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Sambalpur, Orissa Travel Guide

Sambalpur is best known for handloom sarees that are hand designed and made in cotton fabric. In fact, Sambalpuri handloom textile industry is the cultural symbol of Orissa. It is the pride of the state.

The city of Sambalpur is the administrative headquarters of the Sambalpur district in the Orissa state of India. It is the second largest populated city the western part of Orissa. It is a metropolitan area comprising Hirakud and Burla. It is a major commercial and education hub.

In one sense, name of the city has become the brand name for the state of Orissa. It is a treasure land for folk arts and crafts. It was ruled by local royal clans and later it was annexed by the British. The city is named after the village deity named Samalei Devi. This deity has been mentioned in the travelogues of western travelers including the works of Ptolemy.

The city lies on the banks of the River Mahanadi. The famous Hirakud dam which is built across the Mahanadi River is located towards the north of Sambalpur. It experiences hot summers and cool winters.

How to Reach:

You can reach Sambalpur by road and railways. Jharsuguda and Bargarh cities are the nearby bus stops. The city has four railway stations at different locations. It is on the Bhubaneswar -Jharsuguda train route. It is a well connected railway station.

The city is not connected by air. If you are planning to take a flight, reach the city via Raipur, which is the nearest airport. Raipur city is not nearby. Book taxi to travel from Raipur Airport to Sambalpur. Clear Car Rentals, an Online Cab Booking agency provides all kinds of transfer services in Sambalpur.

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Sitalsathi festival, Nuakhai, Bhai-Juntia festivals are some of the well known folk festivals of this city.

Places of interest:

Visitors who are interested in sightseeing can visit the dam at Hirakud. It is located at about 15 km from the city of Sambalpur. The dam is said to be the longest earthen dam. Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary which is near Hirakud dam is another spot to explore nature.

People who are interested in visiting temples can explore the leaning temple of Huma, Samaleswari temple, Chiplima and Ghanteswari Temple.

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