Planning your trip to Odisha:
Bhubaneswar the capital city is Odisha’s gateway. It is accessible to most Indian gateway cities by air, making Odisha an ideal destination to combine with other Indian travel circuits.
Bhubaneswar is well serviced by 4 different domestic airlines, some of which operate multiple daily services.
As Odisha’s major gateway, Bhubaneswar is around 2 flying hours from Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, 1.5 from Hyderabad and 1 hr from Kolkata
Biju Patnaik International Airport (IATA: BBI, ICAO: VEBS), also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. It is currently the only major airport in Odisha. It is named after the former Chief Minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik, who was also a famed aviator and freedom fighter.
- AirAsia : Kuala Lumpur-International (begins 26 April 2017)
- Air India : Delhi, Mumbai,Varanasi
- GoAir : Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai
- IndiGo : Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Visakhapatnam
- Vistara : Delhi
The Biju Patnaik Airport has regular public transport as taxi connections and private bus transfers with the city centres.
Train travel is a convenient and affordable way to explore Odisha. Interstate and intra-state rail services connect our cities and regional centres, while cross-country train trips offer a unique insight into Odisha’s size and diversity. Odisha is well-connected with the national rail network. It has rail lines of 2287km, including 91km of narrow gauge. The Odisha railway network is a part of the East Coast Railway, which is the largest carrier of commercial load in both freight as well as passenger traffic in the country.
Coach and bus travel in Odisha is comfortable, easy and economical. Long journey Coaches from Capital city to major cities in the State generally have air conditioning, reading lights, adjustable seats and videos. Services are frequent, affordable and efficient. Volvo coaches ply between Odisha and Kolkata
Before embarking on your India vacation, the foreigners must get familiar with different diseases that are common in Indian climatic conditions. There are some health risks in India like Cholera, Dengue Fever, Dysentery, Malaria and Meningitis. Travellers are advised to take precautionary measures against the same.
Travel insurance is necessary for travelling to India and it also acts as an additional security in the case of unanticipated contingences like cancellation or interruption of travel plans, lost or damaged luggage, travel delays, accident, etc.Taking out a travel insurance policy is highly recommended.
Indian currency is known as Rupee abbreviated as INR. The Indian money is available in denominations of Re 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1000. One rupee consists of a hundred paise which are in denominations of 10p, 25p and 50p. However, these paise are rarely used. Coins are available for Re1, Rs 2 and Rs 5.
Changing money in India can be a very cumbersome process especially in small towns, thus the visitors are advised to change a substantial amount at one time. All the banks do not accept Travellers’ cheques. Make sure to change the money at accredited bureaus only; changing at any other place is illegal and also runs the risk of being counterfeit. Money can be easily changed at the airport, some hotels and several branches of International foreign exchange providers.
Tourists should seek permission from the authorities concerned before taking photographs of places of military importance, railway stations, bridges, airports, military installations, metro trains, tribal areas and sensitive border regions. It is prohibited to take photographs in some of the temples, historical monuments, forts, palaces, tombs and monasteries. Visitors are required to take special permits from the Archaeological Survey of India for photographing monuments with tripods and artificial lights. Camera fee is charged extra in some historical monuments.
Clothes to Wear
Indian summers are too hot, thus foreigners who plan their visit from March to July, they can carry light cottons. Wear clothes that are not very revealing. Winters fall in the months of October to February in India are quite cold, especially in the Northern India. Visitors who wish to come during this period are advised to carry sufficient warm clothing. Monsoons in India fall from July to September, and these months make the weather extremely humid. Some religious places in India have dress codes, like covering your head, being barefoot, etc. Tourists are advised to comply with them, so as not to seem offensive towards the religious sentiments of the concerned community .
Useful Odia Phrases
- How are you? — Kemiti accho I am fine — Mu bhalare acchi
- What is your name? — Tumoro naamo
- What happened? — Kono hela
- Did you have your lunch? — Khayilo ki?
- Yesterday — Gola kali
- Today — Aaji
- Tomorrow — Aasonta kali
- Day — Dino
- Night — Raati
- Morning — Sokalo
- In the morning — Sokaley
- Evening — Sonjo
- hello = Na-ma-skar
- goodbye = Vid-aa-ya
- please = Da-ya ka-ri
- thank you = Dhan-ya-bahd
- it is nice to meet you = A-pan-an-ku de-khi khu-si he-li
- take me to my hotel = Mo-te mo-ra hotel-ku nei-jibe-ki
- where is the bathroom = Pai -khana- ke- un thi
- how much does this cost = E- ha- ra- dam -kete