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Bhubaneswar Temple Tour
"Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at your selected departure time.Head to the most famous and oldest temples of India that were built in 9th-10th century. Visit the Lingraj Temple built in 11th Century. The splendid Lingraj Temple (t the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) represents the culmination of the evolution of temple architecture in Odisha. Visit the next Temple Mukteshwar Temple belonging to 10th century. Standing 34 feet tall the Mukteshwar temple is one of the smallest and most compact temples in Bhubaneshwar. However it's famous for its exquisite stone archway and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch. A number of the carved images (including lion head motif) appear for the first time in the temple architecture. Your next destination Brahmeshwar Temple. Situated around a kilometer east of the
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Bhubaneswar Temple Tour
"Your guide will pick you up from your hotel at your selected departure time.Head to the most famous and oldest temples of India that were built in 9th-10th century. Visit the Lingraj Temple built in 11th Century. The splendid Lingraj Temple (t the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva) represents the culmination of the evolution of temple architecture in Odisha. Visit the next Temple Mukteshwar Temple belonging to 10th century. Standing 34 feet tall the Mukteshwar temple is one of the smallest and most compact temples in Bhubaneshwar. However it's famous for its exquisite stone archway and ceiling with eight petal lotus inside its porch. A number of the carved images (including lion head motif) appear for the first time in the temple architecture. Your next destination Brahmeshwar Temple. Situated around a kilometer east of the
From $55.00
 
Private Tour: Konark Sun Temple and Pipli Village Day Tour from Bhubaneswar
"You will be picked up from your hotel in Bhubaneswar for this full-day tour which will start with a visit to the Chariot of the Sun God Temple built by King Langula Narasimha Deva in 13th century A.D. during the Golden Era of Orissan art. The Sun Temple is known for its exquisite and intricate architecture and sculptures. Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea the Sun Temple is a sight to behold especially during Sunrise. Its prominent location has guided ancient mariners for around a millennia. In order to distinguish Konark from the whitewashed Jagannath Temple in Puri European settlers referred it as the Black Pagoda.After the temple you will continue your tour to Pipli artist village where the locals produce applique art - a process of cutting colored cloth into shapes of animals birds
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River of Life

The Ganga is the source of life and is spiritually revered by all Hindus. So much happens on the banks of the river- people are bathing and praying at all times of the day.It is not forbidden, but it...
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Temples

In most of Varanasi temples, one comes across lots of colours, thousands of bells hanging from the ceiling and it is regarded as auspicious to ring the bells while entering and while coming out from...
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SINDOOR (vermillion) colours on every wall

When you are in Varanasi, you will come across many walls (of streets, houses, shops, temples, everywhere) where you will find red or orange coloured paint pasted on some photos or may be sculptures...
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Respect the COWS

Cows are regarded as HOLY in Hindu religion. Varanasi, being the seat of traditional Hindu beliefs and values, pays great respect to Cows. So, if you are in Varanasi, try not to get irritated at the...
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Dhobi Wallahs at Lali Ghat

A Dhobi Wallah basically means a laundryman or washerman and wherever you find water in India, they'll be people washing clothes in it (however dirty the water looks). What is interesting is that next...
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Flower lantern

This is one of the offerings made to the holy Ganges which is a type of puja. I think it's called Pushpam Samarpayami but don't quote me on it! It's one of the 27 steps that a typical puja might...
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Festivals

The best time to visit Varanasi is between October and March if you want to witness some of the major festivals in the city. Kartik Purnima is held during November and December and is one of the most...
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Climate

The summer months can be hot and humid even climbing up into the mid 40C’s. Winter months can be the opposite and nights can get down to 5C. Monsoon time begins late June/early July where there are...
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traffic rules

In the old quarter of Varanasi it can happen that suddenly a herd of waterbuffalos push their way through the narrow alleys from or to the river Ganges. So before you get run over by a stampede -...
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dry cow dung for fire wood

You can see that in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and also in India. The lack of firewood makes people creative. They collect the cow dung, put it into handy portions (dinner plate size) and let it dry....
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Between the rich and the poor

As you could see. the children who took photo with me all look clever and active. I asked nothing about photo taking but they did to me. There dresses, hair style, the light of the face and the...
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Varanasi: Holy Cow S..t

India's sacred cow have alot of function other than religious importance. Not only do they provide the luxery of fresh milk, but their excrement is used as cooking fuel. Here in Varanasi like all over...
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Varanasi: Erotic Religeous Objects

Like much of India Varanasi has a huge range of religious objects, ikons, statues, figurines etc. Some are subtle and others much like the one pictured. Hindu art is widely known for its sexual...
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Varanasi: The Sacred Cows

Everyone may have heard about the India's "sacred cows". The cow is a sacred animal in the Hindu religion. There are alot of misconceptions however concerning these cows. Many people who have never...
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