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Puri Gopalpur Bhubaneshwar Tour

Puri Gopalpur Bhubaneshwar Tour TourCode : 1324
Duration  6 Days / 5 Nights
Destination
Route  Delhi-Bhubaneshwar-Puri-Gopalpur- Bhubaneshwar-Delhi
Best Time To Visit Daily,all year round
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Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bhubaneshwar – On to Puri (60 kms / approx. 2 hour drive)

Welcome to Bhubaneshwar, the Capital of Orissa. On arrival at Bhubaneshwar airport or Bhubaneshwar railway station, begin your tour of ‘Pearl of the East’. Proceed on a picturesque drive to Puri. En route, visit the famous Lingaraja Temple. Also, have a brief halt at Pipli village, famous for its appliqué work. One can buy various handicrafts at Pipli village. On arrival at Puri, check into your hotel. Late in the afternoon, visit the Lord Jagannatha Temple. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Puri.

Day 2: In Puri – Excursion to Konark Sun Temple (35 kms / approx. 1 hour drive)

This morning, proceed on a half-day excursion to Konark Sun Temple. Built by Narasimhadeva-I in 1250 A.D, shaped like a chariot driven by seven horses on 12 pairs of wheels. In the afternoon, visit the artisans’ village of Raghurajpur. The village is famous for Patta Chitra work (paintings on Palm Leaves). The rest of the evening is free for shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel in Puri.

Day 3: On to Gopalpur via Chilika (242 kms / approx. 6 hour drive)

This morning proceed towards Gopalpur, one of the most pristine beaches of Orissa. En route, visit the Chilika Bird Sanctuary famous for rare migratory birds. On arrival, check in at the hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Gopalpur.

Day 4: In Gopalpur – Excursion to Taptapani (60 kms / approx. 1 ½ hour drive)

In the morning, proceed on a half-day excursion to Taptapani hot water springs renowned for their medicinal value. Taptapani is also a much sought after picnic spot. Return to Gopalpur in the afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the quaint town of Gopalpur. Overnight stay at the hotel in Gopalpur.

Day 5: On to Bhubaneshwar (180 kms / approx. 5 hour drive)

Today, proceed towards Bhubaneshwar, the capital city of Orissa. En route visit the Udaygiri & Khandagiri Caves – an excellent example of Jain Cave Art, built by Kharavela around 1st – 2nd Century BC for Jain monks. On arrival, check in at the hotel in Bhubaneshwar.

Day 6: Depart Bhubaneshwar

Today, bid farwell to the ‘Pearl of the East’ tour as you are transferred to Bhubaneshwar airport or Bhubaneshwar 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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