My first solo journey

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28th Jan 2018
Photo of My first solo journey by Shaunak Bhattacharjee

I have traveled completely solo only once in my life. I traveled 450 kilometers from my city, to another city called Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha, India.

One fine afternoon I was getting bored in college; so I searched for places for a quick getaway and in less than 9 hours, I was in a bus to Bhubaneswar. It was an overnight journey; I started from here at 9.30 pm in the night and reached Bhubaneswar bus station at 6 am in the morning the next day. From there I booked an auto and reached my hotel.

Day 1

DAY 1.

Odisha Sta

Photo of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India by Shaunak Bhattacharjee

I had reached Bhubaneswar, the City of Temples on 28th January 2018. The journey was indeed a tiring one! I had reservations at Hotel Kalinga Ashok near Kalpana Square and headed straight to my hotel.

All I could manage to see on the first day was the Odisha State Museum. It took me about two and a half hours to cover the entire place. The museum boasts of ancient sculptures, manuscripts and artifacts. The entire building has been divided into 11 sections like archaeology, natural history, paintings, ivory works, musical instruments etc.

I spent the evening deciding my itinerary for the next two days. There was a lot to cover and I had very less time. Time for some serious planning.

Day 2

DAY 2.

Konark Templ

Photo of Konark, Odisha, India by Shaunak Bhattacharjee

Places Visited:

Konark Sun Temple

Chandrabagha Beach

Jagannath Puri Temple

Puri Sea Beach

Puri Lighthouse

Having an early breakfast, I set out for Konark. The road trip was amazing. The car clocked 100 kmph on the highway with a picturesque view in front.

The 800 year old Sun Temple is truly magnificent! Although the main temple has been closed in 1903, but whatever remains outside still manages to grab the attention of all the visitors!

We offered our prayers at the Jagannath Temple and then headed towards the Puri Beach. What disappointed me is the commercialization that has crept into religion. One needs to deposit the shoes at one place and the cell phones at a different place and hence one has to shell out money twice. The flowers and sweets to be offered are at a surged price, so are the monetary demand of the priests! And you need to provide a good donation to receive the main priests’ blessing. Not to mention, the fees for car parking as well.

Day 3

DAY 3.

Nan

Photo of Nandankanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India by Shaunak Bhattacharjee

The third and the final day was very hectic. I had booked a reservation for the city tour along with adjoining areas through OTDC. The package comes for as cheap as 320 rupees and takes you through all the visit-worthy places in and around Bhubaneswar.

Places Visited:

NandanKanan Zoo

Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves

Museum

Dhauli Shanti Stupa

Lingaraja Temple

Mukteshwara Temple

Kedar Gouri Temple

Rajarani Temple

The journey started at 9 am; NandanKanan being our first stop. The Zoological Garden is spread across 1,200 acres of land and boasts of animals such as tigers, lions, elephants, zebras, bear, gaurs, crocodiles etc.

From there we went to the Udaygiri Caves. The caves are from ancient times which dserves as a dwelling for the tribal people back at that time. Scenes from their daily lives are depicted on the walls beautifully.

The Lingaraja Temple is said to be one of the fewest places where one can find Vishnu and Shiva at the same place. The Lingaraja Temple basically is a garden of temples housing a few hundreds of other temples dedicated to various Hindu gods and goddesses.

We came back at 6.30 in the evening after having finished visiting all the places. On 31st January, I had my bus back to Kolkata.

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