Monthly Archives: August 2011

Plan A Trip To Odisha-“The Soul Of India”.

Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, is  a distinctively cultured and historical land, with priceless natural wealth buried under its surface. A fascinating state with unspoilt beaches, sprawling lakes, luxuriant forests, teeming wildlife, traditional tribes, colorful fairs and festivals and what not. Is one of the most densely forested regions ofIndia, containing some most outstanding scenery thereby retaining its remote charm.

     The Temple Cityof Bhubaneswar, the magnificent Sun Temple of Konark and Jagannath Temple of Puri constitute the Golden Triangle of Odisha.The Jagannath Temple and the ‘Rath Yatra’ at Puri is one of the most spectacular shows on the earth. The Sun Temple at Konark is a marvelous piece of architecture of the medieval times. Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha is named after Tribhuvaneswar. Some of the famous temples   to visitare-ParasuramesvaraTemple,MuktesvaraTemple,RajaraniTemple,BrahmesvaraTemple,LingarajaTemple,VaitalDeulTemple. TheStateMuseum, Museum of Man,OdishaModernArtGallery, Ekamra Haat are some of the other places of interest.

         Puri, one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, together with Dwarka, Badrinath and Rameswaram constitute four dhams in India. Is the site of the famous Jagannath Temple, around which the religious life of the town revolves and the much revered Rath Yatra. Puri’s  vibrant and narrowly packed streets with brightly painted houses, pastiches of colonial buildings, has a charm of its own. The Gundicha Ghar Temple and the beaches of Puri are the other places of interest.

             Konark, situated on the Odisha Coast, is being famed for its magnificient Sun Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Colossi, Bhoga Mandapa, Mayadevi Temple are the other places of interest out here.

        The Beaches of Odisha at Chandipur, Konark, Puri, Gopalpur, Paradeep are rated among the best. You grab the opportunity of swimming with the rolling waves and be a part of various adventure activities as well. Chilika Lake isAsia’s largest brackish water lagoon, nestled in the heart of coastal Odisha. Is recognized as one of the most important wetlands in the world because it is home to a phenomenal variety of birds. Chilika offers visitors a spectacular display of its colorful avian charms in a thousand different hues presented by over 160 species between November and February. The lake is also dotted with numerous islands with romantic names likeHoneymoonIsland andBreakFastIsland.

     Numerous fairs and festivals are celebrated in every nook and corner of Odisha. Odisha is a confluence of the Aryan, Dravidian and aboriginal culture, thus celebrations bring forth a grand collage of different rituals and traditions. The car festivals, yatras, meals, pujas and bratas or oshas involve mass participation, spread throughout the year. The grandest festival is the Rath Yatra of Puri that attracts almost everyone. Some of the other festivals that draws the attention include the Konark Festival, Rajarani Festival, Puri Beach Festival, Folk Festival, Sambalpur Folk Festival and many more.

      Plan your visit to experience Odisha as you will get hooked for life. There’s a saying that when Odisha celebrates then even God join in. If this be so then don’t miss the opportunity of exploring Odisha with Shikhar Travels.