Puri is a small district located in Odisha in the eastern part of India. Since, the Jagannatha Temple is located in the same city it is also known as Jagannatha Dhama. Puri is also one of the pilgrimage sites amongst the Char Dham pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is situated to the south of Bhubaneswar.
Since, ancient times Puri is well known by many names and its locally known as “Sri Kshetra” and Jagannatha temple here is known as Badadeula. Puri, being the land of treasure witnessed over 18 invasions by popular Hindu and Muslim rulers with the intention of robbing from 18th to 19th century.
The city has always been a home to many Hindu temples. Puri hotel booking is costly during the months of November and December. The economy of Puri depends mostly on the temples, the rath yatra and festivals celebrated over there. In ancient days, there were no roads & people used to walk or travel by animal-drawn vehicles; today Puri is well connected to railway, road and air services, so you can easily reach the city, without any troubles.
Every place has its own best spots for the tourists, Here are some of the tourist attractions that you must visit when in Puri :
Jagannath Temple – Jagannath Temple is considered to be one of the most worshipped temples in India for Hindus. The temple was constructed in the year 1161. Lord Jagannath is the main god worshipped here and is considered to be an avatar of Shri Vishnu. The magnificent statue of Lord Jagannath placed in the temple is completely made out of wood. The specialty of this statue is that it is changed with a new one after every twelve years. Lord Jagannath is considered as the lord of universe. The architecture and religious importance make this place a very important tourist spot. Timings of the temple are usually from 5.00 am to 1.30 pm and 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple.
Atharnala Bridget – Atharnala Bridge was built in 13th century by the rulers of the Ganga Dynasty. It has got 18 passages and it is 85 mtrs in length. Winters are the best time to visit as the tourists can enjoy the views of the surroundings properly. This bridge can be seen from a distance, as the tourists enter Puri.
Puri Beach – It is one of the most famous beaches of eastern India. Puri beach has golden sands, beautiful views of sunrise and sunset, breath taking beach resorts and tasty sea food. People are also allowed to take a swim at the beach which increases its popularity. Puri beach festival is held every year in November which attracts many travellers from different parts of the world.
Gundicha Ghar Temple – This temple is built in the Kalinga Architecture style. The Gundicha Ghar Temple was built by the wife of King Indradyumna. He was the founder of the first and foremost Jagannath temple. This Gundicha Ghar Temple is located beside the very famous Jagannath temple. These two are the common places for festivals and Rath yatra to be held. There are beautiful stone carvings inside the temple which makes it one of the most visited spots in Orissa. Both tourists and piligrims visit these places throughout the year.
Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary – It is a majorly popular wildlife sanctuaries in Orissa;. The sanctuary is situated by the gorgeous Chilika Lake, thus the name. It is well known for its biggest coastal – lagoon in the country. The most magnificent of Fauna species are found in this sanctuary. Almost 160 species of birds are found in this sanctuary from November to February.
The places mentioned above shall help you in planning your visit, properly. Whenever you are planning to visit it is best to go for advance Puri hotel booking to save some money. Since, Puri is well-connected to many cities in India; you can plan a trip to Puri along with visiting the nearby cities and towns. The major tourist attractions located nearby Puri are –
Konark Sun Temple – It is also known as Black Pagoda. The temple was built by king Narasimha of Eastern Ganga Dynasty in 13th century. Till date, it is famous for its legendry stories and its kalinga architecture. Konark Sun Temple it is situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal. The whole temple is in the form of Chariot of Sun God, which is quite interesting to look at.
Bhubaneswar – Bhubaneswar is known as the smart city of India and has many major places for tourist to visit. As there are many ancient temples in the city such as the very famous Lingaraj temple of Lord Shiva.
Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves – Bhubaneswar is famous for the ancient Jain monuments. These caves are located on the hills of Udayagiri. Earlier, they were known as kumara Parvata and Khandgiri was called as Kumara Parvata. These are beautiful and historical caves with symbols and paintings related to Jain religion.
Swargadwar Beach – The meaning of the word swargadwar is a gateway to heaven; thus, most of the Hindu devotes visit here every year to take a dip in the sea.
Thus, Puri and its nearby areas have so much to offer you with a completely mind refreshing and peaceful vacation especially if you want to spend some quality time with your family.