puri-ratha-yatra

Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days

Destinations: Delhi – Puri – Konark – Bhubaneswar – Kolkata – Delhi

Jagannath Temple60kms from the capital city of Bhubaneshwar, is the seaside retreat of Puri. The famous Jagannath Temple here makes the city one of the four “dhams” (holiest Hindu pilgrimage places in India).

The magnificent temple dedicated to Jagannath, an incarnation of lord Vishnu, attracts millions of devotees, especially during the Rath Festival. The city’s other great attraction is its long sandy beach.

The Rath Yatra

In June or July every year, Puri comes alive with thousands of devotees, who throng the city to witness one of India’s greatest annual events: The Rath Yatra (CAR FESTIVAL). Commemorating the journey of Lord Krishna from Gokula to Mathura, the festival of the ‘cars’ sets forth from the Jagannath Temple with the deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra taken in a procession to their summer temple for a week.

Konark Dance Festival

Every year in December, the open-air theatre near the Sun Temple witness the gathering of some of the most renowed dancers of India, who participate in the Konark Dance Festival. The specially illuminated stage, the backdrop of the celebrated Temple and the intricate rhythm of Indian Classical dances make this Festival an unforgettable event.

Konark Sun TempleKonark- A World Heritage Site

Sand Dunes, a deserted beach and the Sun Temple. Quite clean and unpolluted the Konark Beach is perfect place to relax and shop for some souvenirs at the colourful, bustling stalls that line the beach. Further down across the sand dunes is miles of deserted beach, fringed with casuarina and palm trees.

But the star attraction of Konark is undoubtedly the Sun Temple, built in the 13th century A.D. It is conceived as a Chariot carrying Surya, the Sun God, pulled by seven horses. The 24 intricately carved wheels that it stands on, symbolizes the division of time. Protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the sun temple is most impressive in the evenings, when it is illuminated between 6pm and 9pm.

Day 01: Arrive Delhi/ Mumbai

Arrive Delhi or Mumbai airport. Transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi / Mumbai – Bhubaneswar – Puri

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Bubaneswar. On arrival drive to Puri. On arrival check in to hotel. Evening frre to enjoy in Beach festival or drive to Konark to watch the Dance faestival. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Puri – Konark

Morning visit Lord Jaganth temple. Later excursion to Konark. Drive in marine drive is a fantastic experience to emember. Evening enjoy the festival either in Puri breach or Konark complex.

Day 04: Puri – Bhubaneswar

Morning drive back to Bhubaneswar. Enrpute visit Raghuraj pur the craft village famous for Patta paintings and Pipli famous for the appliqué work in cothes. Check in to hotel and overnight.

Day 05: Bhubaneswar

Morning visit dome temple in Bhubaneswar like raja rani temple. Lingaraj tmple,Parashuram temple etc. Aternoon visit the Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves and Jain temple. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Fly Bhubaneswar/Kolkata

Today transfer to airport to board the flight for Kolkata. On arrival meet and assist by pur representative and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Kolkata

Morning a full day excursion to Belur Math and Dakshineshwar Temple. Belur Math – located 16km from the city centre is the headquarters of international Rama Krishna Mission. The Rama Krishna temple looks like a church, mosque or temple depending upon from where it is viewed. The building’s unique architecture symbolizes the universal faith of its congregation.

Dakshineshwar Temple – located about 20km north of the city and across the River Hooghly is a temple dedicated to goddess Kali, a form of Goddess Parvati the consort of Lord Shiva. Built in 1855 by Rani Rashmoni, this temple complex was the place where the saint Sri Ramakrishna attained his enlightenment. The main temple is called the Navaratna Temple Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Kolkata – Delhi

Morning a half-day tour of Kolkata City visiting Victoria Memorial, Marble Palace, Mother Teresa’s Home, etc. Rest of the day is at leisure. Evening flight to Delhi. On arrival transfer to hotel for overnight.

Day 09: Delhi departure

Morning free at leisure or last minutes shopping. Transfer to airport on time to connect your flight for onward journey.