Final day of the road trip, we decided to take a quick trip to Konark. Initially we planned on waking up to watch the central eastern sunrise but due to bad miscalculation we missed it by seconds. Konark is hardly 40kms drive from Puri. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful highways I have ever driven, with trees on both sides acting as a perfect shade. Best part of a road trip is to have as many chai stops. Sometimes we are on such a hurry to cover places that we miss out on the little joys of life. This trip we decided to halt and enjoy the nature than ticking off the bucket list. We were overwhelmed by the warmth and generosity shown by the Odia people. Enroute Konark we met a couple of villagers and they were really thrilled to see a all women's road trip.
Massive, magnificence, mammoth are some terms that flash through on anyone's first view of the sun temple. 100 feet Chariot like temple is driven by seven horses and is made up of 9 ornately carved wheels. Never seen such a man made wonder of opulence. Suggested to hire a local guide to run through every carving and inscription. Each carving has a story and a idealogy behind it. Most of the wheels explain the phases of life and dasavathar. Some of the dance carvings are so intricate that makes me wonder the time and effort that has been spent. Truly a paradise for history enthusiasts.
We spent close to 2 hours in the temple like complex trying to understand and figure out the impressive art forms.
Opposite of Konark direction is Chilika, close to 40kms from Puri. Completing my golden triangle by a visit to the lake. As a storm was approaching we had to return back to our rooms leaving us with less time at the lake.