Cuttack Travel Guide

Cuttack, the former capital of Orissa, also holds the distinction of being one of its oldest towns. The city has seen frequent power transfers, from the Keshari Kings (who founded the city) to Mughals to Afghans and then, the Marathas. Finally, it came under the rule of British Empire, which gave it the status of the capital of Orissa. Though Cuttack does not hold this title anyone, it is, nonetheless, one of the most visited cities of South India. One of the major reasons for this is the large number of tourist attractions and excursions it offers.

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One of the most unique and culinary delights of the silver city is the Dahibada Aaludam. It is basically combination of the Badaa which are the fried and then put under the cold curd for hours are served with the spicy Aaludam along with the Ghughuni and then garnished with onion and coriander. Aaludam is the spicy cooked potatoes which are immersed in fiery gravy of oil and varieties of spices. Ghughuni is nothing but the curried chickpeas which is also known as a form of cholaa.

Shopping in Cuttack Orissa starts with the handloom saris produced in the districts of Sambalpur and Sonepur which are popularly called sambalpuri and sonepuri gharana of handloom fabrics. Here you can also get a taste of traditional weavings and animal motifs indigenous to the Maniabandhis. They produce silk and cotton saris of very high standard.Shopping in Cuttack Orissa is a non starter without venturing out to the Silver Filigree or "Tarakashi" one of the places which produce good silver crafts. Here you get items like necklaces, ear pendants, brooches, anklets, hairpins, bangles and those worn by the Odissi dancers.

There are several discotheques and pubs in Cuttack city that can be considered as perfect place for good entertainment and fun with friends.Cuttack, the second most populous city and one of the most preferred tourist destinations of Odisha draws visitors from all over the world also offers various platforms for entertainment.The nightlife in Cuttack is not very amazing as there is not much to enjoy during this phase of the day. However you can always indulge into eating out in the restaurants, shopping in various markets and go to the pubs and discs in the city.

Cuttack is well connected to the rest of India by plane and train. The Domestic Airport at Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha is only a 3 hour drive from Puri where many of our journeys start and finish. Domestic air travel has gathered momentum in recent years and its now easy to cross the country.ATM machines (both Visa and Mastercard) are the most convenient way to access money during your journey. For travellers cheques, the easiest to change are Thomas Cook or American Express in Euro, US Dollars or British Pounds. The same currencies are advised for exchanging cash. You will have access to these facilities in the capital cities of Kolkata, Visakhapatnam (Vizag), Bhubaneswar and Puri.

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