Hindus regard Puri, located in Odisha on the Bay of Bengal coast, as one of the four essential pilgrimage sites due to its Jagannath Temple- an integral part of India’s Char Dham. Furthermore, this beach city is a favorite among people from West Bengal for weekend getaways.

Gaining trendiness among hippies in the 1970s with the legalization of Bhang, Puri remains a beloved destination for backpackers to this day. Although bhang is now more limitedly available, there are many hotels and homestays that offer accommodation near New Marine Drive or Chakra Tirtha – depending on your preference. If you’re visiting between June-July be sure not to miss out on the Rath Yatra (chariot festival)!

Dating back to 3rd century B.C., Puri is known as the resting place of Lord Shiva, and it forms part of Orissa’s Golden Triangle – along with Konark and Bhubaneshwar – that exhibits an immense historical significance while also displaying a rich cultural heritage which makes these cities attractive destinations for tourists. Nearby sites include Chilika Lake, Puri Beach, Gundicha Ghar and the iconic Sun Temple in Konark. Furthermore, due to its strategic location and resources availability; businesses are now flocking into this industrial hub that promises much potential growth!

In the beginning, Puri was not known as such; it went by the name of Charitra, according to a Chinese pilgrim. However, doubts and speculations arise when interpreting this information. When Chodaganga Deva erected a temple in honor of Lord Krishna (Puruottama Jagannath) with his brother and sister idols, the area became widely known as ‘Purushottam Kshetra’ or ‘Purushottam Puri’, which eventually evolved into simply being referred to as Puri itself over time. It has experienced many changes since its initial inception during British rule all through Mughal times until now.Every year, the renowned and ancient Rath Yatra procession celebrates Lord Jagganath with an enormous crowd of devotees.

By flight
Although Puri does not have its own airport, the Bhubaneshwar Airport is a mere 68 km away.

By road
Tourists visiting Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata or Bhubaneshwar can opt for the convenient and inexpensive option of travelling by bus.

By train
Located on the Calcutta-Chennai line, Puri is easily accessible by train as most of its trains make a stop at the station. With ample travel options available to reach this destination, visiting Puri will be hassle free for your next vacation!

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