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How To Reach Sambalpur
Sambalpur is located in the western part of Orissa and is situated roughly 300 km from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The history of Sambalpur dates back to ancient times; there is mention of the city ‘Sambalaka’ in prehistoric texts that date back to the 2nd century. Sambalpur has recently risen as a major educational hub in the state but is just as well known for its religious and historical monuments that drive a big chunk of the tourist population to this part of Orissa. The famous Hirakud Dam, known to be the longest man-made dam in the country, is located close to Sambalpur and is also a favourite among locals and tourists as a sightseeing vantage point. There is much to discover in this multifaceted city that will appeal to travellers of all ages. Here are some of the most convenient ways by which you can reach Sambalpur.
The Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar is the only international airport in Orissa, and at a distance of almost 285 km away, it is the only means of reaching Sambalpur if you are travelling from overseas. While the domestic terminal of the airport in Bhubaneswar can be used for journeying in from within the country or state, the Veer Surendra Sai Airport in Jharsuguda district of Orissa is the nearest domestic airport from Sambalpur. At around 64 km away, it is situated just about an hour away and is the best way to reach Sambalpur for those choosing to take the air route within India. From either airport, visitors can take buses or taxis to cover the rest of the distance to Sambalpur.
Sambalpur is one of the most important railway junctions in Orissa and under the East Coast Railway Zone, Sambalpur serves as one of the three railway divisions. There are four railway stations here – Sambalpur City Railway Station, Sambalpur Road Railway Station, Hirakud Railway Station and Maneswar Railway Station. All the aforementioned railheads connect to various major cities across the country and make reaching Sambalpur via train quite a convenient affair.
Road connectivity between Sambalpur and all surrounding regions is quite good and reaching the city via road can be quite convenient, depending on where one is travelling from. The National Highway 53 connects Sambalpur to rest of Orissa and India, whereas National Highway 55 offers easy accessibility for those travelling to and from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. State Highway 10 connects Rourkela and Jharsuguda to Sambalpur. Public buses are available to and from the bus stands in Sambalpur, while a separate bus stand with exclusive operations of private buses witnesses more regular operations to all major towns in the area.
Taxis and auto-rickshaws are readily available all over Sambalpur for easy commuting within the city. Locals who drive in from towns and cities situated nearby will find it easier to explore the local attractions of Sambalpur in a private vehicle.