Sambalpur Tour & Travel Guide

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Sambalpur, lying in the East Indian state of Orissa, has been bearing a unique identity since centuries, in terms of language, dress (Sari), dance, cuisine, culture, festivals, temples, heritage, songs, drama and music, among others. The King of Sambalpur Veer Surendra Sai had jumped into freedom struggle against British even before Mangal Pandey in 1857, providing more fame to the place.

The headquarter of Sambalpur Metropolitan Area consists of Hirakud and Burla along with Sambalpur that is the second highest populated city in the West Orissa. The trio of Sambalpur, Hirakud and Burla makes the economic center in the region. Various commercial and government establishments were done in Sambalpur after independence. Lots of major industrial development happened in the region after economic liberalization in 1990.

Sambalpur is well-networked through Air, Rail and Road transport, having its nearest airports as Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur (262 km) and Biju Patnaik Airport, Bhubaneswar (325 km). The place has four railway stations – Sambalpur (Khetrajpur), Sambalpur Road (Fatak), Hirakud and Sambalpur City. You can also reach the destination through the regular commercial and public road transportation.

Being the commercial and communication centre of the Western Orissa, Sambalpur has a number of historical buildings and parks. Other worth visit places in the region are Sambalpur University established in 1967 and the Hirakud Dam, the world's longest earthen dam and Asia’s largest artificial lake located at Hirakud. Among the famous religious places in the region are The Leaning Temple of Huma and Gandhi Temple.

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