Puri is the ancient city of Lord Jagannath, and one of the main Char Dham ( most sacred place for Hindus) of India. It has mentioned in many Hindu scripture like Rigveda, Matsya Purana, Brahma Purana etc. Many famous Sages like Bhrigu, Atri and Markandeya lived near this old city. Many Hindu and Muslim invader looted this city 18 times because of rich temples of Puri .
Puri is a shore of Odisha and approx 65 Km from capital city Bhubaneswar. It is also part of Eastern Golden Triangle along with Konark and Bhubaneswar. Apart from Jagannath temple there are many other temples and Mathas in the city. Puri is the world famous for its car festival( Rath Yatra) which held during month of June-July. Millions of crowed gather here during car festival from across the Globe. Lots of festival held here throughout the year, you can say economy of Puri mainly depend on religious tourism.
Tourist places nearby Puri
An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath ( a form of God Vishnu ) that was made during 12th century in Kalinga style. It is most sacred place for Hindus and one should visit this place to attain salvation. It is actually a temple complex having many other little and big temple in the complex. The Jagannath temple have colourful Inner sanctum with many mythological stories on the wall.
Gundicha Temple- A beautiful and ancient temple of Kalinga style, lies at a distance of 3 km from Jagannath temple. The temple got its name from the wife of King Indradyumna who originally built the Jagannath temple.
Puri has a beautiful coast line of around 5 Km, you can spend your quality time with family and friends. This beach mostly accommodate local people and tourists from India. There is always a colorful fair at beach, you can have camel or horse ride and many item for a foodies to enjoy.
Tourist places nearby Puri
Konark Temple– An ancient temple of 12th century which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, 35 km from Puri at the coast of Bay of Bengal.
Ramchandi Temple– It is also very old temple lie on the way to Konark , it is around 20 Km away from Puri. This temple belongs to Lord Rama who visited this place.
Bhubaneswar– Capital city of Odisha state around 65 Km west of Puri. Bhubaneswar accommodate thousands of old temple in the city. The famous Lingraja Temple is just 3 km from the city center. Other main attractions are Udaygiri and Khandegiri cave that is 6 Km from City.
See also: Udayagiri cave temple of Madhya Pradesh
Chilka Lake– This is a famous Lake around 100 Km from Puri, it is Asia’s largest salt water lagoon. There you can enjoy boating in the lake with family and friends in amidst of nature. If you are lucky enough you can have glimpse of Dolphin and many other birds.
How to reach Puri
Puri has very good connectivity with rest of the India.
Air: Capital city Bhubneshwar is the nearest airport 65 Km away from Puri. From there you have option of private Cab or you can go with budget friendly option of shared cab (AC /Non-AC) from Calpana Square.
Rail: Puri itself a major rail-head, this station is very well connected with Howrah and many other major city of India. Puri railway station is very well maintained and neat & clean.
Road: Road connectivity is also very good. Many AC/non-AC Bus are available from Bhubaneswar and from other city of Odisha. Road condition are very nice and it is just 45 minute journey from Bhubaneswar.
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