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Konark is a beautiful medium-sized town in the state of Odisha. The name ' Konark' originates from the Sanskrit words ' Kona' , which means angle, and ' Arka' , which translates to mean the sun. The town gets its name from the famous Konark Temple dedicated to the Sun God Surya. The Konark Sun Temple, which was constructed in the 13th century, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1984. The temple is by far the most popular tourist spot in Konark. Konark Beach is another favourite haunt for tourists with its turquoise water and golden sand. While the beach is ideal for long walks and sunbathing, the strong currents make swimming in the sea unsafe. The annual Magha Saptami Mela takes place at the Konark beach, where followers take a sacred bath before watching the sun rise. In December, the annual Konark Dance Festival draws many visitors leading to a rise in tourism in Konark.4.50% Government service tax extra. Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered. Monument & Museum Entrance Fees for the sights mentioned in the Itinerary. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”. Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls. The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary. Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated). Camera fee, Soft or Hard drinks, Starters. Medical & Travel insurance.
Day 1 : Arrival in Bhubaneswar - Sightseeing in Bhubaneswar
Soon after arrival in Bhubaneswar, head to the hotel. Popularly known as the ‘Temple City of India’, this city has more than t00 temples belonging to the AD 5th to 11th centuries. Some of the temples worth mentioning are Parsurameswar Temple, Mukteswar Temple, Rajarani Temple and Brahmeswar Temple. The great work of Kalinga architecture is visible in the construction of these temples. Other than being famous for its temples, this city is also the capital of the state.
On arrival at the hotel, check-in and rest for some time. Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of this mesmeric destination. Start the tour with a visit to the large number of temples, dotted across the city.
Later, visit the famous Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves. These caves, partly artificial and partly natural, hold high religious and historic importance. Located on adjacent hills, Udayagiri has 18 caves and Khandagiri has 15. After exploring these historic caves, head towards Nandankanan Zoological Park (closed on Mondays and government holidays), which includes a zoo and botanical garden. The zoo has 1660 individual animals, with around 54 species of birds, 42 species of mammals and 24 species of reptiles. This zoo is also a famous breeding place for white tigers, which are listed as endangered species. You can also enjoy a tiger and lion safari at this park.
Later, retire to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 2 : Drive from Bhubaneswar to Konark - En route visit Pipili, Dhauli and Chausathi Yogini Temple (100 km
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive from Bhubaneswar to Konark. On the way, visit the town of Pipili, which is widely acknowledged for its applique handicrafts. Almost all the families in the region earn their livelihood from the business of applique crafts. This town is home to some of the best artisans of the state.
Later, visit Dhauli Hill, which is situated on the banks of Daya River. The major attraction of this hill is the Edicts of Ashoka on a piece of rock. Atop the hill is a white pagoda, which was constructed in 1970s by the Japan Buddha Sangha and Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangha.
On the way to Konark, also visit Chausathi Yogini Temple, which is one of the ancient temples of Odisha. Other than religious significance, this temple is also recognised for its architecture. After spending some quality time at this temple, continue your journey towards Konark.
Upon arrival at Konark, check-in at the hotel and rest. Later, you can enjoy surfing at Bay of Bengal and Kushabhadra River. Stay overnight at the hotel in Konark.
Day 3 : Sightseeing in Konark - Drive from Konark to Puri - En route visit Raghurajpur (60 km/approx. 1 hour
In the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Konark. Visit the Sun Temple, which is the most prominent attraction of the region. Built in the 13th century, this temple is a remarkable piece of architecture. Narasimhadeva I belonging to the Eastern Ganga dynasty constructed this temple, and it is also referred to as the Black Pagoda. This temple is built in the shape of a chariot with intricately carved walls and pillars. It is a popular world heritage site and draws people from across the globe.
After exploring this site, return to the hotel and pack your belongings. Check-out from the hotel and drive from Konark to Puri. On the way to Puri, visit the village of Raghurajpur. Famous as the heritage crafts village of India, it is the best place to get an insight into the various art forms prevailing in the country. An art form dating back to 5th BC known as Pattachitra is still alive in this small village. There are two main streets in this region with more than 120 houses, decorated with mural paintings.
Thereafter, continue your journey and proceed towards Puri. On arrival at Puri, check-in at the hotel and rest for some time. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 : Sightseeing in Puri
In the morning, wake up and get ready to embark on a sightseeing tour of the splendid city of Puri. This city is believed to be the home of Lord Jagannath and has a huge temple dedicated to this deity. Commence the sightseeing tour of this destination with a visit to the Jagannath Temple. This temple is flocked by a large number of devotees, especially the worshippers of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Every year a Rath Yatra or Chariot Festival is organised here, when the idols of Lord Jagannath and his siblings are placed in a rath (decorated cars) and taken to Gundicha Temple.
After exploring this temple, move towards another famous temple of this place, Gundicha Temple. This temple is known as the Garden House of Lord Jagannath and is surrounded by walls on all sides. Thereafter, visit the renowned Lokanath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later, spend some time exploring the open-air market and the sandy Puri Beach.
Later, go on an excursion to the gleaming Chilika Lake, which is a brackish water lagoon and the largest one in Asia.
Return to the hotel in the evening and stay overnight
Day 5 : Departure from Puri/Bhubaneswar
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive towards Puri station or proceed towards Bhubaneswar airport/railway station, to culminate this memorable journey.
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