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Plan Your Trip :: Useful Information

Maps
 
- Odisha (Formerly Orissa) Tourist Map
 - Bhubaneswar Map
 - Puri Map

ATM Counters
All major cities and towns of Odisha (Formerly Orissa) now have ATM's which accept VISA and Mastercard as well as bank ATM cards. The full list of ATM's is available HERE.

Currency Changers
Most banks now have currency conversion facilities. In addition, the following organizations also provide conversion facilities:
 - LKP Forex, Mastercanteen Square, Bhubaneswar
 - SITA Travels, Bapuji Nagar, Bhubaneswar

Weather
There are a number of sites on the Net that give details of the weather in various cities of Odisha (Formerly Orissa). Some of them are:
 - http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=india
 - http://www.imd.ernet.in/section/nhac/dynamic/osimd.htm

Cuisine
Most of the hotels in Odisha (Formerly Orissa) have restaurants which offer a good variety of Indian and Continental and Chinese food. You will also find restaurants that specialize in a certain cuisine such as South Indian, Marwari, Gujurati, Thai, etc. On the highways, you can sample the taste of Punjabi food at the dhaba's that are frequented by long distance truck drivers.

Odisha (Formerly Orissa) however has a distinct cuisine of its own with unique dishes that are both nourishing and mouth-watering. Most of the reputed hotels have an array of traditional Oriya dishes available. In addition there are some restaurants such as Dalma in Bhubaneswar which provide only traditional Oriya cuisine. 

 

Government Tourist Offices
There are a number of Tourist Offices run by the State and Central governments for the benefit of visitors to Odisha (Formerly Orissa). The list is available HERE.

Communications
Telephones:
You can find public phones (called STD/ISD booths) at most places in Odisha (Formerly Orissa) where you can make long distance calls. Odisha (Formerly Orissa) currently has two GSM based and two CDMA based mobile phone services. BSNL and Reliance Telecom offer GSM based mobile services and have pre-paid cards which can be used by tourists.
Internet Cafe's:
Most of the towns and cities in Odisha (Formerly Orissa) now have Internet access and one can find Internet cafe's at all major centres. Though the connect speed is slow, visitors can check mail and browse comfortably without any problem.