Gopalpur On Sea – Ravishing Weekend Destination

Gopalpur On Sea – Ravishing Weekend Destination

Short weekend trips give us so relaxation from our busy lives. Isn’t it? And when we plan for such trips, the names which came into our mind are Digha or Mandarmani and to some extent Puri sea beach. Enjoying amidst nature becomes so mandatory in our stressful life. We really get bored of our daily routine schedule and need a place where we can enjoy the peace of nature. So this time we decided to explore Gopalpur On Sea – Ravishing Weekend Destination. It is 174km far from Puri, away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Gopalpur On Sea - Ravishing Weekend Destination, Must visit place in Odisha
Gopalpur Sea Beach – Waves carrying back sands

This is the place where anyone hardly disturbs you and all that you can hear the rhythmic music of the waves coming to and fro. You can feel the untouched natural beauty.

Gopalpur is a town on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the district of Ganjam, Odisha. Earlier Gopalpur was famous as the port of Paloura during the reign of Kalinga.

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DHAULI – The White Peace Pagoda

DHAULI – The White Peace Pagoda

Dhauli, popularly known as The white Peace Pagoda or the Shanti Stupa, standing with the face up to the sky on the top of the Dhaulagiri Hill. The hills are located on the banks of the river Daya, 8 km south of Bhubaneswar. DHAULI – The White Peace Pagoda has been built by the Japan Buddha Sangha and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sanghain the 1970s. 

Must visit place in Orissa, DHAULI, The White Peace Pagoda
DHAULI – The White Peace Pagoda

The Pagoda, guarded by eight golden lion statues, two on each side, erected on the thumbs.

The big Buddha Statues posed in Lotus Position with his hand in Dharmachakra Mudra, Bhumisparsha Mudra and Abhaya Mudra, placed inside the Dhauli were the eye catchers.

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture (part 2)

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture (part 2)

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture (part 2)

Khandagiri:

As we entered through the main gate… We were surprised to see the monkeys sitting in each and every row of the steps. Some were fighting with each other, some were holding their babies in their lap as well as some were playing.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Must visit place in Orissa
View of Khandagiri Cave

There were 2 to 3 vendors who were selling nuts for the monkeys. Every tourist bought that in a paper cone. We also bought 3 of them and as we crossed few steps upwards, the monkeys came in front of us and raised their hands towards us. We handed over the paper cone full of nuts and they happily went away. They didn’t harm any tourist.

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Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture

India is famous for its magnificent artistic works since bygone ancient period. Udayagiri & Khandagiri caves are a significant example of it. Holding the rich history of the past, the art, portrayed on the rocks is the reason for its high tourist attraction. Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves – An Emblem of Art And Culture
A few distances away from the town the twins stone Hills on both side of the road contains excavated Rock cut caves which are known as Lena in the inscription.

Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Must visit place in Orissa
View of Udayagiri Cave from the top of Khandagiri Cave

From the inspiration in Brahmins script, it came in the highlight – these caves are actually from the time of Chakravarti king of Chedi dynasty, Kharavela.

In early period both caves jointly known as Kumaragiri. Later it gets divided and named as Udayagiri signifies “Rising Hills” and Khandagiri signifies “Broken Hill”.

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Konark Sun Temple – Black Pagoda of India

Konark Sun Temple – Black Pagoda of India

Today we are going to write about one of the most renowned temples of Orissa, holding a rich history of our ancient India. Our place of today’s exploration is Konark sun temple. So we started our journey after completing our lunch and took a road trip for 35 km along the beach road of Chandrabagha. Konark Sun Temple – Black Pagoda of India

Konark Sun Temple, Orissa, History of Konark sun temple, Konark Sun Temple – Black Pagoda of India
Konark Sun Temple – Odisha (Orissa)

The Sun signifies “the symbol of belief” in the mind of crores of people throughout the world, whose view is merely the view of God in naked eyes. Since ancient ages, each and every culture worshipped the Sun as God. In India also each day starts with Surya Pranam i.e. worshipping the Sun who gifts us a fresh new beginning of our life.

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