Introduction to Rourkela City of Orissa
Rourkela is known as the Steel city of Orissa. It is covered with beautiful hills, mountains and many beautiful rivers. This city is also known as the second largest city of Orissa. "Rourkela" means "Our Village". This name is derived from the local language Sadri which was used by old Raulia tribe.
In Rourkela you can see the largest steel plant in India named RSP or Rourkela Steel Plant. It is made with Indo-German collaboration. This large steel plant is owned by Steel Authority of India Ltd. or SAIL. In Rourkela you can see one of the NIT or National Institutes of Technology of India. If you ever come to Sundergarh you should sure visit Rourkela.
Places to See in Rourkela of Orissa
Rourkela is full of natural beauty and modern arts. You will see many fantastic natural and man made creatures in this area. Here are some of them.
Vedavyas Picnic Spot of Rourkela
Vedavyas is known as the best picnic spot in Rourkela. Actually this place is located on the confluence of two great and beautiful rivers named Sankha and Koel. Sankha means white and koel means Black so here you can see mix two types of water. Vedavyas is also known as a pilgrimage place of Rourkela. This great place is located 9kms far from Rourkela city. You can also find a vedic Ashram and a Gurukul Ashram in this holy place of Rourkela. Vedavyas is also famous for Vedavyas mela which falls on February so you should visit vedavyas in that month to see the great mela. You can also reach Vedavyas from Panposh cause it is 5kms far from Panposh.
Pitamahal Picnic Spot of Rourkela
Pitamahal is one of the beautiful picnic spot of Rourkela cause you can see a small dam project in this amazing place. Pitamahal is free from man made noise and pollution. You can enjoy here the natural tones like flow of water, sound from natural birds and animals. Pitamahal is not far from the city. It is just 16kms away from Rourkela. You can easily reach there by Bus or Taxi.
Junagarh of Rourkela
Junagarh is known as the attractive historical place of Rourkela. It is also very important from archaeological point of view. You can see very beautiful and ancient caves which are showing tantra worship. It is located 180 kms far from Rourkela city. It is also 4 km. from Hemagiri and 15 km from Kanika.
Ushakothi Caves of Rourkela
Ushakothi of Rourkela is famous for its rock caves which includes pictographic inscriptions. Scientists are also now trying to understand these pictures. It is 47 kms far from Sundegarh and 157 kms from Rourkela city.
Mandira Dam of Rourkela
Manidra dam is also very famous cause it is known as a picnic spot of Rourkela. From this dam water supply to the steel city is possible. You can also find a lake here and Boating facility also available here but you need permission before boating in that lake. Permission is also needed for entering into the dam area. You can reach Mandira dam in 30 minutes if you will go from Rourkela cause it is just 28kms far.
Khandhar Waterfall of Rourkela
Khandhar is not only famous in Rourkela but also famous in all Orissa for its beautiful waterfall. This famous waterfall of Roukela is 244 mtrs high so after falling it creates rainbow in the sky. There is also a small forest near Khandhar waterfall. Khandhar is located 104 kms far from Rourkela city so you can go there by Bus, taxi or motorbike.
Darjeeng Picnic Spot of Rourkela
Darjeeng is very beautiful place and very famous as a amazing picnic spot of Rourkela. It is located on the side of Brahmani river so this is famous as a picnic spot. It is situated 2kms far from Brahmani river side and 51 kms from Rourkela. It is well connected by Roadway.
Best Fairs and Festivals of Rourkela City
Rourkela is well connected by Railway and Roadway from all corners of India. You can visit this steel city in between October month to March cause after that more humidity comes to this place. many fairs and festivals are observed in Rourkela such as Vedavyas mela in Vedavyas which comes in the month of February. Dola yatra in the whole city which falls in the month of March. Chaitra mela in Bonaigarh which falls on April to May. Rathyatra, Dushara and Deepavali in the whole Sundergarh district. Sravana mela in July and Viswakarma Puja in September is observed in the famous city of Orissa.
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