Puri can be regarded as the most auspicious site for Hindus in India. Being one of the oldest and most flocked to pilgrimage site, this place gives out a vibe so electrically majestic that makes everyone feel enlightened spiritually and mentally. This article lightly highlights the role tourism plays in this holy city and how it is not only a site for pilgrimage but a perfect holiday destination as well.
The beautiful thing about Puri is that it is not just a pilgrimage site but also a very important tourist destination to have a fun filled vacation in the other various things this beautiful city has to offer. Situated in the state of Odisha (formerly called Orissa), Puri is widely known for being the oldest and most important pilgrimage site to the hindus and also being the abode of the majestic Jagannath temple.
Home to some of the most prominent temples in India, the Jagannath temple leads the whole pack being the major attraction of the state. Puri’s economy is entirely dependent on the tourism department and a whopping 80% of the economy is acquired during the Jagannath festival when people from all over India and the world come over to this city to pay homage and be a part of the festival. Tourism is an integral part of Puri and the government of Odisha as well. To meet the demands of the travellers and visitors there are a huge number of hotels in Puri. And there is one for everyone, from budget friendly ones to the high end luxurious hotels. This place is the mecca for Hindus where majority of the visitors are devotees who come for a pilgrimage and the rest for sightseeing and just the whole experience of being part of Puri during its festive seasons and some just come for a sabbatical. Apart from the magnificent Jagannath temple there are also various places you could visit in Puri. You could visit the beautiful popular beaches in Puri, visit old museums and libraries which has a very wide collections of ancient artifacts almost as old as the city. Puri also offers you a nice experience in street shopping and street junk foods. Although the best time to visit this city is during festive seasons when it is most colourful and celebrated, you could also visit other times of the year if you want a more mellow quiet vacation. Although there will be little escape from the madding crowd as Puri is always full of visitors present for a pilgrimage or to pay homage.
The best way to reach Puri is by trains. It is well connected by trains coming and going from all directions. The best part about trying to book a train ticket in Puri is, since it is a place filled with people from all walks of life and different parts of the country you can always find someone to help you translate your English to their local dialect of Oriya in case the person at the counter does not understand English, or anywhere for that matter. The nearest airport to Puri is Bhubaneswar which is about 60 km away from Puri. The Biju Patnaik International Airport hosts airlines like Air India, Air Asia, GoAir, IndiGo, Silk Air, Kingfisher airlines, Vistara. After you land in this airport, a ride or train to Puri is just 60 km away, which is just an hour’s drive away.