Take a step back into the bygone era. We bring to you amazing Konark Tours that will let you travel back in time that will take you to an era that sand of the Indian Glory. Also known as Arka - Tirtha, Konark is situated at 34 Kms north of Puri, on the smooth East Coast Road named Marine Drive. The ancient temples and monuments that you will come across while on your Konark Tour are sure to mesmerize you to the core. The city is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India from the spiritual standpoint and it also boasts of one of the best known architectural specimen.
Museum of Archaeological Survey of India:
Tourist Attraction of your Konark Tours:
Black Pagoda (The Sun Temple):
This place is a must visit while on your Konark Tours. This magnificent temple was built by Orissan king Raja Narasimhadeva. The temple was built to celebrate his military victory. Legends have it that it took 1,200 masons and 12 years to complete the architectural epitome. Marvel at the impressive shrine which resembles a hefty chariot with 24 giant wheels being pulled by 7 horses imitating the seven days of a week. You will be amazed to view the large exquisitely carved wheels. This temple was once called the ‘Black Pagoda’, by sailors, in contrast to the white-washed temples of Puri and was said to contain a great mass of iron which would draw unwary ships in to the shore. Enjoy the serene atmosphere with a quiet but majestic sea-shore; take a Konark Tour to this marvelous temple.
Your Konark Tours would be incomplete without visiting this fascinating museum. The museum is situated right outside the temple. Here you will find some exquisite samples of Oriyan architecture. Marvel at the medieval stone block, called as the Navagraha slab which was originally placed over the front door of the temple, is now preserved inside this museum. The slab bearing images of nine planets, richly ornamented, portrays Surya (Sun), Chandra (Moon), Mangala (Mars), Budha (Mercury), Vrihaspati (Jupiter), Sukra (Venus), Shani (Saturn), Rahu (Ascending node) and Ketu (Descending node).
Konark Dance Festival: The best time to book your Konark Tour is during the winters. Being situated on the shores of the river Chandrabhaga, the city rejoices the Konark Dance Festival during the winters. If you visit the city at this time, you will definitely be left spellbound with the charismatic backdrop of crimson – red sky and brilliantly lit ‘Black Pagoda’. Enjoy the classical Indian music for 5 days during the first week of December. The classical extravaganza invites aficionados from all over the country. You can enjoy wide forms of dances Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Manipuri, Chau and revitalization of ancient dance forms like ‘Abhinaya Chandrika’ – an opulent jubilee that will surely leave you bedazzled.
Sun, Sand and Sea:
To enjoy the beauty of nature, you are to take a Konark Tour to the beaches. Take a trip to the peaceful beach, located at about 3 km from the temple. Enjoy the golden sand, beautiful blue, fresh water and the pollution free environment. Most important is that you can visit this place during the full moon phase and enjoy the festival called Magha Saptami Mela when devotees from all over the state gather to take a holy bath in the pond and then shuffle off to the beach where, in accordance with an age-old custom mentioned in the Puranas, they watch the sun rise over the sea.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar, which is 64 km away. It is connected with Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Nagpur through direct flights.
By Rail: Puri is the nearest railhead, about 31 km from Konark and 64 km from Bhubaneshwar.
By Road: The National and State Highways connect Konark with Puri, Bhubaneshwar and other major places in Orissa. You can also hire taxis and private buses to get to Konark from Puri.