In the evening we came out of the Hotel to explore Puri Market and Swargdwar. As regards to Puri Beach I have always seen in television that sand art is generally performed at Puri Beach so I was looking at the beach if I can found any sand art. Unfortunately we did not get to see any sand art on Puri beach. We were walking on the beach and there I saw a board “National Sand Art Festival”. We were so excited and quickly took tickets (Rs 20/- for each person and Rs 15/- for camera).We entered inside and got to see some beautiful art works.Read More
We decided to relax for couple of hours before we pay our visit to Puri temple. Finally we went for Darshan at 7 pm and it took us hardly 10 minutes get inside the Garbha Grih. Now here is the word of caution, the religious place is a house notorious panda’s and one has to be careful dealing with them. One of them took us to small room within the temple premise and forced us to pay him huge in order to get the blessings. Since we were well aware, we avoided that well within time and moved ahead. Such panda’s were there every meter, and they kept asking for donation in the name of god. Note: I am not calling them as priest as they don’t behave like.
The temple complex is beautiful from inside, having many small temples, very similar to any other temple in India. The structure is inspired by Kalinga art, and it is the highest temple in Orissa from the sea level. Details of origin and legend can be obtained from shrine’s official website.
In the evening we had an early dinner and went to sleep as the day ahead was packed with action.Read More
However, booked one Cab (Tata Indica) for a 7 hr journey, which would take me to the Gwalior Fort(Man Mandir Palace, Sas-Bahu Temple, Gujjari Mahal, Suraj Kind, Teli ka Mandir), Jai Vilas Palace (aka Jiwaji Rao Scindia Museum), Sun temple, Mohd. Ghauz Monument, Tansen Monument, Gwalior Zoo for 700 bucks. It was decided that the cab would be there by 9 am. I had another 1 hr. 30 mins in hand.Read More