With Bhubaneswar declared as the first smart city of India, massive changes are on everyday. Nowhere is the complete transformation of an area evident as clearly as it is in the Patia area of Bhubaneswar. Till the early 2000s, the area had vast open tracts of vegetation which the locals avoided in the night. Day trippers to Nandan Kanan rushed back before evening. With the Infocity in Chandaka and the KIIT family of educational institutes in Patia, the area has transformed beyond recognition into new Bhubaneswar which is even closer to Cuttack which lies just across the grand new bridge. Situated on a hilltop behind the sprawling KIIT campus is the Shikhar Chandi temple or the hilltop abode of the Goddess Chandi, about 10 minutes away from Nandan Kanan. This used to be a picnic spot, i.e. a place which required proper planning to visit because of its being away from the city and not someplace where people just dropped into. Now its all changed with going to the temple being super easy using public transport. While still advisable to visit in daylight, it is a great option for a winter day trip. The temple has been renovated in recent years as well.