My trip to Odisha – Dhauli, Pipli and Konark

Hues of Odisha

Last time we went to Mandu with Nikki Mama and Choti Naani. It was fun travelling with them and exploring various places of Mandu. So when we planned this trip to Odisha with them, I was excited that it would be an enjoyable trip.

We planned to travel by Rajdhani Express train from New Delhi to Bhubaneswar.

It was scheduled to arrive at New Delhi Railway Station by 5:00 pm and reach Bhubaneswar by the next day around 3:00 pm. When we arrived at the New Delhi Railway Station there was an announcement that the Rajdhani Express was delayed by three hours. It was winter and there were foggy nights and mornings that’s why many trains were delayed and many were even cancelled. We were lucky that our train was delayed only by three hours.

We went from platform no. sixteen to platform no. one in search of an A/C waiting room. But that waiting room was full so we sat on the platform and waited for Nani and Mama to come. It was winter, so it was OK for me to sit on the platform. I don’t like sitting on crowded platforms on hot, sweaty summer days. Nikki Mama came and told us that the waiting room on platform no. one had some seats available to sit. So we again went to platform no. one. We were having a good walk. I guess, papa missed his morning walk that day and we all had to suffer.

At last Rajdhani came at 8:00 pm and we all boarded the train. I was not happy about one thing that our and Nani’s coaches were different. I was tired, so as soon as I hit the bed, I slept. I woke up early to find every one awake except me. Mama and Nani were also in our coach, we were served breakfast and I enjoyed it.

I like travelling in Rajdhani trains because they are superfast, neat & clean and food is served nearly all the time. They mostly run on long distances. I like relaxing, watching mountains, trains, rivers passing by and making an excuse to play on mobile.

I thought that the Rajdhani was going through Madhya Pradesh. Papa told me that it was passing through Bihar and I was so excited when mummy told me that the train also covers the Eastern Ghats to reach Bhubaneswar.

I started looking outside at vast farmlands. It was a usual sight that I saw on my earlier train trips as well so it was a bit boring. Papa took me to the doors of the train to get some fresh air, suddenly a Rajdhani going to Delhi sped by, I was thrilled. We came back to our seat and played UNO in which I am a master since I first played it in Nervi, Italy when I was only four years old. After having lunch a station came from where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose fled disguised as a Pathan on his historic escape on 18.11.1941.The station’s name was Gomoh.

Statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Gomoh Station

Our train then passed through the Eastern Ghats and three huge tunnels came. I and Nikki Mama shouted Woohoo whenever we were passing through the tunnels.

Tanmay, mummy and I played Bob the Builder and we all enjoyed it. Around 8:00 pm we were approaching Cuttak. First the train crossed five rivers and then came the largest of all Mahanadi! Mahanadi Bridge is about two kilometer long. We reached Bhubaneswar around 9:00 pm.

Our plan was:
Bhubaneswar – 1 night – Stay at Ginger Hotel
Konark – 1 day 1 night – Stay at OTDC
Satpada – 1 day 1 night – Stay at OTDC
Barkul – 1 day 1 night – Stay at OTDC
Day tour of Manglajodi
Bhubaneswar – 2 days 2 nights – Stay at Ginger Hotel

After a long train journey the room in the Ginger Hotel was comforting. The bathroom was also first class.

The Ginger Hotel

The next morning I stole some time to watch Television while everyone was getting ready. We went to an A/C restaurant which was in the city, to eat breakfast. We ordered food and waited eagerly. My dosa was like a pyramid and it was really a tasty pyramid.

The pyramid shaped dosa

Upma was served as we fill mud in mugs or toy buckets and turn it upside – down. Rasmalai was superb. We should not forget that Odisha is famous for its sweets.

My tummy was filled. The food was tastier than all the tasty junk food I enjoy so much (that I get so less because of my strict mummy) and it did not cost much as well.

Before starting our journey to Dhauli mummy bought some snacks for us. Dhauli is linked with Ashoka and Kalinga War, in which thousands died, fighting. At Dhauli there were crowds of people and many tourists’ buses came from Bhubaneswar. There was a huge white color Stupa towering above us. This Vishwa Shanti Stupa was built in 1970 by Japanese Buddhist Organizations.

The Vishwa Shanti Stupa

From the Stupa we could get an extravagant view of the surroundings. We could even see Daya River that turned red during Kalinga War.

Daya River as seen from the Stupa

When Ashoka saw so many dead people he turned to Buddhism and declared that he would not fight another war. From the Stupa we went to see Ashoka’s rock inscriptions which were in a garden.

Ashoka’s rock inscriptions

Thereafter we resumed our journey to Pipli. We passed through vast stretches of fields. We stopped at Pipli which is a village halfway between Bhubaneswar and Puri. This village is famous for its appliqué work. Artists from Pipli stitch chariot covers of the famous Jagannatha Rath Yatra. The Pipli market was on both sides of the long road. There were, hanging lamp sheds, decorative umbrellas, table covers, and bed sheets in almost every shop.

Colorful market of Pipli

After roaming there for a while, we continued our journey towards Konark.

The road from Pipli to Konark was smooth and beautiful. It was flanked on both sides by large trees.

Golden Farms along the road to Konark

We passed through an old toll booth. Papa held a competition that who will spot the Konark Temple first? We all eagerly started to look outside. Papa was looking straight with confidence that only he will win. I thought that probably he knew where the Sun Temple would come. I was proved right as after sometime papa was the first person to spot the Sun Temple’s mastaka. It was brightly shining, rising above the tree canopy.

By then it was evening so we decided to go to the Konark beach first and get a glance of the temple in the night. It was a nice warm day and towards the evening it turned a little cool. I wore my swimming costume and had fun on the beach. Nikki Mama and I played with a disk.

When Mama went to play with his friends who had also come from Delhi, I strolled on the beach going near to the ocean so that I could get my feet wet. The water was chillingly cold. I wanted to go further deep but papa had cautioned me not to do so as Konark Beaches are unsafe and dangerous. It was a beautiful evening with finally the sun diving and disappearing in the ocean.

Sunset at Chandrabhaga Beach, Konark

After spending nearly an hour and half at the beach we went to the Sun Temple. It was at a walking distance from the beach. I would take you to the Konark Sun Temple in my next article.

25 Comments

  • Dear Rachit,

    Excellent.

    I couldn’t believe myself while going through this post, since you are in second class…as I didn’t read your earlier posts. So, I decided to first go through your previous posts first and I guessed it right…when I saw your papa’s comment.

    till now I only read “We went to Gujarat : A 6-year old writes on Ghumakkar!” and I do read other stories of yours’.

    Keep noting everything in a diary and do preserve them…those are priceless…

    Very well done.

    Take care, with love

    • rachit says:

      Amitav,

      I am now in class Five. I wrote my first story when I was in class two and did not update my profile since then.

      Thanks for liking the post.

  • Mahesh Semwal says:

    Hi Rachit ,

    It was nice to see your post after a long long time. You were also busy like your Papa? :-)

    What a detail post , very useful for the follow Ghumakkars.

    Don’t make us wait too long for your next post.

  • AUROJIT says:

    Hi Rachit,

    your post is very nice. I enjoyed specially your journey in the train.

    Gomoh is a very old station. Subhash Chandra Bose , while fleeing in disguise, travelled in the train called Kalka Mail (it runs even today) !!

    Very good article. Keep writing like this.

    Auro.

    • rachit says:

      Is it the same Kalka mail which goes to Kalka(HP)?

      Thanks.

      • AUROJIT says:

        That is true.

        Actually, those days a lot of Bengalis were employed with central government (railways/other clerical jobs) and needed to work from Delhi. You must be aware that during the months of summer, Britishers used to shift the capital to Shimla. Kalka mail was started to provide link from Shimla to Kolkata for these Bengalis.

        Thanks.

  • ashok sharma says:

    beautiful post.That photo of the sunset at Chandrabhanga beach is excellent.writer and great GHUMAKKAR in making.congrats.

  • D.L.Narayan says:

    Well done, Rachit, You are indeed a chip off the old block.

    Did you take the pictures too? They were fabulous. I hope you pestered your Dad with questions about the language of the rock inscriptions, etc. There is a lot you can learn from him and never miss out on such chances, especially when you are on a ghumakkari with him.

    • rachit says:

      Yes I took all the pics except my own picture with Sunset at Chandrabhaga, which was taken by Mummy. I enjoy photography and I have my own Canon PS.

      I ask many questions but sometimes I just run and play with Tanmay and do not listen to Papa-mummy.

  • Ritesh Gupta says:

    Rachit !

    Very nice Post and pictures too….

    I remember that I have purchased hanging lamp shed, decorative umbrella, when I was in trip to Konark, Puri & Bhuveshnwar.

    Thanks for refreshing my memory……

    Ritesh…

  • Dear Rachit

    Thanks for this wonderful post. You have a very great sense of writing what is required. A precise description with quality and selected pictures describes your beautiful post.

    And Once again thanks from my side because Pipli is the new place I didn’t knew. And I am sure that I may go to this place when I am going to my Puri Konark Bhubaneshwar Tour.

    And I don’t believe that you are from class 5 , either you are lying or you are extraordinary.

    Thanks for posting and have good day. Waiting for next one eagerly.

    • Rachit says:

      Vishal,

      Puri is a lovely place and there is one more place called Raghunathpur, is a model crafting town.

      Neither I am lying nor I am extraordinary.

      Thanks for liking the post.

  • SilentSoul says:

    very good story rachit keep it up

  • Archana says:

    Rachit,

    Another beautiful post from you!! What I have noticed until now from your posts is the nice mix of facts about the places along with a virtual introduction to your family members :)

    You are fond of traveling and writing.. which is a wonderful mix of traits and I must say a true characteristic feature of a Ghumakkar !

    The pictures are diverse and beautiful. Good work!

    Cheers!

  • Good one Rachit. I enjoyed every line of your story as the previous ones. New places for me. Eating food in Auto in Ginger would be fun, my 2 year old son will love it :)

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Great log Rachit. I like trains too and usually when I wake up, for some reason, I always find everyone awake, including me.

    I was a Gomoh in April this year. After a road trip to Baidyanath Jyotirling, we moved to Kolkata via another train. I agree with you that Manish was using the opportunity in his favor by making everyone walk. He did the same, when we went for Orchha about 12+ years back and you were on the way. :-)

    Take care big boy. Waiting to read more of your stuff.

  • Mukesh Bhalse says:

    Hi Junior Professor,

    Its great to see you on ghumakkar after a long interval. I always appreciate your posts and have read almost all of your previous posts. If its completely written by you I would call you a child prodigy. We all at ghumakkar are proud of you.

    The post was really interesting and engaging. Keep it up. Waiting for the next part.

    Thanks.

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