This weekend we headed down to Orissa, since we had heard so many wonderful things about the state. In two days we were able to pack in Bhubaneswar, Puri and Konark.
Konark is home to the Sun Temple, built in the thirteenth century, which resembles a large chariot with wheels.
It was a beautiful day and we were happy to start out early before the bulk of the crowd arrived. Here is a photo of others taking photos of Sicily.
After Konark, we took a beautiful drive down the coast to Puri, a popular beach town. Parts of Puri reminded me of Daytona Beach packed with tourists for Holi. We stayed to the less popular areas and Sicily was able to spend some time digging in the surf. We were accompanied by a life guard-type person, who took a liking to Alejo and Christian.
A perfect photo at the back of the Jagannath Temple. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple, so we didn't get to see the temple but the scene outside was very captivating.
Lord Jagannath and his family are representations of universal love and brotherhood, and officially now my all-time favorite Hindu deity. This is a more traditional representation of the group.
How can you not be happy after looking at this image?
After Puri, we stopped by Pipli to see the famous umbrellas with appliques.
Bhubaneswar has one of the best zoos in India, which was a hit with Sicily. She got up close to a baby elephant and
the hippo exhibit was amazing. A highly recommended trip!
Traditional Image of Jagannath from Iskcon Indore
Floating Image of Jagannath from Hotel Diamond Palace