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86 Kms from Khola
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Named after Tribhuvan Eshwar or the 'lord of the three worlds' is the capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. It is set on the M...
Dhauli Stupa, Bhubaneshwar
A bus was supposed to pick us up from Panthanivas in Bhubaneswar. I imagined the bus to be the worst of city buses with broken seats, paan stains, and super jerky with dismantled springs defying laws of physics ( Yes, I exaggerate in my imagination.) But I was overwhelmed with the amazing airconditioned Volvo bus with pushback comfy seats, welcome drinks, and super friendly hosts ( I had imagined them as well as our co-travellers to be very shady people. Yes, I have a sceptical pessimistic mind. As I have mentioned many times before and the people close to me know.). And this was just the beginning of uncountable happy surprises.
Nearest Airport: BhubaneswarNearest Railway Head: BalugaonRambha is around 130 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital town of Orissa. Balugaon, the nearest railhead is 35 km from Rambha. You can get local buses as well as hired cars from Bhubaneswar and Balugaon to Rambha. The buses running from Bhubaneswar to Berhampur stops at Rambha.Best Time to visit:The best time to visit Rambha is the winter months when the migratory birds flock at the islands of Chilika Lake. The weather also remains charming during this time.The monsoons too cast a different beauty over Rambha with dark clouds rolling over the blue waters of the Chilika Lake.
Getting There: Located in Jajpur district, Lalitgiri is 90 kms from Bhubaneswar through NH-5A (via Chandikhole). All the other sites are within 20 kms from Lalitgiri. Daily flights fly from all major cities to Bhubaneswar.Best Time to Visit: October to FebruaryTransport: Private cab service is the best option to visit these settlements. Packaged tours can also be arranged by Government of Odisha tourist office. (Paryatan Bhavan, Lewis Road, 751014, Tel: (0674)2431299)Accommodation: • Toshali Ratnagiri Resort, Opposite Archaeological Museum, Govt. of India, Distt.: Jajpur , Toll Free :1800 123 4555For Reservation : email@example.comCall 24*7 - (+91) 7894456444www.toshaliresort.com/toshali-ratnagiri• Toshali Pushpagiri Resort, At Pathrajpur, Post - Bali ChandrapurDistt.: Jajpur , Toll Free :1800 123 4555For Reservation : firstname.lastname@example.orgCall 24*7 - (+91) 7894456444www.toshaliresort.com/toshali-pushpagiri• Panthanivas, At-Po - Paradeep, Ph.(06722) 222275email: email@example.comThe port town of Paradeep is approximately 60 kms from these settlements.
While in Bhubaneswar, you can either go on a religious tour and visit temples such as Lingraj (a temple where Vishnu and Shiv are worshipped together), Parsurameswar and Mukteswar (a temple known as the 'gem of Odiya architecture'). You can also go the other way and visit Nandankanan Zoo (famous for its white tiger safari), botanical gardens and tribal museum.
The day start at sharp 7:00 am from OTDC office and head towards our first destination by their bus service(which is cost 320/- person or if you decide to hire a taxi then it will cost with in 3500/-) to konarak sun temple,then mukteshvara temple,udaygiri, khandagiri caves, dhauli shanti stupa where you found the rock edicts and two separate kalinga edicts. At last we reached at nandankanan zoological park and take a safari ride to whole park(but here I will suggest if time permit then keep a full day only for visiting here then one could explore the place very well) . There I first saw the orangotang, and white peacock. Here our trip ended and we get back to puri and then visit a hadicraft fare held by the orrisha government. Pic from Google-
Bhubneshwar Sightseeing - Nandankanan Zoo (famous for white tigers), Khandagiri & Udayagiri Caves, Shanti Stupa at Dhauligiri (do buy local cashewnuts, its cheap and really good).
It was still the wee hours of morning during January 21st 2016 when we landed at Biju Patnaik Airport , Bhubaneswar ,one hour flight journey from Vishakpatnam. Our destinies were directed towards Puri - a holy city situated on the east coast of India, also a part of Hindu Chardham yatra .It is not just the religious passion alone that forced this tour,but desire to explore new place, traditions and landmarks. We only knew that Odhisha is a culturally rich state with glorious history, temple architecture and enjoyed a secured place among women's wardrobe for its ethnic Ikkat silk sarees. The cab driver whom we hired from "Cars on rental" to drive us to Hotel Urmee, turned to be friendly, offered his service to take us round for the 3 days. He suggested an itinerary to cover Golden triangle circuit consisting of Bhubhaneshwar , Konark and Puri with Chilka lake. His promise to accompany us to Puri Temple was itself an icing on the cake to our enthusiastic venture.
We chose the Duronto Express which is one of the handful of non-stop express trains covering major cities. It covers a fantastic route with the most varied topography and the onboard service is excellent. From 11am until sunset, the train trundles past rivers, deserts, mountains and villages and alongside pyramid-like salt mounds drying in the sunshine. Brand new Durontos – meaning "quick" in Bengali – offer tasty meals included in the ticket price, second to none cleanliness, new interiors and a sleeker design for reading lights, phone sockets, berths and bottle holders. The added benefit is that the trains are also derailment-proof. The total journey time is 21 hours and the train runs only on Sundays.
140 Kms from Khola
Best time to visit - N/A
Located in the South Western Part of Maharashtra, this is a small city on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is surrounded...
After arriving in Bhubaneswar, hire a taxi to Ratnagiri. If you make prior bookings, you can have the hotel arrange a pick-up from the airport. Spend this day resting, or head out for light exploratory walk around the area.
The word ‘Ratnagiri’ literally means ‘a hill adorned with jewels’. Perhaps it was the crowning glory of the Pushphagiri Mahavihara and, the largest of the Buddhist monastic settlement found in this area. ASI excavation under the supervision of D.Mitra unveiled the magnificent monasteries, stupas, temples, and votive stupas from under the earth. The Ratnagiri Mahavihara flourished most from the 5th to the 11th century AD in art, architecture and learning. The votive stupas are eloquent proofs of the fact that more than ten thousand students were under the tutelage of Ratnagiri during this time. A sharp decline occurred 13th century onwards perhaps due to lack of royal patronage and because of Muslim invasions in India. Still, it is believed to have survived till 16th century AD. A small trek uphill from the entrance gate took us to the votive stupas. The amazing stone votives with inscriptions and figures stood in neat rows, the distance between them being exactly the same! It’s a wonder with how much precision and accuracy these were made. It is said, students were supposed to build a votive to symbolize the successful completion of learning.We, the modern erudite people couldn’t even dream of paying such wonderful adulation to our alma-mater.A narrow pathway led us to the main monastery. The green field on one side was resplendent with wildflowers. The existing relics here speak of the magnificence of the monastery. A large stone courtyard lies in the middle with monastic cells all around the porch. The intricate designs of the entablature attest the glory of the Vihara in its heydays. Directly opposite to the entrance towards the rear end of the courtyard, there is a cell housing a huge statue of Lord Buddha in the Bhumisparsha Mudra. Two male figurines are there on either side of the statue with lotuses and chamars (fans) in their hands. Perhaps this served as an altar. Huge heads of Buddha, statues of Tara, Jambhala, and several other sacred Tantric deities are strewn all over the place. You can feel the awe, the excellence, and the wonder of Ratnagiri here.Standing in the middle of the huge courtyard, with the vast blue sky above, it seemed history came alive to us. It gave me a shiver down the spine to think of those days when India was one of the most revered countries of the world. The giant Buddha head besides the entrance looked like as if it was healing us from the core. Those lotus eyes still shine with mercy and love spreading ahimsa. You are bound to feel the magic when you’re in Ratnagiri, the divine essence dominating all devilish spirits around. The lush green freshness will rejuvenate your eyes and mind, the somber serenity will provide you a somnolence. The Tantric Buddhist monks wisely chose these places to attain enlightenment through learning while Mother Nature carefully curved her beauty here to match the soulful illumination. I’ve witnessed the past in glimpses of the present. The opulent architecture, the mesmerizing scenic beauty will be in my mind forever.P.S. There is an air-conditioned museum in Ratnagiri housing over 3000 artifacts that have been excavated from the site is also a must visit.This trip was originally published on Scattered Thoughts.
The 70 km road journey from Cuttack to Ratnagiri made us (me and my sister) a bit tired and, after reaching the resort, we decided to take some rest. But, we just passed into a deep slumber post lunch only to wake up in the evening. The next day, early in the morning, we started our journey for the excavated sites. Taking a cue from the map, we decided to start with the farthest one first, the Lalitgiri.Lalitgiri:“Look within. Be still.Free from fear and attachment,Know the sweet joy of living in the way”
121 Kms from Khola
The district headquarters of the Puri District, the City of Puri lies on the western side of the state capital of Bhuban...
We woke up quite early to witness the sun-rise at the Puri beach and then enjoyed some coffee while strolling on the beach. We returned back later to take a bath. Sea beache always fascinates me and I can spend any amount of time sitting and gazing at the sea. We had an awesome Bengali lunch at Bhojohori Manna. Finally with a heart full of pleasant memories we bade farewell to Puri.
First of all, the hotel was lovely (Victoria Club Hotel) with an awesome sea view room and located right at the Sea Beach Road. We had lunch in the hotel itself which was quite good, had couple of hours rest and spent the evening sea-gazing and snack-munching on the beach. We had dinner at Wildgrass Restaurant, the dining experience was interesting as we chose the tree-house option and it felt like we are having dinner in the midst of wilderness. After a delicious dinner, we went back to our hotel.
For the beach enthusiasts or those religious souls. This is a perfect getaway. One can visit Jagannath Temple or/and stroll around those beaches. You can also visit Chilka lake which is Asia’s largest salt-water lagoon and is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge. Try going to opposite side of the lake with Boat to Satpada beach. Satpada beach is one the the less explored beaches and hence clean and white.How to Reach:Kolkata to Puri is around 500Km and many trains are available. It takes around 8 hours to reach Puri. Nearest airport is Bhubaneswar.
After our visit to konark we came to Puri and reached there by 9:00 p.m. Next day we wake up early in the morning to get the sight of Lord Jagannath and from their we book a auto rickshaw for puri sightseeing.Places to visit nearby puri:-1. Lokhnath temple2. Raghurajhpur - the heritage village3. Shakshi gopal temple4. Puri Beach5. Mausi Maa templeSeveral things to experience in Puri temple1. Enjoy mahaprasad at Anand bazar2. Attend flag changing ceremony3. Have a glimpse of temple kitchen4. Experience the greedy pandas
Missed out the train tickets as it was a last minute call, so the journeying started off from Hastings. Generally the usual start-off points be the Esplanade bus stand, however given to the IPL match at the Edens. Reached Puri the next day. The first thing that was done was reserving a cab driver for the enitre tour. The first day was completely dedicated to the sea beach. Summer was on the verge of getting into the heat waves, so the sands were much heated. But the shoreline melted the heat away and the deeper I went into the sea the more pleasant it became. The afternoon passed by the marine side watching and experiencing the waves accumulating and breaking onto the shore.
But that is not all there is to Puri, it has one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in all of India. Nights were usually at 6 pm and no one could be seen on the beaches after that. Bay of bengal is certainly the more treacherous of the two seas of India. It was not a long time ago before our visit that a cyclone had hit Orrisa(now Odisha) which got us in the dilemma whether to cancel our trip or not.
PuriThe very first char dham located in East on the bank of Bay of Bengal is famous for its ‘Rath yatra’. Also serving as one of the four ‘mathas’ established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya, this is the only temple where brothers Lord Jagannatha and Lord Balbhadra are worshipped along with their sister ‘Subhadra’. This 1000 years old temple has been constructed by Raja Choda Ganga Deva and Raja Tritiya Ananga Bhima Deva.
Puri is one of the four holy pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Lord Jaganatha Temple here is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. But there's more to Puri than just the temple. The long sandy beaches are perfect for a romantic stroll and the marijuana, which is legally sold here, has been attracting tourists since ages! Head out to this pilgrimage site to discover a beach town that isn't crowded by your usual tourists.
89 Kms from Khola
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Cuttack is one of the oldest cities in Odisha. It is also called the 'Millennium City', owing to its history of about a ...
In the middle of the mighty river Mahanadi, sits this unnamed unknown island which is a 30 mins boat ride from the banks of Cuttack. Totally unexplored there are no public boats to this place. You have to take a private boat to this absolutely cute little place. To hire a private boat from a fisherman, it might take somewhere between 150-500 rupees depending on how long you want to hire it. We hired for around 4 hrs for 400 rupees. (Depends on your haggling skills, and ours sucked as evident.)
Booked a Zoomcar a night before and four of us started for Cuttack the next morning. Highway driving is soothing yet risky. Good music and enough snacks are must-haves for long drives. Also I would recommend another person who can drive to accompany you so as to divide the fatigue equally. After reaching Cuttack by evening, we checked in a hotel and took rest for a day.
278 Kms from Khola
Best time to visit - January,February,July,August,September,October,November,December
Jamshedpur is the largest city in Jharkhand and is situated on the Chota Nagpur Plateau in the East Singhbhum District. ...
While APRIL was quiet, due to my internship in Tata Cummins in Jamshedpur, I managed a getaway to Eden Gardens, Kolkata to watch IPL match between KKR and RCB.
Start your exploration of the culturally-rich state with the Hotwar State Museum in the capital city Ranchi that gives an insight into the lifestyles of the tribes and explore the collection of paintings, carvings, and bow and jewelry in its 10 sections. In the art village of Amadubi, 65 kilometres from Jamshedpur, Pyatkar paintings, cultural dance performances, and local dishes give you a taste of rural Jharkhand.
After good food we left towards our home, Jamshedpur. The road in Jharkhand was pretty bad as most part was either under construction or were very uneven. The humps, bumps and jerks made us realize that we have entered Jharkhand . Also advisable that the route is not safe at late night and should be avoided as far as possible. We too got too late due to the bad road condition and reached Jamshedpur at 12 : 45 pm at night.The scenic beauty all along was beautiful and the most beautiful part for the trip is Andhra Pradesh, esp Rajahmundry that has amazingly beautiful nurseries along the highway. This part was covered on our return trip as while coming it was dark and we couldn't really see the green all along AP. Overall, the farms, the trees, the road, the food (esp at Odisha and AP ), scenery and the diversity of culture that we saw along the highway and places that we halted left us with beautiful memories and amazing feeling. Shared below the photos while returning.
295 Kms from Khola
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Digha is the most famous seaside resort town in the state of West Bengal. Situated only 187 kilometres away from the cap...
Sit back and relax on the rocky beach,watch the spectacular sun rise and take a walk amidst the palm trees. The red crabs , shoreline stretching into the infinity,and the waves would provide you the much needed respite from work. Serve yourself with exotic seafood, fish delicacies and local Bengali cuisine in the form of Pomfret, Rohu, Bhetki, Fried Fish and Tiger prawns.Watch the breathtaking sunrise at the Old Digha sea beach to kick start your weekend.
Digha, a weekend escape every bengali loves to go and loves to lost in the sound of waves. One saturday I with my friends planned to go one of my friend's place at Jaleswar. By evening our plan to enjoy the sea at Digha was made. Few kilometers away from Mohanpur by car we reached Digha. Digha beaches are the oldest ones and quiet favourite place among every bengali. Digha brings you the calmness of the sea in its quiet beaches. When we reached by evening high tide was going on, giving yourself to the serenity we were lost in the sound of waves, the cool breeze and the beautiful red sky. The rising water was too playing with us, everytime we keep our shoes and belongings on the beach and getting busy with sea, few minutes later we found our shoes being floating in the waves and we would again keep them more away to avoid being washed away. The joy it bringing made us forget all our daily worries. The mighty sea had taken all our city commotions. Time was passing with every wave. Sitting on the stones at the beach and seeing the orchestra of waves will make your soul like listening to unheard music of nature. The waves were just like the music player organised in studio, the clashing of waves, one wave repelling back from shore and another coming to the shore. Hours can be spend watching this orchestra of waves.
This sea-side city is located around 200 kilometers away from Kolkata. Being an extremely popular destination, it is generally a good idea to make your bookings in advance. Don't be fooled by the number of hotels you will have the chance to choose from. Most of these will be booked way in advance during the peak season, or a long weekend. Seek out beaches that are less crowded. Try the fried fish that the locals sell. Stock up on sea shells. Follow the trail left behind by crabs. Sip on coconut water like a true tourist while lazing under an umbrella on the beach. There was a time when the average Kolkatan's weekend getaway to the seaside always spelled out Digha. But slowly, with the rise of Mandarmani and Shankarpur- two new sea-side towns, Digha has faded into the background. But it is still worth a visit, and the popularity of new places means that you might just be able to find that peace and quiet that you are looking for on your weekend getaway.
The most popular beach of Bengal. It's very crowded usually but you got to find the right places to be. Digha is now Old digha and new digha. Although very commercialized by now, the charm of eating fried fishes by the beach hasn't ceased to exist for an average bengali guy!
There are two beaches at Digha: the old one and the new one, which is usually known as New Digha. Two days are enough for this place as the place doesn't have much to offer but beaches. The water is choppy and swimming doesn't really look like a good option here as the beaches seem deceptive at times. Although, it can be a good weekend getaway near the beach.
133 Kms from Khola
Best time to visit - November- March
A small town in the state of Odisha, this place is mainly known for the 13th Century Sun Temple. This place was built by...
The final stop was the Konark Sun Temple. The entire temple is built in the form of a chariot pulled by seven horses just like the chariot of the sun god described in the Hindu mythology. The grand structure is built of stone with intricately carved and sculpted walls. This is truly an architectural splendor.
I and my friend travelled from Hyderabad to Bhuvaneshwar via flight and reached at around 12:30 p.m. The first to do thing on my list was to have the glimpse of awestruck view of Konark temple. We took a local bus from Bhuvaneshwar and it took 3.5 hours to reach to Konark. When we get down at Konark, the street market of Konark welcome us and took us to Konark temple. We took entry ticket to the temple and hired a guide to understand more about the architecture. Our Guide, Rama explained us well about the functioning of the chariot wheels, which tells time in accordance with the sunlight. The temple provides a magnificent view.
One of the most renowned temples in India is the Konark Temple, this Unesco World Heritage Sight baths in the rays of the rising sun.The Konark Temple depicts a monumental representation of the sun god's Surya's chariot; it's six wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is lead by a team of six horses.
An architectural masterpiece, built centuries ago, the Sun Temple in Konark stands proudly as one of the most iconic structures in Odisha. Designed in the shape of a chariot, with seven stone horses and 12 massive wheels, this temple is where you get to experience how our ancestors combined religion and science effortlessly. The temple is built to carry the Sun God to heaven and therefore the first light in the morning falls on the front of the temple and the last ray of sunlight in the evening passes through the entire temple before vanishing!
5) Konark: The temple gets its name from two Sanskrit words, ‘KONA’ and ‘ARKA’ which translate to corner and sun respectively. The Konark temple is an architectural slpendour of the Medieval time in Orissa. Built in the 13th Century, the architecture of the temple is very complex and the walls are covered with intricate carvings that reflect the magnificence of the artisans that sculpted the temple. The Konark temple is said to have been built on the sea in those days. Over the years, the sea has moved farther and the temple is now approximately 5kms from the shore.
Konark Sightseeing - Konark Temple aka "THE SUN TEMPLE" (a true Masterpiece of Architecture) and Chandrabhaga Beach (to witness best Sunset).
We are at the east coast of India near Konark,Odisha where the ocean is crashing at it's ends and the red sun is coming up on the horizon.At early dawn,it is the world of sleepless mad souls and soulful creatures in search of solitude,people seeking things that they neither know of nor understand when they see it.The darkness of the night tiptoes away to reveal distant fishing boats returning from the revelries of the overnight fishing at sea.They look like black ghost ships mingled with the mist of the upcoming spring on the horizon. Earth is turning over once again to light and hope of another day.Two other fishing folk arrive on their rickety bicycle and throw around the net over the shallow waves on the beach and get lucky with crabs caught unaware .One of them shows me a big one,dangling from it's fingers.
Konark is situated in the Puri district of the Indian state Orissa. Apart from Taj Mahal, if there is another monument that symbolizes India it is the majestic Sun Temple at Konark. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage. This temple made Konark one of the most visited towns in Orissa. The temple is dedicated to Sun God. The Temple is in the form of a Chariot with wheels on the sides of the platform on which the temple stands. The walls of Sun temple have carvings both inside and outside. Do travel to Konark to see it in all its splendor.
317 Kms from Khola
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Mandarmani is a fast-growing sea resort in East Midnapore and in the northern part of the Bay of Bengal. The sea here is...
Mandarmani-- One of the most visited place so far short time trip is earmarked. The nearest train station is at Contai, but mostly people enjoy the roadtrip through Kona Expressway. It takes about 3.5-4 hours from Kolkata. From Kolkata, you can also catch a bus at Esplanade or at Howrah headed for Chawalkhola, or any bus headed towards Digha. From Chawlkhola there are cycle-rickshaws and auto-rickshaw which you can take to Dadanpatrabar and/or Mandarmoni. You can also hire a car from Chawalkhola for Mandarmoni. The beach, delta, sea waves, food and ambiance will refresh your soul. There are plenty options for staying varies depends upto budget.
If you have been living in Kolkata, high chances you have been here, but if not I suggest you to pack your bags(or not) and leave for this place. Trust me with this place, if you have been to Digha and dreaded it , you got to be here. MandarMani, provides you with clean beaches (compared to Digha) and boasts of Resorts facing the beaches at reasonable cost. Wake up to the sound of sea-waves, have sunbath or water bath and relax.P.S. Most of the resorts start loud music from the evening and youngsters enjoy a drink or two. You could also arrange for Barbeque. Check all this with your resorts in advance depending on your likes and dislikes.MandarMani is around 170km away from Kolkata
Somehow talking about Red Crabs reminds me of Mr. Krab and Krabby Patty from Spongebob Squarepants, and I am a Fan! :p Mandarmani is a secluded beach village which opened to tourists quite recently, thus helping keep its natural beauty intact. It is a hub for innumerous red crabs otherwise rarely found in India. I hired a “toto” for the local place visits and requested the driver to take me where I could find the maximum crabs and he took me to a river shore, a little ahead of Mohana(Confluence of the river and sea). I was ecstatic to find the shore full of these cute crabs as they played “Hide and Seek” with me. They would just chill on the beach and as I would go closer, all would run back to their holes. I somehow caught hold of a few and got myself a few clicks!
Mandarmani is a 13-km long stretch of beach at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It has been a well-kept secret of visitors from in and around West Bengal, who often arrive here for silent romantic getaways. The soothing touch of the wind in your face on motorable stretch along the beach is a perfect way to unwind on the weekend. Before heading there, however, visitors must enquire about the high tide on the beaches of West Bengal.How to reach: A 3-hour long drive from Kolkata via Contai will take you to Mandarmani. The nearest railhead is at Digha Station, from where you can find local transport to the beach.