2 Days & 1 Night
Welcome to the holy Dham Puri where abodes the living God Shri Jagannath along with elder brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra making Puri out of four Dhams in India which every Hindu wants to visit at least once in a lifetime. This Dham is a living legend from ages that has attracted many saints, sadhus, philosophers, and pilgrimage in various times who came here to get a glimpse of this God which symbolizes secularism or unity in diversity. The rituals here are performed like a living person and it incorporates many religions and faiths to one. Here we go to the temple not to pray but they have a Darshan or to meet the living God, to establish eye contact or to get immersed with emotion. Truly, meeting this God is a different and unique Devine experience.
Arrival Puri railway station and meet our representative at the station with a placard indicating your name. Transfer to a hotel or homestay based on your budget and choice. Free time for self to relax and personal activities depending upon your arrival time. During the afternoon explore the holy city by our Green rider Rickshaw service which will take you on a ride through the lanes of the old city where you will visit various ancient Ashrams, Mathas, old tanks that are connected with the history of Jagannath temple. During the evening the Green riders will bring you to the Jagannath temple where our Panda will meet and escort you to this 12th Century living temple. Meet The Lord during evening Aarti and witness the Changing of Dwhaja (Flag) as the priest climbs the temple to perform this ritual on a daily basis. Back to the hotel after dinner at a local vegetarian restaurant overlooking the temple.
If desired, visit the temple once again to see the morning rituals - Mangala Aarti. After breakfast, checkout (at about 9 am if you are in the hotel) and excursion to Sakhigopal temple (20km) and Alarnath temple which have deep mythological relation with Jagannath culture. Then proceed to pray the Nabagraha temple at the world heritage site famous Sun temple Konark. Back to Puri in the evening and board the evening train for onwards journey or to continue to Bhubaneswar to board the flight.