Smrutivana – A Photo Essay on The Best Walking Trail of Bhubaneswar
Smrutivana (Smrutivan), in Bhubaneswar was originally intended to be a memorial garden, where people could plant saplings in memory of their departed family members. Over time however, the place has metamorphosised into a beautifully landscaped park, arguably the best walking trail in Bhubaneswar.
In the year 2010, forest department of Odisha came up with a green initiative, as part of which people could plant saplings in memory of their departed near and dear ones. An area of 75 acres was demarcated in the outskirts of the city for it. Besides the maintenance of the memorial saplings, the forest department also undertook an endeavor to create a beautiful botanical garden in the same patch of land.
As years passed, the botanical garden started taking shape, and numerous medicinal plants, timber, bamboo and flowering shrubs got introduced in this garden. The place also boasts of multiple parks and a huge nursery. Its still a Secret Place in Bhubaneswar, considering not many people know about this place. Definitely an unexplored.
Rs 5. For joggers between 5 AM to 8:30 AM.
Infront of DN Regalia Mall, Kalinga Vihar LIG, Bhubaneswar 751019
Morning entry is from the western side gate, that runs parallel to the main Kalinga Vihar road. The main gate opens later in the day.
An virtual tour with images:
The garden contains dedicated plantations of various plants spread over acres. The tree sizes range from small shrubs like Aloe Vera to huge trees of Eucalyptus.
Charaka Medicinal Park:
The first park one encounters in the garden is Charaka Garden of Medicinal Plants. Its probably the most well maintained park in Bhubaneswar.
The third park:
The pandemic has changed the way we work out, since closed spaces like Gyms are not considered safe anymore. Open parks and nature trails are the new normal now, and places like Smrutivana, make a walk or run so much more enjoyable than a regular park.
The parks within Smrutivana, the well maintained dirt tracks and the frequently changing scenery, has turned the place into a boon for joggers and casual walkers. The terrain and environment both makes it a joyful experience, to walk through the man made jungle. This definitely is the Best Hiking/Walking Tail in Bhubaneswar.