How to Reach Rourkela
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).
Distance Charts to Raurkela
- Raigarh to Raurkela 3 hours 28 mins-190 km
- Bokaro to Raurkela 6 hours 33 mins-356 km
- Jamshedpur to Raurkela 5 hours 38 mins-312 km
- Ranchi to Raurkela 4 hours 23 mins-237 km
- Dhanbad to Raurkela 7 hours 6 mins-399 km
- Jharsuguda to Raurkela 2 hours 17 mins-127 km
Best time to visit Rourkela
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.
Summer season in Rourkela
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.
Monsoon season in Rourkela
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.
Winter season in Rourkela
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.
Events and Festivals in Rourkela
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.