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Puri

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Overview

 

Puri is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of India, most famous for its Jagannath temple or ‘White Pagoda’ as dubbed by early European marines. Declared one of four Hindu holy spots by 9th century reformer Shankaracharya, Puri has been thronging with pilgrims ever since. Dip into traditional temple culture and the labyrinth of communities connected to the old-world way of life. Artisans, chefs, potters and pilgrims alike rest their faith and their very livelihoods on the temple – the heart and epicentre of Puri.

Pilgrim town first and foremost, Puri doubles as a popular beach holiday. Situated on the east coast of India facing the Bay of Bengal, Puri combines salvation with a playful splash in the ocean. A leisurely stroll along Puri’s shoreline is a ‘must’. Less for the beach itself, more for the frenetic activity! The top end springs to life with a beach market in the evening and stretching toward the east on the other side of town the day is punctuated by fresh hauls from the fishing community.

Western backpackers have made Puri their home since Goa became too passé. A quieter retreat with none of Goa’s party scene, Puri continues to attract an eclectic mix of travellers; from new-age hare krishnas, to retired artists and everything in between. Puri is one of the few places in India where you can get a freshly brewed coffee and collide with old-world pilgrims all in one breath.

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Places to see

1. Jagannath Temple
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2. Govardhana Math established by Adi Shankaracharya
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3. Jatiababa Ashram
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4. Bada Danda (Grand Road)
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5. Narendra Tank
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6. Swargadwar (literally ‘gateway to heaven’) This is the burning ghat for Hindu ceremations
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Eat and Drink

1. Fish & Seafood at Wildlgrass
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2. Espresso Coffee, Pasta & Pizza at Honeybee
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3. Grilled Fish at Z Hotel
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4. Muesli/Fruit/Curd at Peace
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5. Chinese Chilly Chicken at Chung Wah
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What to do

1. Get lost in the myriad by-lanes of the old city
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2. Drop into an ashram & soak up the serenity
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3. Circumambulate the 12th century Jagannath Temple
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4. Take in a birder’s eye of the Jagannath Temple from the rooftop of Raghunandan Library (closed Sundays and other national and local holidays)
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5. Ride the wave of over a million pilgrims during Puri’s annual festival of faith; the Rath Yatra (or Chariot Festival)
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6. Play cricket with the locals at the Helipad
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7. Join an evening card game
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8. Watch the fishermen haul in their catch
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9. Stroll the length of the shore from temple side up to the fisherman’s village
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10. Rent a bicycle and play ‘dodge’ with holy cows
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Where and what to shop

1. Souveniers, World Trade Centre
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2. Handlooms & Handicrafts, Neelachal Urban Haat
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3. Kitsch Souveniers, Beach Market
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4. 2nd Hand Books, Loknath Boosktore
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5. Sweets, opp. Jagannath Temple entry
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6. Handwoven Textiles, Boynaka & Priyadarshini
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Before you go

1. Be prepared: to chat long hours over ever-changing non-topics
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2. Listen: Krishna Das (contemporary hindi devotional music)
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3. Watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiIiQf9AZrM
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4. Read ‘Puri: Lord Jagannath’s Dhaam’ by Subhadra Sen Gupta
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