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Top 5 things to do in Orissa:

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Our country has some hidden gems, which are worth exploring at the reasonable budget.  I would recommend Orissa and key reasons behind endorsing the state are:

a)Aarti at the Bay of Bengal- In the evening, Puri beach comes alive, the group of priests descends on the beach to perform aarti ceremony. They are praying the mighty Bay of Bengal. It is a spiritual moment, most of the crowd join the ritual. There is a night market, one can buy a souvenir, to commemorate the travel.

b) Chilka Lake- Chilka Lake is located 37 kms from Puri. It is Asia’s largest saltwater lagoon, if you are an avid bird watcher, then this is the place for you, One can see many migratory birds especially flamingos. Not only this, one can also locate dolphins.

c)Orissa State Museum, Bhubhneshwar- All history buffs, this is the place for you. There are archeological treasures from 6th century onwards. I was amazed to find small rocks on which, incidents from Ramayan, Puran were depicted. This museum will enlighten you about the rich heritage culture of our country.

d) Konark Temple- We all have heard about this 13th century temple, which is dedicated to Sun God. When I visited most of the part was cordoned off, as repair work was on. The temple boasts of Kalinga architecture. Do hire a guide; you will hear some interesting stories about Kalinga empire.

e) Oriya Craft,Pipli If you are looking for some good Oriyan craft, then visit Pipli. Here one can find decorative wallets, pouches, umbrellas, lampshades etc.

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