Welcome to Bhubaneswar, the so-called Temple City is now home to scores of engineering colleges, management institutes and other vocational institutions. This effectively means you should no longer run short of potential dating partners. Ok, so you are new to the city, have already managed to find a potential date but don’t know where to date her, right?
Let’s face it – you don’t want to date a girl at Garage Chowk or worse, Mancheswar Industrial Estate. I mean, come on – those places are notorious for love but famous for finding your first job. Plus, the 3-tire city is growing in leaps and bounds, offering a unique opportunity to the young couplets to date at places that never even existed earlier. So consider the following locations if you’re out of your wits trying too hard to find a place for that perfect date between you and your sweetheart.
Water Park: Well, you might complain this one is quite far from the city, but then there’s nothing like dating your girl while you both are all wet, splashing water at each other. There’s something about this far-off place that inspires confidence for you in her mind. You can even treat her with some over-priced fast-food dishes and cold beverages. For very obvious reasons, the rain dance floors will get you both closer to the hilt, and take your chemistry to the next level. Better still, you can ride on those hi-speed rousing rides, if you both are a game to experience some aquatic adrenaline. At the end of the day, she knows you’re her man!
Sounds exciting? Oh wait -before you get ready for the ride in the water with your girl, consider splurging about a thousand bucks including the tickets (Rs. 200 per person), foods, beverages and caution money for locker facilities (100 bucks).
Botanical Garden: If dating your girl in a calm, cool and serene place is what you often dream about, Botanical Garden is the heaven for you. Located at Nandan Kanan, nearly 7 km from the famous Fortune Tower, you will feel very fortunate to spend some quality time with your girl. The zoo authorities and staff members don’t really mind what you are up to as long as you have valid tickets with you. After all, nobody would visit a far-off garden designed to inspire popular interest in tree plantation if it didn’t have any “tangible” benefits on offer.
Back in the yesteryear, the Botanical Garden at the Nandan Kanan Zoo was built to grow rare species of herbal plants and trees. Who would have thought such a place could also develop into a safer haven for the romantic couples! Even as the authorities have achieved their botanical aspirations without any questions, the activities of only some couples have remained largely “questionable”. However, nothing takes away the divine pleasure of being lost in the dreamy eyes of your beloved, regardless of your questionable behavior. Go man, get a life!
Indira Gandhi Park: If one goes by the name of the park, it should inspire patriotism. Ironically, it doesn’t. Located right in heart of the city, this park is an eternal favorite of the romantic couples and totally figures in the check-list of ambitious dating couples. So what makes it the most popular destination for dating in the town? Well, blame it on the beautiful green pastures, soothing breeze and of course, potential bushes – perfect for playing the hide-n-seek games for some couples. If you are less adventurous or dating someone for the first time, those serpentine walk-abouts might just lead you both to your some romantic rapture! Worried about the eateries? Don’t be! You have about dozens of mobile vendors on standby catering munchies. We assume nobody comes to the park with an empty-stomach.
Ekamra Kanan: Apparently the largest park in the town, it offers enough greeneries, flowers and strategic hide-outs for the romantic coupes for an unforgettable dating adventure. No wonder then why you would see many couples thronging the park even in the broad-day light. After all, when you get the perfect shade with a river in front of you for just 10 bucks per person and unlimited fun, who could resist such romantic temptations! Just avoid what rules are written on the sign-boards here and there, and you could just have the perfect date at the cheapest price around! Yes, don’t forget to carry your water bottle along, especially if your preference is broad-day light.
Forest Park: Since time immemorial, the Forest Park has hogged the limelight for making it to the top of the dating priorities for many couples in the city. Just get in the park, and your eyes won’t escape many couples cuddled up in every nook and corner of the park. But, don’t dread the scenario; the park is large enough to accommodate many more couples like you any day. For absolutely no entry fee, this is where the city has all the fun during the evening, come winter, rain or summer. You will want to carry a torch along as the lights go off sometimes.
Ekamra Hatt: Pick this spot if you dare date your girl in public or if your relationship has been socially certified. Although it’s pretty close to Ram Mandir and Cafe Coffe Day, it doesn’t have any potential bushes for playing hide-n-seek as such. Instead, it offers a wide range of open eateries where you can have a great time with no-guilt hangovers while you let your tongue do all the wagging and teeth all the munching. Plus, it has an amazing stretch of green pasture where you can sit relaxed and enjoy your date with pleasure.