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Amritangshu Ghosh

Classics Others Children


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Amritangshu Ghosh

Classics Others Children


Odisha Diaries

Odisha Diaries

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It was summer vacation. My school has granted a one and a half month summer holiday. So, we decided to visit the ancient state of Odisha. Odisha is the perfect location for a summer holiday. The day was hot and the sky was clear. The date was 21st June 2017. We took the seats of the Winger Car. It was evening time. And after traveling for the whole night, we reached the coastal area of Puri, Odisha in the morning. We have had already booked a hotel beforehand. As we entered the hotel, I was too happy to have the luck to see the seashore from the hotel building. The beauty of the free clouds and the sunrise made me realize myself in the chamber of Heaven. That evening, we decided to visit the Jagannath Temple. Jagannath Temple is a beautiful place to know mythology and science in its real state. After offering sweets and flowers to the Lord, we headed back to our hotel. The next day, we went to visit the famous Nandan-Kanan Zoo. According to a survey conducted by the Indian Forest and Wildlife Association, Nandan-Kanan Zoo comprises 1200 species of animals. It is also known for its Jungle Safari program. After roaming around the zoo, we decided to visit the outer jungle by the special Jungle Safari bus. It is about a stretch of 1.5 kilometers.


While on the bus, I was too lucky to see the Royal Bengal Tiger, White peacock, One-horned rhinoceros, and many other endangered animals roaming here and there. After that Safari, we felt so much hot that I convinced the driver of our car to turn the air conditioner on. After traveling a mile, we reached the Konark temple. The Konark temple is also a good place. It is fully based on the concept of physics. As per scientific experiments, the Konark temple has a big magnetic disc on the ceiling followed by four more magnets on the four walls respectively. And the idol of the Sun is held together in the air by the magnetic attraction of all those magnets. It was an awesome place. We were tired. So, we went back to our hotel. On the way back to the hotel, I spotted the beauty of the waves of the sea as they rush towards the seashore. There was cool air flowing from all directions. In the hotel, I ran up to the top floor to enjoy the pleasant weather of Odisha. At night, we went to visit the seaside. I was feeling much energetic than before. There were fish shops on the roadside, toy shops, pottery and art shop, etc.


Children were running here and there on the beach. The waves were also much powerful than before. The calm and cool weather made to remind the days when I was young and playful. After that, we ate some fish cutlets from the shops. Then, at nearly 9 pm, we went back. The next morning, we woke up earlier than usual for visiting the Gundicha Temple and Paradweep Island. The island was also a breathtaking place. But, the cost of booking a boat was higher for even a middle family. It was the most dangerous experience for us. As per Geological Survey, all kinds of storm winds including cyclones, etc. hit Paradweep Island first. We were worried as we saw the dark clouds rushing towards us. The boat was heavily moving on the sea. The water was so strong that it was trying to make us fall into the sea. But, God's grace that we survived that moment of life and death. Then, as we reached the other side, a person came into our shelter with a box containing red crabs. We were so fascinated to see the red crabs, which were too rare, in front of our eyes. All the day passed like this. The next day, we visited the Lingaraj temple.


The Lingaraj temple is a house of wild bats. As were entered the temple, we all felt the foul smell of the bats. There was a Shiva Lingam inside the temple. Then, we visited the Udaygiri and Khandagiri Caves. The caves had ancient Jain sculptures on the walls of the caves. In total, there are fifteen caves in Khandagiri. Those caves were renovated during the reign of Uddyotakeshari of the Somavamshi Dynasty. The caves were famous for their archaeological, historical, and religious importance. Then, we visited the Parsurameswara Temple of Bhubaneshwar. That temple was also a temple of great religious and historical significance. It had some parts of the Puranas and Mahabharata.

The whole trip of Odisha took about fifteen days. The trip was so interesting and factual. May I get this type of trip a time again!


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