Offbeat places in Odisha

A visit to Talcher palace and historical sites near Talcher.

a visit to talcher palace

Places to visit near Talcher in Angul

Scotland Palace- Introduction to a visit to talcher palace

This blog is all about a visit to talcher palace and the historical sites near this town.

Talcher is a major town in the Angul district in Odisha.  It is situated at a distance of 130 km from the capital city Bhubaneshwar and is well connected by road and rail. It is the coal capital of India having the largest reserve of coal mines in India. So primarily Talcher is an industrial town situated on the banks of river Brahmani.

However there are many tourist places in Talcher which I will describe in this blog and hopefully, it will attract tourists across the world. Scotland Palace is located in Scotlandpur village in Talcher. But It has a brief history which dates back to the 19th century.

Pramod Chandra Deb built it in 1891 after he went to Scotland. In addition, the commander in chief of the British Indian Army awarded him by the title ‘Dewan Bahadur’ here. Scotland palace is the second most famous palace after Talcher Palace in Odisha.

a visit to talcher palace

 

A visit to Talcher Palace

Talcher Palace is the prime attraction in Talcher. It was the official residence of Raja Rajendra Chandra Deb. The main attraction is the big round wheel and the two lion sculptures in the main gate of Talcher Palace. An elevated portion of Talcher town was build overlooking the Brahmini river.

A viewpoint and a park have been newly constructed. The municipality maintains it well providing a panoramic view of the Brahmini River. Therefore, it is worth sitting on the chairs of the viewpoint and watch the riverbed of the Brahmini river. Talcher Palace is now a lavish property where the king lives with his family.

a visit to talcher palace

a visit to talcher palace

Rengali dam- natural bliss

Rengali dam is situated at a distance of 70 km from the district capital Angul. It is a weekend hotspot from Talcher. However, this dam is a major hydroelectric and irrigation project for the state government of Odisha.

Rengali dam has 5 turbines of 50 megawatts each of which produces electricity of 250 megawatts.  In addition, the dam is built on the Brahmini river. It has the second-largest reservoir in Odisha. The beautiful scenery of the Eastern ghats surrounding the Rengali dam provides us numerous locations for photography.

As we go on the downstream of the Rengali dam, we have to cross a local village. Then we reach a scenic spot that consists of rock boulders and a panoramic view of the Rengali dam.

From the rock boulders, the sunset in the Rengali dam is an out of the world experience. Due to the rock boulders, the downstream of the Brahmini river forms rapids that enhances the natural beauty of the surrounding area. It is about 55km from Talcher Palace.

a visit to talcher palace

Anantsayana Vishnu- an archaeological site near talcher palace

Anantsayana Vishnu is located at Sarang village in Talcher on the banks of the Brahmini river.   However, it is the largest of it’s kind in India measuring 15.4 meters in length. It is built in the 9th century. Its elevation is 61 meters.

It is now a protected site. Vishnu is the preserver of the universe and creator of Lord Brahma and people believe that Lord Vishnu was in such a reclining position when he created Lord Brahma, the universe from his navel.

So this largest statue of Lord Vishnu in reclining position is auspicious in nature and the government of India should take utmost care to preserve this ancient historical site. Talcher Palace and Anantsayana Vishnu statue are the two most famous tourist places in Talcher.

a visit to talcher palace

 

The mandua-picnic spot near talcher palace

Mandua is a small village located in the rural areas of Kaniha which is 35 km from Talcher Palace. It is a hotspot among all the picnic-goers in this region since it is situated on the shallow riverbed of a tributary of Brahmini river, Tikira.

However, mountains surrounds this shallow riverbed providing a paradise for all nature lovers. Various migratory birds come here during the winters and among them Brahmini ducks and stilts are common.

In other words, local people come here often for a picnic, the place may look dirty but as one goes towards the shallow riverbed the serene greenery provides an ultimate experience of tranquility.

Ashtashambhu temple-Architectural wonder near Talcher

Ashtashambhu temple is located near Talcher in Kualo in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha. However, It is about 14 km from Talcher Palace.

In other words, Ashta means eight and Shambhu is another name of Shiva. Hence, the name Ashtashambhu because basically Ashtashambhu temples is a collection of 8 Shiva temples located in Bhubaneshwar and Talcher and two of these are also located in Sambalpur. Ashtashambhu temple in Kualo is currently under renovation. It was constructed in the 10th century A.D. and the architectural style was Kalinga architecture.

a visit to talcher palace

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