A trip to Orissa meant a visit to the golden triangle Bhubaneshwar - Konark - Puri. As I considered the itinerary of various tour packages online before planning this trip, I found out that most tour packages suggested that we arrive at Bhubhaneshwar, and proceed to Puri visiting Dauli and Pipli enroute and stay in Puri for the night. But we decided to stay in Bhubaneshwar for the whole trip and visit all the places from there as it takes a maximum of 2 hours to reach Chilaka lake which is the farthest place on our itinerary. We used to start at 7:30 in the morning to avoid the rushhour traffic and used to return before dark.
Usually we were budget travellers, me and my hubby, but this time we decided to indulge a little so though there were many bus services from Bhubaneshwar to konark and Puri we hired an air conditioned taxi. This decision was strongly inspired by the hot and sweaty climate of Orissa. We knew we were taking risk visiting Orissa during summer which is definitely not recommended time, (The best time to visit being in the months of October to March) but it was the only time we could spare. Anyway we did manage to have a great time and the best thing of going on a sunny day is that our photographs were brilliant.
The first day we decided to visit Konark - Puri - Pipli - Dauli.
We put aside the second day for some fun, frolic and some freash seafood at chilaka lake.
The third day is meant for visiting all the temples in Bhubaneshwar - the temple city of India.