Puri is definitely one of those rare spots which offer tourism and pilgrimage in a single package. As a tourist spot, Puri is a renowned attraction not only for the Indian backpackers but also for the tourists abroad. Hotels are almost mushrooming in Puri to provide the best accommodations to the peoples of different budgets. If you want to explore the best of Puri, check for good hotels and book rooms much ahead of your trip.
Puri, one of the famous char dhams for the pious Hindus, is best known for its long stretch of beach and Jagannath temple. It is one of the best specimens of ancient architectural excellence. This temple has great religious importance. Puri beach is popular for offering majestic view of heavenly sunrise and sunset. There are many sightseeing spots around this city and if you want to visit even half of them, you need to be an expert at time management. Some hotels even get sightseeing arranged for their customers. But such facilities are only offered at reputed hotels; don’t expect the same at mediocre lodges.
During high travel season, every hotel in Puri is packed to its capacity. As these hotels are booked at least three or months ago, so even if you are ready to splash out more cash, room won’t be made available. For the travelers, swimming in the sea is an irresistible water activity. Puri is yet to offer a host of entertaining water activities like skiing, boating or likes and swimming is what everyone enjoys to the fullest. It is pure fun to bob up and down the rolling wave. After taking bath, go straight to your hotel room and change. Drop a visit to Jagannath temple where three idols of Jagannath, Balbhadra and Subhadra are located.
Spend half a day at the temple. You need not to worry about lunch as Mahaprasad or bhog which is prepared for Lord Jagannath is distributed among the devotees. Come back to your hotel and catch some sleep. However, make sure to be on the sea beach where many like you are waiting with bated breath when the big red ball will dip into the sea, spreading crimson on the sky and water body as well. Irresponsible revelry has done much damage to Puri sea beach, pushing alarming button for the government to take serious steps to prevent further air and water pollution. It is better for you to leave the beach before 8 pm at night.
You must want to be in the finest fettle during your Puri trip. So, never allow yourself to indulge in street food. There are some other dos and don’ts that will make your Puri trip a historic journey for you in the truest sense. Beware of the priests at Jagannath temple, they prey on the unsuspecting travelers and squeeze more money out of them. Konark temple is another big draw for the Puri bound travelers. Cuisines, especially fish and sweet dishes in Puri, are world famous. Usually every hotel in Puri serves special dishes in this region.
Visit Chandrabhaga sea beach, it is not crowded and a good place to be with yourself and nature. In Puri, there is a long line-up of shops from where you can buy shell works, puja materials, artifacts, dress materials, pearls etc. So enjoy your days here but before that, book a hotel to step up your enjoyment.