Mayurbhanj among TIME Magazine’s ‘World’s Greatest Places 2023’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district has found place in the prestigious TIME Magazine’s ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2023’ list.

Describing the natural beauty of the district, the magazine has mentioned about Similipal National Park, Mayurbhanj Chhau and Belgadia Palace.

“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 mentioned.

“There’s plenty more to do while you’re in town. 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),” it added.

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