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Excursions

Patnagarh (38 km):
This is the ancient capital of the kingdom of Patna once known as Kuanri Patna. The seat of tantricism in Odisha in the medieval period, the place is home to the temples of Pataneswari and Samaleswari built in the Chalukyan style. The temple of Someswara Siva belonging to the 12th century is another added attraction. One can find here the remnants of the earliest group of temples built during the Chouhan rule in Western Odisha which began from this place.

Harisankar (81 km):
This pilgrimage centre is located on the southern slope of Gandhamardan hills, dotted with a series of waterfall. Hari Shankar is the deity there. Both Harisankar and Nrusinghanath are connected by a rough road of 16 km across the hill-top which the pilgrims cover in a day on foot. Trekking and adventurists can also find the journey an interesting one. Harishankar is connected by a good motorable road with Bolangir.

Jogisarda (25 km):
Known for its Jogeswara Temple, it is a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus

Nrusinghanath (131 km):
Enshrined in the sacred hill of Gandhamardhan, the temple of Nrusinhanath is a pilgrimage destination of repute. Bhimathar, Gadadhar, Guptadhar and Chaladhar are picturesque waterfall at Nrusinhanath. Besides the fall there are archaeological remains of ancient times .It is 20 km from Nuapara and 55 km from Harisankar

Ranipur-Jharial (104 km
):
Known as “Soma Tirtha” the place has some 50 temples of which the circular temple without a roof having 64 yoginis, one of four such shrines in India, is the major attraction. The Someswara Mahadev temple is another famous highlight. This temple built entirely of brick is said to be the highest brick temple of Odisha. Here Saivism, Buddhism, Vaisnavism and Tantricism flourished time to time.

Gaikhai M.I.P. (30 km):
A place of great scenic beauty Gaikhai is surrounded by green capped hills on three sides and is an ideal place for group camping.

Dharapgarh (50 km):
Rich with history, Dharapgarh has a big tank called Dashamati Sagar covering an area of 119 acres. Believed to be the habitat of some water nymphs, the tank is guarded by the shrines of Chandi, Duarsuni, Samalei, Patneswari, Siva and Vishnu who are worshipped by non-Brahmins. A dip in the tank has religious importance too.

Saintala (32 km):
A place of immense historical and archaeological importance, the place is noted for its ruined Chandi Temple, Goddess Chandi in Mahisamardini form is presently installed in a small mound. The Dasavatara (10 incarnations) image of Lord Vishnu is among the remarkable pieces of sculpture unearthed here.

Turekela (98 km):

Suitable for group camping and wildlife enthusiasts, the place is important for viewing exotic wildlife like tigers, deer, bears, monkeys, etc.


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