We lust to go abroad but it saddens me that we have not seen the most iconic sites in our own country. If Pyramids fascinate you then Konark will take your breath away. Do you know that the flight from delhi to Bhubaneswar has 90% foreigners. Why? They go to visit the Sun - Konark temple. I have been wanting to visit it since I turned 15.
So finally, I have organized this for myself and you all. If you haven't been there, I request you to immediately book for this UNESCO World Heritage Site. And combining it with Puri Jagannath temple, I can't imagine it can get better that this. There are also a few more not to be missed attractions. Please see the itinerary.
~ Mohitt - Co-founder, SoulCentric
An Architecture Marvel of Eastern India and A symbol of India's heritage, Konark Sun Temple is one of the eminent tourist attractions. Konark houses a massive temple dedicated to the Sun God. The word 'Konark' is a combination of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when combines it becomes 'Sun of the Corner'. There are three images of the Sun god at three different sides of the temple, positioned in proper direction to catch the rays of the sun at morning, noon and evening.
Sun Temple of Konark, built in the middle of 13th century, is a massive conception of artistic magnificence and engineering dexterity. Konark Temple was designed in the form of a gorgeously decorated chariot mounted on 24 wheels , each about 10 feet in diameter, and drawn by 7 mighty horses. The konark temple even in its present ruined state, still a wonder to the whole world.
Great poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote of Konark: "here the language of stone surpasses the language of man."
It took three generations worth of time and effort to brick up the humongous walls of the famous Puri's Jagannath Temple in Odisha. The temple is of utmost importance to the Hindu devotees as it is one of the Char-Dham Pilgrimages. It also serves as a mighty historical structure built about millennia ago, in the year 1078. Millions of people visit Odisha to gain Lord Jagannath's blessings. But that's not the sole speciality of the place! Some enigmatic activities without any scientific explanations have caught the travellers eye worldwide.
Here are some of these mind boggling facts -
So, do not forget to check out these facts when we are there.
- The Sudarshan Chakra: On the peak is placed a Sudarshan Chakra which seems to be facing you from whichever direction you might see it.
- No Shadow: The temple leaves no shadow despite the sun shining brightly before it. The reason is a mystery yet.
- No Bird Flies Over The Temple and No Aircraft is allowed above it.
- Biggest Kitchen: The kitchen of the temple is believed to be the biggest kitchen in the world because the food never falls short whatever may be the number of devotees ranging from 2,000 to 2,00,000. Moreover, the food gets completely consumed the moment the doors are closed. And no food gets wasted even if the number of deities are less on one day.
- The flag or the divya dhwaj hoisted at the peak of the temple flutters against the movement of the wind.
- No Sound Of The Sea: Though the temple is situated near the sea waters, no sound of the waves and tides is heard once you step beyond the Singh Dwar of the temple, or once the temple gates are closed. One can hear the sounds again when one steps out of the Singh Dwar.
- The Climb: Every day a priest scrambles the walls of the temple with a height equivalent to that of a 45 storey building, to change the flag atop the temple dome. It's believed if the ritual is skipped one day from the calendar, the temple will be shut down for a long 18 years.
- Sea Breeze And Land Breeze: During the daytime, the breeze flows from the sea to the land and vice versa during the night. But the mystery of Jagannath Temple is that here it is the other way.
Day 1 (3rd April, Wednesday):
Arrive at Bhubaneswar airport. Then transfer to hotel. Later half day sightseeing of the famous city temples including Lingaraj, Parsurameswar, Mukteswar ( Mukteswar temple, one of the most prominent temples of Bhubaneswar, has been constructed in the style that is quite similar to the one used in the Kalinga School of Temple Architecture and know as the 'gem of Orissan architecture' ), Rajarani temple. Overnight at Bhubaneswar.
Day 2 (4th April, Thursday): Excursion to Diamond Triangle
After breakfast drive to the diamond triangle of Orissa - Ratnagiri ( has a rich concentration of Buddhist antiquities ), Lalitgiri ( oldest Buddhist center of Orissa) & Udaigiri ( largest Buddhist complexes in Orissa). Return to Bhubaneswar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 (5th April, Friday):Bhubaneswar - Dhauli - Pipli - Raghurajpur - Puri
After breakfast drive to Puri enroute visit Dhauli ( the peace pagoda ), Pipli ( the applique work village ) & Raghurajpur ( artisan village ). On arrival at Puri check in to the hotel. Later visit to Jagannath temple / Relax on the golden beach of Puri. Overnight at hotel.Day 4 (6th April, Saturday): Puri - Konark - Puri
After breakfast drive to Konark to visit the Sun temple. Enroute visit to Ramchandi temple &Chandrabhaga beach. Return to Puri. Evening visit to beach market. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 (7th April, Sunday): Puri - Chilika - Gopalpur
Early Morning drive to Chilika lake at Barkul ( the largest Ramsar site of Asia and famous for its migratory birds coming from distant places). Take the boat cruise, then drive to Bhubaneshwar for an evening return flight .
Rs. 29500/- per person on twin sharing basis plus 5% GST
- 2 Night Stay on twin sharing basis in Bhubaneshwar (Hotel HHI: View Here )
- 2 Night Stay on twin sharing basis in Puri (Hotel Hans Coco Palm by the beach: View Here)
- Local transport (AC vehicle)
- All Meals
- Full time guide services for 5 days
- Special Jagannath darshan with temple priest
- One mineral water daily to each person
- Toll tax and parking
- Any personal expenses such as room services, laundry etc
- Table Drinks (soft/hard)
- Tip to guide and driver
Very convenient flights are available from most major cities in India.