Some trips are memorable and all you do is cherish, the moments spent in witnessing its grandeur. I am just back from the exotic trip to Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark, feeling refreshed from the perfect holiday I had. So, I decided to write a travel blog which might be informative if you are planning to engage in such a spiritual trip!
The city of temples –BHUBANESHWAR is well connected by rail road and air. I took a flight and arrived at Biju Patnaik airport and was amazed to find the amalgamation of South and East Indian culture so evenly poised .This city like any other city of Odisha is well planned with wide roads and many beautiful parks
While driving past Raj Bhawan. I must confess that it is an excellent example of well-planning. First day of my trip started by visiting Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves, as this was the nearest historical place from my hotel. On climbing the steps to reach the Udaygiri caves, I was taken aback to see these ancient caves hidden, forgotten, speaking volumes about their history. View of the city especially at Sunset from this altitude would simply be explicable. I was surprised to imagine how can so much of bloodshed during Kalinga war happened in the quietness and aloofness of this pristine place?
Just opposite to these caves are the Khandagiri caves housing fifteen caves which are said to be inhabited by the Panadavas for a one year during their exile. Now, a Digambara Jain Temple resides at the peak. Rani Ghumpha is the most famous cave here. Dhauli Peace Pagoda –which is a stupa situated on the Dhauli Hills, on the banks of river Daya flowing below the complex. It is a famous place of tourist attraction. Buddhists all over the world flock here in great numbers .The inscriptions and the murals carved here, depict different stories that can be related in day-to-day life. The serenity of this place keeps you transfixed and agrees why this place is called –a symbol of Peace and Non –Violence, taught by Buddhism. All I can say is “Not visiting this place would simply be a sin”.
Next on our list was visit to Nandankana Zoological Park .My kid was beaming with excitement to witness this biodiversity park spread on 400Hectares, encompassing gorgeous marine, aviary, reptilian and land animals. Jungle safari made it more adventurous, we were on a high after visiting this place and literally starving. So, we decided to satiate our hungry tummies at an Odiyan restaurant. It was a scrumptious buffet and envisaged us to continue on our journey.
As the evening drew near, we decided to explore this city, its people culture and traditions and its local markets to add more memories in our bags .exhausted after shopping spree, we headed straight to dine in style at our hotel. Serving exotic food.
I woke up early the next day to pay my respect to Lingaraja temple that is regarded as the presiding deity of Bhubaneshwar .Also, it is a belief here that before visiting Jaganath Puri temple, pilgrims should first visit Lingaraja temple.
Located on the periphery of Bindusagar Lake, it is a massive structure housing more than 60 subsidiary temples inside it. It is a landmark of Bhubaneshwar as its tower with 55 m height dominates the skyline of this place.
I was ushered into the sanctum and had a brief darshan / view of the deity.
My journey ahead will be continued in my next blog...