No matter what kind of traveller you are, a trip to Puri can never be complete without sampling the chenna poda, or the Puri cheesecake. The burnt cottage cheese cake is cooked in huge tandoors and is unlike anything you will ever come across. Head to the Jagannath Road and ask around for Sahoo’s sweet shop for what is arguably the best chhena poda in town.
When to go
Puri is almost a year round destination with moderate temperatures throughout. The April-June period is the only time when the weather gets a little too hot. However, if you don’t mind the heat and want to save on accommodation, go ahead and plan a trip already!
Here’s how you can reach Raghurajpur from New Delhi:
There are daily direct flights that connect Delhi to Bhubaneshwar’s Biju Patnaik Airport, the closest airport to Raghurajpur. Hire a private cab to reach the unique village in an hour (45 km). Book your flight tickets well in advance and you might be able to get return flights for as low as Rs. 6,000.
If you’re looking for a budget option, catch a train from New Delhi to Puri, a journey that will take about 30-35 hours. From Puri Railway Station, hop on to a local bus headed to Chandanpur and get off at the main bus stop. Ask around for directions and walk for 3 km before a big, bright board welcomes you to Raghurajpur. Alternatively, you can also hire an auto from the railway station for half a day (Rs 500-700).
The best way to explore Raghurajpur is on foot–spend your day walking from one house to the next, witnessing stunning artworks and interacting with the friendly locals. On the other hand, if you’re going around in Puri, cycle rickshaws and autos will be your go-to options. Make sure you have your bargaining game on point!
There are no home stays or hotels in Raghurajpur. Puri on the other hand, has quite a good range of stay options for travellers on all kinds of budgets. Here are our picks: