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Location : Orrisa, 29 kms from Bhubaneshwar
Attractions : Stone Revetment, Barabati Fort, Qadam-i-Rasool, Cuttack Chandi, Netaji Seva Sadan etc.
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Introducing Cuttack
Barabati FortCuttack, the former capital of Orissa is now the Business capital of Orissa. Situated close to capital city Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack alongwith Bhubaneshwar together known as the 'twin cities' of Orissa. Cuttack is set at the apex of the delta formed by the rivers Mahanadi and Kathajodi.

One of the oldest towns of Orissa, Cuttack is now a bustling commercial center. Cuttack is known worldover for its exquisite filigree works in silver, ivory and brass works and textiles of woven silk and cotton. In the ancient time Cuttack assumed significance due to its strategic location and ruled by a number of dynasties. Over the centuries the rulers had built a number of fort and other interesting structures in Cuttack region. Today those rulers and their descendants are no more, but still you can get a glimpse of the bygone are in the monuments in and around the city.

On the whole, plan a trip to the charming city of Cuttack this vacation and return your home with some lifelong memories.

How to Reach Cuttack
By Air : Bhubaneshwar (29 km) is the nearest airport from Cuttack. Domestic Airlines operate a number of flights to Bhubaneshwar from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and other important cities of India.
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By Rail : Cuttack is a major rail head on the Kolkata-Chennai main railway route. Several express and superfast trains connect Cuttack with Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and many other railway stations of the country.

By Road : NH 5 passes through Cuttack and connects it to important places of Orissa. Cuttack is served by regular buses from Bhubaneshwar, Puri and other important destination of the state. Distances of some major cities from Cuttack are Kolkata (416 km), Varanasi (940 km), Delhi (1720 km) and Mumbai (1482 km)

Local Transport : Taxis and cycle rickshaws are modes of local transport in Cuttack.

Places Where You Can Stay
Plenty of accommodation options are available in Cuttack. You need not to worry about your budget, as the hotels are available rates. Equipped with contemporary facilities, the hotels of Cuttack provide a pleasant stay. Some of the famous hotels of Cuttack are Pantanivas, Hotel Akbari Continental, Hotel Bombay, Hotel Dwarka, Hotel Ashoka, Hotel Monalisa, Hotel Lords, Hotel Roxy and Hotel Blue Lagoon.

Tourist Attractions in Cuttack
Stone Revetment : Stone Revetment is a major attraction of Cuttack. An 11th century engineering marvel, stone revetment is a masterpiece of ancient technological skill of Orissa.

Barabati Fort : One of the attractions of Cuttack, Barabati Fort is set on the bank of the river Mahanadi close to the Barabati stadium. Built by the Ganga dynasty, most of the fort is ruined now, but the gateway to the fort is still intact. Presently the excavation work is done by Archaeological survey of India.

Qadam-i-Rasool : Located in the centre of town, Qadam-i-Rasool is a sacred shrine both for Muslims and Hindus. The shrine is surrounded by a wall, having towers at each corner. Qadam-i-Rasool houses three mosques and a Nawabat Khana (music gallery). It is said that the shrine contain the holy relics of the prophet Muhammed (SAW) from Mecca.

Cuttack Chandi : Cuttack Chandi is shrine dedicated to the presiding deity of the city. It is a must visit place for tourist visiting Cuttack.

Netaji Seva Sadan : Situated in Oriya Bazarr of the city, Netaji Seva Sadan is the birthplace of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Barbati Stadium : Set close to the fort, Barabati Stadium is a new attraction of the Cuttack city. Barbati Stadium hosts international and domestic cricket matches.

Paramahansa : A pilgrimage place, Paramahansa is situated on the out skirts of city. Paramahansa is named after Paramahansa Nath, a form of Lord Shiva.

Other Attractions of Cuttack : Orissa High Court, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Swaraj Ashram, Gadagadeswar Mandir and Ravenshaw Collge.
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Tourist Attractions Around Cuttack
BhattarikaNaraj : A picturesque picnic spot, Naraj lies at a distance of 5 km from Cuttack. Naraj is situated at the confluence of Mahandi and Kathajodi. The place is also popular for Buddhist culture and you can see some Buddha images here.

Bhubaneshwar : Bhubaneshwar is just 29 kms away from Cuttack. A modern city, Bhubaneshwar has a number of interesting tourists spots. Temples are major attraction of Bhubaneshwar. Lingaraj Temple, Vaital Deul Temple and Parasurameswar Temple are some of the famous temples of the city. Bhubaneshwar also houses Orissa State Museum and Tribal Research Museum.

Nandan Kanan Biological Park : Set on the way to Bhubaneshwar, Nandan Kanan Biological Park deserves a visit. Nandan Kanan has the highest population of white tigers in the country. In addition to white tigers, you can spot a variety of other animal species here.

Chatia : Chatia is 30 km away from Cuttack. A historic place, Chatia houses a number of shrines and the remains of an ancient fort.

Dhabaleswar : Set 35 km away from Cuttack, Dhabaleswar is a picturesque spot and a home to Shiva temple. Actually Dhabaleswar is a tiny island on the Mahanadi river. Every year on Bada Osa Day, which falls in November devotees come visit the temple in large number. The temple premises houses archaeological sculptures of 10th - 11th centuries. Accommodation is available for the tourists on Dhabaleswar island.

Banki : Banki is situated at a distance of 52 km from Cuttack. Here you will see the shrine of eight-armed Goddess Charchika set on the bank of Mahanadi river. Banki also has a number of other interesting structures.

Bhattarika : Located 108 kms away from Cuttack, Bhattarika houses the famous shrine of Goddess Bhattarika.

Other nearby destinations : Besides the above mentioned places, a number of other interesting tourist places are located close to Cuttack. Some of the famous places are Choudwar (14 kms), Nemal (42 kms)Nialimadhab (50 kms), Lalitgiri (64 kms), Ansupa (68 kms) and Singhanath (96 kms).

Festivals of Cuttack
Durga Puja is the most popular festival of Cuttack. As Cuttack is close to West Bengal and inhabited by a large population of Bengali people hence the Durga Puja festival is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. Durga Puja in Cuttack is as interesting as the festival celebrated in Kolkata. Baliyatra is another important festival of Cuttack, held every year in November. The festival is celebrated to remember the ancient tradition of trade between Orissa and java, Bali and Sumatra. Kite flying festival of Cuttack is also famous and held in the month of January.

Shopping in Cuttack
Any trip to Cuttack is incomplete without some shopping. In fact, the city is the major shopping centre of Orissa and you can not return back without doing some shopping. Cuttack is dotted with a number of government emporium and private shops, which offer a variety of items. Some of the must buy include the handicrafts and textiles of the Cuttack region, both in silk and cotton. Cuttack is noted for exquisite silver filigree work, from which jewelry, utensils, and decorative items are prepared.

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