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Feb 24, 2014 - Taking it easy in Puri

I've had my picture taken so many times by locals and visiting Indian tourists that I'm beginning to feel like I'm on a royal tour. It's not that there aren't many other Westerners here, but I think what they find most striking is my height as I am over six feet tall. It's impossible not to strike up a conversation with people everywhere you go. It's one of the great things about India that makes travelling here so rewarding. I've spent several lazy days in Puri enjoying the sunsets, eating fish curries and simply watching the world go by....

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Six months in Asia

Oct 23, 2013 - 20 October - Puri

A long drive day today around the lake to reach Puri. It was intended to have a bicycle rickshaw tour of Puri this afternoon and then tomorrow hire bikes to explore the area, but as we did not reach Puri till late afternoon our bicycle rickshaw trip will take place tomorrow, then we will hire cars for our trip to the artisan village and the Konark Sun Temple. I think we are all a bit thankful for this as it is very hot and humid, not good weather for hiring bikes. I felt a bit sorry for the bicycle rickshaw guys as the weight distribution...

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Nov 12, 2009 - Puri

Puri is a smallish (~160 thousand residents) seaside resort town that is also a popular Hindu pilgrimage site. We found a nice, clean guesthouse and spent several days here relaxing. The one sight we did visit, was nearby Konark's Sun Temple. A world heritage sight, this temple from the mid-13th century, is notable (it's certainly what stood out to us) for it's erotic carvings. While most temples and religions tend to repress sexual imagery - depicting Gods cavorting in groups and pairs was celebrated here. Go figure? This relaxed town,...

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Apr 22, 2009 - Day Trip from Puri to Caves of Khandagari & Udaigiri

It is around 10:30 p.m. I am sitting in the lobby of my hotel here in Puri. A short while ago, I returned to the hotel from dinner at Wild Grass, a delicious local restaurant, with the rest of the group from my overland trip. It has been a long and full day. After breakfast this morning, I took a walk around the tourist part of town here in Puri. Puri is famous primarily as a highly visited Hindu pilgrimage site, it being the home of the Hindu deity Lord Jagannath and his siblings, brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra. I realized the...

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Break From the Law

Apr 21, 2009 - Last Day of Tour of Orissa’s Tribal Areas & Boat Trip on Chilika Lake

The time is 9 p.m. I'm writing today's entry from the air-conditioned comfort of an internet cafe here in Puri. Upon our arrival here a couple of hours ago, I took my first shower in 5 days. I'm not going to lie. It felt great! Anyway, this morning we concluded our tour of Orissa’s adivasi tribal areas with a visit to a village of the Saura tribe. We had camped last night on the outskirts of their village. When compared to the other adivasi villages we visited during the past couple of days, the villagers here seemed extremely shy. The...

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Break From the Law

Feb 5, 2009 - Puri

Its been long since I traveled on the Indian Railways, and a part of me was excited to be back on the train. Tirupati-Puri express was a convenient train to get to Puri from Berhampur. Apparently, these days, all places of pilgrimage in India are well connected by trains. Dad, Mom, and I got on the train at 10am, which was supposed to take ~3hrs to cover the 190 km. But the train took its own sweet time bringing us to Puri in just over 6 hours. Looks like some things have not changed. The train rambled through small stations - Chattrapur,...

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Orissa, India

Dec 19, 2008 - Chill in Puri

Overnight in Bhubaneswar, a bit of a dump and in the morning a very overcrowded bus to Puri. Checked in to a deluxe room and the cheaper one is best not mentioned. Put on lashings of sun block and walked around the town for a bit and was planning to go to the Jagannath Temple. Believe it or not, it employs over 6,000 to keep in nice and clean AND this is where the world Juggernaut came from as the large ‘car’ that they pull though the streets a festival time is huge! But I never made it and found a restaurant, had a huge red snapper and...

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Feb 25, 2004 - Puri

Although not particularly stunning in itself Puri was one of my favourite places. I arrived at about 2-3 in the morning after a 24 hour train journey from Varanassi, which had been delayed by about 7 hours. The wait was not as unpleasant as it could have been. Even though the delay was announced when I arrived at the station there was no way I was going to go back into town to face the carnage that passed for traffic with nowhere to stay at the end of the journey. I was able to buy food and chai or coffee all through the night, and had a...

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Genty's Asia - 2004



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