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It was first time outing, although to the neighbouring state, yet the heart was pounding for reasons unknown. 

Destination: Puri Bhubaneswar and back. 


It was a long weekend and the plan was a last moment one- to Bengal's one favourite getaway, Puri. Sea beaches never appealed to me such as the mighty mountains but this trip was "let’s give it a try, you never know" sort of a trip. So out I stepped, yielded to the kindling wanderlust. 


Missed out the train tickets as it was a last minute call, so the journeying started off from Hastings. Generally the usual start-off points be the Esplanade bus stand, however given to the IPL match at the Edens it was at Hastings. Reached Puri the next day. The first thing that was done was reserving a cab driver for the enitre tour. The first day was completely dedicated to the sea beach. Summer was on the verge of getting into the heat waves, so the sands were much heated. But the shoreline melted the heat away and the deeper I went into the sea the more pleasant it became. The afternoon passed by the marine side watching and experiencing the waves accumulating and breaking onto the shore.



The famous Chariot Wheel of the Konark Sun Temple @DoiBedouin_Jayashree Sengupta
The famous Chariot Wheel of the Konark Sun Temple

In the evening, it was decided to have a visit to Swargadwar, literally the doorways to heaven, to have a taste of the famous Goja and also to have a look at the evening sea-shore.
Prawns at Puri @DoiBedouin
Prawns as the sea-food here


  Local Shops @DoiBedouin
Local Shops
Must have a goja here. 
The second day started with the sunrise at the Puri Beach, though it was a bit cloudy. The morning tea was available at the beach itself. Amidst the crowd and all the noise there was an innate quietude which was beguiling.
Sunrise at Puri Beach


The Reflection of Sun Rays on the Waves
Later in the day, the Jagannath temple was visited. Pandas (local pandits) are available for guiding you through the temple. The temple parts consists of the following in order as- Mukhashala (Frontal porch); Nat mandir (Audience Hall/Dancing Hall); Garba griha (Sanctum sanctorum) where the trio are lodged on the ratnavedi (Throne of Pearls); Bhog Mandap (Offerings Hall). 
Since photography is not allowed in the premises, it is advisable not to carry camera or else you have to deposit your things to a keeper outside the temple premises.
The temple roof architecture is pyramidical and rise in steps coinciding to form the Shikhar where each day different flags are waved. Other notable small temples are there of similar forms- Vimala temple dedicated to goddess lakshmi, saraswati temple, surya temple etc. The rest of the day was again spent on the beach.
Jagannath Temple


Roof flag of the Temple
A slight undertone, do not indulge in any activities here, also do not touch any shrine unless you yourself feel to. You need to feel the aura of the place yourself, do not let anyone force you feel it. And as for the “anyone”, you will find many.
The third day trip was to visit Konark Sun temple, Dhaulagiri, Lingaraja Temple, Khandagiri-Udaygiri caves, Nandankanan and call it off at the BBSR (Bhubaneswar) station.
The Sun Temple architecture represents a giant ornamented chariot dedicated to the Sun god Surya. The chariot runs on 24 stone carved wheels.


Temple Garden Premises


Temple Structure
The temple carvings are also known for their erotic sculptures. The temple follows the traditional style of Kalinga architecture. It is oriented towards the east so that the first rays of the sunrise strike the main entrance and the wheels acts as sundials.
Next stoppage was Dhauli where presumably Kalinga war was fought and hence the Santi Stupa at Dhauligiri was built and is dedicated to Buddha ideals.
Dhaualigiri Stupa
Next on the way was Lingaraja Temple built in the same architectural line to Jagannath temple with the same temple rooms. The deity here is Lord Shiva. And again photography is not allowed.
Lingaraja Temple (Source:Wikipedia)
Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves are renowned site seeing of BBSR. They are partly artificial partly natural caves. They are basically situated on two opposite hills. Compared to Khandagiri, Udayagiri offers more beautiful and better maintained cave shrines. There are 18 caves in Udayagiri. (Source: Wikipedia)
Udaygiri Caves


Khandagiri caves
The last stoppage was Nandankanan. Though only half an hour was there for the schedule closing of the park, somehow it was managed to cover most of it. The white tiger and the reptile house are the luring ones. Others include crocodiles, turtles, deer, pangolins etc.
Tiger at the Nandankanan zoo


Alligators 


Deers
All in all, the architectures, and the sea as well, kept away the everyday drudgery at bay for few hours. That was a perfect recess so as to provide the further effervescence to life. And yes "let’s give it a try, you never know" indeed worked well. That day on, I realized, wanderlust never depends on the place, it depends on you; it’s how you choose to feel it.




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12 comments:

  1. Wow. The sunsrise on the beach looks incredible. I love that you can get tea there

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  2. The temples are incredible. This is what I love about India, it is so underrated and there is so much to see that we barely hear about

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  3. For me Puri always meant only the Jagannath temple. You gave a nice perspective on other things there!

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  4. Those prawns look delicious and the temple are really nice! I never there were so much to visit around.

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  5. Lovely captures and informative.

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  6. I had Puri in my travel list earlier just because of Jagannath temple but after reading this post now I feel their are lot more places to explore. Some pictures are very amazing captured by you especially reflection of sun rays on waves.

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  8. Such a great mixture of food, culture, history and wildlife in this article! I really enjoyed reading it, and your pictures are great.

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  9. I love your picture of sunrise over the waves. That's entirely magical and such beautiful colours. I'm glad you took the unexpected trip; I've got a real sense of how much there is to see from your pictures.

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  10. Great post, to read loved the beautiful temples in the phots, another few places added to my bucketlist.

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  11. i see my favorite food and my favorite animals .

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  12. Very informative with a plenty of lovely pictures those gel-in to the blog nicely.

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