't forget to check out the travel vlog. XOXO.

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