Cuttack is a city in the eastern Indian state of Odisha . It lies on a peninsula by which rivers called Mahanadi (to the north) and Kathajodi River (to the south) flow.
Some of the top places to see in Cuttack include the following -
- Barabati Stadium
- Deer Park
- Dhabaleswar Island
- Anantashayana Vishnu
- Barabati Fort
- Simhanath Temple
- Kala Vikash Kendra
- Maa Charchika Temple
- Singanatha Temple
- Netaji Birth Place Museum
- Odisha Maritime Museum
The major festivals celebrated in Cuttack are -
- Raja Parba – A 3-day festival celebrating womanhood in Odisha.
- Rajo Festival – A dance festival.
- Kali Puja – An occasion on which Hindu Goddess Kaali – who is revered by most people in the state, is worshipped.
- Navratri and Dussehra – A 10-day festival where goddess Durga is worshipped, and lots of fairs and rituals are carried out.
- Diwali – The festival of lights - usually celebrated in October/November.
- Makar Sankranti – An auspicious harvest festival celebrated in the month of January.
- Ganesh Chaturthi – A major festival in the state of Maharashtra, this is celebrated in all cites and town in this state, to worship Lord Ganesha (who is also the son of Lord Shiva).
- Rath Yatra – A Hindu temple festival.
- Ramzan/Ramadan – A Muslim festival that includes month long prayers and intermittent fasts.
- Eid – A Muslim festival, marking the end of the month-long sunrise-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.
Cuttack has a good shopping scene, with various street markets, flea markets and malls and shopping complexes as well. If you’d like to indulge in some shopping , some of the best spots to check out in Cuttack are -
- Jhola Sahi
- Ahalya Market Complex
- Choudhary Bazaar
- Metro Bazaar
- SGBL Square Mall
- Nini Mall
- Cuttack Complex
- Balaram Place Mall
Cuttack is said to be the “street food capital of Odisha”, so various street style delicacies can be tried here, such as –
- Khichari (Khichdi)
- Macher Kalia with Aloo
- Bhendi Bhaja (Okra curry)
- Chhena Jalebi (A sweet made of deep-fried milk solids dipped in saffron flavoured sugar syrup)
- Prawn Malai Curry (a creamy prawn curry with cream and rich spices)
Following is a list of some of best restaurants in Cuttack to try the local delicacies as well as other interesting foods and sumptuous meals –
- Golden Spoon Restaurant
- Gay Top Restaurant
- Swad Family Restaurant
- Grand Darbar
- Khansamah’s House of Biryani
- Punjabi Dhaba Cuttack
- Moti Mahal Delux
- Barabati Restaurant
- Taaj A/C Family Restaurant
- Hunger Lounge
- Ambica Pride
Some of the best hotels in Cuttack for a comfortable stay include the following –
- Pramod Convention & Club Resort
- Grand Residency
- Hotel Sagar Shree
- Hotel Seetal Cuttack
Cuttack also has a few good bars and pubs for people to hangout during late hours and have drinks and snacks. These include -
- Rain The Club
- Azad Hind Club
- Green Red Bar & Restaurant
Cuttack city STD Code – 0671 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered).
Common emergency numbers -
- Police – 100
- Fire – 101
- Child Helpline –1098
- Health Department – 102
- Traffic Helpline – 1095
- Senior Citizen Helpline – 1090
Odia is the most spoken language in Cuttack but English and Hindi are understood by most residents.
- What's your name? - Tumoro naamo?
- What happened? - Kono hela
- Did you have your lunch? - Khayilo ki?
- Come home - Gharo ku aasa
- Please sit - Doyakari basontu
- Thank You - Dhanyabado