Sambalpur is the connecting city between Madhya Pradesh and the state on the eastern side of India, Orissa. Whereas it used to be known for its importance as a diamond trading centre, nowadays it is mainly known for its textiles. It’s a good place from which to explore the surrounding forests and spot some of the rare species still roaming the area in one of the wild life sanctuaries, such as the well-known Badrama sanctuary.

Although Sambalpur does take a prominent place in Indian history, it does not have that many historical sights. The most important temples in the district, such as the Budha Raja or the Samaleswari temple, are located at a few kilometres’ distance from Sambalpur. The Hirakud Dam, the longest dam of the world, is some 15 kilomtres from Sambalpur and can be easily visited on a daytrip.

Sambalpur deserves a fairer place in the history of Indian Freedom Struggle. It was the last place in India to be controlled by British Empire due to the Fierce resistance of Late King Surendra Sai, who was imprisoned for more than 17 years Surendra Sai died in prison Asurgarh on February 28, 1884.


Leaning Shiv Temple at Huma along river bank Mahanadi- 800 years old, Kudo fishes are respected as incarnation of Lord Vishnu’s Avtar and worshipped here. About 20 Kilometers from Sambalpur.

Budharaja: A shiv temple atop Budharaja hillock, there have been steps you need to climb up to see this temple. Besides this place provides a Bird’s eye view of the city and adjacent area.

Hirakud Dam: Longest Earthen Dam spanning length of 25 Kilometers, A days visit. There are 2 Minarrets on the 2 banks of the main Dam.

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