THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE PURI KONARK AND BHUBANESHWAR
India is blessed with with rich cultural heritage and diversity.Every state has an individual story and a rich past.When we hear the word “Odisha” the first thing that would come to my mind would be history books , the great ruler ASHOKA,little did i know that it is one of the few unexplored states in terms of tourism.Having said that being a Resident of TATA NAGAR it was only natural for me and my friends to plan a road trip to this destination which is so rich culturally.Our first touchdown was PURI, famously known for its beaches.
The drive to PURI from Jamshedpur takes usually 10 hours by road.I must warn you that a stretch before you touch the highway can really test your patience as its one of the most Hideous stretches.By the time we reached the destination it was quite late so we decided to rest for the day
Puri is considered to be one CHAAR DHAMS for Hindu worship,The other places being DWARKA RAMESHWARAM AND BADRINATH.It attracts a lot of pilgrims from all across the world by the dozen.Puri has a railway station and the closest airport from the city is BHUBANESHWAR which is about 1.5 hrs away from the city.The tourism is quite vibrant all throughout the year but the best time to visit would be from the month of SEPTEMBER to MARCH.It has a myriad of stay options suited to the needs of a budget traveller to a more luxurious one.We decided to opt for this property call PRIDE ANANYA which is reasonably close to the JAGANNATH TEMPLE and the GOLDEN BEACH.
VISIT TO JAGANNATH TEMPLE
Most of the high end hotels offer a free visit to the JAGANNATH TEMPLE and so we decided to avail the opportunity.There are a few things to keep in your mind when you are visiting the temple
Mobile phones are NOT allowed inside the temple
There monkeys walking around freely inside the temple,kindly be aware
Last but not the least if you hire a guide they have this insane way of attracting money from you for various reasons or for that matter even the PANDAS can extort money.
The moment you step into the temple you would immediately feel a strong vibe.LORD JAGANNATH another form Lord VISHNU is worshipped in this temple.Probably this the only temple where SUBHADRA (HIS SISTER) is worshipped.The temple visit could anywhere between HALF AN HOUR to FIVE HOURS depending on how much of cultural history you want to soak up on .This temple would really make you you wonder about the nuanced craftsmanship of the temple.Even though the entry is free if you do decide to hire a hire they would charge u a decent amount of money so they best way to go about it would be to negotiate beforehand.You must definitely try to satisfy your gastronomical desires at anand bazaar as the it offers you the best traditional food at a very economical price.We left the temple with a sense of peace and satisfaction
DRIVE TO KONARK ENROUTE CHANDRABHAGA BEACH
For all those people who love to hit the road and feel alive behind the wheel the drive from Puri to Konark is sheer bliss.The drive on the road would make you wish that it never ends.Its a one hour drive from Puri and we stopped on the way at Chandrabhaga which is far more cleaner that any other beach in Puri. We were lucky to witness the INTERNATIONAL sand art festival at Chandrabhaga. The sand artists can really create magic with sand.We simply got much more than what we asked for.
Konark is just 3 km away from chandrabaga. This mammoth construction is dedicated to the SUN GOD.It truly reflects the architects eye to detail and you would definitely want to salute the vision of the person who perceived it.It is derived from the word 'KONA 'which means corner and 'ARKA' which means the sun .Konark is mostly known for its sunrise however the structure is so magnificent that it can be visited any time of the year.In one word the entire structure is colossal.
The next day we visited the lingaraj temple and i must say that it is a brilliant example of Orissa architecture.Clicking photos inside the temple premises is not allowed so make sure you leave your phones behind.Its close to 1000 years old and this is the one of the dots connecting the GOLDEN TRIANGLE dedicated to LORD SHIVA
All in all this is definitely one of the most unexplored states with a vast scope for tourism