Odisha’s Mayurbhanj Finds Place In Time Magazine’s “The World’s Greatest Places Of 2023”

Bhubaneswar: In a fantastic news that will make every Odia proud and reinforce the fact that Odisha remains the greatest place for travelers from across the world, the Time Magazine has placed Odisha’s Mayurbhanj in the World’s Greatest Places of 2023 list. The current edition of the world’s most read and followed Time Magazine which carries the special feature on the greatest places of the world, mentions Mayurbhanj as one of the greatest places in the world in its annual list of 2023.

The Time Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places Of 2023 list includes fifty of the most extraordinary destinations to explore in the world. Only two destinations from India could make it into the list including Ladakh and Mayurbhanj.

The Time Magazine briefs Mayurbhanj as the land of rare tigers and ancient temples and also posts a beautiful photo of the Belgadia Palace. It reads “The only place on earth to spot the exceedingly rare black tiger is open to visitors again. Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj, an under-the-radar region in India’s eastern state of Odisha, reopened in November with strict restrictions to the number of daily visitors—only 60 vehicle entry permits are available each day—in order to safeguard its sprawling delicate ecosystem, home to over 40 mammals including Asian elephants and Bengal tigers. Visitors can now explore its unique flora and fauna on guided safaris or self-guided cycling tours.”

The Magazine also speaks of the famous Mayurbhanj Chhau. It says “This April, Mayurbhanj Chhau, a captivating dance festival on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list will take place on a much larger scale following a pandemic hiatus. Bespoke Chhau performances that combine ancient martial arts and folk dance are scheduled at The Belgadia Palace, an elegant boutique hotel and royal residence. Guests staying at the 11-bedroom old-world property can also participate in experiential retreats and visit the area’s Indigenous handicraft communities (many of which are composed of all women) that focus on intricate handlooms, Sabai grass weaving, and the dying art of Dokra (metal casting).”

The Magazine also refers to the other destinations of Odisha including the state capital Bhubaneswar. “Stunning biodiversity and interminable heritage continue throughout the state. In the capital Bhubaneswar, a new guided walking tour series, Odisha Walks, explores ancient cultural sites, monolithic rock edicts, and remarkable temple architecture. Later this year, the Pangi Forest Reserve in Jeypore, home to the eponymous Jeypore ground gecko, is opening a new trekking trail up the 4,600 ft. Nakti Dangar hill,” it mentions.

The list of the World’s Greatest Places Of 2023 contains the finest places of the world including Tampa in Florida, Washington, D.C., Naples, Barcelona, Kyoto, Jerusalem, Sharjah among others. According to the magazine, “To compile this list of the World’s Greatest Places, the top spots to visit this year, TIME solicited nominations of places from our international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences.”

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