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. Due to rich temples of Puri, this city has been looted 18 times by many Hindu and Muslim invader.
Puri city situated on the eastern shore of Odisha and approx 65 Km from capital city Bhubneshwar. It is one of the three city that make Eastern Golden Triangle along with Konark and Bhubneshwar. Apart from Jagannath temple there are many other temple and Maths in the city. Puri is 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.
Attraction of 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. Inner sanctum of main temple is decorated with colorful sculpture that told many stories.
Gundicha Temple- A beautiful temple build in Kalinga style, lies at a distance of 3 km from Jagannath temple and in the middle of a beautiful garden. It is believed that this temple named on 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 ride and horse ride too and many item for foodies to enjoy.
Tourists place nearby Puri
Konark Temple– A ancient temple of 12th century which is also a UNESCO world heritage site located 35 km from Puri at the coast of Bay of Bengal.
Ramchandi Temple– It is also very old temple situated on the way to Konark around 20 Km away from Puri. This temple belongs to Lord Rama who visited this place.
Bhubneshwar– Capital city of Odisha state around 65 Km west of Puri. Bhubneshwar accommodate thousands of old temple in the city. The famous Lingraj Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingam, located in the center of city. Other attractions are Udaygiri and Khandegiri cave that is 6 Km from City.
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 is well connected 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 railhead, 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 Bhubneshwar and from other city of Odisha. Road condition are very nice and it is just 45 minute journey from Bhubneshwar.