Tours in Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, might be one of the poorest states in the country, but it boasts of a rich cultural heritage and an enormous concentration of religious and historical monuments which ensure that it keeps attracting the odd tourist or two. Odisha is as off-the-beaten-path as it gets and if you are in an adventurous mood, this might just be the place to be. With excellent long stretches of beach, if it is an old sun and sand vibe you are looking for coupled with beautiful monuments and culture it just may be what you’ve been searching for.
Puri, home to the Rath Yatra procession and the popular Jagannath Temple, was once famous as one of the best hippy hangouts in the country. Nature lovers also have the option to visit one of the many reserves in the state, places that boast of thousands of species of birds, crocodiles, endangered sea turtles and dolphins. Chilka Lake, a huge saltwater lagoon, is the ideal location for bird lovers. A short distance up the coast lies Konark, one of the most beautiful and traditional medieval-era temples in the country, where the entire surface is covered with intricate sculptures.
Odisha is also famous for its Adivasi population, ancient tribal people who are believed to be descendants of pre-Aryan aboriginal inhabitants. You might not get to meet or interact with them as most are kept hidden from mainstream tourism, but you can certainly become a part of their excellent weekly markets.
British Raj, Temples & Nizams
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KOLKATA - BHUBANESHWAR - PURI - HYDERABAD - MUMBAI
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