City of Temples, Puri Jagannath
Puri is one of the holiest pilgrimage towns in India. One would know it better when called as Jagannath Puri. The Lord of the Universe is housed here and is honored as the spiritual city. It is one of the Char dhams (“four abodes”) which includes Badrinath, Dwarka, and Rameswaram. It lies in the coastal strip on Orissa, which is 60 km from the city of Bhubaneshwar. The city of Puri is known for the divinity, magnificent architecture and for its historical significance. Located along the coast of Bay of Bengal it is one of the famous tourist destinations.
The Golden Triangle of Orissa comprises Bhubaneshwar, Konark, and Puri. All three cities have well-known tourists attractions. Traveling to Puri could fall under two categories – Religious and cultural travel and a relaxing vacation. All through the year, Puri is being visited by millions of people for its famous festivals out of which Rath Yatra being the most important one. There a lot of temples of importance and Puri Jagannath temple being paramount. It houses Lord Vishnu and it is the only temple of Vishnu where one would find his elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. There is a relation between the four dhams. It is believed locally that Lord Vishnu takes his dinner at Puri and his bath at Rameshwaram, spends the night at Dwarka and does penance at Badrinath.
Puri is also famous for its art and culture and has become a popular hangout for both domestic and foreign tourists. The city has many museums and libraries that hold the various artifacts and the reports of the history and culture of Puri. Its sandy beach along the coast mesmerizes the visitor. It has golden yellow sand which gives the name Golden Beach. The sunrise and the sunset add a scenic beauty. One will be captivated and leaves a sinless and peaceful mind.
Top things do in Puri
How to reach
Puri is 60 km from Bhubaneshwar, which is the nearest airport. It is well connected by train and road.
How to Reach by Flight
Though Puri doesn't have an airport, the nearest one is Bhubaneshwar, 60 km from Puri. Bhubaneshwar is connected by air with flights to major cities in the country. Most of the airlines do have their services extended here. The next nearest airport is Vishakapatnam which is around 300 km from Puri.
The nearest international airport is at Kolkatta. For travelers flying from West, it would be best to fly either to New Delhi/Mumbai or Kolkata and then reach Bhubaneswar. And for traveler s form East, it would be easier to land in Chennai or Kolkatta and then to Bhubaneshwar.
How to Reach by Train
Regular trains are available to Puri from other cities. It is one of the last points in the East Coast Railway zone. Express and passenger trains are most common in this zone.
Below are a few train details:
From Delhi to Bhubaneshwar:
Sampark Kranti Express
How to Reach by Bus
Puri has good road connectivity with its neighboring cities. Buses are the easy accessibility to travel to Puri. The bus stand near the Gundicha Temple provides the connection between Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack with a regular service every 15 mins. There are buses direct from Kolkata and Vishakapatnam too.
How to Reach by Road
The roadways of Puri is linked to Bhubaneshwar via state highway no.8 and the national highway is on no.5 connecting Chennai and Kolkata. Major cities are connected via road to this temple city.
How to travel within
Traveling within Puri makes it exciting with the cycle rickshaws available all around the city. Also, the auto rickshaws and taxi service are available too. An interesting thing here is, one can rent a bicycle, Moped or a motorbike to roam around the city during the visit.
Chilika Lake & Sanctuary: Two hours could be spent between the visiting time 6 am to 7 pm.
Raghurajpur Craft Village: Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village in Puri district of Odisha.
Pipili: It is famous for appliqué work locally known as Chandua which is considered as the traditional art form of Orissa.
Day 2 and 3:
Sri Jagannath Temple
Markandeshwara Temple: It is one of the Pancha Tirthas of Puri and also one of the fifty-two sacred Shiva places in India
Narendra Tank / Narendra Pokhari: Narendra Tank or Narendra Pokhari is a holy tank situated at Mauza Dandimala Sahi in Puri. This is one of the largest tanks in Orissa and also one of the must-visit places in Puri.
Gundicha Temple: It is a commonplace of the festivities during the annual Ratha Yatra and is also one of the most famous places to visit in Puri.
Sudarshan Craft Museum: It is located at station road in Puri. It is one of the best places to visit in Puri for art lovers.
Ganesh Temple: Inside the famous Jagannath temple complex in Puri, is situated a small Ganesh temple, housing an exclusive image of Ganesh known as Natya Ganesh i.e. Dancing Ganesh.
Lokanath Temple: Close to Jagannath temple lays the 11th-century Loknath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Lakshmi Temple: Near the Jagannath temple, there is this Lakshmi temple. It is believed that the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati happened on the sixth day of the fortnight of Jyeshta and they were invited to this temple by Goddess Lakshmi.
Puri Beach: Puri Beach is a pristine sea beach located along the coast of Bay of Bengal in Puri, Odisha. It is considered as one of the cleanest beaches in India and also one of the best Puri Tourist Places.