Puri's energetic and barely stuffed boulevards with brilliantly painted houses, pastiches of provincial structures, has its very own appeal. The Jagannath Temple which takes off out of these lanes rules the horizon. The Chakratirtha (CT) Road toward the East, the waterfront of Marine Drive Road toward the West, and the score of lodgings, resorts in the center and the packed Bada Danda road with hotels and shops offering religious keepsakes and the vivid pattachitra compositions are the center points of activity. The significant lot of drift, much cleaner towards the eastern end, stays swarmed with sun bathers and swimmers in the season with neighborhood anglers filling in as lifeguards. Excepting the pioneers, congregating in hundred thousands amid the yearly Rath Yatra, Puri's Traveller scene is commanded by Bengalis from Kolkata and some youthful western and Japanese guests investigating the laidback appeal of the town for the most part by walking.
Bhubaneswar is the capital city of the Orissa. It is the largest city of the state, and has become the center of economic and religious importance in the region. Bhubaneswar is called the Temple city of India, due to the presence of large numbers of magnificent temples and architectural heritage. The modern city of Bhubaneswar was designed by the German architect Otto Konigsberger in 1946. Like Chandigarh and Jamshedpur; it is one of the first planned cities of India. The history of Bhubaneswar may be viewed in two phases: Ancient Bhubaneswar and Modern Bhubaneswar. While the ancient city has a history that goes back to more than 3000 years to the Kalinga empire, the modern city came into existence in 1948.
The magnificent Sun Temple at Konark is the culmination of Orissan temple architecture, and one of the most stunning monuments of religious architecture in the world. The poet Rabindranath Tagore said of Konark that 'here the language of stone surpasses the language of man', and it is true that the experience of Konark is impossible to translate into words.
The massive structure, now in ruins, sits in solitary splendor surrounded by drifting sand. Today it is located two kilometers from the sea, but originally the ocean came almost up to its base. Until fairly recent times, in fact, the temple was close enough to the shore to be used as a navigational point by European sailors, who referred to it as the 'Black Pagoda'.