Konark Sun Temple
he major attraction of the town of Konark, this temple is a stunning example of ancient Odisha Temple architecture. The temple was built in the 13th Century during the reign of King Narasimhavarmana I. Samba, the son of Lord Krishna was cursed by him and this made him a victim of leprosy. After this he started practising strict penace and at the end of this he attained the blessings of the Sun God. Lord Surya is the one who is said to have powers of curing all sorts of sking diseases and so did he cure Samba. As a mark of his gratitude and devotion he built the Konark Sun Temple. Next day when he was taking a bath in the waters of Chandrabhaga, a picture of Lord Surya floated to his hands and he took it as an instruction of the Lord. He immediately placed this image in the temple he had built. The temple is huge and is in the form of a chariot which has 12 wheels and being driven by 7 horses. The idol of the Sun God is in a standing posture and the horses are shown carrying him across the heavens. The temple was also called as the 'Black Pagoda' by the British because it was built completely of black granite.
One of the best beaches along the eastern coast, this is the perfect place if you are seeking peace and some quality time amidst the beauty of nature. The golden sands of the beach are a sight to behold and according to history this place has witnessed the rise and fall of the Konark Temple along the years and also witnessed it being rebuilt. The Chandrabhaga Mela is a week long fair on this beach where many cultural activities are organjsed and the celebration is worth being a part of.
Named after Tribhuvan Eshwar or the 'lord of the three worlds' is the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. It is set on the Mahanadi Delta but is not restricted to only coastal areas. Caves, hills, zoological parks, museums, art galleries, temples, amusement parks – you'll find all this and more at Bhubaneswar. The 180 ft tall, majestic Lingaraja Temple is the most popular in the locality. It is a sculptural feat featuring gods, goddesses, kings, queens, hunters and musicians. Lord Harihara, a union of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu is the presiding deity. The Mukteshwar Temple is smaller in comparison to others, but is famed for its beautiful ceiling of an eight petalled lotus and a glorious archway. The other prominent temples are Brahmeswar and Rajarani. The captivating natural beauty of the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves will compel you to lose yourself in historical wonder. However, be prepared to deal with numerous langoors jumping all over the place. The dense and tranquil forests of Nandankanan will welcome you on your way to its national park. Apart from the wildlife and the white tiger safaris, you can also spend some quiet time in the gardens and indulge in an exciting ride on the ropeway. Another wonderful site to visit is the Dhauligiri Shanti Stupa. Situated on Dhauli hills, it is a well-maintained edifice where you can visit for beautiful views and solitude. If you want to be enlightened about the tribes of Orissa make sure you visit the tribal villages, markets and the Museum of Tribal Arts & Artifacts. Among places to stay, the Mayfair Lagoon or Trident are great options, but there are also other hotels that are light on the pocket.
Located in the South Western Part of Maharashtra, this is a small city on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is surrounded by the beautiful Sahyadri Hills. This place was once the administrative capital of the Bijapur Kingdom who also built a fort here in 1670. this fort was later strengthened by Chhatrapati Shivaji before the city was taken over by the British East India Company in the year 1818. This beautiful fort is the only one here and is known to be the destination where the last king of Burma, Thibaw and Veer Savarkar were confined. There are also a number of tourist attractions in and around this region including the Parashuram Temple, Pavas and caves of Chiplun, Khed, Dabhol, Sangameshwar, Gauhani Velgaum and Vade Padel. The Ganapatipule is a little away from the city and a very famous tourist attraction too. according to Indian mythology, during the Mahabharata, the Pandavas also visited this place during their 13th year and the king of this region accompanied both Pandavas and Kauravas to the battleground of Kurukshetra.
Cuttack is one of the oldest cities in Odisha. It is also called the 'Millennium City', owing to its history of about a 1,000 years. The former capital of Odisha, Cuttack has seen the rise and fall of various empires over the years. Ranging from the magnificent Keshari dynasty to pre-independence struggles, the city has always been a centre of attention. Cuttack is a major commercial hub, sitting at the delta formed by Mahanadi and Kathjori. Cuttack is best known for its internationally acclaimed silver-filigree work called Tarakasi. Cuttack is home to the once magnificent, Barabati Fort on the banks of Mahanadi. Barabati Fort hosts multiple cultural and sports events today. The temple Katak Chandi lies at a walking distance from the fort. Qadm Rasool, a holy site for followers of Islam, is said to have the footprints of Prophet Mohamed embedded on a circular rock. The shrine is acclaimed by both Hindus and Muslims. Another attraction in the holy shrine is an 18th century music gallery in the middle of the compound. Qadm Rasool makes for a very enriching visit! Other tourist attractions include Paradeep Beach, Dhabaleshwar Island and the Odisha Maritime Museum.
Digha is the most famous seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. Situated only 187 kilometres away from the capital of the state, Kolkata, it is well equipped with hotels and various other tourist facilities. The sunrise and sunset reflecting off the misty blue water of the Bay of Bengal offer the most picturesque view. Digha was originally known as Beerkul and it started gaining fame when in 1923, an English tourist by the name of John Frank Smith got so greatly allured by its charm and magnificence that he started living there and writing about Digha. Being a seaside resort town, Digha naturally offers a number of stunning beaches such as Digha beach, Udaipur sea beach, Junput beach and Shankarpur beach. Chilling at these beaches, swimming in the water, or simply lying down admiring the view is a blissful experience. Besides its beaches, Digha also offers other places of interest, the most popular being Digha Gate, Marine Aquarium and Research Centre (MARC) and Lord Shiva Temple at Chandaneswar. With its extremely picturesque beaches and enticing charm, Digha never fails to impress its visitors.
A beautiful resort town in West Bengal, Bakkhali is a lovely weekend destination! This is another of the few deltaic islands of South Bengal that juts out into the Bay of Bengal. Bakkhali is also a part of the Sundarban Marshes and is an isolated area. The twin town now makes a single locality and there is also a beautiful beach here which stretches from Bakkhali to Frasergunj. The beach has hard sand and is thus suitable for cycling, walking as well as driving. Henry's Island, a few kilometres away is a great place to spend your day! There are a couple of guest houses here which offer lovely views of the sea!
Mandarmani is a fast-growing sea resort in East Midnapore and in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. The sea here is shallower than Digha and thus even better for swimming. The sea beach is a drive-in one and is the longest motorable beach of India. An attraction here are red crabs that crawl along the 13-km beach. Mandarmani offers you a peek into country life and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The views of the Casuarina trees and the sound of sea waves crashing the shore is blissful. The main activities you can enjoy here are swimming, cricket, tennis and boat cruises. There are also a number of holiday resorts right on the beach which offer you a laidback, relaxed holiday!