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Some points:

  • Stay safe - that ripoff should probably be put in some more general terms.
  • "Ask for Dr. so-and-so" - I am not sure what to make of this... If there's only one reliable doctor, we might as well remove the hospital.
  • Original author states that there are cyber-cafes in various parts of town but Orissa is a state

-- (WT-en) Nils 04:04, 23 May 2004 (EDT)


Do we change the spelling immediately because the government changed the spelling? Travelers around the world don't know the state as Odisha. I don't think the immediate spelling change is in keeping with the "common English name" policy of Wikivoyage. (WT-en) Ikan Kekek 04:45, 4 January 2012 (EST)

It's a tough one. It looks like usage is swinging toward the new name, but it's hard to tell for sure. Wikipedia hasn't made the switch yet, but it's a fairly obscure state. That said, it looks like the new name is inevitable; while I wouldn't have suggested making the change, since it's already been made I'm finding it hard to recommend going to the trouble of reverting. (WT-en) LtPowers 15:54, 5 January 2012 (EST)
Hi peeps. I made these changes thinking I was doing a good thing. I'm terribly sorry if this was a major breach of etiquette by doing so unilaterally. One thing I tried to do when doing the change was to ALWAYS refer to Odisha as the state "formerly known as Orissa", and to make sure pages such as "Orissa" redirected properly. My thinking (and hence why I foolishly acted unilaterally) was that this way, anyone looking for "Orissa" would find the information they need, and get the explanation as to the name change. Second point: I live in Odisha right now, and the Government went through a lot of trouble to update the name everywhere. My main concern would be that someone who doesn't know about the name change might get confused, say, if they're looking for a train from Kolkata to Puri, Orissa, and only see Odisha in train stations, etc. It's probably better to be confused on Wikivoyage than once here. :) Anyway, I don't have a vested interest in this, so feel free to revert if you feel it would be better. Again, my apologies. --(WT-en) Triseult 05:10, 10 January 2012 (EST)

Spelling of Odisha/Orissa[edit]


Hi, everyone. User Triseult has been editing every mention of the Indian state formerly known as Orissa to reflect a new official Indian government spelling. I appreciate his/her diligence but have doubts about his/her decision. We have not changed the spelling of Bangalore to Bengaluru, for example, because the latter spelling is still at least somewhat more common in English.

I have started a thread in Talk:Odisha and invite your participation.

All the best,

(WT-en) Ikan Kekek 05:21, 4 January 2012 (EST)

Where are the borders of the subregions?[edit]

This state was partially divided into four vague subregions without a map or any text defining exactly where the borders between them lie. As a result, we have 3 out of the 4 subregions created — Coastal, Northwest, and South, with 6, 3, and 4 destinations under them, respectively &mdash then there is a fourth region that hasn't been created, and another 16 destinations directly under this parent region, and with no borders defined, there is no way to definitively determine which of the proposed 4 subregions each should go under. Anybody want to take another shot at defining exactly where we draw the lines between these? Texugo (talk) 20:35, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Dear Texugo I have made a new division of the regions, with a proper map and defined lines of separation. Do have a look and if you think it is OK, do remove the banner. --Rangan Datta Wiki (talk) 04:14, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Moved from "Stay safe"[edit]

This isn't relevant to staying safe, and I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I've moved it here:

The people of Odisha are known for their hospitality. It is largely peaceful (To date, there has never been any large scale violence on communal grounds), and the society is very tolerant and accepting towards other cultures. However, the State, for reasons historical, economic and political,has remained isolated from the country's mainstream and hence has not been able to take in it's stride the tremendous progress the Indian people have achieved in all spheres, including those the social sphere. The people, especially in the tribal western belt, remain extremely simple in their way of living, and are mostly unaware of the mannerisms of the urban world. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:09, 18 September 2014 (UTC)