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rath yatra-puri

Puri Rath Yatra-(Orissa)

The city of Puri is famous for its imposing, sprawling Jagannath temple. The grandest of festivals ever, The Rath Yathra is the visit of Lord Jagannath to his garden palace for the annual summer vacation. The deities at the temple of Puri also include Lord Jagannath’s (Lord Krishna) brother Lord Balarama and sister Subhadra. The three deities head for their garden palace (garden temple, located outside the town centre called Gundicha) right at the height of Indian summer in enormously huge chariots pulled by thousands of devotees. Thousands of reverent men and women throng to see, and to pull the grand chariots from one temple to the other. The English word "Jagannaut" comes from the giant chariots of Lord Jagannath of Puri. The British were so surprised and amused by the size of the chariots; they coined a word for it!

The royal street leading from the main temple to the garden temple is very wide so as to accommodate the three chariots. It’s a vista of temples, ashrams, mansions of old aristocracy and inns. During the Rath Yathra all the buildings are decorated with bright and colorful flags, buntings and awnings. The whole of Puri throng the streets to catch a glimpse of their lord who seldom comes out of his shrine.

The siblings retreat from the buzz and bustle of the city, temple servants and the preists to their Vrindavan-like garden. They even leave behind their spouses on their way to the leafy summer abode. The temple routine in the garden temple is much more relaxed than in the main temple. Various festivities are organized as part of the deities’ vacation (Depending on the lunar cycle, the length of this festival ranges between 1 to 2 weeks). The return of the lord Jagannath is prodded by his wife, Godess Lakshmi (goddess of wealth), who travels by the night in a closed palanquin to the garden temple to entreat the lord to return. The goddess makes her journey a day before the festival concludes. Watch the great lord’s majestic trip for a hiatus with Indian festival Tours.

Rath Yatra Festival in the Coming Years :-
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Special Orissa Itinerary during Puri Rath Yatra

Welcome to India! Meeting and assistance upon arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast Sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi Among some of the most interesting highlights of your city tour of Old and New Delhi are the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat in the old city area and the Government Buildings, a drive through the majestic Rajpath to the India Gate, the Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minar etc. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast, departure by surface to Agra. Later Sightseeing tour of Agra city which includes: Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573 with its maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers. Most of the buildings originally built by Akbar were destroyed and were replaced by his grandson Shah Jehan. The only surviving structure from Akbar’s period apart from the solid sand stone ramparts and the gateway is the Jehangir Mahal. It is the biggest private residence in the

complex and its architecture indicates strong influences from Hindu overtones. Taj Mahal, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, this beautiful mausoleum is built of pure white marble and is an architectural marvel. Built in the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. The building was conceived as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below. Beneath the dome are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast, departure by surface to Jaipur(240 Kms/7 hrs approx.)en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted capital of Mughal India. Among the principal attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are the large audience halls, palaces, the Mosques, the tomb of Salim Chishti, The Panchmahal, and the Buland Darwaza, Which is among the biggest gates in Asia. Upon arrival check – in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after early breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir of the hall of victory glittering with mirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali. Take a ride on Gaily decorated elephant to the ramparts of the Fort.

Later sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Among the principal sights are the Jantar Mantar of the Observatory, The Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal, the City Palace & Museum. Jaipur is also a major center of precious and semi precious stones, jewellery, cotton textiles and the typical Blue Pottery. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast depart by surface to Delhi. Departure transfer to Domestic airport to board flight to Bhubaneswar. Assistance on arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Morning after breakfast Sightseeing tour of the Temple city of Bhubaneswar, which have some finest Temples – Lingaraj Temple, Rajrani Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, Parsurameshwar and Brahmeshwar Temple. These temples are some of the best specimens of the Orissa Temple Architecture. 10 kms west of Bhubaneswar are the Udaigiri Caves, which were occupied by the Buddhist monks as early as the 2nd century BC. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast depart by surface to Puri.Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Later sightseeing tour of city Puri – The hallowed seat of Hindu religion and one of the four dams in India. Home of Lord Jagannath, Subhadra and Bal Bhadra, Puri is also a cultural capital of the state. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 IN PURI
Morning after breakfast . Full day at disposal to see the famous Rath Yatra of Puri. Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast depart by surface to Konark (64kms/2hrs) visiting the world famous, Sun Temple. Also known as Black Pagoda, standing in solitary splendor amongst the sand dunes, the temple is the most striking example of Kalinga architecture. At this exact spot on our planet the solar eclipse took place in 1980, to the utter amazement of modern astronomers and scientists. Overnight at hotel.

Morning after breakfast depart by surface to Bhubaneshwar to board flight to Kolkatta. Assistance on arrival at the airport transfer to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of the city. Kolkata, the world’s fourth largest city, is a port and business centre of international consequence. visit to the Jain Temple, Zoological Gardens, Victoria Memorial. Drive past Howrah Bridge, Dalhousie Square, Fort Williams, Secretariat Building and Old Court House Street. Also visit the missionary of Mother Theresa. Evening departure transfer to International airport to board flight to back to home.


This programme can be tailor made to suite the number of days you have in hand yet showing you this spectacular fair.

(Festival dates are based on local calendar and subject to change)

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