Orissa Tour of Rourkela
 
     
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Orissa Tour of Rourkela
 
Orissa Tour of Rourkela
 
Orissa Tour of Rourkela

A place with natural settings, Rourkela has come into prominence with the establishment of the first of the three public sector steel plants set up in India in 1955. Situated in the minerally rich belt of Orissa, Rourkela marked a new era in the Steel Industry of India being the only steel plant devoted primarily to the production of flat products and sheets. Rourkela serves as the most convenient base for visiting the places of interest in the district of Sundargarh.

A visitor to Rourkela is charmed by the Steel Plant with the Fertilizer Complex, Indira Gandhi Park with a Zoo and a lake.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Hanuman Batika
The Garden located in the heart of Rourkela, has a 75-feet tall standing statue of Hanuman, monkey devotee of Rama. The statue designed by Sri Laxmana Swami has become an icon of the city. The garden on 13 acres of land has a beautiful temple complex. There are many shrines- Bata Mangala Mandira, Binayaka Mandira and Manas Parayana Sharala at the entrance and Santoshi Ma Mandira, Bruhat Sivalinga Mandira, Ram Daravar, Hanumanji Mandira, Ma Laxmi Mandira, Jagannath Mandira are some of them. The garden with all the temples has become a place of pilgrimage.


Vedvyas 
Vedvyas is situated 9 km away on the confluence of the rivers Shankha, Koel and Saraswati. It is the birthplace of Vedavyasa, the author of the great epic 'Mahabharata'. Vedavyasa earlier known as Krishna Dwipayana was the son of the great sage Parasara. He has also written other Epics besides Mahabharata. This place with abundant natural beauty, is considered a place of religious sanctity. There was a Vyasa cave in the middle of the river Shankha which is now inacessible. The colour of the waters of the three rivers at the confluence looks different. There is also a Vedic Ashram and a Gurukula system school here. 

PARKS

The Indira Gandhi Park
The Indira Gandhi Park located on Sector 4, near Ring Road has beautiful gardens, a mini zoo and an aquarium. Spring season is the best time for a visit to see a host rare flowers. The gardens include a fountain garden, rose garden and Japanese garden on 42 acres of land. The zoo has a train which goes around from which you can watch the animals. The park also has a big tower from where one can get a beautiful view of the city.
The park is open on all days from 7 A.M.to 9 P.M except Fridays. The zoo is open from 8 A.M.to 5 P.M.


Nehru Traffic Park
Located at Sector-19 the park was opened to the public in 1985. The park has a gallery for children and exhibits items to make the public aware of the traffic rules. 

 
Jubilee
Park & Mrig Vihar
Located at Sector – 8, this park has a musical fountain. Adjacent to this park there is a deer zoo.

Green Park
This Park covering 225 acre area, located in Sector- 8, has a variety of flora which has given it the name 'Green Park'.

PLACES AROUND ROURKELA

Mandira Dam
Situated about 30 km from Rourkela, the Mandira dam on the river Shankh provides boating facilities. The SAIL authorities of Rourkela have constructed a huge reservoir for breeding fish. There is a Guest House for visitors.


Darjeeng 
Situated 51 km from Rourkela, on National Highway No.23, near river Brahmani, Darjeeng is a beautiful picnic spot. Deodarha a gorge, is a  2km walk from here.


 

 
 



 
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