The steel city of Rourkela in Orissa, is located in the midst of scenic hills and enclosed by many lakes. The city gained prominence after the establishment of the first three steel plants of India in 1955. This industrial town derives it name from the amalgam of two words – ‘Rour’ meaning our and ‘Kela’ which means village.
Rourkela enjoys a very important position from the tourism point of view as well. Visit the Hanuman Vatika garden has a 75 feet high idol of Hanumana, the follower of Lord Rama. This garden also houses various temples where pilgrims flock all the year round. Among other popular parks are the Indira Gandhi Park, Nehru Traffic Park, Jubilee Park & Mrig Vihar and the Green Park.
This city is the birth place of Ved Vyas, the writer of the holy epic Mahabharata. Located on the confluence of three rivers, the view of the three different shades of water from here is magnificent. A Vedic Ashram and a Gurukul system school has been set up here to commemorate the birth of the sage.
A short excursion from Rourkela will take you to the Mandira Dam that is ideal for boating and picnicking. Darjeeng, just 51 kms from Rourkela is a place where one can visit the historical caves.
October to march is the best time to visit Rourkela. The city houses an airport and one can reach here by boarding a flight from Bhubaneswar (470 kms) via Barbil. Rourkela is directly connected to most part of the cities via rails. Roads too are a great option as regular bus services are available for Rourkela from Ranchi, Bhilai and Jamshedpur and many other cities.
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by Shwetha on Jul 27, 2010
Monsoons have arrived; slushy roads & traffic jams mark its arrival in the city, so head closer to nature & enjoy the real beauty of rains, bubbling streams & lush greenery! In this 3part series we give you a lowdown on monsoon getaways across the country
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