Cuttack was served as the capital city of Orissa till 1948. it is just 27 km away from Bhubaneshwar and it covers an area of 1924.9 sq km on the bank of Mahanadi river. Cuttack is also known as silver city of Orissa and it surrounded by two rivers namely the Mahanadi and Kathjodi River. Being the most important economically center of Orissa sometime the city is refer to as the cultural and commercial capital of the state. Bhubaneswar and Cuttack collectively refer to as the Twin Cities of Orissa. Oriya is is main spoken dialect in the city but Hindi, Kosali, Santali, and English are also used by some locals. As of according to the census report 2011 about 606017 people reside in Cuttack. Cuttack is a Hindu predominant city about 94% population belons to Hinduism. Rests are Muslims, Christians and Sikhs followers.
The city of Cuttack was renowned as a city in 989 AD by the Nrupa Keshari who was the founder of the city. Initially it grown-up around a fort named Barabati Killa and still today the fort is considered as the heart of Cuttack. The history of the city began with the Keshari dynasty from 989 AD. After that in 1211 ad Cuttack became the capital of Ganga dynasty which was founded by Ananga Bhimadeva. Ganga Dynasty ended in 1435 AD and the Gajapati Kings rose in power. They were succeeded to control over the city till 1541 AD. Later on the Suriyavansham captured this region till the Mughals captured it. In 1750, Cuttack came under Maratha rules from the Mughals and it gone under the control of British rule in 1803.
The climate of Cuttack remains hot and humid in summer and dry and cool in winter. The month from mid March to late June it receives a high temperature between 30°C to 42°C when thunder storms are very common in evening. Summer season is succeeded by monsoon season and usually it persists from mid July to late September. The annual rainfall of Cuttack stays around 1442 mm. The winter season continue from mid November to late February when temperature may fall to below 11°C. The average temperature of the city stays at 15°C in winter. If you plan to visit the city then the month from September to February will be suitable for you.
You can make a festival tour Cuttack during the month of September, October and October when some most popular festivals of the city like Dusshera, Kalipuja and are celebrated. Dusshera (September) of Cuttack is famous in India due to its unique silver and gold filigree works on goddess Durga. Kali puja (October) is celebrated just after Durga puja gets over. Bali Yatra of November is another important of Cuttack considered as the second largest trade festival in Asia. Kartikeshwar puja and Makar Sankranti also popular in Cuttack usually it celebrates with kite-flying competitions being held all over the city. Some other common festivals of the city are Ganesh Chaturthi, Vasant Panchami, Holi, Rath Yatra, etc.
Travel by Roadways
NH-5 has connected the Cuttack city with Chennai and Kolkata and the Feeder state highways connect it to Jajpur, Para Deep, Talcher, Kendra Para and Angul. Badambadi Bus Stand of Cuttack operates thousands of private and Government buses from/to the bus stand regularly with Indian other major parts. Cuttack is frequently connected with the capital city, Bhubaneswar.
Travel by Railways
Cuttack Railway Network is very well connected and it falls under the control of eastern zone. Cuttack railway station is the main destination junction in the city which directly connected to Howrah-Chennai by regular train services. Some other major railway stations of the city are Balikuda, Kathjohri, Kendra Para road, Nirgundhi, Mangulhi-Choudwoar, etc. You can easily reach to the city from any major parts of India with an express train which operated from your area.
Travel by Airways
Biju Patnaik Domestic Airport of the Bhubaneswaris is the only option if you plan to visit here. It is located just 27 km from Cuttack city hub. This airport receives all the domestic flights from the major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, etc. The Charbatia Airbase is located in the Cuttack City but it is exclusively used only for the Indian Air Force.
Barabati Fort was the abode of Cuttack rulers. It was constructed in 14th century by the king of Ganga Dynasty. The fort is located just heart of the city with an area of 102 acres. It was a nine storey building but today is in ruin and its magnificent entrance gate still attractive today. Gada Chandi temple and Shahi mosque are placed inside the Barabati fort.
Cuttack Stone Revetments is a superb architectural palace in Cuttack on the Mahanadi River famous for its engineering works. It was constructed by the rular of keshari dynasty during 11th century. The stone revetments are a remarkable example of ancient technological skill of Orissa region. This tour spot not should be missed by travelers if they reach Cuttack.
Freedom Fighter's Memorial of Cuttack was opened for commoner from 23th January 2010 by Honorable Chief Minister of Orissa Mr. Naveen Patnaik. This memorial hall is located at the Old Jail complex. Another a Netaji museum is placed in the Cuttack city at the place where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born. This Museum has some rare collections of original letters written by Netaji along with his other important materials.
Qadam-E-Rasool was constructed during the reign of Shujaddin Khan in 18th century. You will find four lovely small towers at the four corners of this monument. It is adorned with four flat domes and pucca pavements from all direction of the grave yard to the main octagonal building with a magnificent centre dome.
Parks in Cuttack: There have some beautiful parks in Cuttack city which are perfect for evening traveling or picnicking. Most popular park of the city located near the Barabati stadium. It is a deer park having an amount 61 deer. Some other important parks of Kattack are the CDA Sector-6 park, Khannagar park, Jobra park. Biju-Pattnaik Park at Bidanasi.
Juma Masjid is a big mosque constructed by Mughal rulers. It has several rooms for visitors and students. Earlier this mosque was used as a Madrasa now it shifted out of the mosque. The neighborhoods surrounding the Juma Masjid are inhabited both by Hindus and Muslims, who live peacefully with communal harmony.
Some other tour spots in and around Cuttack City are Paramahansa Nath temple (13 km from city center), Bhattarika Temple, Dhabaleswar temple (36 km from Cuttack), Panchamukhi Hanuman temple, the Dhabaleswar temple, The Gurdwara Daatan Sahib, Ansupa Lake, Niali Madhab, Cuttack Chandi Temple, Simhanath Temple, etc.
Dolmundai, Haripur, Cuttack-01
Sunshine Field, Ring Rd, Cuttack
Mauhhua Bazar, Katak
Bajrakabati Road, Cuttack-01
P.K. Parija Road, Cuttack
|State||Orissa or Odisha|
|Languages||Oriya (main dialect), Bengali, Hindi, English, etc.|
|Climate||Winter Min - 11°C and Summer Max - 42°C|
|Best time to visit||September to February|
|Railway Station||Cuttak Railway Station|
|Airport||Biju Patnaik Domestic Airport|