Sun Temple, Konark India
India is a country rich in heritage and culture with so much to see and do. On my visit to Konark, I stayed at the Lotus Resort situated on the beautiful Ramchandi Beach. The resort was very comfortable and made for a relaxing stay. Konark is easily accessible by rail, car and air. I took a flight to the closest airport of Bhubaneswar and then a train to get to Konark. The trains in India are a very unique experience and I couldn’t resist tasting some delicious chai, which is Indian tea, while on the train.
After a comfortable night at my hotel I made a trip to the famous Sun Temple. The temple was very busy with tourists coming from all over to visit. As soon as I reached the Temple I was amazed by the beautiful architecture. The temple was built in the shape of a chariot and has wheels and pillars carved. The temple was built in the 13th century and is still famous for it’s intricate carvings and architecture. The shape of the chariot represents the chariot of the sun god Surya and that is how it got it’s name.
I planned my visit so that I would be in Konark for the annual dance festival which is a 5 day festival. During this annual celebration I had the opportunity to see the major Indian dance forms such as Odissi, Bharathanatiyam and Kuchipudi. The festival also includes an exhibition of crafts and handicrafts. If you are planning a visit to Konark, I highly recommend planning it so that you are here for the dance festival. It was very enjoyable to watch and something not to be missed.
I also went to the government emporiums. They have a beautiful selection of fabrics and handicrafts, which I bought as souvenirs for my family and friends. You will also find the traditional Pattachitra paintings which are paintings on palm leaf as well as some beautifully embroidered umbrellas. My favorite buy was my personalized umbrella with my name embroidered.
When looking for places to eat, I would suggest visiting the main market. I found lots of dhabas or little cafes that had a good variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian food. I definitely recommend trying the fish fry as Bengal is known to have some of the tastiest fish and after trying it, I have to agree.
Being a single female traveler in India, I did wonder how it would be. I soon realized this was not a problem however, as there were plenty of tourists around. Many of them were traveling alone and I made some good friends on my visit. This was a memorable experience and I will definitely visit again soon.