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Puri Tourism Guide
Bhubaneswar is called the city of temple and Puri is the most famous holy place in India. We just visited this year and I like to share my experience with you. In this Puri tourism guide, I have done few little smart tricks, especially on transport. It helped me to save my budget. Follow this guide it will definitely help you.
KOLKATA TO PURI 496 KM. Temperature is 34 degree in march.
Four people with one child.
Journey start with – HWH PURI EXP 10:35 pm reach Bhubaneswar 05:05 am.
Continuing – DHOULI EXP from Bhubaneswar 12:45 pm, reach Puri at 02:20 pm.
Journey end – DURANTO EXP- Puri to sealdah 07:45 pm, reach Sealdah – 4:00 am.
It’s a 5 days trip from Kolkata.
Puri expense for 4 people
|Train Fair(total) Kolkata – Bhubaneswar to Puri||4740|
|Auto fair (Bhubaneswar station to hotel)||200|
|Bhubaneswar Hotel ( 2 room)||1400|
|Uber at bhubaneswar (all the temples)||1500|
|Swargadar to Jagannath temple up down||160|
|Jagannath Temple to Markendeswar temple||100|
|Swargadar, Pipli, Raghurajpur ,gouriya math,others by auto||1000|
|Swargadar to konarak by car||1700|
Puri Tourism Guide
(Bhubaneswar) – Megeshwar temple, Rajarani temple, at morning and at the afternoon we go for Nandankanan. We reach Dhouli from Nandankan at the evening for light and sound show.
Dhabalgiri, Udaygiri, Khandagiri, Lingaraj, and catch the train from Bhubaneswar for Puri @12:45 pm. Evening at the Puri beach.
Day 3–Sri Jaganath mandir:-
Raghurajpur, Pipli, Shree Gundicha Temple, Shree Jagannath Temple, Markandeshwar Temple, Shree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Buddhist Temple, Puri beach, and marketing.
Chandrabhaga, Konark, Ramachandi Temple. At the evening we visit for flag opening ceremony at Shree Jagannath Temple.
Puri beach, marketing at Swargadwar market, and pick return train from Puri station.
Famous places in bhubaneswar Our holiday story
Bhubaneswar a smart city is called the city of temple and Puri is the most famous holy place in India, it’s also called glory of Orisa.
I always try to go with groups. This time we started our journey with a group of 4 people along with my daughter. She is now 3 years old. We boarded from Howrah station with Howrah Puri express around 10:35 pm. Next morning we reach Bhubaneswar at 5:30 am. The total Puri tourism guide as follows .
After reaching Bhubaneswar, we hired an auto and visit Megeswar temple, Rajarani temple and check in to our hotel. The railway station is just 2 km from there. Our Hotel is in very good place. It is surround with many temples within walking distance. The accommodation was great. They have an attached restaurant with serving good quality of food with a reasonable price.
After reaching the hotel, we take some rest and having breakfast and again went for the Bhubaneswar local sightseeing tour. We visit some temple locally. After that in the afternoon, we hired an Uber for Nandan Kanan. We already booked entry ticket from the Nandankanan site earlier. We save time there because the queue is very big which I saw. This is one of the best and largest zoo in Asia. Kids can enjoy a lot there.
After spending plenty 3 hours in Nandan Kanan, we booked another Uber for Dhabalgiri/Dhouli. There is a special attraction that I should share with you. Light and sound show happened in the evening with based on entire Dhabalgiri as a frame, they do not use any normal screen for that. It’s a 45 minutes show, and the ticket is just 45 rupees. The show based on king Ashoka and the story of how to make the stupa. It’s really a unique one. In the evening we again book Cab from Dhouli and return to the hotel having dinner and rest.
Next day morning we booked a cab and go for Dhabalgiri again because on the last evening we could not see the entire Dhabalgiri properly. The Dhabaliri and stupa were looking magnificent in the sunlight. Outside there we bought some Prasad.
Udaygiri and Khandagiri
Then we went for Udaygiri and Khandagiri. Both have historical values. Khandagiri local term came from khanda means broken and Giri means hill. In Khandagiri temple there is the Jain Tirthankara’s sculpture which is made with “Kastipathar”. The entry fee was 2 rupees only. Beware, of monkeys in Khandagiri. I have a bad experience with them. Lots of monkeys suddenly jumped on me because a local’s people give some fruits on my hand and at that time I was very scared.
From Khandagiri, we hire a radio taxi for the Lingaraj temple. It’s the most famous temple in Bhubaneswar. After that, we reach the station and catch Dhouli express for Puri.
Most of the tourist came to Puri first and take the package for the side seen like Dhouli, Nandan Kanan etc. It’s a full-day tour plan with less time, only a long journey achieved during this travel. My advice is that if you stay one or two days in Bhubaneswar it will help you to reach those places very comfortable and you can spend extra time on those places.
Puri Dham tourism guide
When I reach Puri and passed the beach side road, I am just waited to reach the hotel, put the luggage in the hotel and ran to the Puri sea beach for enjoying the waves.
Puri is one of the major holy Dham ’s in India. Located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, It has one of the finest beaches in the world. It is just the place to witness and participate in colourfull festival around the year. Puri is famous for its annual festival of chariots, the Rath yatra. The pilgrimage town is also the abode of artisans and craftsmen’s who produce a wide range of unique handicrafts.
But when I reach the hotel I feel bad because the hotel is not good. It’s a budget hotel in Puri sea beach. The only advantage is the hotel is very near to the beach and it has a cooking facility also.
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Puri sea beach is also known as Swargadwar. We finished our lunch and in the evening we went to the beach again. Moreover, my daughter enjoyed the beach more than us. Lastly, we buy some dinner and back to the hotel. Chanapora is a very tasty sweet dish, it’s the main famous local sweet in Orissa. Khaja is also very famous there. In Jagannath temple, “Khaja” treated as Prasad.
Puri jagannath temple
Next morning we went to the Sri Jagannath temple at 6:30 am. Mobile shoe etc. have to put outside of the temple counter. There are lots of panda’s (priests) who can guide you inside the temple. There are many temples inside the main temple. You can find many interesting stories about all the temples.
Outside the temple, there is an Orissa Govt store called Banani. Where you can buy a different kind of clothing like Kottke sari, SambalPuri sari, Kottke bed sheet etc. Next, we went to the Markendeswar temple by “riskha” for 60 rupees. After visiting the Markendeswar temple we moved to Raghurajpur and Pipli by hiring an auto, it cost 1000 rs from there. Both places are very famous in Orissa.
Pipli and Raghurajpur
After, we went Pipli and having breakfast from a roadside ‘Dhaba‘. We buy some handmade and aplic work product like an umbrella, bag etc, and went for Raghurajpur. Please visit Raghurajpur whenever you do sightseeing for tourist places in Puri. You must appreciate the village because of their talent for crafts and painting. We finished our lunch in a dhaba and having some coconut water and visited Gunchicha temple. The entry fee is 5 rupees only.
Gundicha temple is also known as ‘Jagannath’s Masir bari”. The temple has lots of a statue of Lord Krishna and another goddess. It can be added when you visit Puri mandir tour.
Then we visited the Chinese temple. It’s a small temple but it’s a very unique one. All the props which are used for Buddhist religion stored there. You can buy many types of Buddhist sculpture from there.
After that, we reach for “Sri Gouria Bihara” math. The environment is very pleasant but the road is narrow and damaged. After spending some time there, we came back to the hotel and take rest. At the evening, we went to the beach and hire a 4 seated car for next day Konark tour ( cost 1700rs). Rest day we spend in the Puri sea beach and do some shopping in the Swargadwar market. Our tour end for this day.
Konark, Chandra Bhaga, Ramchandi Temple
Next day morning, First we visited Konark sun temple (entry fee 30rs). In the way of the temple, lots of shops are there selling kaju, pesta etc. If you wish to buy you should bargain for the best price. We take a guide ( for 100 rs) in the Konark sun temple. He describes all the engraving design and details of the (chariot) rath’s wheel etc. In the month of March, those days Puri temperature is very high (38degree).
Next, we visited Chandrabhaga, It’s a beach with beauty. Kushbhadra river and bay of Bengal both can see nicely. After spending a few minutes there, we went to the Ramchadi temple. After we return the hotel from there and take lunch and rest. Again we visit Jagannath temple at 4:30 pm for the flag uploading ceremony. It happened every day and many people stay outside to see it. After that, we did some shopping (Utkalika is the govt. registered shop) and buy some sweets for bringing back in Kolkata.
Last day it’s the homecoming day. All the day we spent in the sea beach, taking bath for a long time and enjoying the waves. Around 5 pm we check out from the hotel and take an auto for Puri railway station. Duranto express is a very comfortable train (departure at 8:30 pm), it provides dinner which is included in the ticket. In the morning 4 am we came back to Sealdah railway station.
Konark light and sound show
While you are in Konark don’t miss the light and sound 3D show. It happened every day.The Program name is “Aarunaday”. The show timing is 7:30 pm and it is a 35 minutes program. Ticket price is 50 rupees. At 6:00 pm ticket counter opened every day. The theme is how the Konark mandir built at that time. Total 250 number of seats there and support 3 languages, Hindi /English / Oriya in the headphone.
English -Kabir Bedi, HIndi – Sekhar Suman, Oriya – Vijay mahanti.
Chilika lake from puri
If you waht to visit chilika then take your one day more , as it is a 4 hours journey from Swargadwar. You can find one small temple on the hilltop after done the boating and saw the very small dolphins in the river.
For boating, book boat (220 rupees) and AC car(355 rupees) from OTDC per head. Dont go for private boats.. The boat sound heavily and dolphins are flee away from the sound. In the way of chilika they also visit Alarnath temple and Chilika nature interpretation center.
Attention : – There is a trap for Visitor in Chilka by local peoples. In a halt local bikers came and act as help you. They told that there is a short route for the lake but don’t left NH316. In that short route the boat charges is almost triple approx 4500 rupees but if you come from the main road (NH316) the boat ride charge is 1800 rupees (Update – 2019).
Travel savings plan
At Bhubaneswar, we visit all the tourist spots by Uber cab.
Coming from Puri and sightseeing in Bhubaneswar it’s a huge journey. So better to stay one day in Bhubaneswar. This is my first money-saving trick for Puri tour.
We buy a handmade umbrella, wallet from Pipli, a handmade toy from Raghurajpur, Kokti saree, bedsheet, baby frock, t-shirt, Salwar, Panjabi, shirt from Puri. Compare to Kolkata Puri clothing market is little cheap and the product quality was good.
Bengali food are available. Sweets are very special like – Chanapora, Khaja etc.
Puri Khaja shop
Nrusingha Sweets( near Jagannath temple) and kakatua sweets and Ganguram (near swargadwar) is famous for Khaja.
Not to do list
If you want to stay in Puri, then cooking is good idea but If you wish to visit tourist places in Puri then it will be a hectic job for you. You may short of time.
If you go Pipli, Raghurajpur do not take auto it will take lots of time.
I always carry extra clothes for the beach, Tharmas, mosquito coil, power bank, Hitting cup, medicine etc.
Puri best time to visit
You can visit Puri throughout the year. Mid- April heralds the summer and is the season for famous Chandan yatra, and June- July famous for the Rathyatra of Lord Jagannath.
Things to remember : All time carry ID proof. Carry food for child.