Sambalpur is the biggest city in western Odisha (formerly known as Orissa). It is a historically important place, mainly because of the number of freedom fights against the British, Veer Surendra Sai being one of the many who died fighting the British.
It has three railway station (Sambalpur City Station, Sambalpur Road Station and Khetrajpur Station). Khetrajpur is the most important station.
Sambalpur is well-connected to major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Vhisakhapatnam.
It is also well connected by road to major cities around Sambalpur with night buses to and from Bhubaneswar, Bhilai, Rourkela, Raipur, Bargadh, Cuttuck, etc.
Recent investments from many big players like Bhushan Steels, Mittal Steel, and Aditya Birla Aluminium mean that there may be soon an airport constructed near Jharsuguda.
The climate is generally very extreme, temparature raiseing to about 40°C in summer and about as low as 1°C in winter.
It gets heavy rainfall during the rainy season, very important for the region because non-irrigated area of the region depends on monsoon for agriculture.
The best time to visit Sambalpur is September to March.
There are many beautiful places to see in and around Sambalpur city such as Budharaja Temple, Hirakud Dam (Longest Earthed Dam in the World), Ghanteshwari Temple, Famous Huma Leaning Temple, and Pradhan Path Waterfall.
Sambalpur is well-known for its forest reserve. There are many conserved forests. Ushakoti National Park, Debrigadh National Park are a few.
Last but not the least is the temple of the Samleswari: Samleswari Temple. You must visit this place erected by Chauhans in the mid-16th century.
Sambalpur is famous for its hand looms and textile industry, popularly known as Sambalpuri Sarees.
Price can range from a few hundred to a hundred thousand rupees. There are many shops in the city, but most famous shops can be spotted in Golebazar, the main shopping centre.It also has a city center and it has a lots of things to enjoy.
There are many restaurants in and around Sambalpur city. You should try "pakhal" made of rice.
Many bars and restaurants are available within the city limits.
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There are many educational institutions in the region.
Sri Aurobindo school,
Gurupada UP School,
CSB Zilla School,
Town High School,
BM Pattnaik Girl's High School,
N.S.C.B. College, Dahnupali Sambalpur,
G. M. College is one of the oldest colleges in Odisha,
Trust Fund College
The University College of Engineering (UCE Burla) is the oldest engineering college in the state of Odisha,
VSS Medical College, Burla
Burla, Hirakud, Jharsuguda