On arrival in Puri, board the designated vehicle and proceed towards the hotel. Upon reaching the hotel, check-in and relax for a while.
Later, embark on a sightseeing tour of Puri – home of Lord Jagannath, who is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The city is counted among the four most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus in the country and that is the reason, it witnesses a huge influx of devotees all year-round.
Commence the sightseeing tour by paying a visit to the revered Jagannath Temple. This shrine was built in AD 12 by Chodaganga Deva and the highlight of the temple is its awe-inspiring architecture. The entire temple complex covers an area of approximately 400000 square feet, featuring other temples, kitchen and a garden.
After worshipping at the Jagannath Temple, proceed towards Gundicha Temple – another popular Hindu shrine. During the annual Rath Yatra Festival, this temple receives a high footfall of devotees. It is situated at the centre of a beautiful garden. Built using light-grey sandstone, this temple epitomises Kalinga architecture. Thereafter, head to the revered Lokanath Temple, which is located close to the Jagannath Temple. Built in the 11th century, the Lokanath Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva.
After this divine tour, proceed towards the famous open-air market and spend some leisure time at the popular Puri Beach. Later head to Chilika Lake, which lies at a distance of around 26 km, for an excursion. Encompassing an area of about 1100 square kilometres, it is the largest brackish water lake in Asia. Every year, thousands of visitors come to this destination, especially in the winter season, when a number of migratory birds are spotted here.
Later, return to Puri and stay overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, leave the hotel and head to Raghurajpur, which is also referred to as the Heritage Crafts Village. This village is famous for its traditional craftwork, especially Pattachitra – an art form dating back to the 5th century. Some of the famous works of this region are wooden and papier mache toys, wood carvings, palm leaf engravings and Tussar paintings.
After getting an insight into the rich art and craftwork of this region, proceed to the small town of Konark. This destination is famous for its Sun Temple, which is believed to have been built in the 13th century. This temple was commissioned by King Narasimhadeva I and its structure is in the shape of a huge chariot. Built using black granite, it is also sometimes referred to as the Black Pagoda. A Sun Temple Museum located here exhibits a collection of artefacts belonging to this temple and is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
After the day-long excursion, return to Puri and stay overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and embark on a road journey from Puri to Bhubaneswar.
On arrival at the destination, go for a sightseeing tour and visit some of the city's prominent attractions. The state capital – Bhubaneswar – boasts of a history that dates backs to more than 3000 years. The landscape of this region is dotted with numerous Hindu temples that are flocked by tourists and devotees in large numbers. Some of the must-visit sacred shrines of the city are Mukteswar Temple, Parasurameswara Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Rajarani Temple and Brahmeshwara Temple.
After visiting the temples, head to the ancient rock cut caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri. Thereafter, visit the Nandankanan Zoological Park, which is home to a large number of wild animals. It is few of the breeding places for white tigers in the world.
After sightseeing in Bhubaneswar, proceed towards the airport/railway station to bring this memorable journey to an end