A large number of places neighboring Puri are of immense tourist interest. Puri makes one of the ending points of the golden triangle of Orissa, apart from the other two – Bhubaneswar and Konarak. The major tourist attractions around the holy city Puri are explained below:
Bhubaneswar: The capital city of Orissa is located 60 kilometres (37 miles) away from the holy city. The state capital is home to many ancient temples, including the famous Lingaraj Temple built in the medieval period. Other famous temples in the city are Lord Shiva, the 7th century Parshurameshwar Temple, the Rajarani Temple, and the 10th century Mukteshwar temples. Bhubaneswar holds also a state museum, a zoo and many parks.
Konark: The engrossing Konark/Konarak temple was constructed by King Narasimha of the Eastern Ganga dynasty in the thirteenth century. Konark temple is a ravishing example of finest architecture for the present age. Also known as Sun Temple, Konarak temple indicates the glory of the God Sun. The temple marks a chariot for the God Sun with twelve giant wheels signifying the twelve months of a calendar, along with the seven horses depicting the seven days of a week. Located on the shores of Bay of Bengal, the temple holds three major sections known as the Sanctrum displaying images God Sun, Natya Mandir or the place where the Devadasis used to perform their dances and Jagamohana. Two other temples – Mayadevi temple and Vaishnava temple have also been found near the main temple. This is a world heritage site, unfolding several mysteries about the architectural fineness of that era.
Chilka Lake: This place lets you enjoy the brackish water lagoon covering an area of 1100 square feet. Chilka lagoon is the second largest lagoon in the world and the largest lagoon in India.
Pipli: Pipli displays the traditional crafts of Orissa. This is a famous centre of art, captivating you by the appliqué handbags, lampshades, wall hangings and several other outstanding creations.
Udaigiri and Khandgiri Caves: Much popular among tourists, Udaigiri and Khandgiri Caves are known for their excellent stone carvings making these caves the best archaeological site in the state of Orissa.
Jagannath Puri Temple: The 12th century Jagannath Puri temple, situated in Puri, is the foremost epicenter for the festival of the Rath Yatra in Puri. The Puri Yatra has always been popular among tourists due to its religious connotation.
The Rath Yatra Puri or Chariot festival, one of the much-awaited Hindu festivals, honors the Lord Jagannath’s visit along with his siblings – Lord Balbhadra and Deity Shubhadra – to the temple of Queen Gundicha. As many as three new splendid chariots are created for the elegant Rath Yatra Puri (the journey) of the Gods – Lord Jagannath and his siblings – every year.
Every year, Indian tour operators organize the Puri Rath Yatra Festival Tour in the country. Tourists from Indian and abroad participate in Rath Yatra Tour, in large number. Puri Rath Yatra 2018 will be organized on Saturday, 14 July. You have a chance to select the best package from the variety of tour packages available for the upcoming Rath Jatra Tour.