Raurkela is one of the major city of Indian state Odisha, surrounded by a range of alluring hills and encircled by exquisite rivers. This Tourist destination is famous with the name ‘Ispat Nagar’. Raurkela is also famous for Rourkela Steel Plant that is one of the largest steel plants of the country India. Also NIT Rourkela (National Institutes of Technology) is located that is well known educational institute of the country. Raurkela is a developed area in field of education, technology and economy. It’s shortlisted as smart city under SMART City Mission carried by Government of India. Every day people from different other cities and states Visit Raurkela with various purposes. Some coming here for boosting their career by education or job, where as some people come for Raurkela Tour. Apart from the purpose all visitors of this place enjoy the charm of this city.
Frankly saying Hockey is our national sport but it’s not getting much more attention as compared to cricket in our country, but in Rourkela people love this sport very much, Indian international Hockey team captain Dilip Tirkey and deep defender Lazarus Barla are from Rourkela, in this place they started their careers as a Hockey player. These are many other good players are also belongs from this great land. Ispat Stadium, Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium etc. stadiums are present in Raurkela those provide opportunity for hockey players and entertainment for audiences. For watching Hockey matches people from different places coming to Raurkela.
Tourism is Raurkela is one important earning source, as at this city people earning money from industrialization especially from steel plants but Raurkela Tourism also a major earning source for peoples of this city. The infrastructure of this city, local market, shopping malls, and advance lifestyle attracts tourist’s attention towards this destination. And here NIT, BPUT headquarter and other educational institutes along with those offices are present to which people come for their work, those people also like to stay here for couple of days and enjoy the life in this city along with their work. The business professional those visited Raurkela for Business trip they makes also book Raurkela Tour Packages so that business and enjoyment happens together simultaneously.
Hotels in Raurkela gives a worm welcome to tourist and keeps an eye on the comfort of tourist during tour and travel. So Raurkela becomes one of the great tourist spot in India.
A private airliner which is known as Sky Airways has recently launched its services in the city and has connected the steel city with the capital city of Bhubaneswar through Barbil. Regular flight from the city generally departs at 9:45 am, five days a week except Saturday and Sunday. Nearest Airport: Rourkela Airport, Raurkela.
Rourkela is located on the Kolkata-Mumbai South Eastern railway line that is a major route which connects the two metros of the country. Rourkela is directly linked to Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cuttack, Delhi, Bilaspur, Patna, Kolkata, Raipur, Ranchi, Sambalpur, Vishakhapatnam and many other cities of the country.
This beautiful city is connected with National Highway NH-23 and the State Highway SH-10 to different towns and cities of Orissa. You can easily get buses from Rourkela to the cities like Ranchi (204 km), Jamshedpur (300 km), Bokaro (310 km) and Dhanbad (370 km).
Rourkela has a tropical climate and receives high rainfall during Southwest monsoon (June – September) and retreating Northeast monsoon (December – January). Average annual rainfall ranges between 160 and 200 cm. The minimum and maximum temperatures are in the range of 5 C to 47 C with a mean minimum and maximum temperature range of 9.8 C to 39.2 C during coldest and hottest months. Thirty six percent of the geographical area of the district has semi-evergreen or tropical dry deciduous forest.
The summers begin in Rourkela from the end of March and remains till the end of June. The highest and the lowest temperature during the season recorded are 210 C and 370C respectively. The months of mid May and June are seen as the hottest months here.
The town witnesses a tropical climate and usually receives high rainfall. It experiences rainfalls due to the southwest monsoon between the months of June and September and retreating northeast monsoon between the months of December and January.
Winters always remain chilly in this city as temperature sometimes drastically falls down. The best time to visit Rourkela is from October to March. The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded during this season are 90C and 240C respectively.
The town celebrates each and every festival with pure zeal and enthusiasm. Some of the famous festivals in Rourkela are:
Diwali: It is festival of lights which is celebrated with the same enthusiasm as in the rest of the country. There are numerous stories related to origin of this festival; the most popular is of Lord Rama’s homecoming to Ayodhya after completing his 14 year exile.
Viswakarma Puja: Lord Vishwakarma is worshipped on this auspicious day. He is considered as an Engineer God. Famous towns like Hirakud and Rourkela present the grandest ceremony on the occasion portraying diverse fireworks which are connected with modern technology.
Dola Purnima: Dola Purnima which is commonly known as Holi is a popular festival in the coastal districts of Odisha. This festival falls on the full-moon day in the month of Falguna or March. Through this festival, the spring season is welcomed and enjoyed with amusement and cheerfulness.