Tourism in Puri

Puri or Jagannath Puri is believed to be one of the most ancient cities of Odisha. The city is famous for historic and religious monuments including Lord Jagannath temple. Puri is also said to be one of the four main ‘Dhams’. It houses splendid monuments, old temples, compelling natural landscape and fascinating beaches. Puri offers amazing sights for visitors to observe the vibrant sunrise and sunset on the golden seashore.

Sightseeing in Puri

Tourist Attractions in Puri

Being one of the ancient and most religious cities of Odisha, Puri has a lot to offer to the tourists visiting the city. The holy temple of Lord Jagannath is always the center of attraction in Puri along with several other places such as the Golden beach, Atharnala Bridge, Loknath Temple, Swargadwar, Maa Gundicha Temple, Konark Sun Temple, Raghurajpur Vilage, Pipili and many more. Apart from these tourist spots, the Jagannath Rath Yatra is the major tourist attraction of the city. It is carried once a year during the months of July and August. Thoousands of pilgrims visit Puri during this period, only to be a part of this yatra.

Travel in Puri

The most common mediums to travel in the City of Puri are the Rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and city-buses. Apart from this, private taxis or cabs are also available on rent. You can hire them for sight-seeing purposes.

Food in Puri

The food in Puri comprises of many masalas, of which the most popular masala is known as ‘Panch Phutana’. It is a mix of mustard, fenugreek, cumin, fennel, kalonji and garam masala. Puri is one of the tourist places of Odisha that comforts its tourists with a variety of food. The food without onion and garlic is also served here. However, there are several places in Puri that serve the typical Oriya food along with the non-vegetarian dishes and seafood.

Devotees who become a part of Lord Jagannath Yatra love the ‘Mahaprasad’ which is the ‘Bhog’ that is offered to Lord Jagannath. Later it is made available to the devotees, in the premises of the Holy Jagannath temple at a market named ‘Ananada Bazaar’. The Mahaprasad comprises of Abhada (Rice), Dal, Tarkari (Varities of Vegetables), Khatta (A sweet and sour dish made of Palm) and many more such dishes cooked and served in earthern pots.

Shopping in Puri

Puri can be a true delight for the discerning shopper. Orissa has a rich tradition of handicrafts and Puri is no way separate from it. Being a beach side destination, shells and oysters are available in abundance here. Over the years the ace craftsmen have perfected the art of making artifacts out of shells and oysters. A variety of utilities, decorative showpieces are definitely a feast to the eyes. Woven Saris are the traditional outfits of women of Odisha. In Puri there are several outlets dealing in textiles where one can find some of the best traditional outfits both for men and women. There are several places for shopping in Puri. There are several state government run Emporia where you can buy the traditional clothes from.

Hotels in Puri

Puri is one of the busiest tourist spots of Odisha. It has some of the finest hotels and lodging facilities of the state. Every year millions of tourists visit from all parts of the world. There are some of the best hotels in Puri that serves the tourist visiting from abroad especially. Even the Lord Jagannath temple Administration offers world class stay for the people visiting the temple. They have several Guest houses and Accommodation facilities for the pilgrims visiting the temple. A fact to remember that while the Rath Yatra season almost all the accommodation facility gets packed, as people visit the holy city of Puri in millions during that time.

Weather and Best Time to Visit Puri

Puri is revered as 'Land of the Gods'. It is blessed with wonderful beaches and historical monuments of Puri. The best time to visit Puri is between November to February, as during this course the city enjoys superb weather. The summers of Puri are hot with maximum temperature reaching 36 degree celsius and minimum temperature recorded to be 27 degree celsius. The winters of Puri are cold with maximum temperature of 25 degree celsius and minimum temperature of 15 degree celsius.

A Suggestion: Being on the coast of bay of Bengal, Puri witness a humid temperature most of the year hence clothing in Puri should mostly include light cotton outfits in summers and light woolen ones in winters.
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