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Visit to Solar Power Plant, Bamra

Trend of power production using Solar photo-voltaic is increasing. India is at the 9th place while Germany  seats at the top in the list of  countries producing solar power. With the efforts of MNRE to implement JNNSM, soon India is expected to take a huge leap.

Visit to Solar Power Plant, Bamra

To reach Bamra from Rourkela, take highway SH10 till Badgaon. At Badgaon turn south to take the road joining SH24. This road travels through rural Odisha, bisecting the paddy fields, taking a standing ovation from the plants on roadside. A smooth road with gentle curves is awesome road to drive on with your favorite music on ! The road infrastructure is being improved, roads are widened and  new 4 or 6 lane roads being laid. 

Odisha is one of the developing state encouraging industrialization. However, still the state economy banks on mining and power production. In recent times, the focus is shifted to power production using renewable route. Plants like the one at Bamra, usually of 1 MW to 5 MW capacity are coming up in small villages. Currently about 10 such plants put Odisha on the Solar Energy Map of India.

Cleaning of Solar panel to wipe out the dust. Accumulation of dust may decrease the power output.

What to do on the way?

  • Get down the vehicle and roam around in the jungles near by. You may find some seasonal spot to get bewildered over the creation of nature.
  • Eat the local food at the small canteens or hotels. At Bamra I had a simple meal merely at 30 Rs.

Often interior roads of Odisha are lonely, small villages are encountered occasionally. Sometimes a small roadside temple, mostly to provide the traveler to take a break. I found a small one with a hand pump near by where a  herd of cattle was gathered.

On the way back, a hunch stopped us to see the colors of fall at Kharikamunda

How to reach:

  • Bamra is at 90 Km from Rourkela (15 Km from Badgaon)
  • To visit plant you need permission from the authority.

Wandering Destination: Bhubaneshwar

Wandering Destination: Bhubaneshwar

Bhubaneshwar is state capital for Odisha with a history for above 3000 years. It replaced Cuttack as state capital in 1948 soon after independence. Bhubaneshwar gets its distinction because of the facts:

  • Known as 'City of Temples'
  • One of the earliest modern planned city
  • Included in the list of proposed smart cities of of India
  • Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar are often refereed as Twin cities

To do list in Bhubaneshwar

  • Bhubaneshwar is city of temples. Visit temples and understand the Hinduism and appreciate the architecture
  • Visit Buddhist holy places to learn how Buddhism evolved
  • Visit museums to understand the rich tribal culture, life and philosophy 
  • Roam around old town for street and candid photography
  • Grasp the differences between the new and old Bhubaneshwar
  • Try Odissi delights at restaurants like Dalma
  • Watch cultural performances (Odissi dance, Gotipua Dance, Chaau dance etc)

To wander destinations in and around Bhubaneshwar, hired or shared auto would be the best way to commute. Its cheap, reliable, and fast. My rating out of five, distance from nearest square and share auto fare. This list would help you to optimise your plan to cover maximum tourist spots in least amount of time.


  • Raja-Rani Temple                 (5, 1.5 Km from Kalpana, 5)
  • Mukteshwar Temple             (5, 1.5 Km from Kalpana, 5)
  • Kedar-Gauri Temple             (3, 1.5 Km from Kalpana, 5)
  • Lingraj Temple                     (3, 2 Km from Kalpana, 5)
  • Dhauli Shant Stupa               (3.5, 6 Km from Kalpana, 300 for special auto, No share)
  • Dhabaleshwar Mandir           (3, 6 Km from Kalpana, near Dhauli)
  • Kapileshwar Mandir              (3, 4 Km from Kalpana, No share auto)
  • Bhaskareshwara Temple       (3.5, 1 Km from Kalpana, 5)
  • Iscon Temple                         (3.5, 0.5 Km from CRP, 5)
  • Siddheshwar Temple             (5, 1.5 Km from Kalpana, 5)

Attraction related to Bhuddhist culture

Museums and planetarium:

What to photograph in Bhubaneshwar

Science and Technology Institutes:


Transportation, Hotels, food etc

Bhubaneshwar is a state capital. All common facilities and infrastructure is superbly built and maintained. Photo shows the Sachivalaya marg- four lane road runs through he city connecting important government offices and other tourist spots to airport.

Railway Station Bhubaneshwar. Clean, well maintained. Proper info is provided. Waiting room facility is good.

AC restaurant at railway Station run by Food on wheels. Descent, clean. Service and food is good. Food is served cold sometime. 

Other tourist places near to Bhubaneshwar:

  • Puri
  • Konark
  • Raghurajpur
  • Simplipal
  • Chillika

Reference and more information:

Travel in Bhubaneshwar by an auto

Travel in Bhubaneshwar by an auto

Auto-Rickshaw is the best and cheapest mode to travel in Bhubneshwar city. Rickshaw can be hired for a day with a fixed travel plan or one can share it to travel on common routes.

Hired vehicel can take you to destinations through a variety of routes. Driver if familiar with the internal roads, you may get a chance to see the life of common citizens.

Narrow lanes in old town of Bhubaneshwar are interesting. Often the road is blocked by the parked vehicles, people, construction works etc. 
If stuck in such lanes, just get down till the road is cleared. Then, look around for such exhibits and shoot awesome black and whites.