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Puri Beach

Puri Beach OrisaPilgrims and tourists, nature partisans or adventurers, businessmen or fishermen - Puri has something, and a singular one at that, for everyone. Puri's beaches are internationally acclaimed for their beauty, camouflaged in an ambience of peace and sanctity, inspite of the throng of visitors that animate it. Anytime is good time to go to Puri. Just check out the festival timings if a leisurely vacation is what you are looking for. Else, blending in the sea of chanting pilgrims during the festivals at the Jagannath Temple can be an experience you will remember.

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Jagannath Puri _ Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark constitue Orissa's Golden traingle - a seat of Hindu pilgrimage. Puri is the forerunner of the Jagannath cult in Orissa and a colossal temple, about 2 km from the beach, enshrines the wooden statue of Krishna (Jagannath) along with Balabhadra (Balarama) and Subhadra - the brother and sister of Krishna respectively. The temple complex itself houses as many as a hundred temples. Pilgrims throng the place round the year and for a dip in the holy waters which they believe would sanctify thier souls.

Rath Yatra - Puri is the venue for as many as 24 festivals round the year, of which the most popular is the Rath Yatra or the Chariot Festival during June-July, where a 16-wheeled, 45 ft high chariot is pulled by more than 4,000 worshippers amidst a sea of chanting pilgrims. Interestingly, Puri was a seat of the Buddhist culture till it was doused by fervent Vaishnavism. And the Rath Yatra has its parallel with the chariot procession of the Buddha's tooth at Dantapuri.

Beach Festival - The Puri Beach Festival (November 23 -27) stands a stark contrast to the religious activities there. Shake a leg yourself or enjoy svelte belles doing it the traditional Oriya way. Besides, this is the best place to load your bags with indegeneous handicraft goodies to carry back home as mementos of an unforgettable vacation.

Konark Sun TempleBhubaneshwar and Konark - About 60 km away is Bhubaneshwar and 65 km from there is Konark, which can be included in your tour itinerary if you are looking for a fulfilling vacation in Orissa. Bhubaneshwar is a temple trove with around 500 of them hewn across the city, while Konark has the colossal chariot of the Sun God - the Sun Temple or the Black Pagoda.

Reaching Puri
Air - Bhubanaeswar at 60 km has the nearest airport.

Rail- A good network of rails operate from Kolkata, New Delhi, Tirupati and Ahmedabad to Puri.

Road - Puri is 60 km from Bhubaneswar and 35 km from Konark on Marine Drive.

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Beach resorts, budget hotels, luxury lodges - accommodation can never be a problem here. Our representatives can get the seats booked in advance for you, while you may worry about what all to pack your bags with.



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