Arrival in Puri - Sightseeing in Puri
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.