The holy city
of Puri is located 60-km from Bhubaneswar on the coast of the Bay of
Bengal. It is one of the four holy dhamas of India - Puri, Dwarka,
Rameswaram and Badrinath . It is considered that a pilgrimage of the
temples of India is not complete without making the journey to Puri.
Both the devout and the pleasure-seeker bestow such praise on the
place. The world's biggest Vishnu temple dividing the skyline through
a host of smaller temples overlooking Puri's wide, sprawling, clean,
sunny, buoyant, and vibrant beach, which too is one of world's finest
of its kind are its chief attractions
Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, is also popularly known as the
"Temple City of India". Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or 'Lord
Lingaraj', Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre.
Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once
boasted of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where
temple building activities of Orissan style flowered from its very
inception to its fullest culmination extending over a period of over
one thousand years..
also known as "Arka-Tirtha", is known for its temple of Lord Surya,
the sun god. It is situated on the seashore, 33-km north of Puri and
64-km from Bhubaneswar. It was constructed of black stone in the
beginning of the 13th century, and it is considered one of the most
vivid architectural showpieces of Hindu India. Despite the fact that
the 'Black Pagoda' is in ruins, the remaining porch area and other
structures of this temple complex remain as a crown jewel of Orissan
Cuttack, the former capital and one of the oldest cities of Orissa is
the administrative headquarters of the district. The town is situated
at the apex of the delta formed by the rivers Mahanadi in the North
and Kathajodi in the South. It serves as a convenient base for touring
the various places of interest in the district.