TEMPLE TOUR OF PURI BHUBANESHWAR AND ALLAHABAD AND VARANASI
Introduction about Orissa :
The state of Orissa, with an area of 155,707 sq.Kms, is renowned for its temples, its natural beauty, and its long, beautiful coastline. The official language is oriya, although the area also has several dialects because of many tribals who live in the interior. In the centuries immediately after Lord Buddha this region was predominantly Buddhist, giving way first to Jainnism, and later to a Hindu revival.
Getting Around :
Bhubaneshwar : The capital of Orissa, this is a city of temples. A large number are located around the Bindu Sarover, a tank which is said to be filled with the water of all Indian Holy rivers. Some of the temples of Bhubaneshwar are the Lingaraj Temple build in 1144 A.D to the Glory of Shive, Vaital, Sisiresvera Temple, Uttareshvara Temple, Ananta-vasudeva Temple, Parasuramesvera, Muteshwar and Raja Rani Temple, all profusely sculpted. Beside these Orissa State Museum, Handicarfts Museum and the Tribal Museum are well worth a visit.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 01. Flight to India (Delhi)
Around Midnight arrival in Delhi. The cosmopolitan City and capital Delhi is the main gateway for travelers. You are met by a Virtual Tours representative and transferred to your Hotel.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 02 : Delhi
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon sightseeing in Old Delhi. include red fort, old city, Jama Masjid, “Kutab Minar” which is 71 meter high and was constructed in 1199.Before we proceed to the Hotel we have a drive through New Delhi where we see the India Gate, Government Buildings and Embassies.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 03. Delhi – Agra
We start today our sightseeing by a visit to the Agra Fort, built by three of the greatest Mughal emperors. After the visit of Agra Fort we proceed to visit the most beautiful monument of India, the Taj Mahal, an enduring monument to love, with a continually fulfilling beauty. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631-52, as a tomb and memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 04. Agra – Khajuraho
After the breakfast, we drive from Agra to Khajuraho. On the way we visit Gwalior & Orcha. In the evening arrival in Khajuraho. The rest of the day at leisure.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 05. Khajuraho
Khajuraho was the capital of the Chandela dynasty. The Chandela Kings claimed descent from the moon. The temples of Khajuraho are among the finest examples of temple craftsmanship in the whole of India. Today we visit the temple complex of east and west block to see the most beautiful temples in India.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 06. Khajuraho – Allahabad
Depart by surface for Puri. En route visit Dhauli and the rock edicts of Ashokan era, as well as Konark, famous for the 13th century Sun Temple.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 07. Allahabad – Varanasi
In the Morning we proceed to Varanasi. Varanasi is without doubt India’s most sacred city and thus visited by over one million people. Varanasi is also called the city of light.
Sun Temple Tour :: DAY 8 : Varanasi – Puri (by train)
In the early morning we take a boat ride on the holy river Ganges and enjoy sunrise on the boat. Ghats (flight of steps) and the activities of pilgrims on that are the principal attraction for visitors to Varanasi. Thousands of pilgrims and devotees visit this city to make holy prayers, to meditate and to purify themselves through taking a bath in the holy river Ganges. In the noon we visit the city of Varanasi. Afternoon at leisure.
Sun Temple Tour :: DAY 9 Puri
Late evening arrival in Puri. Check in the Hotel. rest of the day at leisure.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 10. Puri
Puri is one of the four most important pilgrimage centres for Hindus. The temple of Jagannath (God Vishnu), who is considered the preserver of the world in Hinduism, attracts thousands on feast every day, particularly at the time of ‘Rath Yatra’ (the car festival). The Jagannath temple is also referred as the white Pagoda and it accommodates 5000 priests in its premises. It’s an experience to observe the activities of the pilgrims visiting this unique temple. In the afternoon we drive to Puri where we have a break and relax. Beaches of Puri are the best in India.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 11. Puri – Bhuneshwar
Today we drive through the tropical coastal area to the famous Temples of Konarak. Konarak was once the centre of Buddhism in India is today famous for the Hindu temples. The world famous Surya Temple which was dedicated to God Surya (sun) was build in the 13th century. Surya temple of Konarak represents the complete development of orissan style and architecture which is only one time example in India being the most beautiful without any counterpiece. In the afternoon we drive to Bhubaneshwar.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 12. Bhuneshwar – Delhi
Bhubaneshwar (The Lord of the universe) is now the modern capital city of the Indian State Orissa. Bhubaheshwar had once 7000 temples which were built between 8th and 13th centuries. In the morning we visit some of the finest examples of the classical temple architecture including Lingraj-, Rajrani and Mukteshhwar temples. In Afternoon we fly from Bhubaneshwar to Delhi. In Delhi we have rest of the day at leisure.
Sun Temple Tour :: Day 13. Flight Back Home
Around Midnight flight back to home destination.