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A Rendezvous with Konark and Puri
Sun templeKonark and Puri, located in the eastern India state of Orissa, are famous all over the world for their magnificent temples and beaches. Konark and Puri are at a distance of 35 kms from each other. Konark was built by Narsinhadeva I of Ganga dynasty in the 13th century AD after his victory over the Mughals and today is known the world over for the Sun temple.

Puri on the other hand is one of the four holy dhams of Hinduism and the hallowed seat of Lord Jagannath. Puri is at a distance of 60 kms from state capital Bhubaneshwar while Konark is at a distance of 65 kms. Both Puri and Konark are situated on the Bay Of Bengal coast

Things You Can Do in Konark and Puri
» Sightseeing : Both Konark & Puri has numerous places of attractions for the tourists in India. Housing two most revered and renown temples of the ancient time, both the places have secured an important place in the tourist map of India. Besides, there are beaches which are best places to relax and refresh. Konark Sun Temple are Jagannath temple, Gundicha Mandir, Balighai Beach, Atharnala Bridge, Chillka Lake are some of the places which will keep you engaged throughout your tour to Puri and Konark.

» Shopping : In Puri and Konark, the traditional handloom and handicrafts of Orissa, sea shell works and metal works would be worth buying.

» Eating Out : Try tasting some Orissan dishes in the local restaurants.

Sightseeing in Konark and Puri
Ritco Tours» Jagannath Temple : The majestic temple of Jagannath draws tourists from all parts of the world. The 65-meter-high temple structure always makes its presence felt. The 12th-century temple was built by Chodaganga to commemorate the shifting of his capital from south to central Orissa. The temple is surrounded by a 20-foot-high wall within which several smaller shrines are located. The rest of the temple is composed of a traditional porch, hall of offerings and pillared hall of dance. The temple, where rituals and ceremonies are performed strictly according to scriptures is not open for non-Hindus.

» Gundicha Mandir : Gundicha Mandir is one of the temples closely related to the festivity of the Rath Yatra of Puri. Legend has it that God resides in this holy place for seven days during the festival.

» Sakshi Gopal : Located on the outskirts of Puri, Sakshi Gopal is the place where a life-size image of child Krishna is being built. According to ancient scriptures, Lord Krishna came to this place as a witness to clear out a dispute of two Brahmans. constructed during the 13th century.

» Chilika Lake : Chilika is Asia's largest freshwater lake spread over an area of 1100 sq km area. Chilika is home to a rich variety of aquatic fauna.Dolphins could be spotted in the lake and an abundance of migratory birds come to the lake in winter. The lake is located few kilometers away from Puri.

» Konark Sightseeing : Konark is known all over the world for the Sun temple. The architecture is regarded as one of the best temple architectures in the world. UNESCO has listed the Sun Temple as a World Heritage Site. The temple has been built in such a way that it resembles a colossal chariot with 24 wheels, pulled by seven horses. There is a three-tiered pyramidal roof having a fine spire. It is interesting to note that Sun God's chariot represents seven days of the week and 24 hours of the day. The temple, built in stones has many impressive sculptures. In fact, every aspect of life has been depicted here. Human love has been depicted through many magnificent and sensuous images.The temples of Konark and Puri are finest examples of medieval India's architectural genius.

Excursion from Konark and Puri
Puri HotelsKonark, Puri and Bubhaneshvar form a golden triangle and if time permits one must visit the places in the vicinity of Konark. Puri is surrounded by some of the most beautiful destinations which will add thrill to your tour. These are Raghurajpur (12 km), Konark (35 km), Sakhi Gopal (25 km) and Chilika lake.

Most Ideal Time to Visit Agra
Konark is located very close to the sea and therefore has a coastal climate. During Summers the maximum temperature is 38 C and the minimum temperature is 27.1 C. During winters the maximum temperature rises up to 28.2 C and the minimum temperature is 15.2 C.

Puri experiences a tropical climate with pleasant winters and hot and humid summers and heavy rainfall. October to March is the best time to visit Konark and Puri.

Getting There
» By Air : The airport nearest to Puri and Konark is Bhubaneshwar at a distance of 60 and 65 kms respectively. Bhubaneswar is linked by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways flights to Kolkata (55 min), Delhi (1 hr 55 min), Chennai (1 hr 40 min), Mumbai (3 hr 10 min). From Bhubaneswar, one can easily opt for either train or bus services that can be found easily. Taxis and buses are available from the airport to reach Puri or Konark.

» By Trains : Puri is one major railway station on the south eastern railways. Puri is connected to the rest of Orissa and India by railways. Puri is also the nearest railhead from Konark. Taxis and buses are easily found near the railway station for Konark.

» By Road : Being important tourist destinations of Orissa, buses operate from most parts of Orissa to Puri and Konark. Bus services are regularly available from Bhubaneshwar (60 kms).

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.

Anchoring in Konark and Puri
Konark TemplesKonark and Puri are the two most visited destinations in the state of Orissa and are separated by just 35 kms. They are accessible from various parts of the country via various means of transportation. The nearest airport from these places is the Bhubaneshvar airport which is 60-65 km away from where taxis and buses can be hired to reach either Konark or Puri. If you plan to come by rail, Puri has a railway station from where further taxis or buses can be hired to reach Konark.

we also come into the picture and promise to provide you with a comfortable tour of the city with our fleet of cars and coaches. So, leave all your worries with us and contact us at the time of planning your trip.

Very good accommodation facilities are available in both Puri and Konark. Some tourists also stay in state capital Bhubaneshwar which is near to both Puri and Konark.

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