Without a doubt, Puri's major landmark is the 12th century Jagannath Puri temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath. This is one of the four most sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindus and its presence in this seaside town (population 200,000) in Orissa brings scores of them to town. Especially so during the Rath Yatra festival in June/July.
The Jagannath Puri is unfortunately (and somewhat controversially) off limits to non-Hindus but admiring it from the outside is still quite interesting. Some of the structures surrounding it allow you to go up for a small fee to get a better view.
Other religious sights include the Gundicha Mandir temple and Satyabadi shrine outside of town, as well as several others. Puri Beach is a place good for a stroll, though if you are right in front of town don't expect things to be that pristine. [Review by travelindicator]
- Puri is a city in India's region of Orissa. It has a population of 201,026, is situated at an altitude of 43ft and the best airport to fly into is CCU (Netaji Subhas Chandra, Kolkata)
- The main spoken language here is Odia / English, and the average English skill is intermediate
- Note Puri is not a good point of entry for trips to India as it is not well internationally connected. Instead try entering through for instance Delhi, Mumbai or Pune
- The currency used in India is the Indian rupee (INR)
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More Puri travel resources
You might want to check out Visit Odisha (note that Odisha and Orissa are interchangeable), or the Lonely Planet article on Puri. At Wikitravel they kept it short, while India's Zee News tells you about five things to do in Puri. At See the world in my eyes you find a blog about the writer's arrival in town.
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