Sambalpur Tourist Attractions

Sambalpur was an ancient center of the diamond trade and is famous for its internationally renowned textiles (ikat), tribal heritage and the incredible forests. The textiles feature unique patterns, design and texture. The Gole Bazaar is the the perfect spot to purchase ikat or sambalpuri weaving.
The town of Sambalpur is also an important gateway for travelers heading to the nearby Badrama National Park or Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also located near the Hirakud Dam, the longest dam in the world.

Hirakud Dam

North of Sambalpur is the longest dam in the world - the Hirakud Dam. A drive on the dyke offers a unique experience to enjoy calm serenity and grandeur of nature. Visitors can enjoy the sight of the mighty Hirakud Dam and the enormous expanse of water from the top of the revolving minaret called Gandhi Minar.
The dam was built using earth, concrete and masonry materials and the reservoir forms the largest artificial lake in Asia.

Surroundings

The town of Huma, near Sambalpur, is the site of the Vimaleswar Temple. The temple is a small Shiva temple with an interesting characteristic - it is slanted or tilted. The main temple is tilted in one direction and other small temples are tilted in another direction. The structure may be tilted due to some geological reason or it may have been built that way. The fish in the nearby river, Kudo fish, are never caught - popular belief is that they belong to Lord Vimaleswar.
Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a vast dry forested area that many migratory birds call home during the winter. Wildlife within the sanctuary include deer, antelope, sloth bears, langur monkeys, tigers and leopards.
Badrama National Park is a small sanctuary established in 1987. Tigers, elephants, sambers, leopard, and bison make their home amongst the deciduous forests. Visitors can view the wildlife from watchtowers set up near the watering holes. September through April is the best time to visit and night visits are possible.

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