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Orissa

Tropical Orissa has much to offer the traveller. Temples abound, notably the Sun Temple at Konark; pilgrims flock to the seaside city of Puri; elephants and tigers inhabit the wildlife parks

Most visitors to Odisha seek out Adivasi villages, ancient temples, or wide beaches with migrant turtles, although the state is also known for its dancers and sudden cyclones. In 1999 a huge cyclone hit the state, killing thousands of people and destroying many buildings. Ancient seafarers from Orissa set up colonies in Burma and Java. Buddhism became the religion of the kingdom of Kalinga, as Orissa was called, soon after the faith was established. Buddhist universities flourished at Nrusinghanath and Ratnagiri, near Cuttack. Odisha Tour Packages...

Orissa is an intensely religious state where devotion is focused on Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of Visnu. Not surprisingly, many elements of Orissan culture stemmed from its temples, where the most remarkable erotic statuary can be found and where Odissi originated, a style of religious dance. Odissi was performed previously in temples by resident dancers (maharis) devoting their lives to the temple god. When temple dance was outlawed the style began to disappear, however, Odissi has been revived as a performing art. Odisha Tour Packages...

Bhubaneshwar: City of Temples

Capital of Odisha only since 1956, Bhuhaneshwar, is a city of temples. There were once more than 1,000 of them and many are still active. A large number of temples are located around Bindu Sarovar, a tank that is believed to receive water from all the holy rivers of India. The Lingaraj Temple to the south, built in 1014 AD to the glory of Siva, is certainly the most impressive. A massive wall surrounds a 45-metre (150-ft) high deul (temple), as well as minor temples to Parvati, Gopalini and Bhubaneshwari. All are decorated with a profusion of sculptures of deities, nymphs and -amorous couples. Entry is prohibited to non-Hindus. Odisha Tour Packages...

Vaital Deul is a typical 8th-century temple with an oblong roof (khakhara deul). It is decorated with stone figures of Durga, such as the eight-armed Mahish-asuramardini, on the northern wall, piercing the left shoulder of Mahishasura, the buffalo-headed demon, with her trident. Within the sanctum, another avatar (incarnation) of Durga, eight-armed Chamunda, often hidden by a drape, sits on a corpse, with an owl and a jackal on each side. She wears a garland of skulls. Odisha Tour Packages...

Sisiresvara Temple, next to Vaital, has sculptures of lions, elephants, the gods Ganesh and Kartikeya, and the Avilokiteshwara Buddha seated cross-legged and accompanied by a deer and a nag (cobra), showing how strong Buddhist influence was in Orissa. The Uttaresvara Temple on the north bank of the lake has undergone extensive restoration. Odisha Tour Packages...

Parasuramesvar is one of the oldest of a group of temples east of the lake. Built in the 7th century, it is still well preserved and is decorated with a four-Armed Ganesh, a two-armed Kartikeya mounted on a peacock and killing a snake, amorous couples and rampant lions. Muktesvara is the gem of Orissan architecture. the temple compound is through a sculptured torana ( gateway); the jagamohana (porch) has diamond-shaped latticed windows and a richly decorated interior. Temple, gateway and walls are covered with figures of female warriors, erotic scenes elephants, women, monkeys in various comic scenes, women worshippinglig lingas and naginis (half-snakes, half-women). On each side of the deul is a grimacing lion face, flanked by smiling ganas (dwarfs). Odisha Tour Packages...

Bhubaneshwar has two museums worth visiting. The Orissa State Museum (open loam-5pm, closed Mon) displays Hindu, Buddhist and Jain sculptures and early Orissan palm manuscripts. The Handicrafts Museum has a collection of traditional art, including Cuttack silver filigree. The Tribal Research Museum (open 10am-5pm, closed Sun) is in a cluttered government office, and has a decent bookshop of manuscripts and maps. Odisha Tour Packages...

Around Bhubaneshwar

West of Bhubaneshwar, on the immediate outskirts, is two hills, Udayagiri and Khandagiri. Both were once inhabited by Jain ascetics who lived in cells excavated in the rock. Khandagiri has fewer caves than Udayagiri but a small Jain temple still stands on top of this hill. Odisha Tour Packages...

At Dhauli, a hill 8 km (5 miles) south of Bhubaneshwar, there is an example of Emperor Ashoka's edicts. Sculpted elephants mark the site where in 262 BC the Mauryan emperor Ashoka defeated Kalinga troops, slaying 100,000 people and taking 150,000 captive. This scene of bloodshed is said to have turned Ashoka away from violence and led him to adopt Buddhism. To commemorate Ashoka's acceptance of Buddhism, substituting the ideal of dharmavijaya, spiritual victory, for digvijaya, military conquest, Japanese Buddhists have built a white Peace Pagoda on top of the hill. Some 10 km (6 miles) south is Pipli, a small village specialising in appliqué work in vivid colours unique to this area. Odisha Tour Packages...

Purl 2, 60 km (37 miles) southeast of Bhubaneshwar, is the holiest place in Orissa for Hindus, and one of the biggest pilgrimage centres in India. The city was once a flourishing port identified with ancient Dantpur. Orissa Tour Packages...

Puri is known for its cult of Jagannath, originating some say in the times when the people of Orissa worshipped trees and hence the practice of caning 54 his image in wood. According to the more popular legend. However, the Lord appeared in King Indrodyumna's dream and commanded him to build a temple for him. The king complied, having the images caned out of a single log of wood found floating in the sea, as the Lord had enjoined in the dream. The climax of Jagannath worship is the Rath Yatra festival celebrated every summer summer at the Jagannath Temple. Orissa Tour Packages...

Although the beach at Puri is one of the best in India. the seas can be very rough, with strong and erratic currents. Caution is advised. Noha, lifeguards. easily recognisable by their white cone-shaped straw huts, are not always alert. Be sure to watch the fishermen come ashore through the surf. Orissa Tour Packages...

The Sun Temple

Going north, 33 km (20 miles) from Puri, is Konark (Konarak) 3, a former centre of Orissan Buddhism, an active port. now silted and, in ancient times, a centre for sun worship. A temple to the Sun God was built in the 9th century. The Present Sun Temple was erected in the 13th century. It took 16 years to complete:1,200 artisans were employed on the task. In its original form the temple consisted of a 70-metre (230-ft) high deul with a 40-metre (130-ft) jagamohana, representing the Chariot of the Sun, drawn by seven impetuous horses, the chariot rode on a dozen pairs of eight-spoke wheels. The deul collapsed in the middle of the 19th century and one horse is missing.The temple no longer stands on the shore since the sea has receded 3 km (2 miles). Despite its dilapidated state the Sun Temple stands out as a fine example of Orissan architecture Erotic sculptures of couples in sensuous contortions, depictions of nymphs, war, hunting and court scenes, musicians, floral motifs, and elephants are carved on the ruins. Orissa Tour Packages...

South along the coast

South of Bhubaneshwar, along the coast, is Chilka Lake, a 1,100-sq. km (425-sq. mile) shallow inland sea, separated from the Bay of Bengal by a sandy ridge, spreading over 75 km (47 miles) from north to south. From Barkul, the Orissa Tourist Development Corporation operates a two-hour cruise to Kalijai Temple offshore, and to Nalabar Island The lake has an abundance of fish and shellfish. From mid-December to mid-January migratory birds spend the winter here. Further south, 95 km (59 miles) from Bhubaneshwar, Gopalpur-on-Sea 4 was, before the cyclones of late-1999, one of the finest beach resorts in Eastern India. Orissa Tour Packages...

Adivasis live in the district of Koraput, the Southern Hills area. Most are from the Austro-Asiatic Munda group, and the Bondas are the least acculturated. Women marry boys half their age and the men, armed with arrows, get drunk on sago palm toddy. They dress mostly in beads, though the women wear a stack of nine metal rings around their necks. Market day is the best time to spot them. Orissa Tour Packages...

In the Northern Hills bordering West Bengal and Bihar, Simlipal National park 5 is one of India's most attractive forests, its 2,750 sq km (1,062 sq miles) arc populated with tigers and wild elephants. Orissa Tour Packages...

Northern Orissa

About 15 km (10 miles) north from Bhubaneshwar is Nandanakanan, a park set in the Chandka Forest, where animals are kept in natural surroundings. The main attractions are four white tigers, one-horned rhinos, white-browed gibbons and African lions. There is also a Botanical Garden, with a rosarium, Zen temple and a cactus house. Orissa Tour Packages...

Cuttack , the former capital of Orissa, is situated on a narrow river island 19 km (12 miles) north of Bhubaneshwar. There are a few histoncal remains, including the blue granite Barabati Maratha fort, stormed by the British in 1803; Qadam-i-Rasal, a walled compound with corner towers, containing three 18th century mosques and a domed building housing footprints of Prophet Muhammad engraved on a circular stone. The shrine is visited by both Muslim and Hindu worshippers. Orissa Tour Packages...

Further north, Balasore , is one of the earliest British settlements in India, granted to the East India Company in 1633. Nearby are three shrines. The Kutopokhari Temple at Remuna, is a seat of Vaishnava culture and has an 18-arm granite statue of Durga. Bhudhara Chandi at Sajanagarh, built in the 16th century, contains a three-faced image of Shakti. Panchalingeswar on Devagiri Hill, is a temple with five stone lingarns. To the east is the small resort of Chandipur-on-Sea 8, with a beach where the sea recedes by 5 km (3 miles) at low ride. Fish-ermen will take visitors out in their catamarans. Orissa Tour Packages...

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Odisha, earlier known as Orissa is an ancient land rich in history. It features beautiful temples and splendid architecture. The beaches here are unspoiled and most loved all over the world. The splendour of Odisha is such that every year it is visited by many tourists from far and near. Odisha is special because the mélange of history and culture calls for a special trip. It is definitely a land with rich history. The monuments here feature amazing architecture, displaying the skills of artisans and craftsmen from the bygone era. Orissa is beautiful and it offers picturesque national parks and wildlife, unpolluted beaches, traditional music and dance, temples, handicrafts, tribal culture, and Buddhist relics. There are many interesting tourists' spots which can be visited. The capital city of Odisha, Bhubhneshwar houses over 700 temples depicting the stories of the past. Modern Bhubhneshwar city is a land of ancient monuments and buzzing commercial activities make it as one of the most important business hubs of the east Here numerous dance and music festivals are carried out during Adivasi Tribal Mela. Odisha Tour Packages...

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The Konark Sun temple is another attraction which definitely needs a visit by the tourists. Designed as the chariot for Sun God Surya, this Sun temple has great architecture and erotic carvings similar to Khajuraho temples. The most vibrant time to visit the area is during the Konark festival of music and dance. Visit Puri for Rath Yatra festival every year which takes place in July/ August. This is the only occasion where people are allowed to see deities in the temple. A mere glimpse or even the touch of the chariot carrying the procession is considered very auspicious. Odisha is not just about religion. You can also find beautiful handicrafts here. The two villages between Puri and Bhubhneshwar are famous for their handicrafts. In these villages the artisans are local villagers., one can interact with the villagers, have a glimpse of their traditions, lifestyle and buy the local handmade crafts. Spend time in nature by visiting Chilka Lake. This is Asia's largest lake which is a combination of sea and fresh water. It is full of migratory birds and a number of fish varieties reside here. Here, if lucky enough you can also spot dolphins. There are various camping trips and birdwatching trips around chilka lake, which you can book as a part of your Odisha travel package. The most fascinating experience In Odisha could be to visit the Tribal areas, this can only be done through Government approved tour operators who specialise only in package tours to tribal areas of Odisha. Visit tribal areas to understand their local culture and lifestyle which is intact over the past centuries. Odisha Tour Packages...

You will totally cherish your experience of travel in Odisha. The travel you undertake will make you familiar with Odisha's rich culture and heritage. Book a Odisha tour package with us and have memories of a lifetime. Odisha travel package is generally recommended for a minimum of 5 to 7 days. For more information on Odisha Tour Packages contact Swan Tours - One of the leading Travel Agents in India.