Odisha (Formerly Orissa) - The Conference Destination of the East
Odisha (Formerly Orissa) is fast emerging as a favoured location for Corporate conferences and getaways. With facilities in place to host conferences for up to 4000 persons at a time in a single venue, it is no wonder that many of the premier organizations and associations of the country are looking at Odisha (Formerly Odisha) to host their board meetings, AGM's, sales conferences, annual conference, product launches etc.
In Bhubaneswar alone, there are more than 80 hotels offering around 2700 rooms catering to all tastes and budgets. Among these, nearly 1700 rooms are in the Medium Spending and High Spending categories. Puri, the tranquil sea side resort has more than 60 hotels catering to Medium and High Spending categories with more than 2000 rooms available.
All modern facilities required for corporate conferences are available on hire including LCD and Overhead Projectors, state of the art Audio & Video equipment, computers, high speed Internet connections etc.
Shopping & Sightseeing
Odisha (Formerly Orissa) has an unfair advantage - its unique location and heritage. Puri with its luxurious beach and the famous Jagannath temple, the World Heritage site of the Sun Temple at Konark, the largest brackish water lake of Asia, Chilka, the world famous Nandan Kanan zoo, Dhauli, the site of the historic Kalinga war that changed the course of Indian history where Asoka the Great renounced the path of war and embraced Buddhism are all within a radius of a couple of hours drive. In Bhubaneswar, visitors can visit the Khandagiri & Udaygiri caves, marvel at the ancient temples (more than 200 temples stand of the 2000 odd that were originally present) including the imposing Lingaraja temple that towers over its surroundings and Mukteswara, often called the gem of Odisha (Formerly Orissa)n temple architecture. In addition, there are a large number of parks and gardens including the Indira Gandhi park in the centre of the city. It was at this location that the late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi gave what was to be a prophetic speech, saying that if she was killed, from each drop of her blood would rise a hundred other Indira's. Tragically, she was assassinated the very next day.
Boasting of a plethora of handicrafts and handlooms, Odisha (Formerly Orissa) is virtually a treasure trove of gifts and mementos. The wide variety of items ranging from exquisite silver filigree work to the bright appliqués, from the exclusive Odissi sarees to the little brass knickknacks cast by tribals using the lost wax technique, ensure that visitors return home with plenty of souvenirs along with happy memories of their trip to Odisha (Formerly Orissa).
Odisha (Formerly Orissa) is land with a rich cultural heritage and there are a number of classical and folk performances that are unique to this place such as the graceful Odissi and the vigourous Chhau. In addition, there are a large number of restaurants catering to every type of taste and budget as well as pool parlours, discotheques and yes, even a golf