Welcome to Konark


Originally nearer the coast (the shore has receded almost 3km), Konark was once visible from far out at sea and known as the ‘Black Pagoda’ by European sailors, in contrast to Puri’s whitewashed Jagannath Temple. The inland lighthouse near Chandrabhaga Beach is an odd testament to that fact.


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$140 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Full Day Tour of Shantiniketan from Kolkata

Early Morning at 8 AM , Driver will received you and heading towards to Shantiniketan accompanied with Professional, Friendly and Expert Tour Guide.  Upon Arrival you will Visit and Exploring Tagore’s Shantiniketan, an Abode of Learning Unlike Any in the World. Top attractions of Shantiniketan Tagore's Ashram: When you walk through the area, you will see the first building was actually a guest house built by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore (a father of Rabindranath Tagore) in 1863. It was named Shantiniketan. This entire place was later named after Shantiniketan. Numerous buildings here are associated with Tagores such as Shantiniketan, Nutan Bari, Dehali and Amra Kunj where school’s main functions are held. Timings: It is closed on Wednesday Chhatimtala: It was used to be a meditation or prayer place under the Chhatim tree of Maharshi Devendranath Tagore. Upasana Mandir: It is basically a prayer hall where prayers are offered in the evening with the candles lit around the prayer Hall. It is made of several colored Belgium glasses with marble steps on all the four sides. Uttarayan complex: The complex has a well laid out garden houses various buildings associated with Rabindranath Tagore where he used to live, namely Udayan,Konark,Shyamli,Punascha and Udichi. Architecture of the buildings is worth seeing. Timings: It is closed on Wednesday Afterwards you can have your Lunch as per your choice of restaurant. We'll surely suggest you where to eat if you want, (Otherwise Proceed for Continued Sightseeing )Post Lunch, Driver will take you and Continue your Sightseeing of other attractions in Shantiniketan.Rabindra Bhaban Museum: The museum called Bichitra houses Tagore’s original manuscripts, letter, documents, The Nobel Prize medallion, Plaques, Paintings, and Photographs etc. It was constructed in 1961. Timings: 10.30AM to 4.30PM. It is closed on Wednesday. Amar Kutir: The place where all types of hadicrafts like cloth/leather batiks, handlooms etc. are available. In the Evening and  After seeing the major attractions of Shantiniketan we will move you back to Kolkata. On arrivals at Kolkata and with lots of good memories of the tour driver will drop off you at your designated place in Kolkata.

$200 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Best of Odisha in 48 hours

Day 1 8 AM- Our first destination is Dhauli. This is the venue of the ancient battle which was fought in 260 BC. Emperor Ashoka, the great Mauryan King won the battle but upon seeing the bloodbath had a change of heart. He became a propagator of peace and had a big role in the spread of Buddhism in India. We will get to see edicts of Ashoka embossed on  rocks using the ancient Brahmi script and Prakrit language. The rock cut Elephant sculpture is one of the oldest in India.Another highlight of Dhauli is the Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda. The current structure was built by an Indo-Japanese collaboration in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh.We will drive to Konark to experience one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of India. Built in 13th century by King Narasimhadeva, the temple is designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twelve wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across heavens. The most interesting aspect of the architecture lies in the wheels of the chariot. The twelve pairs of wheels located at the base of the temple are no ordinary wheels. They create a sundial and tell time!We will visit Ramachandi temple besides the Bay of Bengal. The temple is surrounded by casurina plantations, and is dedicated to Goddess Chandi  who is seen seated on a lotus.6PM- We arrive at beachside town of Puri. We will also see famous temple of Lord Jagannath, from outside as non-Hindus are not allowed inside.  The temple is famous for its annual chariot festival. During the chariot festival, the three principal deities are pulled on gigantic chariot. In-fact this chariot festival is the origin for the English term Juggernaut!Overnight stay in Puri.Day 2630 AM- We drive for an hour to reach the magnificent Chilka lake. At Satapada we will take a boat ride on the lake. If we are lucky we can spot dolphins of Irrawady.The state of Odisha is very famous for its handicrafts. We will visit a village market at Raghurajpur. This village is home to the immensely talented Pattachitra painters whose traditional style goes back to the 5th century BC. The artists use gum and chalk and their canvas is the dried palm leaf.Khandagiri caves are dwelling retreats or cells of ancient Jain ascetics. These were built in the second century BC during the reign of King Kharavela of the Kalinga Kingdom. At the top there is a 18th century Jain temple as well.Raja rani temple is a temple constructed in the 11th century from reddish and yellow sandstone. This material was called Rajarani in the local dialect and hence the temple got its name. The temple is famous for its unique sculptures of women. Women are in poses performing Odissi the traditional dance form as well as in every day life moments.6 PM– End of Tour

$75 Day Trips & Excursions

Bhubaneswar tour in a day including Konark Sun Temple

8 AM- Our first destination is Dhauli. This is the venue of the ancient battle which was fought in 260 BC. Emperor Ashoka, the great Mauryan King won the battle but upon seeing the bloodbath had a change of heart. He became a propagator of peace and had a big role in the spread of Buddhism in India. We will get to see edicts of Ashoka embossed on  rocks using the ancient Brahmi script and Prakrit language.The rock cut Elephant sculpture is one of the oldest in India.Another highlight of Dhauli is the Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda. The current structure was built by an Indo-Japanese collaboration in 1972 by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh.We will drive to Konark to experience one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of India. Built in 13th century by King Narasimhadeva, the temple is designed in the shape of a colossal chariot with seven horses and twelve wheels, carrying the sun god, Surya, across heavens. The Sun temple was known as ‘The Black Pagoda’ among early European sailors to the East.The most interesting aspect of the architecture lies in the wheels of the chariot. The twelve pairs of wheels located at the base of the temple are no ordinary wheels. They create a sundial and tell time!Khandagiri & Udayagiri caves are dwelling retreats or cells of ancient Jain ascetics. These were built in the second century BC during the reign of King Kharavela of the Kalinga Kingdom. At the top there is a 18th century Jain temple as well.Raja rani temple is a temple constructed in the 11th century from reddish and yellow sandstone. This material was called Rajarani in the local dialect and hence the temple got its name. The temple is famous for its unique sculptures of women. Women are in poses performing Odissi the traditional dance form as well as in every day life moments.630 PM– End of Tour

$62 Cultural & Theme Tours

UNESCO's Konark - The Famous Sun Temple at the Bay of Bengal

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Bhubaneshwar and driven to the Sun Temple (about 44 miles). The massive structure sits in solitary splendor surrounded by drifting sand on Konark Beach, less than 2 miles from the sea.  The word 'Konark' is a combination of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when combined, it becomes 'Sun of the Corner'. Konark Sun Temple is situated on the north eastern corner of Puri and is dedicated to the Sun God, Surya.  There are three images of the Sun God at three different sides of the temple, positioned in the proper direction to catch the rays of the sun at morning, noon and evening. Konark Temple was conceived as a massive chariot hauling the Sun God across the heavens by the might of seven splendidly carved horses.  The chariot stands aloft on 24 intricately carved chariot wheels. The wheels of the temple are sundials which can be used to calculate time accurately to a minute.  Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, the magnificent Sun Temple at Konark is the culmination of Orissan temple architecture, and represents a stunning monument. Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore said, “here the language of stone surpasses the language of man”.   In the evening, you will return back to your hotel in Bhubaneshwar by your air conditioned vehicle.

$60 Tours & Sightseeing

Full Day Tour of Konark Temple and Puri

Highlights • Pay a visit to the 13th century built Konark Sun temple • Bask under the sun at the Chandrabhaga beach • Seek blessings from the ‘Lord of the Universe’ at the Jagannath Temple • Learn about the history and significance of the Gundicha Temple  What You Can ExpectStart your day with a hearty breakfast. Afterwards, get driven to Konark. The mystical city hosts a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Konark Sun Temple. The 13th century colossal chariot shaped temple is a marvel of architecture. Dedicated to the Sun God, the temple is a treasure with exquisite carvings that speaks of the skills of artisans. Lose yourself in the intrinsic charm still lingering in the ambiance.Next, you will visit the Chandrabhaga beach, a beautiful expanse of silvery soft sands lapped by the waters of the Bay of Bengal. The beach is mentioned in many mythological tales, and is considered one of the finest, cleanest and greenest beaches in eastern India. Spend time at the beach enjoying the natural beauty.Afterwards, proceed to Puri - a town in Odisha with long recorded history dating to the 3rd century BC.Afterwards, visit Puri Jagannath Temple and Gundicha Temple. The Puri Jagannath temple is one of the holy places in Hindu faith. Mentioned as one of the divine Char Dhams (Four Hindu Pilgrimages Circuit in India), the temple is dedicated to the "Lord of the Universe"- Lord Jagannath. Pay your respects and then head to the Gundicha temple. This temple is the venue of the highly celebrated Puri Rath Yatra Festival (the homecoming festival of the deities of Jagannath Temple) that takes the Gods and Goddess of Jagannath temple on a procession in a chariot during the festival.In the evening, you will be driven back to Bhubaneswar and dropped back at your hotel.

$59 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Konark Sun temple with Chandrabhaga Beach

Highlights • Visit the 13th century ruins of Konark Sun Temple • Enjoy some time at the Chandrabhaga Beach • Visit a local fishermen village and get to know about their daily lifestyle  What You Can ExpectStart your day with a hearty breakfast and then get driven to Konark. The mystical town is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Konark Sun Temple. The 13th century colossal chariot shaped temple is a marvel of architecture with immense wheels and horses, all carved from stone. Dedicated to the Sun God, the ruined temple is a treasure. The exquisite carvings and skills of artisans still shine through. Lose yourself in the intrinsic charm still lingering in the ambiance.Next, you will visit the Chandrabhaga beach, a beautiful expanse of silvery soft sands lapped by the waters of the Bay of Bengal. The beach is mentioned in many mythological tales, and is considered one of the finest, cleanest and greenest beaches in eastern India. Spend time at the beach enjoying the natural beauty.Afterwards, visit a local fisherman’s village near the Chandrabhaga beach and know what a day is like in the lives of these people whose livelihood depends on fishing.In the evening, return to Bhubaneswar and get dropped back at your hotel. 

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