Konark Sun Temple
An Architecture Marvel of Eastern India and A symbol of India's heritage, Konark Sun Temple, commonly known as Konark is situated in the eastern state of Odisha (earlier known as Orissa), India and is one of the eminent tourist attractions. Konark houses a massive temple dedicated to the Sun God. The word 'Konark' is a combination of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when combines it becomes 'Sun of the Corner'. Konark Sun Temple is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri and is dedicated to Sun God. Konark is also known as Arka khetra. There are three images of the Sun God at three different sides of the temple, positioned in proper direction to catch the rays of the sun at morning, noon and evening.
Dhauli hills are located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar in Odisha (India). It is a hill with vast open space adjoining it, and has major Edicts of Ashoka engraved on a mass of rock, by the side of the road leading to the summit of the hill.Ashoka had a special weakness for Dhauli, where the Kalinga war was fought. The Daya river is said to have turned red with the blood of the many deceased after the battle, and enabled Ashoka to realize the magnitude of horror associated with war.Ashoka saw to it that Dhauli became an important centre of Buddhist activities. He built several chaityas, stupas and pillars there.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves One of the earliest groups of Jain rock-cut shelters, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills) command a unique position in the filed of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. The two hills rise abruptly from the coastal plain, about six km west of Bhubaneswar, separated by a highway.Called lena, in the inscriptions, the caves of Udayagiri and Khandagin are essentially dwelling retreats or cells of the Jain ascetics, opening directly into the verandah or the open space in front. Mostly excavated near the top of the ledge or boulder, they simply provided dry shelter for meditation and prayer, with very little amenities even for small comforts. The height being too low, does not allow a man to stand erect.
Sand Art in Odisha Beach
The International Sand Art Festival is a remarkable cultural event held by the Orissa Tourism Department. Held at the Chandrabhaga Beach, 3 km from Konark, the sand art festival is an event for people in love with sand creations. It is one of the events which highlights Orissa and its wonderful tourism opportunities. The Sand festival celebrates sand sculptures produced by skillful sand artists. Not just the traditional sand sculptures, get ready for all kinds of exhibits. Expect sand, stone, bronze or wood, created by skillful sand artists. The sand festival is free for spectators. Remind yourself the excitement of creating things with sand.
Rajpath is a major east-west thoroughfare in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.Rajpath starts from Kalpana Square crossing with NH 203 and ends at Raj Bhawan Chak, crossing with Bidyut Marg and Gopabandu-Governor House Road. It has important crossing with Janpath and Sachivalaya Marg. A flyover over Rajmahal crossing was opened in 2012 to reduce traffic congestion.The stretch from Rajmahal to Kalpana Square has numerous budget Hotels to suit different tourists and travelers.
Asia's largest brackish water lagoon with water spread ranging from 1165 sq km m the rainy season to 906 sq km in the dry season is nestled in the heart of the coastal Odisha (Orissa). It extends from Bhusandpur in Puri district in the North to Rambha-Malud in Ganjan district in the South, separated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60 km long narrow strip of marshy islands and sand-flats.Some of the prominent islands like Nalabana, Kalijal, Somolo, Honeymoon, Break-fast, Birds and Rajahansa inhabited by small subsistence fishermen families, are popular destinations for daily boat trips. Because of its rich bio-diversity and socio-economic importance, Chilika was designated as a Ramsar site in 1981 to afford better protection.
The long stretched Balighai beach is situated on Puri-Konark Marine drive road. This virgin beach is much more away from the crowd situated at 8 kms distance from Puri. Toshali has selected villas, secluded retreats, eco-resorts and luxury services for your absolute comfort.A unique beach Balighai gives you a different experience from rest of the Puri beaches. The hub is completely standalone out of the crowd that attracts lots of tourists who are craving for some relaxing quite time. The trees like causarina, Alaska and Eucalyptus trees make this place a thick jungle like ambiance, boat ride on sea and many more places those really amazes. It is a peaceful place with neat and clean surroundings away from the city madness of Puri. Another special attraction is the Sea Turtle Research Centre, where one could find the large turtles fluttering around in their tanks.
Puri Beach is a beach in the city of Puri in the state of Odisha, India. It is on the shore of the Bay of Bengal. It is known for being a tourist attraction and a Hindu sacred place.The beach is the site of the annual Puri Beach Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Indian Ministry of Tourism, the city of Odisha, the Development Commissioner of Handicrafts, and the Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Kolkata.The beach hosts sand art displays, including work by international award-winning local sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik.Puri Beach is located at the city of Puri and the distance between Puri railway station and the beach is only 2 km. Nearest airport is located at Bhubaneswar which is 60 km away. Buses and Taxis are available for local transportation