Rourkela Travel Guide

Rourkela About this sound pronunciation is a city located in the northern border of the Indian state of Odisha, also known as Orissa. It is the fourth largest city of Odisha after Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur with a population of 273,217. It is situated about 340 kilometres north of state capital Bhubaneswar, and is surrounded by a range of hills and encircled by rivers. The city is also popularly known as Ispat Nagar and also as the Steel City of Odisha. It has one of the largest steel plants of the Steel Authority of India Limited known as Rourkela Steel Plant. It also has one of the National Institutes of Technology of the country.The name Rour kela in the local tribal language of Sadri means "Our Village".

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The majority of the population residing in Rourkela is Odiya community people and the tribal ones. The famous cuisines being served in almost every houses of Rourkela are Pakhala Bhaat, Chingudei Bhaja, Aalu Potala Bhaja and Amisa. Other than these the Rasagullas, Chena Poda, Kakera, Kheeri are some of the most relished sweet dishes here. There are several food stalls and restaurants in Rourkela which serve some of the traditional food items of the state.Rourkela has lots of options for eating out and places to eat for tourists. Try the Odishi cuisine during your stay in Odisha, however it is also easy to get most of the other cuisines in Rourkela.

Rourkela City Market is a famous shopping center like Ambagan Market which sells Orissan handicrafts, modern decorative and utilitarian articles such as carved statues of soap stone, wooden toys, colourful clay, straw mats, highly polished birds of horn, ornaments of shell, hand bags, filigree jewellery, lustrous silks and handloom textiles etc.It is one of the oldest market of Rourkela Steel Township the ISPAT MARKET or AMBAGAN market is situated in the center of the steel township adjacent to Sector – 19 and Sector – 5 Chowk. Almost all types of household materials , vegetables , fruits and other materials are available here under one roof. Recently there is another addendum to this market which is known as Gajapati Market.

Rourkela being one of the major cities of Odisha and also the commercial capital of the state, has several dinning and food facilities to offer the residents and the visitors. There are several food outlets in the city which server a variety of food cuisines, including Indian, continental and the local Odiya dishes as well. Below given is list of famous restaurants in Rourkela where you can enjoy your meal amidst comfort and luxury.

It would be a great idea to have a look at some of the airport transfers that are offered by numerous local private air-conditioned cabs and cars to make sure you can easily reach out to your hotel/resort. Since the climate in Orissa is much hotter than the rest parts of the country stick to mostly cotton clothes. If you wish to explore the wildlife in Orissa then make sure to carry some clothes that would fully cover your legs and arms for protection from mosquito bites and flies. Make sure to keep some extra bucks for the extra expenses such as some eating out at a local joint, visiting the museums, national parks etc. Being a traveler keeping less of cash and rest on your cards is the best way to avoid any loss.

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