What is Odisha's old capital

The temples of Odisha from Bhubaneswar

Travel program

B = breakfast M = lunch A = dinner

Day 1: Bhubaneswar

You will be met by your guide at the airport of Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha. The former center of the Kalinga empire is now the largest city and economic center of Odisha with 840,000 inhabitants. The city has a diverse history that goes back over 2,000 years. Of the more than 7,000 shrines and temples that Bhubaneswar gave the name "City of Temples", around five hundred still exist. You will visit the caves of Udaygiri and Khandagiri, which were carved out of the rock over 2,000 years ago. Jain ascetics found shelter there during the monsoon season. The caves are well preserved and have many details. The view over the city and the surrounding area is fantastic.

Day 2: Bhubaneswar - Puri (B)

The Lingaraj Temple, built in the 11th century, cannot be entered by non-Hindus, but a platform attached to the side offers a wonderful view of the temple complex. Many of the most popular deities such as Shiva, Parvati or Ganesh are worshiped here. Other temples such as the Rajarani or Mukteshwara are witnesses of the great past. In the course of the morning drive to the pilgrimage site of Puri (65 km). On the way you will visit Dhauli, where Ashoka fought his last battle before converting to Buddhism, shocked at the cruelty of his battles. The Shanti Buddhist Stupa was built by the Japanese in 1972 on a hill nearby. In Hirapur you will visit a Yogini temple, in all of India there are only four of these types. What is unusual about it is the rotunda with 64 goddesses standing in niches. Pipli is known for its colorful appliqué work such as wall hangings, lampshades and parasols. Puri is very popular with Indian tourists, especially on weekends and public holidays, the beach promenade turns into a huge food market.

Day 3: Puri - Bhubaneswar (B)

Puri is a well-known place of pilgrimage and countless pilgrims can be found here not only on the festive days. The wide street to the Jagannath Temple is lined with colorful stalls and there is the ubiquitous hustle and bustle in India. The walk to the temple becomes a special experience. The temple itself is not accessible to non-Hindus, but it can be viewed from a terrace (except on Sundays). The Konark Sun Temple, built in the 13th century, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of the most impressive buildings in India. Pulled by 7 horses (days per week) with 24 stone wheels (hours per day), the temple is modeled on the chariot of the sun god Surya. The temple is decorated with innumerable, also erotic figures. Thousands of stonemasons carved these figures which are not like any other, a work of art that is second to none. Return to Bhubaneswar. Before your onward flight, there is still time to visit the “Tribal Museum”, where you can learn interesting facts about the history, life and culture of the numerous ethnic tribes of Odisha (closed on Mondays and public holidays). In the evening you will be transferred to Bhubaneswar Airport for your onward journey.