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Orissa Golden Triangle Tour

Orissa Golden Triangle Tour TourCode : 1325
Duration   5 Days / 4 Nights
Destination
Route Delhi-Bhubaneshwar-Puri-Bhubneshwar-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bhubaneshwar

Welcome to ‘Odisha – The Golden Triangle’ Tour! Arrive at Bhubaneshwar airport or railway station on your own arrangements. There you will be met and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon, proceed on a half day tour visiting the Lingaraj temple, Parsurameswar temple, the Mukteshwar temple and the Raja Rani temple. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Bhubaneshwar.

Day 2: On to Puri via Dhauli, Pipli and Konark (110 kms /approx. 9 hour drive)

After the breakfast drive through the lush green countryside to Puri. En-route visit Dhauli where Emperor Ashoka after the bloody battle and his victory over the Kingdom of Kalinga renounced warfare and embraced the teachings of Buddha. Also visit the Peace Pagoda or Shanti Stupa built in the early 1970 and the two ancient rock edicts dating from 260 BC which outline Ashoka’s detailed instructions to his administrators to rule with gentleness and fairness. Thereafter visit the colourful village of Pipli where you can purchase local handicrafts and the famous appliqué work. Drive to Konark that houses a colossal temple dedicated to the Sun God. Even in its ruined state its magnificence reflects the genius of its architects who envisioned and built it. Continue driving to Puri and on arrival check into your hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Puri.

Day 3: In Puri

After breakfast visit the famous Jagannath temple, the pulsating pilgrimage centre of the city. Enjoy a stroll through the bustling bazaar and visit the main temple complex. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the Puri beach. Overnight stay at the hotel in Puri.

Day 4: In Puri – Excursions to Chilka Lake ( 50 KMS / approx 1 & half hours)

Today after breakfast the day start with the half-day excursion to the south of Puri where the sea mixes with the 1100 sq km inland Chilka Lake to create a brackish water lake. This lake is the home to over 160 varieties of fish and in the winter season it is home to hundreds of thousands of migratory birds, dotted with a host of islands with romantic names, a cruise in Chilka is recommended (on direct payment basis). Overnight stay at the hotel in Puri.

Day 5: On to Bhubaneshwar (58 kms / approx. 1 & half hour drive) * Return home with happy memories

Today after breakfast depart ‘Odisha – The Golden Triangle’ tour and you will be transferred to Bhubaneshwar airport or railway station for your onward journey

Sightseeing

Situated on the eastern coast of Orissa, Puri is a splendid beach resort with golden sunshine, miles of yellow sand, blue waves and white surf. Sit under an umbrella, sip coconut water, swim in the shallow sea or surf ride the huge waves or check out the fishing village of the Nolia community.

The Jagannath Temple dedicated to Krishna is one of the four dhams or holy places venerated by Hindus and mandatory pilgrimage for the devout. This temple complex was built during the 12th century A.D. by Anantavarman Chodaganga as a place to offer prayers to the God Vishnu. The main features of the temples are its sculpted figures from Hindu mythology and its tapering 65m high spire.

The Jagmohan, the inner sanctum has images of the black hued Jagannath (an incarnation of Vishnu, the god Krishna), his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. It is said that the prasad or the sanctified food served at the temple is the tastiest morsel cooked in Puri. The temple is strictly off limits for non-Hindus.

The area surrounding the temple complex is fairly interesting with the Raghunandan Library, directly opposite the main gate of the Jagannath Temple. This library houses a dusty and neglected collection of rare palm leaf manuscripts and religious texts. Towards the south lies one of the most auspicious cremation grounds for Hindus, the Swargadwar or the gateway to heaven.

Other temples in the town are the Gundicha, the Lokanath, the Sunaragauranga, the Daria Mahabir and the Tota Gopinath temples. Puri is also dotted with holy tanks like Narendra, Markandeya, Sweta Ganga and Indradyumna.

Shopping

Grand Avenue, Puri”s broad main street is lined with shops and stalls that sell rudraksha (holy seeds) and sandalwood beads, Ayurvedic cures and the images of Lord Jagannath. Another local speciality is the amazing “religious maps” of Puri where the pilgrimage sites are traditionally represented with a conch shell made up of seven concentric layers. Otherwise soap -stone, seashell, pattachitras and palm leaf paintings, horn work, woodcarvings and solapith work can be purchased from the government run emporia and shops in Puri. Down the road towards the railway station is Sudarshan workshop, one of the few traditional stone carvers” yards left in Puri. The sculptors and their apprentices seem more interested in pursuing their art than selling it to tourists, but if you are keen on buying a souvenir then go to the factory shop next door and purchase large religious icons carved out of khondalite, the multi-coloured stone used in the Sun temple at Konarak.

Eating Joints

A range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served at the restaurants of the upmarket hotels. Chinese, Indian and European Continental figure on all the menus, though visitors might not always recognise the taste of the food served! Seafood is fresh from the waters of the Indian Ocean. Inexpensive eating options are limited to the handful of cafes that dish up local food in platefuls. Vendors on and around the beach serve Indianised versions of fast food like burgers and noodles and of course, all the Indian favourites.

 

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