The town of Jharsuguda remains one of Odisha’s most prosperous places. While its mineral-rich land has made a number of industrial opportunities flourish here (presence of several thermal power plants has made the town the ‘powerhouse of Odisha’), tourists can also reap benefit from Jharsuguda’s many historical and geographical offerings. The caves at Bikramkhol are a major attraction for their ancient lithography and rock paintings. The magnificent hill forts at Kolabira and Ulapgarh still stand as evidence of the power of ancient kings who once ruled over Jharsuguda. Tourists with a religious bent can look forward to exploring a number of scenic shrines here, including the Shiva’s temple at Mahadebpali, Pahadeswar Temple, Jhadeswar Temple, Ram Chandi and Padmasini Temple.
The village of Banjari, about 25km from Jharsuguda, is famous for Bikramkhol Cave. Once part of an inaccessible forested area, these ancient caves were home to early human settlement. These caves bear witness to the evolution of the early humans, with ancient lithographs engraved in its interior. The inner walls of the cave are engraved with early animal paintings. The inhabitants of the time had carved out holes for storing food, dresses, weapons, tools and other articles.
A stream called Ahiraj traverses through the Chhuikhanch forest before plunging from about 200 feet to create the mesmerizing Koilighughar waterfall. This picturesque location is about 55km from Jharsuguda, near Kushmelbahal village. There are two Shiva lingams near this fall, one that usually remains submerged inside the water from the fall, and the other which has been created for the pilgrims just outside the waterfall. Present near a local river, about 30km from Jharsuguda, is Chandi Mandir. The Chandipitha, or main shrine, is situated inside a rock cave. An iron staircase takes the visitors down to the main shrine.
Jhadeswar Temple is yet another Shivalingam in Jharsuguda revered for being a Swayambhu (a Shivlingam that appears on its own from the earth). While the origins of this temple remain unknown, the structure has gone through renovation and expansion a number of times over the years. After worshipping at Jhadeswar Temple, pilgrims can be seen resting in a beautiful garden nearby.
Travelers will find an efficient network of private buses, taxis and cars to cover most places in the city.
On a daily basis there are approximately 17 flights that operate at Birsa Munda Airport.IndiGo and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Jharsuguda through train.Jharsuguda Jnis one of the most popular train stations in Jharsuguda.On an average about 100+ trains pass through Jharsuguda on a daily basis.Bilaspur to Jharsuguda, Raipur to Jharsuguda, Raurkela to Jharsugudaare some of the most popular routes to Jharsuguda with 109, 91, 88 trains weekly respectively.
By road Jharsuguda is surrounded by Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Raigarh which are 17.21 km, 26.14 km, 40.02 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.