Things to Do in Puri

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Puri in Odisha is one of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus because of Jagannath Temple that forms the part of Char Dham in India. Puri is a beach city located on the coast of Bay of Ben (Read More)gal which is one of the favourites among people of West Bengal for a short trip. Having gained popularity among hippies back in the 1970s due to the legalisation of Bhang, Puri is still a popular destination among backpackers.

Here is the list of 13 Things to Do in Puri

1. Pray at Sri Jagannath Puri Temple

Pray at Sri Jagannath Puri Temple
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Located in the sacred town of Puri, the Jagannath Temple or the pride of India was built in the 11th century by King Indradyumna. This glorious temple is the abode of Lord Jagannath who is a form of Lord Vishnu.

2. Watch Sunset on a Boat at Puri Beach

Watch Sunset on a Boat at Puri Beach
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Puri Beach is one of the finest coastlines in East India, bordering the Bay of Bengal and is located at a distance of 35 km from the Sun Temple. With the sun gleaming on the pristine waters of the beach, the place is ideal for holidaymakers looking for some solitude. 

3. Island Camping at Chilika Lake

Island Camping at Chilika Lake
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Chilika Lake is the largest internal saltwater lake in Asia, it is a paradise on earth for bird watchers and nature lovers. The pear-shaped lake is dotted with a few small islands and has fisheries and salt pans around its shore. The Chilika Lake also houses the most accommodating ecosystems in the world.

4. Take a Dip at the Ghats of Narendra Tank

Take a Dip at the Ghats of Narendra Tank
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Narendra Tank is one of the largest tanks in Odisha and is believed to have been built during the 15th century. This tank is considered holy and has a lot of small and big temples surrounding it. There is an island in the middle of the lake with a small temple called Chandana Mandapa.

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5. Raghurajpur Artist Village

Raghurajpur Artist Village

Raghurajpur village is a heritage crafts village near Puri, known for Pattachitra paintings and other art forms like palm leaf engraving, wood and stone carvings, papier mache and Gotipua folk dance, the predecessor of the classical Odissi dance style.

6. Visit the Holy Markandeswara Temple

Visit the Holy Markandeswara Temple
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Assumed to have been constructed during the 13th century, Markandeswara temple is known for its magnificent architectural and artistic essence. The temple's entrance is adorned with a figure of Nataraja with ten arms. 

7. Sudarshan Crafts Museum

 Sudarshan Crafts Museum

Sri Sudarshan Sahoo established the Sudarshan Crafts Museum to create a location where artists and art lovers can see the evolution of modern craftsmanship. The museum displays the change that has taken place in traditional sculptures over the decades.

8. Temples in Puri for a Religious Pilgrimage

Temples in Puri for a Religious Pilgrimage

The temples of Puri are some of the most visited in India. Puri in Odisha is one of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus because of Jagannath Temple, which forms the part of Char Dham in India, among many other temples.

9. Visit the Beautiful Beaches in Puri

Visit the Beautiful Beaches in Puri

In addition to the majestic temples, the chiming of bells, and an all-around religious aura, the beautiful beaches in Puri need no real introduction. Glowing with immaculate white sands, these beaches offer a respite from the chaotic city life.

10. Buy Handicraft Products at Pipili

Buy Handicraft Products at Pipili

Pipili is a town in Puri famous for the abundant handicraft products which are available here for sale. Figures of gods, animals, birds, flowers, pillow covers, sheets, handbags, and purses are the best quality here. 

11. Taste the Delicious Local Food

Taste the Delicious Local Food

Puri, famously renowned as one of the Char Dharmas of the Hindu religion, offers much to a traveller: spiritual upliftment and tasty food to keep one’s spirits high. Puri is situated on the Bay of Bengal and has a pleasant atmosphere throughout the year.

12. Jagannath Rath Yatra - The Festival of Chariots

Jagannath Rath Yatra - The Festival of Chariots
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Jagannath Rath Yatra is one of the most awaited and much-celebrated festivals in Orissa and countrywide. It is dedicated to Lord Jagannath i.e. Lord Krishna, his sister Goddess Subhadra and his elder brother Lord Balabhadra. 

13. Bird - Watching at Nalbana Bird Sanctuary

Bird - Watching at Nalbana Bird Sanctuary

Nalbana Bird Sanctuary is situated on the Nalbana Island in Odisha, a part of the Chilika Lake- India’s largest brackish water lagoon. It is known for the large green spaces of land that are the refuge points of several migratory birds.

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