Welcome to Konark


Originally nearer the coast (the sea has receded 3km), Konark was visible from far out at sea and known as the ‘Black Pagoda’ by sailors, in contrast to Puri’s whitewashed Jagannath. 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 ShantiniketanTagore'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

$57 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.

$1187 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Buddhist and Wildlife Tour in Odisha

Day 1: Bhubaneshwar (B,L,D)We will pick you from your hotel in Bhubaneshwar at 7:15am and transfer you to our hotel. After breakfast take a full-day city tour of Bhubaneshwar visiting Mukteswar Temple, Odisha State Museum and the 2nd-century BC Khandagiri and Udaigiri Caves dedicated to Jainism. Dinner and overnight at hotel.Day 2: Bhubaneshwar (B,L,D)On this day take an excursion to Dhauli, famous for Ashokan Rock Edicts and the place where the famous Kalinga War took place. It is the sufferings that the war caused that made Ashok turn to Buddhism and spread its message of peace throughout Asia. Visit thePeace Pagoda and the town of Pipli where craftspeople do exquisite applique work. Marvel at the Sun Temple at Konark, a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to hotel in Bhubaneshwar for dinner and overnight stay.Day 3: Bhubaneshwar (B,L,D)After breakfast drive 105km to Chilika Lake, Asia's largest brackish water lake spread over 1100 sq km and home to thousands of birds. The hills around the lake are inhabited by wild animals such as porcupines, cheetahs, deer and blackbuck. Cruise along by motorboat visiting some of the islands found on the lake. Return to the hotel in Bhubaneshwar for dinner and overnight stay.Day 4: Bhubaneshwar (B,L,D)After breakfast embark an excursion to Nandankanan Zoological Park. The zoo is located in the breathtaking environs of Chandaka Forests and Kanjia Lake and is spread over 30 sq km, consisting of habitats for the white tiger, reptiles, rare birds as well as other animals. The zoo has successfully bred black panthers, white tigers and crocodiles. Take a one-hour safari in the park and later on return to the hotel in Bhubaneshwar for dinner and overnight stay.Day 5 : Bhubaneshwar (B,L,D)Take a full day tour to Bhitarkanika National Park after breakfast. The park comprises a group of islands in northeastern Odisha and boasts of lushgreen mangroves.thousands of migratory birds, turtles, crocodiles and other wildlife. Carry a packed lunch on a 4-hour motorboat to Ekkakula - an island in the Bay of Bengal. Look out for wildboars, hyenas, jackals and dolphins and visit the Oilve Ridley Turtle nesting site on the beach at Garhimata. See the stunning sunset before returning to Bhubaneshwar for dinner and overnight.Day 6 : Bhubaneshwar (B,L,D)Take a full-day tour to Kayam Hill Buddhist Cave and Langudi Giri excavation sites that hold the remains of several 2500-year-old monasteries, stupas and Mahayanic edifices. Return to Bhubaneswar for dinner. Your tour will end in Bhubaneshwar after dinner and we will drop you off at your own hotel.

$40 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip at Puri And Konark Ex Bhubaneshwar

Meet your tour guide at the designated hotel lobby in Bhubaneshwar at 9:00am & to proceed Konark, enroute covering Dhauli – Buddhist Monastery, Ashokan Rock Edicts & Pipili – appliqué market. Sightseeing of Konark Sun temple (The World Heritage Monument) The Konark Sun Temple was built from stone in the form of a giant ornamented chariot dedicated to the Sun god, Surya.After lunch (at own expense) at 1:30 pm proceed to further sightseeing to Raghurajpur It is situated 14 km away from Hindu pilgrimage town of Puri, on the southern banks of river Bhargabi (Bhargavi) . Than Visit at Puri Beach is located at the city of Puri and the distance between Puri railway station and the beach is only 2 kmAt the end of your journey at 5.30pm , sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Bhubaneshwar

Konark in detail