One of the four must-visit pilgrimage sites for Hindus (Char-Dham), Puri is a beach city with its most famous attraction as the Jagannath temple.
Known as the resting place of Lord Shiva, Puri in the state of Orissa is situated alongside the coast of Bay of Bengal. This town is home to one of the most sacred temples in Hindu mythology, the Jagannath Temple. The majestic history and heritage of Puri dates back to the 3rd century B. C. Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar complete the Golden Triangle of Orissa, with their religious significance and cultural heritage being the centers of tourism in this state. There are a lot of places near Puri that one must visit, like the Chilika lake, Puri beach, Gundicha Ghar and the very famous Sun temple of Konark. Puri is soon turning into an industrial hub with major manufacturing companies coming here. The Rath Yatra(chariot festival) which takes place during the month of June-July should not be missed if you are planning to visit during this time.
Sri Jagannath Temple, Puri
Throughout the year
Beautiful beaches. Ancient temples. Great place for relaxation and recreation.
Can be very crowded during peak season.
Puri is a religious place and attracts lots of tourists every year. The splendid temples and shrines of Puri, along with its Rath yatra have become sacred to religious pilgrims as well. However, it is also a great place for a weekend getaway and relaxation by the beach.
Puri being a pilgrim city mostly offers pure vegetarian food in its restaurants. One can have local Oriya cuisine as well as South-Indian delicacies. The city is also known for a lip-smacking Chinese cuisine that one must try. Other than this, being in Puri, on must experience food from the Jagannath Temple which is known for having largest kitchen in the world and the enthralling setup serves simple yet delicious food.
Travelling within the city is facilitated by various modes of transport like cycle-rickshaw, auto-rickshaw and hired motorbikes. Cycle rickshaws are the most economical option. The meters of the auto rickshaws usually don't work so you know how to strike a bargain and hired motorbikes come at the cost of 400-500 rupees per day.
Day 1- Arrive, rest for sometime. Then spend some tome at the beach and visit the Jagannath Temple. Day 2- Visit Konark, Sun Temple, Ramchandi Temple and Chandrabagha Beach, then local food joints. Day 3- In the morning visit Gundicha Temple, Lokanath Temple, Sonar Gouranga Temple, Bedi Hanuman Temple. Later spend time at the beach.
Puri Beaches are a great place to swim about or simply even lie around enjoying the lashing waves. Water lovers and pilgrims alike visit and relax at the tempting beaches in Puri.
Puri showcases a rich tradition of handicrafts. You could choose from a variety of handicraft items such as brass items, shell products, wood carvings, handloom sarees, bangles and other handicraft and handloom items.
It is advisable to avoid street food sold near the Puri Beach, avoid the local hospitals and go to Bhubaneshwar in case of a medical emergency. The pandas in the temples will try to get as much money out of you as possible, so keep some change handy so that you can avoid them without creating a scene. Stay away from monkeys and don't lure them with food.
By Narendra Yadav
How much time will b required to visit jagannath temple on the day of diwali 13 nov ?