Famous for its Sambalpuri Saree, the Sambalpur District is the western part of state of Odisha. The District is surrounded by Deogarh District in the East, Bargarh Districts in the West, Jharsuguda District in the North and Sonepur and Angul Districts in the South. The District of Sambalpur has a history full of events including Indian freedom struggle representing the different section of the society. Sambalpur is mentioned in the book of Ptomely as Sambalaka on the river Manada. Sambalpur District was subsequently divided into four separate Districts. Bargarh District was separated in 1993, and Jharsuguda and Deogarh Districts were separated in 1994.
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The Nearest airports are Swami Vivekananda International Airport, Raipur (265 K.M) and Biju Pattnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar (300 K.M). A new airport is being constructed at the industrial township of Jharsuguda (50 K.M) & Nearest Air strip is at Jamadarpali (10 K.M)
Sambalpur is one of the Divisional headquarters of East Coast Railways. There are four Railway stations namely Sambalpur (Khetrajpur), Sambalpur Road (Fatak), Hirakud and Sambalpur City in Sambalpur. There are direct Train Connections to all metros and prominent cities across India.
National Highway 6 connecting Mumbai to Kolkata passes through Sambalpur & Sambalpur is Connected to Bhubaneswar through National Highway 42. There are also two bus stands (Govt. and the private), Govt. Bus stand is situated at Laxmi Talkies square and Private Bus stand is located at Ainthapali, about 3 km from Govt. Bus stand. The private stand has more regular services to major towns in the area. Taxis and auto rickshaws are available for visiting the places of interest and for excursions.