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... a good beach but its a bit overcrowded, still we spent some evening time there and enjoyed the roaring sound of sea waves and cool breeze. The current in the tides was fine till the time I explained a trick to my friend that if you stand bare footed and let the waves come by , when they go back they take the sand beneath your foot and it feels like you are getting inside the sand slowly. Currents were fine so we placed our sleepers at a safe distance so that those are not ...
The huge Sun Temple at Konark, a coastal site about 30
kms north of Puri is one of Odisha state's most impressive sights. Our day trip
to Konark began with a bicycle ride through the countryside from Puri followed
by shared taxis the longer distance to the temple. The bicycles made available
to us by Pulak from a shop, though, were rusty old clunkers, all to small for
my frame without my knees hitting ...
... being a contraption with a seat for two passengers pushed by the pedal power of a driver/rider. This was just the right speed to take in the chaos of the Grand Road as we approached the temple. Puri reminded me of a riverless, beachside version of Varanasi, the more famous holy city. I guess in Hinduism holiness is necessarily synonymous with complete urban ...
... one of her diesel tanks. For the people around it was as is Santa Claus had just arrived as they all ran over with anything they could to capture some of the spilling fuel. While this accident initially appeared catastrophic, being in India there's a makeshift fix for everything. The talk was patched within three hours by mechanics used to fixing punctures in boats, and we were ready to trey again on the next ferry across the lake.
The ferry crossing was what ...
... up in traditional tribal ways. Our first village visit was a great introduction to tribal India. We strolled through the village being greeted by the happy locals. We admired the women with their array of earrings and nose rings. Many of the tribal women wore two nose studs on each side, and a bull ring through the centre of the nose. They also jingled with at least ten hoop earrings spread up their ears, bangles up their arms, and anklets around their ankles. ...