Monday, April 23, 2012

Orissa Calling

A trip to Orissa state has been in the waiting for a long time now. And finally it happened over the last week. The week long tour of the state with the family is a memorable experience. We started from Bangalore on a Friday morning by flight to Bhubaneshwar the state capital.



On our landing at the new place, hot weather welcomed us. But when we stepped out of restaurant after lunch we were greeted by rain. So the entire trip we had a climate which was hot at times and rainy or cloudy otherwise. On day one, we visited Udaygiri and Khandgiri Jain heritage and then moved to Puri.



At Puri on day two, we visited famous Jaganath Temple among other places. The visit to the beach was enjoyed by the kids most. The we proceeded to biggest lake in India, Chilka Lake. We spent more than 3 hours in the lake which is known for migratory birds.



On day three we visited World famous Konark Temple. The Ancient World Heritage Site is beauty. Every corner of the temple speaks volumes. From Konark we moved to little known places such as Buddhist Site Kurma and ancient temple at Chaurasi.



On day four, we left Puri to Bhubaneshwar via Buddhist site Dahuli. At Bhuwaneshwar we visited world famous Lingaraj Temple and many other ancient temples. The old area of the city has many of these temples.



On day five, we left this city to Kendrapara our next destination which is close to Bhuddist triangle Udaygiri, Ratangiri and Lalitgiri. It was pretty late in the day, but we still managed to see all the places here.



On day six, we visited wildlife sanctuary Bhitarkanika. The place is famous for salt water crocodiles and migratory birds. We were lucky to spot at least few of them even in the off season. From this place we traveled back to Cuttack.



On day seven, we did the local site seeing at Cuttack covering temples, museum, fort. Then on our way back to Bhubaneshwar we visited the Nadankanan zoo.



On day eight, we were on train back to Bangalore. Thus the short trip of Orissa with family was memorable for all as it had something for everyone like heritage monuments, museum, temples, wildlife, lake, beaches, birds.



We shall soon explore these places in more detail.

61 comments:

Snap said...

Looks like the whole family enjoyed the adventure!

Team G Square said...

Wow , wonderful ..

Pietro said...

Very interesting post, Rajesh. I'd like to see in person these amazing Temples and nice places.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post and lovely photographs.

www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

DeeBee L. said...

Nice shots as usual!

Viyoma said...

Amazing..Beautifully captured.

Lowell said...

Wow! I got worn out just reading about this week-long trip! But what a great time you must have had and such a variety of things to see and do! Love your photos - they give us a good overall view of your excursion!

Liza said...

Beautiful photos. The kids look like they're having fun. I love the smiles on their faces. Have a fabulous week.

Liz @ MLC

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The temples are so interesting to see. Your boys are growing up so handsomely and look very happy!

Sylvia K said...

What a wonderful trip and tour to Orissa that you have taken us on, Rajesh! Such a beautiful place! Good to see the young ones have such fun on the beach! Marvelous captures as always! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Gary said...

What a great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Carver said...

Fantastic shots of your family trip.

Mar said...

Fantastic as always. Those funny kids are stealing the show!

Our World Tuesday

EG CameraGirl said...

I especially love the shot of the boys!

aka Penelope said...

There certainly is something for everyone here. Looks like a fun trip was had by all, especially the children frolicking on the beach. Nice to see all these contrasting places in your world!

Tito Eric said...

Very nice travel photographs! Many thanks for sharing.

Al said...

That sounds awesome, I can't wait to see more!

Indrani said...

That sure will be a memorable holiday. Looking forward to more pictures.

ladyfi said...

What a great place! And the kids are adorable.

lotusleaf said...

Yes, Odisha is beautiful. Glad you had a wonderful holiday!

Liza said...

Very interesting place. I love the architecture.

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Leovi said...

Good photos. Me too I love to visit Orissa.

Jeevan said...

Hope you enjoyed the entire trip! I guessed u must be on travel since lack of update. Wonderful shots and the temples look so marvelous... Seems kids had great time in beach :)

maria said...

Beautiful photos. I especially love the photo of two boys wearing yellow. Are they yours?

Happy RT2.

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mrsnesbitt said...

Love the boys! fantastic trip - I enjoyed every minute.
Denise ABC Team

zongrik said...

it would be nice to see pictures that go with this

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anthonynorth said...

Always such wonderful photos.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I really enjoyed this visit to Orissa and hope one day to see it for myself. The temples are magnificent! My favourite photo was of your two happy boys.

Roger Owen Green said...

a regular tour guide you are!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

chubskulit said...

Those smiles are beautiful!


Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

anney said...

The kids look so happy in the picture! Very nice place!

Krishna said...

beautifully narrated travelogue

photos are good esp temples

thanks for sharing

Rizalenio said...

The kids had fun!

Amazing set of photos as always. :)

A wondering star said...

Beautiful photos from India!

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Good Reference to plan a trip! Will call you !

Eden said...

Very nice place to visit. Great shots.

Anne said...

Wonderful photos. The kids are so happy and having so much fun!

Annie
http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/annienc/2012/04/o_is_for_oratorio.html

NatureFootstep said...

loved the kids and the birds. :)

Gattina said...

Very interesting and beautiful photos ! The architecture of the temple is amazing, have never seen such !

Trotter said...

Hi Rajesh! Today is a holiday in Portugal, but it’s the worst winter day we had since last October... As grey as if we were living in Northern Europe... So, the only right thing to do is surfing the Net... ;)

Wonderful shots!!

Blogtrotter Two is now in St. Kitts and Nevis... Enjoy and have a great week!!!

Carletta said...

The kids looked like they were having a wonderful time.
Not only did you get to see such wonderfully historical places but migratory birds as well.
A lovely post Rajesh!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I was thinking exactly the same thing as what you said in your last paragraph -- a perfect family vacation -- something for everybody! The younger ones will remember and appreciate the rest of the trip (besides the beach and zoo) when they get older!

Joy said...

What a lot you have fitted in seven days. It sound a marvellous, and looks, marvellous.

Elettra said...

Have you visited the sites of archeology really important!!!!
Your children are wonderful!!

Springman said...

What a great adventure! Thanks for sharing.
;-)WBW!

Bikramjit said...

very good pictures , I been to those places when i use to visit bhubhneshwar a couple of years back..


thanks for sharing

Bikram's

Shobha said...

Nice pictures..

Rajesh said...

Thank you all. We will soon explore this places more.

NixBlog said...

Wonderful photos of what looks like a fantastic place to visit.

Colors of Timeless said...

Nice happy yellow boys :-) and wonderful pictures...

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Arumugam Easwar said...

wow! lovely!

Bushra said...

Wow! Nice post and beautiful photographs:)

AmitAag said...

Great post!

aliasgarmukhtiar mukhtiar said...

beautiful

vanderloost said...

Excellent!!!

Arti said...

A little bit of everything - wow, this tour was fascinating.

Akshay Kumar G said...

Nice to know you finally made that trip with your family. Lovely pics. :)

avirandom said...

I remember going to Odissa with my parents. It was such a nice and fulfilling trip. Thanks for taking me there again !!

Avinash

Indiawilds said...

Good to see that you have visited my hometown bhubaneshwar. To visit all the temples of Bhubaneshwar you need atleast one day. There are so many old temples in the Old Town and the architechture is so stunning, that all your time will be consumed. My house in bhubaneshwar is 30 feet away from a 2nd century temple. superb architechture

Rajesh said...

Thank you all. We will explore theses places more.