Odisha is a traveler’s delight. Exploring everything the state has to offer needs multiple visits, but a well-known option – be it for friend groups, families or solo trips – is to commence with a 5 day trip around what’s famously labeled as the Golden Triangle: a renowned itinerary linking the state capital Bhubaneswar, the beach town of Puri, and the Unesco World Heritage Site of Konark. Some tour operators also call it as Bhubanswar Puri Konark tour packages.
This city reflects the true spirit of Odisha. It is also one of the key IT hubs in eastern India. With its innumerable temples, old houses, marketplaces, and lakes, the old town will take you back to the glorious past. Popular temples to be explored in this tour include Lingaraj Temple, Parshurameswara, Mukteswara, Rajarani, and Brahmeswar. You may also get a chance to visit the rock cut caves of Udaygiri and Khandagiri, and the Nandankanan Zoological Park. People who love arts, shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Kala Bhoomi or the Odisha Crafts Museum. If you would like to check out the local foods and handicrafts, then Ekamra Haat and the state emporiums are the places to visit.
Situated along the Bay of Bengal, Puri is popular as the home of Lord Jagannath, and for its beautiful beaches. The Puri temple accommodates the enormous wooden idols of Lord Jagannath & his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra. Non-Hindus are not permitted inside, but they can witness the soaring structure from the rooftop of the Raghunandan Library in exchange for a negligible donation. The golden beach at the border of the town is a favorite among those who love to play with waves. The beachfront is packed with shops, hotels and the sporadic sand artists at work.
On your Jagganath Puri tour don’t miss a chance to check out Raghurajpur which is home to local craftsmen practicing pattachitra, ganjapa, and palm-leaf painting. Also, it’s the birthplace of late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra – the world famous Odissi teacher and dancer. The bird sanctuary of Chilika is also accessible from Puri.
The Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa, is an ancient Hindu temple shrine in the name of the sun god. Shaped like a massive chariot, this 13th-century shrine is known for its exquisite stone carvings that cover its interiors & exteriors.
Making up 1 of the 3 destinations of the Eastern Golden Triangle, the city is also renowned for being home to one of the most magnificent beaches of India – Konark Beach. Apart from being renowned for its picturesque natural beauty & architectural splendor, the city is also famous for being the venue of an annual dance festival, bringing together renowned classical dancers of India.