Marvel at the architectural wonders of ancient monuments that have weathered the ravages of time. Walk in to the holy precincts of the temple city & worship with the devout passion. Enjoy the local festive extravaganza. Drench in the lilting melodies of folk songs and enthrall yourselves with astounding dances. Step into a beautifully preserved luxury car and be driven in style to fairytale destinations. Engross your appetizing moods in sumptuous repast. Awaken to the roar of tigers, witness the revelry of dancing peacocks in City Wildlife centre Chandaka. Play with dolphins unraveling the beauty of leaping dances along your cruising boats across Chilika Lake, experience the maddening sight of colors with lakhs of migratory birds on Chilika. Sink in with the dreadful sight of giant crocodiles in Bhitarkanika. Behemoth the millions of turtles laying eggs in mass and creeping back to Bay of Bengal. Dine under the stars or by a crackling fire. Soothe your palates with the fabulous feasts at the stunning dining and wining venues. Enjoy cooking demos, pottery workshops, painting, tribes or adventure sports. Pamper yourself with a lavish massage or a dip in a one-of-a-kind pool. Come along with The Presidency pledging to an unforgettable experience.
Odisha has more than 300 identified destinations covering nature, monuments, temples, tribes, traditions & culture.
Puri, the abode of Lord Vishnu, as Jagannath is regarded by Hindus as one of the four holiest pilgrim centres or "char dhams". Adi Shankaracharya, the 8th century sage and religious reformer established the Gobardhan matha here. Puri is also known as for its excellent beach.
Lord Jagannath Temple : The temple of Lord Jagannath was built during the 12th century A.D by Chodaganga deva in the typical Kalinga style of architecture. The 65 metres high temple dominates the landscape visually as well as spiritually and is one of the most magnificent monuments of India. In front of the main gate stands a 16-sided monolithic pillar known as Aruna Stambha, which was brought here from Sun Temple, Konark during the 18th century. Other shrines worth visiting in the temple precincts are devoted to Vimala, Vishnu and Lakshmi.
Ananda Bazar, the biggest food market in the world is another attraction.
Satapada is located at a distance of 48 KM from temple town of Puri. It is nearly 100 KM from Bhubaneswar. National Highway (NH) number 203 A connects Satapada to Puri. This place is located by the side of Chilika and close to the mouth opening of Chilika lake to sea. The main attraction at Satapada is its Chilika boating and Dolphin watch. Tourist come to Satapada for a boat ride in Chilika lake and to watch Dolphins.
On the way to Satapada from Puri at a distance of 22 KM there is a place known as Brahmagiri and here the temple of Alarnath is located. Many devotees visit this temple during closing of Darshan at Jaganatha Temple of Puri during Anasara period. This period falls just before the Ratha Jatra ( Car festival ) time.
Different types of boats are available at Satapada and all tourist boats are power driven. The motor boat association of Satapada manages these boats. They have rate chat for the boats based on capacity and duration. The association also maintains rest room, toilets and drinking water for the tourists.
known as the "Temple City" or the "Cathedral City" of the East. This abode of Shiva or Tribhubaneswar, the "Lord of the Three Worlds" is one of the most important Hindu pilgrim centres. It is believed that the city once had about 7000 temples of which 500 still exist. These shrines are a gentle reminder of the splendour, the heritage that was once India. Bhubaneswar, the ancient capital of the Kalinga empire is today the modern capital of Odisa.
Lingaraj Temple : This 11th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, as Lingaraj is the culmination of Odisha style of temple architecture. The temple set in a walled compound is noted for its imposing 54metres high spire, dominating the skyline of the town. The main sanctum surrounded by about 150 subsidairy shrines has a unique hari har lingam-halfShiva and half Vishnu. A large number of devotees visit the shrine, especially during annual Shivratri festival.
Raja rani Temple : The beautiful 11th century shrine amidst a well laid out garden is graced by erotic carvings and some of the finest Odishan temple sculptures.
Dhauli The historic site is located on the Puri - Konark Highway, across Dhauli hill on the banks of river daya. The 3rd century B.C Ashokan Rock Edicts, on the foot of the hill indicate that the great 'kalinga War' was fought here. The bloody war transformed emperor Ashoka, who renounced his blood thirsty campaign and ambraced Buddhism. A Buddist Peace Pagoda was established on the opposite hill in the early seventies by the Japan Buddha sangha and Kalinga Nippon Budha sangha.
Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves : Thye rock-cut caves at the twin hills of Khandagiri and Udayagiri, were the ancient Jain monasteries and are one of the most important Odisha historical monuments. The caves dating back to 2nd century B.c., were carved out by the first known Orissan ruler, Kharavela. Khandagiri has 19 caves, while Udayagiri has 44 caves, which includes the famous Hathi Gumpha and Rani Gumpha. Early sculptural art here depicts the life and times of Jainb ascetics.
Nandankanan zoo : The beautiful zoo carved out of the Chandaka forest is perhaps the finest in the country. The animals are kept in their natural habitat and a centrally located lake divides the Zoo from the Botanical gardens. the Zoo is famous for white tigers as well as migratory birds, which come here during winter. It also has the country's largest Lion safari park and White Tiger safari. There is also a Ropeway and Toy Train.
Odisha State Museum : It exhibits a fine collection of sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions, armours, rare palm-leaf manuscripts, bronze age tools, natural history, geological objects, paintings, anthropological specimens and traditional folk and musical instruments etc.
konark sun temple
Sun Temple Konark showcases how the Sun god roams about on his royal chariot. This temple I India is meant to be worshipped by the people from all the sects and from all walks of life, as the Sun God is indispensible in everyone's life.
Designed and constructed in the form of a pyramid and stretching above like a tower, Konark Sun Temple resembles the structural formation of the temples that can be found in Kalinga. As you take an elaborate view of the Sun Temple at Konark, you get to notice the Audience Hall and some parts of the Dancing as well as the Dining hall. And what you notice while entering the temple is that the face of the temple is in the East-West direction. Adding
Multifarious images drawn over the walls of the Sun Temple at Konark pose animals such as snakes, giraffe, elephants etc. Mythological figures also cover the walls of the temple. Yes, you just can't miss out the images of God Vishni, Lord Shiva as well as Goddess Shakti intricately crafted. You also come across women showcasing their beauty in the most seductive manner. Close to the Sun Temple of Konark, the remnants of Vaishnava Temple as well as Mahagayitri temple can also be spotted.