A Prayer in Paradise!
On the Bay of Bengal coast lies an unexplored wonder of blessedness and divinity called Konark. A small town in the state of Odisha that offers its visitors serenity with a majestic tinge of exuberance. The name Konark literally means the sun, referring to the 13th century’s marvellous piece of architecture that is the sun temple; which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Konark sojourns in the limelight for its magnificent monuments and triumphant temples, moreover Konark is also one of the very few places in India that encounter solar eclipse. Apart from the enriching experience of divinity, Konark bequeaths its visitors with the jovial memories of the radiant sandy beaches and rapturous gala at the annual dance festivals; making this place a must visit.
'Konark: A Confluence of Past and The Present'
The holy city of Konark located on the eastern coast of India, which is perpetually showered by the azureous waters of the Bay of Bengal, lies in the State of Odisha. Bequeathed with a vibrant cultural heritage from the days of antiquity and suffused with the bounties of nature, it is a confluence of pasts refulgence and contemporary vogue.
Konark is a dazzling town with pristine beaches, enchanting architectural works, lush green forests, rife fauna, blabbering water bodies, colourful handicrafts, vibrant traditions of ethnicity, splashy festivities, euphonious music and scintillating dances. It is a land of hidden wealth.
The major attractions of this place are- Konark temple which was built in the 13th century, the ASI museum which adequately portrays the picture of the antiquated monuments and archaeological sites of Orissa, the Konark Beach which provides an unforgettable experience to the tourists seeking a quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, the gala and cheerfulness at the Konark Dance festival held annually around the month of December in the backdrop of the Sun temple and also Odisha's one of the biggest dance festivals showcasing its magnificent and impeccable Odissi dance.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Konark is the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, located at a distance of 64 km. Upon reaching the airport, one can travel to Konark by either bus or taxi.
One can reach Konark by Public transports like buses as well. Booking cabs and taxis and self-driving vehicles are also available from the city of Bhuwaneshwar.
One can reach Konark by trains as well. the nearest stations to the Konark city are Bhuwaneshwar Railway station and Puri railway station at a distance of 64kms and 35kms respectively.
How to Reach by Flight
The closest airport to Konark is the Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar, at a distance of 64 km. The airport has connectivity to all major cities in India. Some of the major airlines operating from this airport include Air India, GoAir, IndiGo and Vistara, Air Odisha, Pawan Hans, Pinnacle Air, Gati Aviation and JAC Air charter flights to a few cities in India.
However, if one is travelling from Europe or America the route would be to reach Kolkata Airport and then reach the Biju Patnaik airport in Bhuwaneshwar. The travellers from California or Australia can also fly to Bhuwaneshwar Airport after reaching Kolkata airport or Chennai Airport. Upon reaching the airport, one can travel to Konark by either bus or taxi.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway stations are Bhubaneswar and Puri. Konark is 65kms from Bhubaneswar via Pipili and 35kms from Puri.
Some of the important trains from New Delhi to Puri:
1) Purshottam Express Leaves
2) Puri Express
3) Neelachal Express
Some of the trains from Kolkata to Puri:
1) Howrah Puri Express
2) Howrah Howrah-Puri Sri Jagannath Express
Some of the trains from New Delhi to Bhubaneswar:
1) Sampark Kranti Express
2) Rajdhani Express
On the official Indian railway's website (IRCTC) one can find all the necessary information, including time table and train fares.
One also book tickets online. This website accepts all major credit cards.
How to Reach by Bus
Regular Bus services operate from Puri and Bhubaneswar. Besides Public transport Private tourist bus services and taxis are also available from Puri and Bhubaneswar.
How to Reach by Road
Konark is 65kms from Bhubaneswar via Pipili (approximately 2 hours) and 35kms from Puri (approximately 1 hour) on marine drive road. Konark is connected by good roads. one can easily find a cab or a taxi or a self-driving vehicle, the travel by such modes are very comfortable, economical and hassle-free.
How to travel within
One can find buses, taxis, cabs and on hire, a vehicle to travel within the city of Konark. Since the town is tiny and the places of attraction are closely located, one can easily hire a personal vehicle for a day or two.
A Pocket-Friendly Extravaganza
Cuisine: Konark has multiple choices of cuisine including cuisines from different parts of India such as North Indian, South Indian Punjabi etc the restaurants also offer Chinese and other international cuisines
Stay: One can find a variety of stays ranging from exquisite resorts and lounges to lodges. The famous resorts in Konark are Lotus Eco Resort, pagoda inn, Surya inn etc. One can find the details of the hotels online and avail heavy discounts.
Expenditure: The city of Konark is not very heavy for one's pocket. one can finish the travel within a couple of days with just spending the maximum amount of 5000 (excluding travel). One can easily transact money from the ATM's available at every nook and corner of the city.
shopping: Konark offers a lot of scope for shopping. one will not face a hard time while buying anything in Konark since there many things that would delight the shopping lovers.
Day 1- visit the sun temple Famous for its vividness, protected as a World Heritage Site, the small town of Konark sits just a short drive from the coast of Odisha. after having lunch one can bask in the beauty of the Konark beach
Day 2- get engrossed in the history at Archeological Museum of Konark.