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Flights from Bhubaneswar

Biju Patnaik Airport, also known as Bhubaneswar Airport, is situated in the city of Bhubaneswar Odisha on the eastern fringes of India. It is the sole international airport in the state and was named after its former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik, a famed aviator and freedom fighter. In 2013 it was ranked the 17th busiest airport attesting to the volume of the human and commercial cargo it was capable of handling.

It has two terminals. The state-of-the-art domestic terminal was built at great cost and comes with two aerobridges, four elevators and a couple of escalators. The terminal has 16 check-in counters and parking space to accommodate nine aircraft. With a total built-up area of around 200,000 sq ft, the terminal is centrally air-conditioned with peak hour capacity of 800 passengers.

For fast clearance of baggage with minimum waiting time, three arrival conveyors each of 250 ft length have also been built. Parking area has been upgraded to accommodate 400 cars and taxis and 10 coaches.

Book a Supershuttle van, sedan, limo or airporter to take you to Bhubaneswar Airport from Bhubaneswar city centre. Shared rides can be arranged as well. Check out www.mozio.com for more information.

Where to go from Bhubanswar

Fly from Bhubaneswar to Bengaluru. The third largest city in India, Bengaluru is also known as India’s Silicon Valley. A cosmopolitan city with pubs and a thriving nightlife, you can enjoy a variety of international cuisines here and shop till you drop at the malls around the city. Some important landmarks include the Sri Radha Krishna Temple or ISKCON, a huge cultural complex, and Lal Bagh Botanic Gardens located in south Bangalore.

Another city worth visiting is India’s capital, New Delhi. Pay your respects to Mahatma Gandhi who fought for India’s independence, the ahimsa way, at the Gandhi Smriti. Shop for quality fashion and homeware at the Khan market, popular with tourists and the local elite alike. Literature lovers should also check out the bookshops here.

Endearingly known as the Pearl City, Hyderabad offers a variety of tourist attractions ranging from heritage monuments to resorts. The Golconda Fort can be traced back to the Yadava dynasty. The fort is famous for its acoustics and ingenious water supply system. Watch the Sound and Light show which takes you back in time.

With direct flights to Abu Dhabi from Bhubaneswar, there is no excuse not to visit this city. See camels up close at the Al Ain camel market, in one of the last souks of its kind and listen to the owners praise the merits of their animals. Ask for permission, though, before you take photos. Watch a camel race and cheer the animals on as they gallop around a specially made track. A variety of water sports are also available in Abu Dhabi – go parasailing, kayaking or on a speedboat tour of the Emirate’s waters.

Dubai is an architect’s delight with many buildings that have won acclaim as being a world first. Among them are the Burj Khalifa and Ski Dubai. The former is the world’s tallest building and an incomparable feat of engineering while the latter is the first indoor ski resort to open in the Middle East. Make time for these landmarks and many others between shopping for gold jewellery at Dubai’s famous souks.

For a weekend of shopping and dining, make a trip to the tiny island of Singapore. Go to Little India for a taste of home or Kampong Glam to imbibe Malay culture. Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay are good places to enjoy riverside dining. Families should not miss out on Resorts World Sentosa, home to the Universal Studios as well as Adventure Cove Waterpark.

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