Puri Travel Guide

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    Can you find this at Konark?!
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    Message from Ashoka
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Puri Highlights

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     A Thing of Beauty. 

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     Worth Staying 

  • In a nutshell
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     Footprints in the sand... 

Puri Things to Do

  • Puri outside the Temple

    During our four day stay at Puri, I found myself wandering on the Temple Road almost everyday, not to visit the temple, but to take pictures. It is a very interesting place to be in at any time of the day. It has lots of activities. Activities which include the locals as well as the tourists. They have accepted tourists to be a part of their daily...

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  • Puri Beach

    Another beautiful aspect of Puri is its magnificent beach. It is one of the most beautiful and safe beaches of India, I suppose. It is a delight to watch sunrise and sunset, as well as to dive in.There are various ways in which one can enjoy it. Many good resorts have private beaches, we has a good time there as they are quite with limited public,...

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  • Raghurajpur: Heritage indeed

    Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village in the Puri District. It is 14 kms from the Puri, and can be easily reached by a taxi. You can take the Bhumbaneshwar road and reach Chandanpur on NH 203, from where it is at a distance of 1.5kms.It consists of approximately 120 houses, all of which are inhabited by skilled artists. The entire village exists...

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  • Don't miss Konark!

    If you do nothing else, don't skip the Sun Temple at Konark. I almost did, and am so glad I did not. A rare case where the hype is deserved.If you have time, also check King Ashoka's peace pillar edict in Dhauligiri. Most visitors just make a beeline to the huge Japanese styled Peace Pagoda, but don't forget to stop at the reason why the pagoda was...

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  • Go to Chilika Lake

    You can see dolphins quite close (but to fast for my camera), flamingoes (but not seen by me) and other birds. Since you need a boat unless you are a large group it will be cheaper by tour, i took one from OTDC it was a comfortable bus with a bit to much aircon; be prepared! 290 + 141 (if they have more then 20 passengers otherwise more) Rupies,...

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  • Go to Konark

    Konark built in the 13. century is one of the real great indian tempels, with a lot of carvings on allmost every wall, only 35 km away, but 1.5 hours and 22 rupies by a very crowded bus, first bus at 8 am, last bus back at 5 pm. Tour buses would include also Bhubaneswar and several other places, but some of the tour buses (200 Rupies excluding...

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  • Konarak Sun Temple- The New Look

    Please have a look at the pictures I have now taken last week in seriatim as wee took the help of a ASI guide to show us the temple. He took us on tour of temple in seriatim.

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  • Konarak Sun Temple- The Do's & Don'ts

    Request all tourists to read carefully do's and don'ts while entering the World Heritage Site, please respect the regulations fixed by ASI and Govt. of India. Now you shall find security guards everywhere inside the temple and in the campus garden. Please remmber, now violation of guidelines can invite prosecution, fine which may mar your holiday.

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  • Treat Yourself with Expert Herbal...

    You must have seen or experienced Herbal massage sometime or the other but this massage has a history of tradition of may be several hundred years. The masseur ( The Bariks of Baripada) in the picture is from Baripada district of Orissa. There is community of masseurs ( The Bariks) who have served the warriors, kings, queens, orthopaedic patients,...

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  • KONARAK SUN TEMPLE.

    YOU CAN TAKE ABOUT 1000 PICTURES OF THE VARIOUS MOOD OF THE TEMPLE AND YET YOU FIND THAT YOU HAVE MISSED SOME OF THE POSES. IT IS BETTER TO BE EXPLORED BY ONE' S OWN EXPERIENCE. I TOOK ABOUT 300 PICTURES TILL MY MEMORY CHIP WAS FULL.

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  • The Fun of Sea Bathing!!

    The day we left Puri we had immense fun at the Beach along with our office colleagues. It was great fun as most of the colleagues took bath together.

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  • Rathyatra or Chariot festival of Puri!

    This spectacular chariot festival celebrated for 8 days is held at the famous Jagannath Temple at Puri (Orissa). Thousands of devotees flock to Puri during the occasion, as they believe that a glimpse of Lord Jagannath in his chariot gives salvation. Images of Lord Jagannath - the Lord of the Universe, his sister Subhadra and brother Balbhadra are...

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Puri Hotels

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Puri Restaurants

  • A Hippie time leftover

    In a covered garden you get Muesli, Pancakes, Fish, Prawns and Indian food aou bwill sit there with other travelers Fish in spicy souce

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  • U thought u loved...

    Rasagolla/rasgulla was invenetd in puri, and the best rasagaollas on planet earth are sold at a small village ,pahala near the state capital. These are very different from the white spongy stuff ...these are the real deal!!!....pure heaven!!!.....these samll heavenly sweets have very little shelf life,but when they are pipping hot and...

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  • Dont miss "ABHADA" (Sri Jagannath's...

    The food cooked inside the temple and offered to Lord Jagganath has a history of more than 1000 years!!!.The process itself is very interesting . But any visitor to puri should try the abhada atleast once. The wide array of lentils,vegetables and rice that one can get in a meal here is amazing!!!p.s. Most hotels arrange to get the Mahaprasad from...

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Puri Transportation

  • Kishor Tours for seeing the sights

    If you have made it this far to the remote corner of India, then you will probably want to check some nearby places. The best way to do that is to hire a car. Obviously more expensive but at least then you get to decide where you want to go and for how long. A lot of the nearby places on the tour bus itinerary are duds.Kishor Tours and Travels on...

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  • Travel by Duronto from Kolkata - filthy...

    We travelled by the (12277) Duronto Express from Howrah (Kolkata) to Puri on 27-Jan-2013. We had booked by 2 AC Chair car. Having just travelled by Duronto from Pune to Kolkata, we had expected a spanking clean chair car. We were however shocked to see the filthy state of the coach, with debris and trash all over the floors and dirty smelly...

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  • Seightseeing Bus of OTDC.

    The OTDC bus is very efficient and good like VOLVO buses, this bus is made by the TATAs of India ( The current owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, a very big house), very comfortable, airconditioned and with a guide. We hired the bus for a full day. Otherwise you can buy daily seighseeing bus from various centres of Bhubaneshwar and Puri. The day trip...

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Puri Shopping

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  • Shopping

    You can buy good cotton and silk sarees in Puri around the Temple Road. There are various Government Emporiums, yes many of which could be fake, so do take care! At the government emporiums and the other local shops you will find many varieties of cotton sarees, cloth materials, dupattas, and a few ready made garments. They are very colourful,...

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  • Applique work at pipili

    Pipili is a small village between puri and bhubaneswar , where You can get some real nice wall hangings,lamp shades,bags,etc.There are shops on either side of the road where you can get to shop all the local handicrafts.This tiny place is a very colourful and so are the locally made hadicrafts out here.A real bargain!!! Lamp shades!! less than...

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  • Applique work at pipili

    Pipili is a small village between puri and bhubaneswar , where You can get some real nice wall hangings,lamp shades,bags,etc.There are shops on either side of the road where you can get to shop all the local handicrafts.This tiny place is a very colourful and so are the locally made hadicrafts out here.A real bargain!!! Lamp shades!! less than...

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Puri Local Customs

  • Got any change sir?

    One of the ritual offerings for pilgrims to bring to the Jagannath Temple are coins which can be found outside along the main Grand Road.

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  • Buying/selling the days catch

    You don't have to worry about getting up early to see the buying and selling of the days catch here. The fishermen seem to work around the clock and the women seem to be the ones who sell it after carrying baskets of fish along on their heads. The buyers then come along and inspect the catch and a small group gathers around to watch them conduct...

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  • Fishermen

    I stayed at the eastern end of Puri beach not far from the fishing village that is located right on the beach. Here you can watch fisherman come and go in their boats to go fishing and bringing back the daily catch. Friends of mine who I met in Puri, went out on a fishing boat at 5am with some of them and they enjoyed it! Me, I don't do early to...

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Puri Warnings and Dangers

  • At the Puri Temple

    This is not really a 'danger tip' according to me, nor a warning. It is just a little 'You-should-know-tip' from my side.The temple here has staunch religious beliefs, therefore they do allow only Hindus inside the temple (which according to me is an injustice to humanity on the whole). Also, they do not allow cameras, cell phones, and leather...

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  • Busy with Kolkatans at Xmas

    Puri gets very busy over the Christmas and New Year periods. I arrived the week before Christmas and struggled to find somewhere to stay. Puri is very popular with Kolkatans who you can spot a mile off as they walk around on the beach with giant belly's hanging out and man-boobs whilst the locals are stick thin. Be warned that Puri gets booked out...

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  • The Sea Beach.

    I request all the Tourists to take professional help of the Nulias( the Tribal Fishermen) if you are new swimmer as there is QUICK SAND in some place of the Beach . These are tricky and known only to the local swimmers. For rs.20/- they will give you pleasure of wave bathing for about 30mts. Pleas bargain the rate they may ask for rs100/- also...

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Puri Tourist Traps

  • jaganath puri

    before visiting the temple ensure through the pandas inside temple or nijog ensure your identity in their red books which holds your lineage information collected and verified through generations of the temple tradition,the pandas are divided into ilakas or areas through out India,confirm it and sign in those books for your future generations to...

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  • Beware of the puri pandas(priests at the...

    As soon as you are in the close vicinity of the jagannath temple...all kinds of people will start approaching you ,offering help inside the temple or offering to help with pujas inside the temple.Avoid these people as much as possible.

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  • TOURIST TRAP AT PURI

    WHENEVER YOU ARE PURI MAKE SURE YOU DON T' VISIT THE JAGANNATH TEMPLE WITH UN-AUTHORISED PERSONS. LET ME MAKE VERY CLEAR THAT NON- HINDUS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE TEMPLE. NON HINDUS CAN SEE THE TEMPLE AND TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM OUTSIDE. MANY PEOPLE COME TO THE HOTEL DISGUISED AS PANDAS OR THE PRIEST AND PROMISE TO TAKE YOU TO THE TEMPLE FOR SOME...

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Puri Off The Beaten Path

  • Applique stop at Pipili

    Pipili, also called Pipli is a small town in the Puri district of Orissa. It is approximately 36 kms from Puri, at the junction where Konark road branches out from the Bhumbaneshwar-Puri road.The primary attraction of this place is its local applique work, which is a technique that is used to make handicraft items by application of smaller patches...

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  • Jagananath Temple after Renovation by...

    The temple was in bad state the stones were falling from top, ASI undertook renovation work in a few years back and they have now sealed loose stones in their place. In this process they also cleaned the walls of mud lime mix coating from the walls of the temple. The walls are now shining and the carvings on the walls have come out from the walls....

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  • Chariot of Lord Jagannath!! Once in a...

    According to the Bhagavad Purana, it is believed that it was on this day that Krishna and Balarama went to Mathura to participate in a wrestling competition, at Kansa's invitation. Some Hindus believe that Jagannatha is an incarnation of Vishnu. Since Vishnu has four arms, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshana represent Vishnu's four arms. Each...

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Puri Favorites

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  • Shimlipal Tiger Reserve Forest Lodge

    Experience the jungle by being insidethe the Jungle. Explore the forest, see the wonderfull vista, different vegitation, wild life in its natural form. The jungle

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  • Library viewing

    As the Jagannath Temple is only open to Hindu's, some wise guys have come up with a lucrative idea to offer non-Hindu's the chance to get a good view of the complex from an open veranda up some stairs in the Raghumandan Library that is located opposite the main entrance on Grand Road. Be warned that the library is closed between 1-4pm and that...

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  • French Camper Van

    Yep, it's a French camper van! Couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw it when I visited the beach for the first time. I actually saw a Spanish one in Varkala, way down south in Kerala, further into my journey, which is an awfully long way to come and crazy but good on them for doing so. I had a chat with the driver who told me stories of their...

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GETTING TO PURI.
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Puri Sea Beach
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Temple of Lord Jagannath!!
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Jagannath Mandir
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Great little place!
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Great seafood!
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Sun Temple at Konark
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Bhubaneswar
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Jagannath figures
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Gundicha Mandir
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On Grand Rd
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Grand Road
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Jagannath Temple
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Fishing Village
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Fishing boats
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Puri beach
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