In continuation of Puri part 1, we will discuss the remaining below-mentioned topics in this post.
1. Few more Sightseeing
2. Food options
5. Famous things to buy
6. Suggested Itinerary
Certainly, it is one of the biggest zoological parks in India, made inside a jungle. You have options for safari, botanical garden, boating, aquarium, rope-way and what not. This zoo is also famous for its white tiger. If you want to explore, you may hire local guides as well for a nominal cost and yes, they are registered with a predefined fee. Below are a few useful links to collect info directly from the official website. Oh! Importantly, you can buy tickets online @ https://www.nandankanan.org/tickets/
Tickets & Pricing: https://www.nandankanan.org/ticket.php
Zoo guide: https://www.nandankanan.org/zoo-guide.php
Zoo timings: https://www.nandankanan.org/visiting-hours.php
Nandakanan Special: https://www.nandankanan.org/nandankanan-special.php
Pro tips: Please don’t forget to capture beautiful animals and be disciplined with animals.
Raghurajpur, Pipli Village:
This two village is popular for the artistic handicraft items, locals make. If you like anything to purchase from them as a gesture of kindness.
Food is something that should never be compromised on a trip. In Puri & Bhubaneswar, you will find good Chinese, Mughlai & Bengali foods. Although there are many good restaurants like Bhojohori Manna, Tandoori Bites, Made in China, etc to go for. But if you are on a tight budget try puri-sabji in breakfast and Bengali meal from local shops, they cost very less. In case you want to cook your own food, you have that provision too if you are staying at holiday homes.
Accommodations in Puri is very affordable than most of the other cities in India. You will get your stay in almost any budget. Panthaniwas by OTDC, Puri Hotel, Victoria Club, Park resort are few of them known for good luxury and impressive sea view, whereas Hotel Sambit, Hotel Dolphin will be on a budget side with sea-facing rooms. There are other options like holiday homes and Bharat Sevashram. Holiday homes can be booked from different government organization’s employee recreation club. I have stayed at Netai Kunj a few years back, I must say the rooms were more luxurious than of Puri Hotel and the price was one-third. The only downside, it was 5 minutes’ walk to the seashore. We are in a process to collect enough Holiday Homes listed on our Recommended Hotel Details.
You have plenty of options for transit, Auto, cab, buses, etc. If you are alone or two, try OTDC bus day-tour which is budget-friendly and cover almost everything on the route. In case you are in a group of 4-8 people try cab rental but always remember to list all the spots you want to visit and finalize the rate. Pro-tip, you can book an all-day-long tour at once to get some discount and finally do bargain. Whatever you chose for day-long tours bus or cab, for half a day tour or temple visits book an auto to save some extra bucks. Nearest railway station Puri will be in a 5-kilometer range from the furthest hotels and Biju Patnaik Airport is approx 50 kilometers away.
Famous Things to buy:
Orisha is famous for Sambalpuri & Kotki sarees, sticks, mats, Khaja, etc. There are many shops near the Swargodwar, do remember to check products thoroughly before purchase and bargaining is up to you. You may also visit government handicraft stalls to get something exclusive. If you love handicraft items, do visit artistic villages Pipli & Raghurajpur. Don’t forget to buy a small thing as a memento at least which will definitely help to rejoice old memories later on.
Suggested Itinerary (Cab/Auto):
- Day 1: Reach Puri in morning, sea bath. Then visit local temples (preferably by Auto) except Jagannath Temple.
- Day 2: Visit the Sri Jagannath Temple. Later Chilka Lake
- Day 3: Day-long tour (Dhaulagiri (Shanti Stupa)), Lingaraj Temple, Khandagiri, Udaygiri, Nandankanan and finally Konark Temple.
- Day 4: Visit Pipli & Raghurajpur village. Later local shopping.
Note: You can merge Day 4 with Day 3 in case you have less time in hand. But it will be a hectic day for sure. The above itinerary is not for Bus, cause they have their own package. Check below for more details.
Orisha Tourism Dept. (OTDC): http://www.otdc.in/
OTDC Sightseeing Packages: http://www.panthanivas.com/tour/
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