Trip to Orissa

Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 05:14 AM
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Trip to Orissa

Friend of mine lives in Orissa and has been asking me to plan a vacation there. I have only ten days left to go for a vacation in the year. Will Orissa be worth my precious while? Please advise. If yes, where all should i go when i am in orissa?
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Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 05:55 AM
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My trip report on Orissa is at www.wilhelmswords.com/asia2001. Main tourist site is the Sun Temple at Konark. There are a number of other temples worth visiting, mostly around Bhubaneswar. I enjoyed Orissa because it was a bit of the main tourist track. If you have a friend there to show you around ou shuld have a great time, although I might not spend all ten days there. See Kolkata, and maybe the Sunderbans tiger preserve.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2007, 06:45 AM
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Besides Suntemple at Konark, other places to see in Orissa could be Lord Jagganath temple at Puri. There is a beautiful sea too. You can also visit Chilka lake-seems to be the bigegst fresh water lake.10days could be a relaxing though 5days would be enough.Rest of the days you can visit near by cities.
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The problem with the Jagganath temple at Puri is that only Hindus are allowed inside. The outside is interesting, but not THAT interesting. Also, when I was there the sea had a dubious brown tinge. It was not long after some flooding, so maybe that was why, but I certainly wouldn't have considered even wading in it. I wasn't wild about sharing the sea with the cow wandering along the beach, either.
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Thanks for your inputs guys. But is there stuff other than temples to see in Orissa? Have seen way too many temples in the north.
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